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BDes - Media 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.

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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Key information

Years: 3
Points: 360
Study Locations: Hamilton
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $6,462 per year
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Fees (International): $28,290 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
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*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

  • Media Designer
  • Digital Media Designer
  • Media Artist
  • Motion Graphics Designer
  • TV Graphics Designer
  • Computer Games Designer

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Media Design combines elements of design, screen and media studies within a single major. It offers students a comprehensive education in the theory, research and design of multi-modal media content for screen and multi-media platforms.

Media Design is available as a major for the BDes. Media Design may also be included as a minor or a second major in other undergraduate degrees, subject to the approval of the Faculty in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Media Design as a single major for the BDes, students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Media Design, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete DSIGN141, MEDIA100, DSIGN242, MEDIA202, MEDIA203, 15 points from MEDIA302 or MEDIA303, and MEDIA306, MEDIA307 and DSIGN360.

To complete Media Design as part of a second major, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for Media Design, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete MEDIA100, DSIGN141, MEDIA202, MEDIA203, DSIGN242, and 45 points from MEDIA302 or MEDIA303, MEDIA306, MEDIA307 and DSIGN360.

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

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
COMPX101Introduction to Computer Science18A (Hamilton), 18A (Online), 18B (Hamilton) & 18C (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...
COMPX161Computing Media18B (Hamilton) & 18C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
In this paper students will create multimedia web content using appropriate software packages. Web design concepts will be introduced for the effective use of text, images and sounds. Students will be introduced to relevant computing concepts and provided with software tutorials and related exercises.
DSIGN125Introduction to Communication Design Production18A (Hamilton) & 18C (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.
DSIGN141Design 118A (Hamilton) & 18C (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...
DSIGN142Design 218B (Hamilton)
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.
DSIGN151A History of Visual Communication18B (Hamilton)
Students consider the role of visual communication design in society and culture, from the evolution of writing to the revolutions of twentieth century modernism, through the study of visual images and critical theory.
MEDIA100Understanding Visual Culture18A (Hamilton)
Our lives our dominated by images and visual technologies. This paper will constitute an important first step in learning to understand how images variously work to convey ideas, and their impact and influence on our behaviour, society and culture. It also draws on a broad theoretical platform from aesthetics, art history, psycholo...
MEDIA102Film Production 1: Audio-Visual Communication18A (Hamilton)
A hands-on practice paper in which students learn to apply film production theory to communicate ideas and tell stories. Students gain experience capturing, constructing and manipulating both audio and moving image in the process of making digital short films.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
DSIGN242Design 4: Interactive Environments18B (Hamilton)
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.
DSIGN252Cultural Perspectives for Design18B (Hamilton)
The paper provides students with an understanding of culture-specific perspectives on design issues and the ability to apply these in diverse contexts.
MEDIA202Film Production 2: Experimenting with Sight and Sound18B (Hamilton)
Students work in small production teams to write, produce, direct and edit short films from initial concept to screening and peer review, thereby developing practical and critical understanding of the production process. Students are introduced to theories of creativity and ideas for enhancing the creative process. Students will th...
MEDIA203Media and Digital Practices18A (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on cultural paradigms, theoretical concepts and critical perspectives relevant to (new) digital media practice. The discussion is complemented by the integration of digital tools and techniques in the realisation of individual and group creative projects.
MEDIA204Studio Production18T (Hamilton)
This paper allows students to explore studio practice. It introduces students to filmmaking in a controlled live production space of a studio. The focus of this paper is working in a professional environment, as a team with clear designated roles and responsibilities. The paper has direct application to future work prospects in ...

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
DSIGN350Intern Project18A (Hamilton)
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.

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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 will be enrolled full-time in FCMS in the year of tenure.

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For students who are currently in Year 12 or Year 13 at a New Zealand secondary school. Candidates must be intending to enrol full-time in a BCMS(Hons), BSc, BSc(Tech), BE(Hons) or BDes degree, in one of the computing streams, at the University of Waikato. Candidates will sit a Scholarship exam, which will be held on 19 and 20 October 2018.
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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.


Subject links

Design Degree Show


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Contacts

Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences

Phone: 0800 924 528 ext: 4322 or +64 7 838 4322
Email: cms@waikato.ac.nz
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