Computing & Mathematical Sciences

computer science


The study of Design combines an understanding of human needs and desires, forming creative solutions, prototyping and developing artefacts and evaluating their impact and effectiveness in society.

Study Design at Waikato

Communication Design is concerned with visually communicating messages and ideas across multiple media platforms. As a communication designer, you will work to combine type and image to attract an audience's attention and deliver your client's messages.

Industrial designers shape the world we live in by designing the products we use every day, from items as simple as a toothbrush, through to those as intricate as an aeroplane.

In a fast-paced ever changing world, Interface Design puts designers at the intersection of design and code. You will help users to navigate the sometimes complex digital world with ease through Interface Design.

Media Design combines elements of design, screen and media studies within a single major. Use your design skills to create content for multi-media platforms such as 2D and 3D animation, film and video production, and motion graphics.

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Learn more about the research conducted at and by the members of the Department of Design.

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Meet the talented team who bring passion, expertise, and innovation to the Department of Design.

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Picturing a better future for children with ADHD

PhD student Hazel Burroughs is designing picture books for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to enhance their reading engagement. Hazel completed a Bachelor and Master of Design before commencing her PhD.

Contact the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences

Physical Address

School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences
Ground Floor, FG-Block Gate 8, The University of Waikato, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton New Zealand

Postal Address

The University of Waikato
Private Bag 3105, Hamilton 3240, New Zealand.

Courier Address

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Gate 3a, 209 Silverdale Road, Hillcrest, Hamilton 3216, New Zealand.