Interface Design

Help users to navigate the sometimes complex digital world with ease through Interface Design.

Interface Design will be available from 2018, as a major in the Bachelor of Design.

Interface Design

Interface Design explores the intersection between design and code. In the rapidly-changing world of digital technologies, content is fluid, and there is a need to have interfaces that help users to navigate through complex digital experiences.

User experience (UX) and user interface (UI) design for current and emerging technologies will be taught, along with the development of digital skills of coding, motion design, and information design.  This will prepare you to work in fast-growing areas such as editorial design for web and mobile, publication websites, mobile apps, data visualisation and the design and development of digital products.

UI design usually refers to the design of graphical user interfaces for different types of machines and software, but can also apply to other types of interfaces, such as natural and voice user interfaces.

You can study Interface Design as a major in the Bachelor of Design (BDes).

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

  • User Interface Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Mobile App Designer


Study Interface Design in any of these qualifications

Major subject:

Level 1

Introduction to Computer ScienceCOMPX10115.0 Points
Computing MediaCOMPX16115.0 Points
Foundations in Computing and Mathematical SciencesCSMAX17015.0 Points
Introduction to Communication Design ProductionDSIGN12515.0 Points
Design 1DSIGN14115.0 Points
Design 2DSIGN14215.0 Points
A History of Visual CommunicationDSIGN15115.0 Points
Design MethodologyDSIGN17115.0 Points
Film Production 1: Audio-Visual CommunicationMEDIA10215.0 Points

Level 2

Programming for Creative IndustriesCOMPX22115.0 Points
Internet ApplicationsCOMPX22215.0 Points
Design 3: Aspects of Web DesignDSIGN24115.0 Points
Cultural Perspectives for DesignDSIGN25215.0 Points

Level 3

User Experience DesignCOMPX32415.0 Points
Intern ProjectDSIGN35015.0 Points

In addition to the practical experience gained throughout the Bachelor of Design degree, you have the opportunity to undertake a real-world design project in the 300 level paper DSIGN350. 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 DSIGN360 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.

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

Design Fees Scholarship

For school leaver students intending to enrol full-time in the first year of an undergraduate degree, with a major in either Communication Design, Interface Design or Media Design, within the Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Waikato. The Scholarship will have a value of up to $5,000.

Closing Date: 2017-10-13 17:00:00

Computer Science Undergraduate Scholarship

For students who are currently in Year 12 or Year 13 and who are studying at a New Zealand High School. Students should be intending to enrol in a BCMS(Hons), BSc, BSc(Tech), BE(Hons) or BDes degree, in one of the computing streams, at the University of Waikato. Students will sit a Scholarship exam. The exam will be held on 20 and 21 October 2017.

Closing Date: 2017-09-22 17:00:00

FCMS Summer Project Scholarships

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


Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences

Phone: 0800 924 528 ext: 4322 or +64 7 838 4322