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BDes - Interface Design as a major

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. It comprises a well-balanced combination of analytical, technological and creative abilities.

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.


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Key information

Years: 3
Points: 360
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $7,280 per year
Fees (International): $31,515 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
Area of Study:
*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Career opportunities

  • User Interface Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Mobile App Designer
  • Web Developer
  • User Experience Designer
  • Interaction Designer

Degree Planner

Degree planner — BDes in Interface Design

If no point value is listed, papers are worth 15 points.  This structure applies to study starting in 2021.

  • Major
  • Compulsory
  • Elective

Recommended Elective Papers

  • DSIGN125 Introduction to Communication Design Production
  • DSIGN242 Design 4: Interactive Environments
  • DSIGN243 Visual Language and Information Design
  • DSIGN342 User Centred Design
This information is provisional and subject to change.

Interface Design investigates the intersection between design and code with respect to information design for contemporary and future screens. User experience (UX) and user interface (UI) design for current and emerging technologies will be taught with the development of digital skills of coding, motion design, and information design, preparing students to work in screen-based areas such as design for the web, app and mobile design, and interactive digital and data visualisation design.

Interface Design is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Design (BDes). Interface Design may also be included as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Interface Design as a single major for the BDes, students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Interface Design, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete DSIGN141, DSIGN142, DSIGN221, COMPX222, DSIGN241, COMPX322, COMPX324, DSIGN341 and DSIGN360.

To complete Interface Design as a second major, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for Interface Design, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete DSIGN141, DSIGN142, DSIGN221, COMPX222, DSIGN241, and 45 points from COMPX322, COMPX324, DSIGN341 or DSIGN360.

To complete a minor in Interface Design, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Interface Design major, including at least 30 points above 100 level.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
COMPX101Introduction to Programming15.022A (Hamilton), 22A (Online), 22B (Hamilton), 22B (Internet Waikato College) & 22X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
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...
COMPX102Object-Oriented Programming15.022B (Hamilton), 22B (Tauranga), 22C (Internet Waikato College), 22H (Hamilton) & 22X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper continues from COMPX101, expanding upon data organisation and algorithms, and introducing code contracts, computer architecture, Boolean algebra, assembly language, program analysis and object-oriented programming.
COMPX161Introduction to the Web15.022B (Hamilton), 22B (Internet Waikato College), 22I (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China) & 22X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper introduces the core Web technologies of HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Students will learn how to combine these technologies with design principles to produce effective web content.
CSMAX170Foundations in Computing and Mathematical Sciences15.022A (Hamilton), 22A (Internet Waikato College), 22A (Tauranga) & 22B (Hamilton)
The objective of this paper is to provide students with the academic foundations for computing and mathematical sciences. The paper will cover the following areas: -Effective academic reasoning and communication -Information literacy and research skills -Academic integrity -Techniques and tools in the computing and mathematical sci...
DSIGN125Introduction to Communication Design Production15.022A (Hamilton), 22A (Online) & 22X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
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.
DSIGN141Principles of Form and Design15.022A (Hamilton) & 22X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
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...
DSIGN142Beyond the Basics of Design15.022B (Hamilton) & 22X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
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.
DSIGN151Design History15.022B (Hamilton) & 22X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
Students journey through a thematic history of design and its interplay with society and technology by studying historical artefacts that influence the contemporary world.
DSIGN171Design Methodology15.022X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
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 Points Occurrence / Location
COMPX201Data Structures and Algorithms15.022A (Hamilton), 22A (Tauranga), 22G (Hamilton) & 22X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper covers object-oriented software development in Java focusing on abstract data types and dynamic data structures, while introducing design methodologies in software construction, software process, and software testing.
COMPX202Mobile Computing and Software Architecture15.022B (Hamilton), 22B (Tauranga), 22H (Hamilton) & 22X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper continues object-oriented software development in Java, but also touching on alternative approaches. It introduces software development methodologies and the use of support tools, particularly repositories and a testing framework. Project work starts with GUI development in Java and works through to the construction of m...
COMPX221Programming for Creative Industries15.022A (Hamilton)
A fundamental grounding in object-oriented programming that uses Processing software to creative visual outputs for creative industries.
COMPX222Web Development15.022B (Hamilton) & 22X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper provides a broad overview of the principles and technologies used in Web Applications, with practical experience of client-side and server-side programming.
COMPX251Applied Computing Tools 115.022A (Hamilton), 22B (Hamilton), 22H (Hamilton) & 22X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
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.
DSIGN221Programming for Creative Industries15.022A (Hamilton)
The paper develops basic programming expertise and applies these skills to creating visual outputs for design and the arts. The paper is practically oriented, with problem solving and practical work.
DSIGN241Aspects of Web Design15.022A (Hamilton) & 22X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
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.
DSIGN242Interactive Environments15.022B (Hamilton) & 22X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
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 knowledge, designing for interactive computer screens and mobile devices.
DSIGN243Visual Language and Information Design15.022B (Hamilton) & 22X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
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 Design15.022B (Hamilton) & 22X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
The paper provides students with an understanding of culture-specific perspectives on design issues and the ability to apply these in diverse contexts.
DSIGN271Design Thinking15.022A (Hamilton)
The paper presents the iterative process of design, used to understand users, challenge assumptions and redefine problems through empathising with users, defining their needs, ideating innovative solutions, prototyping and testing.
DSIGN290Directed Study15.022A (Hamilton), 22B (Hamilton) & 22X (Hamilton)
A directed study involving the design, implementation and testing of the solution to a creative industries problem and production of a formal report.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
COMPX322Advanced Web Development15.022A (Hamilton) & 22X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper covers a range of topics relating to the development of web applications. These include the latest developments in HTML, CSS and JavaScript; asynchronous communication using AJAX; security issues; object-oriented JavaScript; RESTful web services; XML; JSON and development libraries and frameworks.
COMPX324User Experience Design15.022B (Hamilton), 22B (Tauranga) & 22X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
An introduction to the field of human-computer interaction (HCI) where students develop skills and techniques for the design and evaluation of modern computer interfaces.
DSIGN341Design Systems15.022A (Hamilton) & 22X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper challenges students to design a visual identity system and apply it across multiple deliverables in different media.
DSIGN342User Centred Design15.022B (Hamilton) & 22X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper provides opportunity for students to develop skills in design methods. Students will solve visual design problems for diverse target audiences using theoretical and practical design methodologies.
DSIGN350Design Internship15.022A (Hamilton) & 22X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper will induct the design student into the professional environment where the student applies design skills, research methodology and production skills to allocated projects or industry placement.
DSIGN360Capstone Project15.022B (Hamilton) & 22X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
In this paper students plan, develop and execute a small scale design project with relative independence alongside the guidance of a supervisor.
DSIGN361Portfolio Project15.022B (Hamilton)
This paper is an opportunity for students to develop and refine a professional portfolio showcasing their design work.
DSIGN390Directed Study15.022A (Hamilton), 22B (Hamilton) & 22X (Hamilton)
A directed study involving the design, implementation and testing of the solution to a creative industies problem and production of a formal report.
DSIGN397Work Integrated Learning Directed Study15.022A (Hamilton), 22B (Hamilton) & 22X (Hamilton)
A directed study undertaken in collaboration with an industry partner involving the development of a design project and the production of a formal report.
DSIGN398Work Integrated Learning Directed Study30.022A (Hamilton), 22B (Hamilton) & 22X (Hamilton)
A directed study undertaken in collaboration with an industry partner involving the development of a design project and the production of a formal report.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
DSIGN532Information Visualisation15.022A (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.
DSIGN551Studio Management15.022A (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.
DSIGN581Design Research Methods30.022A (Hamilton)
Write a report based on the investigation of a topic that is negotiated with a supervisor.
DSIGN589Directed Study15.022A (Hamilton) & 22B (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
DSIGN590Directed Study30.022A (Hamilton) & 22B (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
DSIGN591Design Dissertation30.022X (Hamilton)
Write a dissertation to present the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation, based on a research topic negotiated with a supervisor. Presentation of the findings may include a publicly exhibited design project.
DSIGN592Design Dissertation60.022X (Hamilton)
Write a dissertation to present the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation, based on a research topic negotiated with a supervisor. Presentation of the findings may include a publicly exhibited design project.
DSIGN593Design Thesis90.022X (Hamilton)
Write a dissertation to present the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation, based on a research topic negotiated with a supervisor. Presentation of the findings may include a publicly exhibited design project.
DSIGN594Design Thesis120.022X (Hamilton)
Write a dissertation to present the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation, based on a research topic negotiated with a supervisor. Presentation of the findings may include a publicly exhibited design project.

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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.


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