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Creative Technologies

Are you interested in the complex interaction between music and computing in the digital age? Creative Technologies at Waikato fuses multimedia practices with the fast-paced world of digital communications, mobile and networking.

Please note: There will be no new enrolments in the Creative Technologies major, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or supporting subject from 2017. Students who commenced a major in Creative Technologies in 2016 or prior should consult the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences for advice(

Creative Technologies is a highly relevant field of study where you'll develop a conceptual and practical understanding of multimedia methods and approaches, including elements of image manipulation, graphics, studio production and digital music.

Music papers are focused on digital music and sound applications. Computer Science papers focus on computer graphics and interactive media systems. Media paper options include production and new integrated video-based multimedia practices.

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Key information

Study Locations: Hamilton; Online

Career opportunities

  • Animator
  • Creative Services Manager
  • Producer
  • Retailer
  • Sound Technician
  • Website Designer

300 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
COMP324Interaction DesignThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
SMST312Video Production 318B (Hamilton)
Students examine digital cinema production with a focus on specific challenges such as construction of transitions, exploration of transitions, exploration of space/time, non-linearity, and narrativity. Students are able to work on individual projects having successfully completed SMST112 and SMST212.

Prescriptions for the PGCert(CreateTech), PGDip(CreateTech) and MMCT

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate Creative Technologies papers, a student should normally have completed a Bachelor of Media and Creative Technologies or an undergraduate programme considered to be equivalent by the Chair of the School of Arts and have achieved at least a B average over either all of the papers in their undergraduate major or the best three 300 level papers in the major.

To complete a MMCT in Creative Technologies, students must complete 180 points at 500 level including CRPC502, CRPC593 and 60 points chosen from CGRD524, CGRD532, MUSI510, MUSI511, SMST518, SMST519 and SMST520.

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.
CRPC502Theory in Action18A (Hamilton)
Students develop an understanding of theory in action from the perspective of a range of artistic professions. Students complete a written essay along with a creative project that critically interrogates an identifiable theoretical position.
CRPC591Creative Research Project18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
Students undertake a collaboratively-designed creative research project that demonstrates the research topic and creative process. Students complete an individual action research report that documents and analyses research methods and findings in the context of relevant theory and practice.
CRPC592Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
Students complete a self-designed research project and dissertation that demonstrates the research process and analyses the findings in the context of relevant theory and practice.
CRPC593Creative Research Thesis18C (Hamilton)
Students will complete a collaboratively-designed creative research project that demonstrates the research topic and creative process. In an individual action report, students document and analyse research methods and findings in the context of relevant theory and practice. Students subsequently design and complete a research proje...
MUSI510Music for the Screen18Y (Hamilton)
No description available.
MUSI511Sonic Art18Y (Hamilton)
No description available.
SMST506Writing for Web Series18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Online)
A workshop-based paper for students with some experience of scriptwriting which examines the creative, craft and industrial issues involved in writing a series of short audio-visual episodes for web distribution.
SMST518Creative Practice: Production18B (Hamilton) & 18C (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on aesthetic and theoretical digital cinema developments through the production of two different short audio-visual projects, and with the aim of entering one in a film festival. The creative products will take into consideration each student's research interests; technical requirements given by the lecturer, as...
SMST519Creative Practice: Development18C (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on experimental processes and re-contextualisation of audio-visual elements rather than narrative audio-visual coherence. This approach allows students to develop a stronger understanding of alternative creative strategies. Critical viewpoints on peer works will contribute to enrich individual film productions ...
SMST520Media Design and Aesthetics18B (Hamilton)
This paper examines several key approaches toward media aesthetics in relation to practices of transmedia and cultural reworking. Students are supported to develop the concepts and terminology that enable them to articulate this understanding using appropriate academic strategies.

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Creative Technologies is available as a major for the BMCT. Creative Technologies may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.

To complete a major in Creative Technologies, students must gain 120 points above 100 level in Creative Technologies, comprising COMP224, COMP324, MUSI240, MUSI340, and either SMST212 and SMST312 or SMST217 and SMST308. It is recommended that students intending to major in Creative Technologies include MUSI140, SMST112 and one of COMP103, COMP125 or COMP126 in the first year of their programme of study in order to meet prerequisites for study at 200 level and above. In addition, students must complete the compulsory papers for the BMCT degree: CGRD161, CRPC101, SMST101, CRPC301.

For further details see Bachelor of Media and Creative Technologies .



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