The Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design (BCGD) will equip you with the required technological skills and teach you how to explain and tailor design decisions to meet specific project needs. The programme also closely follows current design industry trends with a focus on both the local New Zealand and international design markets.
You’ll become a designer who can code – making you highly desirable. Waikato also trains computer graphic design students to problem-solve, and to apply an aesthetic edge, while seeing the full range of creative design possibilities.
In the first year, students learn the core elements and principles for both 2D and 3D design. Additionally, you'll develop visual and verbal skills needed for further study. By the second year, you'll move into motion graphics and explore how visual communication and screen-based technologies interact. The third year is the year of application and pushing creative limits. Waikato also places you into internships where they take on business projects, collaborate with peers, and learn from industry professionals.
Graduate level study in Computer Graphic Design (Master of Computer Graphic Design (MCGD)) is an opportunity to plan, develop and carry out a large-scale design project supported by original research. Research topics are tailored to suit you and therefore provide an opportunity for honing a particular aspect of graphic design further, which could be a pathway to your chosen career.
Computing facilities at Waikato
The University of Waikato offers students 24-hour computer lab access with all the latest computer software, and several labs fully equipped with Mac computers, commonly used in professional design environments. Graduate students have a dedicated lab space and access to all undergraduate facilities.
- Advertising Designer
- Computer Games Designer
- Interactive Designer
- Motion Graphics Designer
- TV Graphics Designer
- Web Designer
Study Computer Graphic Design in any of these qualifications
|Design 1||CGRD141||15.0 Points|
|Design 2||CGRD142||15.0 Points|
|Graphic Design Study||CGRD143||15.0 Points|
|A History of Visual Communication||CGRD151||15.0 Points|
|Effective Visual Communication||CGRD161||15.0 Points|
|Graphic Design Study||CGRD165||5.0 Points|
|Graphic Design Study||CGRD166||10.0 Points|
|Design Processes and the Construction of Meaning||CGRD171||15.0 Points|
|Introduction to Computer Science 1||COMP103||15.0 Points|
|Visual Computing||COMP125||15.0 Points|
|Computing Media||COMP126||15.0 Points|
|Visual Design for Interactive Media||CGRD224||20.0 Points|
|Computer Graphic Design 1||CGRD241||20.0 Points|
|Computer Graphic Design 2||CGRD242||20.0 Points|
|Studies in Visual Communication||CGRD252||20.0 Points|
|Information Discovery||COMP223||20.0 Points|
|Internet Applications||COMP233||20.0 Points|
|Programming Usable Systems||COMP258||20.0 Points|
|Interactive Computing||COMP278||20.0 Points|
|Work Placement||FCMS296||20.0 Points|
|Computer Graphic Design 3||CGRD343||20.0 Points|
|Computer Graphic Design 4||CGRD344||20.0 Points|
|Intern Project||CGRD350||20.0 Points|
|Advanced Studies in Visual Communication||CGRD353||20.0 Points|
|Degree Project||CGRD360||20.0 Points|
|Portfolio Preparation||CGRD361||20.0 Points|
|Interaction Design||COMP324||20.0 Points|
|Human-Computer Interaction||COMP325||20.0 Points|
|Web Applications Development||COMP333||20.0 Points|
|Graphics and Computer Games||COMP336||20.0 Points|
Prescriptions for the GradCert(CGD) and GradDip(CGD)
A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Computer Graphic Design at an advanced level in their first degree.
For further details contact the Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences.
Prescriptions for the PGDipCGD, BCGD(Hons) and MCGD
|Topics in Interaction Design||CGRD524||15.0 Points|
|Information Visualisation||CGRD532||15.0 Points|
|Studio Management||CGRD551||15.0 Points|
|Report of an Investigation||CGRD581||30.0 Points|
|Dissertation and Exhibition||CGRD591||30.0 Points|
|Dissertation and Exhibition||CGRD592||60.0 Points|
|Computer Graphic Design Thesis and Realisation||CGRD593||90.0 Points|
|Computer Graphic Design Thesis and Realisation||CGRD594||120.0 Points|
|Programming for Research 1||COMP575||15.0 Points|
|Programming for Research 2||COMP576||15.0 Points|
|Programming for Research||COMP589||30.0 Points|
|Research in Computer Science||COMP590||30.0 Points|
In addition to the practical experience gained throughout the BCGD degree, you have the opportunity to undertake a real-world design project in the 300 level paper CGRD350. In this project you work relatively independently and collaborate with your peers and with members of the professional design industry.
The final semester 300 level paper CGRD360 involves a self-directed brief which culminates each year in a Degree Show. The Degree Show projects cover a wide range of media including web design and production, mobile design, interactive design, brand development, visual identity work, interactive installation, motion graphics, 3D animation and more.
The MCGD provides an opportunity for you to plan, develop and carry out a large scale design research project. This will enable you to collaborate with other students and academics, and to work with members of the professional design industry.
Scholarships and prizes
For students who have completed at least one year of study in the Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences (FCMS), applied for a University of Waikato exchange programme, and who are currently enrolled full-time in FCMS.Closing Date: 2017-03-31 23:59:00
For students intending to enrol full-time in the first year of an undergraduate degree, with a specified programme in Computer Graphic Design, within the Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences at the University of Waikato. The Scholarship will have a value of up to $5,000.Closing Date: 2016-10-28 17:00:00
For students who are currently in Year 12 or Year 13 and who are a NZ citizen, permanent resident or international student studying at a New Zealand High School. Must be intending to enrol full-time in the first year of a BCMS, BSc, BE(Hons) or BCGD degree, in one of the computing streams, at the University of Waikato. Students will sit a Scholarship exam.Closing Date: 2016-09-23 17:00:00
This is by nomination only. Nominees must be high achieving undergraduate students currently enrolled part- or full-time in the Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences. It supports a ten-week period of full-time project work during the summer break. The Scholarships will have a value of $5,000. Interested students should contact FCMS for further information.Closing Date: 2015-10-16 23:59:00