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Bachelor of Media and Creative Technologies

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From 2018 Bachelor of Media and Creative Technologies will not be available for new enrolments, except for SISU and ZUCC students.

Are you intrigued by new forms of self expression through performance and imagery? Explore the cutting edge of new technologies and their role in a world of storytelling and creative collaboration with a Bachelor of Media and Creative Technologies from Waikato.

The Bachelor of Media and Creative Technologies (BMCT) is a cross-disciplinary degree that explores the impact of creative technologies in arts and media in the 21st century. With a particular focus on online audio and video, portable devices, networking and an on-demand culture, the degree examines how we have transformed today's creative environment, and how this promises more innovative ways to create and share content in future.

The BMCT has interconnections with other departments, including Music, Dance (Sport & Leisure Studies), Māori Performing and Creative Arts and Computer Science/Graphic Design. The combination promises the development of skills in a variety of contemporary mediated creative practices, and a thorough conceptual and critical understanding of their cultural impact.

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Key information

Years: 3.0
Points: 360
BMCT Study Locations: Hamilton; Zhejiang, China; Shanghai, China
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $5,997-$6,922 per year
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Fees (International): $23,235 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
*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

  • Animator
  • Broadcaster
  • Community Arts Adviser
  • Creative Arts Industry Developer
  • Curator
  • Digital Media Specialist
  • Events Manager
  • Performing Arts Theatre Manager
  • Production Designer or Art Director
  • Sound Technician
  • Web Developer
  • Writer

Degree Planner

Shannon Julian My older sister studied at Waikato, and I knew I could live in Tauranga and do my Bachelor of Social Work while continuing to work and remain close to my family.

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You will be eligible to apply for this degree if you have University Entrance and meet any additional requirements for the qualification. All other applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Some first-year papers may have specific prerequisites, so please check the catalogue of papers carefully. If you do not meet the prerequisites, please contact as there may be other pathways that you can take to study in this field.

Scholarships and prizes

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

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The Bachelor of Media and Creative Technologies with Honours (BMCT(Hons)) involves two semesters of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study. The BMCT(Hons) comprises 120 points at 500 level. Students must complete the compulsory papers for the degree, including 30 points in a collaborative research project. The BMCT(Hons) is awarded with classes of honours.

Compulsory papers

CRPC591 Creative Research Project (30 points)
CRPC502 Theory in Action (30 points) OR SMST501 Researching the Media (30 points)


In general, to be admitted to the BMCT(Hons) you must have a B grade average in the 300 level papers of your undergraduate major subject. You need to have majored in the same subject, or an equivalent, at undergraduate level as that in which you intend to enrol at postgraduate level. In some cases, a substantial undergraduate supporting subject may be a sufficient prerequisite. Students who have completed a BMCT with a major in Design Media with an appropriate grade point average will be eligible for entry to Creative Technologies for the BMCT(Hons). Students with undergraduate majors in other relevant subjects also may be admitted. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Adviser for specific admission criteria.

BMCT(Hons) subjects

  • Creative Practices
  • Creative Technologies
  • Māori Media and Communication
  • Screen and Media Studies

Note: Students who wish to enrol in Māori Media and Communication for the BMCT(Hons) must enrol through the Faculty

Graduate study options

Benefits of the BMCT include the option to complete a work placement at 200 or 300 level (visit our work placement page to find out more) and you'll have the use of the on-campus television studios and dance studios for practical work and projects.

You'll also have the opportunity to exhibit project work at local galleries and the chance to enter your projects into national and international festivals and creative competitions.



Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:
Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4080

Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies:
Phone: + 64 7 838 4737