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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): $6,591 (approx) per year
Fees (International): $29,705 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

Degree Planner

Degree planner — BDes in Media Design

If no point value is listed, papers are worth 15 points.  This structure applies to study starting in 2019.

  • Major
  • Elective
  • Compulsory

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Media Design combines elements of design, aswell as 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 Science19A (Hamilton), 19A (Online), 19B (Hamilton) & 19C (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...
CSMAX170Foundations in Computing and Mathematical Sciences19A (Hamilton) & 19B (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 mathematica...
DSIGN125Introduction to Communication Design Production19A (Hamilton) & 19C (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 119A (Hamilton) & 19C (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 219B (Hamilton) & 19C (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.
DSIGN151A History of Visual Communication19B (Hamilton) & 19C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
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 Culture19A (Hamilton) & 19C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
Our lives are dominated by still and moving images and visual technologies. This paper will constitute an important first step in learning to understand how images variously work to convey ideas, their impact and influence on our behaviour, thinking and culture. It draws on a broad theoretical platform from aesthetics, art history,...
MEDIA102Film Production 1: Telling Stories19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton) & 19C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
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 designing, shooting and editing digital short films.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
DSIGN242Design 4: Interactive Environments19B (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 Design19B (Hamilton)
The paper provides students with an understanding of culture-specific perspectives on design issues and the ability to apply these in diverse contexts.
DSIGN271Design Thinking19B (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.
MEDIA202Film Production 2: Experimentation and Creativity19B (Hamilton) & 19C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
Students are challenged to extend their creative practice beyond the conventions of narrative film making. Working with moving image and sound, students work in teams to experiment with the affordances of the medium and extend their own creative thinking and strategies.
MEDIA203Digital Arts and Cultures19A (Hamilton)
The paper examines how traditional analogue media are being supplemented by digital media and the impact it is having on creative and artistic practices. Digital media is best understood as a complex process that involves the transformation of existing cultural forms and skills leading to more hybrid media forms and interdisciplina...

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
DSIGN350Intern Project19A (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.
DSIGN360Capstone Project19B (Hamilton)
In this paper students plan, develop and execute a small scale design project with relative independence alongside the guidance of a supervisor.
DSIGN361Portfolio Project19B (Hamilton)
This paper is an opportunity for students to develop and refine a professional portfolio showcasing their design work.
MEDIA301Animation Studies: Theory and Practice19A (Hamilton)
While providing a broad critical and historical context of animation and animated films, this paper introduces students to key principles, techniques, cultural expression, aesthetic approaches and applications for animation. Students are encouraged to explore conceptual approaches, and apply these to innovative creative productions...
MEDIA302Film Production 3: From Concept to Screen19A (Hamilton) & 19B (Hamilton)
Students examine digital film production to develop a specialism within production roles including post-production, cinematography, and sound design. Students work on individual projects having successfully completed MEDIA102 and MEDIA202.
MEDIA305Interactive Media Design19A (Hamilton) & 19B (Hamilton)
Students develop skills and approaches through individual project work in advanced interactive screen media technologies such as Max MSP and Isadora. There is a strong emphasis on experimental applications of these technologies with a view to developing an understanding of new experiences of media in public performance spaces.
MEDIA306Work-related Media Project19C (Hamilton)
The work for this paper can be mostly a university-based project with a workplace connection or a community based project. The project will consist of engaging with a relevant workplace/community. If the work undertaken has an applied focus but within an academic context, then the university should be seen as the relevant workplace...
MEDIA307Work-related Media Project19C (Hamilton)
The work for this paper can be mostly a university-based project with a workplace connection or a community based project. The project will consist of engaging with a relevant workplace/community. If the work undertaken has an applied focus but within an academic context, then the university should be seen as the relevant workplace...

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
DSIGN532Information Visualisation19A (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 Management19A (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 Methods19A (Hamilton)
Write a report based on the investigation of a topic that is negotiated with a supervisor.
DSIGN591Design Dissertation and Realisation19C (Hamilton)
Write a dissertation and undertake a publically exhibited realisation on a research topic negotiated with a supervisor.
DSIGN592Design Dissertation and Realisation19C (Hamilton)
Write a dissertation and undertake a publically exhibited realisation on a research topic negotiated with a supervisor.
DSIGN593Design Thesis and Realisation19C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
DSIGN594Design Thesis and Realisation19C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
MEDIA501Theory and Research in Action19A (Hamilton)
This paper is designed to provide an advanced understanding of screen research methods and outcomes. It identifies the constraints and freedoms of research methods, and places a strong emphasis on explaining how research can be understood as an intellectual and theoretical activity. Students are required to develop and work on thei...
MEDIA502Creative Practice: Development19C (Hamilton)
This individually supervised paper allows students to engage in concept development, scriptwriting, or other aspects of pre-production and planning for an advanced practice based creative project. Students are advised to also take MEDIA501 in order to develop an appropriate scholarly rationale and framework for the work that will b...
MEDIA503Creative Practice: Production19C (Hamilton)
This individually supervised paper allows students to execute the project planned in MEDIA502. This is an opportunity for students to complete an advanced creative practice project of their choice.
MEDIA504Media Design and Aesthetics19B (Hamilton)
This paper examines several key approaches toward media aesthetics in relation to practices of transmedia and cultural reworking. Students are supported to develop the concepts and terminology that enable them to articulate this understanding using appropriate academic strategies.

New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.

CMS International Exchange Scholarship  Closed

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.


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