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.

Career Opportunities

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

100 level

Design 1CGRD14115.0 Points
Introduction to Computer Science 1COMP10315.0 Points
Visual ComputingCOMP12515.0 Points
Computing MediaCOMP12615.0 Points
Creative Technologies and Creative PracticeCRPC10115.0 Points
Music and ComputersMUSI14015.0 Points
Digital ScreensSMST10115.0 Points
Video Production 1SMST11215.0 Points

200 level

Visual Design for Interactive MediaCOMP22420.0 Points
Screen Music CompositionMUSI24020.0 Points
Video Production 2SMST21220.0 Points
Screen Media and Digital PracticesSMST21720.0 Points

300 level

Interaction DesignCOMP32420.0 Points
Creative Technologies and Creative Practice ProjectCRPC30120.0 Points
Digital CompositionMUSI34020.0 Points
Interactive Screen MediaSMST30820.0 Points
Video Production 3SMST31220.0 Points

Prescriptions for the GradCert(CreateTech) and GradDip(CreateTech)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Creative Technologies at an advanced level in their first degree.

For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.

Prescriptions for the PGCert(CreateTech), PGDip(CreateTech), BMCT(Hons) 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. Candidates for the BMCT(Hons), PGCert or PGDip in Creative Technologies should 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. Candidates for the MMCT in Creative Technologies should have achieved at least a B+ average.

To complete a BMCT(Hons) in Creative Technologies, students must complete 120 points at 500 level including CRPC502, CRPC591 and 60 points chosen from CGRD524, CGRD532, MUSI511, MUSI510, SMST518, SMST519 and SMST520.

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.

Topics in Interaction DesignCGRD52415.0 Points
Information VisualisationCGRD53215.0 Points
Theory in ActionCRPC50230.0 Points
Creative Research ProjectCRPC59130.0 Points
DissertationCRPC59260.0 Points
Creative Research ThesisCRPC59390.0 Points
Summer Research ProjectCRPC59930.0 Points
Music for the ScreenMUSI51030.0 Points
Sonic ArtMUSI51130.0 Points
Digital Cinema: ProductionSMST51830.0 Points
Digital Cinema: DevelopmentSMST51930.0 Points
Media Design and AestheticsSMST52030.0 Points

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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