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Computer Graphic Design

Studying Computer Graphic Design at the University of Waikato makes you highly sought after, with a unique combination of design and coding skills. You will be able to meet the increasing demand for designers who can work in a variety of media, such as websites, apps, gaming and virtual reality.

Jon Allitt

Bachelor of Science
Since 1998 Jon has worked at Weta Digital on the visual effects for many well-known movies, including The Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong, Avatar, and most recently Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy.


Scott Alonzo

Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design
"My advice to prospective students? Go to University and expect to gain a desire to learn; don't expect to have all the knowledge just given to you."


Gage Hall

Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design
Former Hamilton Boys’ High School student Gage Hall is in the final year of a Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design at the University of Waikato.


Emma-Jane McIntosh

Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design
Wanting a qualification that would stand out and make her a versatile designer, Emma-Jane McIntosh chose to complete the Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design at the University of Waikato.


Bridie McPherson

Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design with Honours
University of Waikato honours student Bridie McPherson is exploring how consumers react differently to typography and hand lettering.


Sam Thompson

Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design
Sam has always been interested in both the creative and computing sides of design...


Kelly Wilson

Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design
Kelly chose the Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design because of its strong design focus and programming component.


Studying Computer Graphic Design at a graduate level means you will apply theory and practice to research in areas related to how designers think, how they practice and what they produce. Computer Graphic Design at Waikato is unique in New Zealand as a specialist design qualification that offers an integration of design and computer science.

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.

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.

 Career opportunities

  • Advertising Designer
  • Computer Games Designer
  • Interactive Designer
  • Motion Graphics Designer
  • TV Graphics Designer
  • Web Designer

Qualifications

Study Computer Graphic Design in any of these qualifications

100 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
COMPX101Introduction to Computer Science18A (Hamilton), 18A (Online) & 18B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces computer programming in C# - the exciting challenge of creating software and designing artificial worlds within the computer. It also covers concepts such as the internals of the home computer, the history and future of computers, cyber security, computer gaming, databases, mobile computing and current researc...
COMPX161Computing Media18B (Hamilton)
In this paper students will create multimedia web content using appropriate software packages. Web design concepts will be introduced for the effective use of text, images and sounds. Students will be introduced to relevant computing concepts and provided with software tutorials and related exercises.
DSIGN125Introduction to Communication Design Production18A (Hamilton)
This paper enables students to perform basic computing operations and to operate software packages for the manipulation of visual images and text for use in print and screen-based applications. Students will be introduced to basic computing concepts and provided with software tutorials and related exercises.
DSIGN141Design 118A (Hamilton)
This paper develops the student's ability to recognise and utilise the basic elements and principles of design both two and three dimensionally. It explores topics related to 'thinking' and creativity with an emphasis on raising a student's creativity consciousness and attitude. The work will primarily be abstract in nature and wil...
DSIGN142Design 218B (Hamilton)
This paper develops the student's ability to put into graphic application the basic elements and principles of design. It will also provide an introduction to typography. The emphasis of the study is to apply these basics to 2D and 3D mediums. The work will be resolved in both traditional and computer technology.
DSIGN151A History of Visual Communication18B (Hamilton)
Students consider the role of visual communication design in society and culture, from the evolution of writing to the revolutions of twentieth century modernism, through the study of visual images and critical theory.
DSIGN171Design Methodology18A (Hamilton)
The objective of this paper is to provide the students with the academic foundations for design. The first part will cover effective academic reasoning and communication, information literacy and research skills, and academic integrity. In the second part, particular methods of thinking and planning will be presented, discussed and...

200 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
COMPX221Programming for Creative Industries18A (Hamilton)
A fundamental grounding in object-oriented programming that uses Processing software to creative visual outputs for creative industries.
COMPX222Internet Applications18B (Hamilton)
This paper provides a broad overview of the principles and technologies used in Internet Applications, with practical experience of client-side and server-side programming
COMPX251Information Discovery18A (Hamilton), 18A (Tauranga), 18B (Hamilton) & 18S (Hamilton)
This paper enables students to widen their experience of computer software using an intensive laboratory programme. Students select from a variety of themes, including video editing, website design, digital library development, computer game construction, animation and 3D modelling.
COMPX252Interactive Computing18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18S (Hamilton)
This paper provides an opportunity to explore several software applications in depth. It is based on an intensive laboratory programme, where students tailor their choices to their own needs and interests by selecting two themes from a set of modules.
DSIGN241Design 3: Aspects of Web Design18A (Hamilton)
This paper presents the students with the challenge of designing, developing and publishing content for the World Wide Web, working with content management systems (CMS). The students are challenged to combine their typographic skills and their knowledge of design in order to practically solve communication design projects.
DSIGN242Design 4: Interactive Environments18B (Hamilton)
This paper presents the students with the challenge of designing interactive media environments of different types. The students are challenged to experiment beyond their previously acquired knowlege, designing for interactive computer screens and mobile devices.
DSIGN243Visual Language and Information Design18B (Hamilton)
This paper offers students the possibility to explore the area of information design. By using their knowledge of principles of design, visual communication using typography and image, students will design information graphics (infographics): visual representations of information, working in the passage from data to information uti...
DSIGN252Cultural Perspectives for Design18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
The paper provides students with an understanding of culture-specific perspectives on design issues and the ability to apply these in diverse contexts.

300 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CGRD343Computer Graphic Design 318A (Hamilton)
This paper enables students to apply design elements and principles to multiple digital and physical projects. Students will be encouraged to bring skills gained in other papers to their projects. Students will also undertake an exploration of typography created by electronic means and targeted for existence in electronic space as ...
CGRD344Computer Graphic Design 418B (Hamilton)
This paper enables students to apply principles of design and design elements to systematic information hierarchies, environmental graphics, advanced publications and multimedia documents. The paper will allow students to explore the relationship between theory and practice, including their own practice, as well as provide methodol...
CGRD350Intern Project18A (Hamilton)
This paper will induct the design student into the professional environment where the student applies two and three dimensional computer graphic design skills, research methodology and production skills to allocated projects. The relationship between the student and the client is monitored and guided by a tutor who also supervises ...
CGRD353Advanced Studies in Visual CommunicationThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
CGRD360Degree Project18B (Hamilton)
This paper is an opportunity for students to plan, develop and carry out a small scale design project with relative independence. Students are encouraged to collaborate with peers in the learning environment, with members of the professional design industry and/or academic community. An adviser will supervise and guide the student ...
CGRD361Portfolio Preparation18B (Hamilton)
This paper is an opportunity for students to develop and refine a professional portfolio showcasing their graphic design work.
COMP324Interaction DesignThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
COMP325Human-Computer Interaction18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
An introduction to the theory and practice of human-computer interaction, including the interface development process in the system life-cycle, software tools and architectures to support modern interface and software usability.
COMP333Web Applications Development18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
A paper on the design, development and programming of web document applications.
COMP336Graphics and Computer Games18B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces interactive computer graphics, 3D modelling, real-time rendering and animation, as applied to computer games.
COMPX324User Experience DesignThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
DSIGN350Intern Project18A (Hamilton)
This paper will induct the design student into the professional environment where the student applies two and three dimensional design skills, research methodology and production skills to allocated projects. The relationship between the student and the client is monitored and guided by a tutor who also supervises and guides the st...

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

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CGRD524Topics in Interaction DesignThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
CGRD532Information Visualisation18B (Hamilton)
This paper aims to provide an awareness of the potential offered by information visualisation techniques, a familiarity with the underlying concepts, and an understanding and ability to effectively design and apply information visualisations in a given context.
CGRD551Studio Management18A (Hamilton)
This paper covers the management of design projects in the studio. It is intended for those aiming for a future senior position in a design studio, or those managing freelance teams.
CGRD581Design Research Methods18A (Hamilton)
Write a report based on the investigation of a topic that is negotiated with a supervisor.
CGRD591Design Dissertation and Exhibition18C (Hamilton)
Write a dissertation and undertake a publically exhibited realisation on a research topic negotiated with a supervisor.
CGRD592Design Dissertation and Exhibition18C (Hamilton)
Write a dissertation and undertake a publically exhibited realisation on a research topic negotiated with a supervisor.
CGRD593Design Thesis and Realisation18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
CGRD594Design Thesis and Realisation18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
COMP575Programming for Research 118A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
A paper in programming techniques applicable to a range of research applications in Computer Science.
COMP576Programming for Research 218A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
A paper where research programming techniques are applied to a specific (elective) field in Computer Science.
COMP589Programming for ResearchThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
COMP590Research in Computer ScienceThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.

Practical experience

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.

CMS International Exchange Scholarship

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: 2018-03-31 23:59:00

Contacts

Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences

Phone: 0800 924 528 ext: 4322 or +64 7 838 4322
Email: cms@waikato.ac.nz
Website: cms.waikato.ac.nz
Facebook: facebook.com/WaikatoFCMS