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Master of Computer Graphic Design

The Master of Computer Graphic Design (MCGD) is an advanced degree focusing on graphic design theory, technology and original research.  It builds on the unique combination of design and coding skills developed during the Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design (BCGD).

The MCGD provides an opportunity for you to plan, develop and carry out a large scale design research project.  This will enable you to collaborate with other students and academics, and to work with members of the professional design industry.  The MCGD research is represented by both a written thesis and an exhibited  design realisation.

Research topics are tailored to suit your interests, providing an opportunity for you to hone a particular aspect of graphic design further, which could be a pathway to your chosen career. You will also have the full support, guidance and expertise of your supervisor during your research project.

Computing facilities at Waikato

The University of Waikato offers students 24-hour computer lab access with all the latest computer software, and several labs fully equipped with Mac computers, commonly used in professional design environments.  Graduate students have a dedicated lab space and access to all undergraduate facilities.

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Key information

Years: 1.5
Points: 120 or 180
Study Locations:Hamilton
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $7,325-$8,085 per year
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Fees (International): $33,670 per year
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate 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.

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Career opportunities

  • Advertising Designer
  • Computer Games Designer
  • Interactive Designer
  • Motion Graphics Designer
  • TV Graphics Designer
  • Web Designer

To enrol in the MCGD you should have completed a Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design (BCGD) (or equivalent) and have achieved a B average over the course of your study.

If you are applying with an undergraduate or graduate qualification from another university you must also complete a portfolio containing ten pieces of art or design work (see Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design admission and enrolment section). Please include the ID Number that you will receive during this online application process when naming your portfolio. Submit your Portfolio after you have completed an online application to enrol.

It is helpful if you can discuss the choice of your actual programme of study – that is, the courses you are going to take and the area in which you plan to write a thesis or dissertation with the graduate advisor in Computer Graphic Design.  We will go over your entire proposed graduate programme with you, not just the courses you plan to take in the first year.  If you cannot come to the University in person, we can discuss your proposed programme by email or on the phone.

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

Freemasons Postgraduate Scholarship  Closed

For students who, in the year following application, will be enrolled full-time in a postgraduate qualification: Postgraduate Diploma, Master degree and Doctoral degree.The scholarship will have a value of $10,000.

University of Waikato Summer Research Scholarship  Closed

For students who are enrolled at a NZ or Australian University in an undergraduate degree, final year honours degree or a first-year master's degree (taught papers only). The Summer Research Scholarship provides students with opportunities to experience the challenges and rewards of research. The scholarship will have a value of $6,000.

University of Waikato Taught Postgraduate Scholarship  Open

For students enrolling in 500-level taught papers (some 400-level taught papers are also eligible - see regulations for further info). Applications must be submitted prior to the commencement of the papers for which funding is being sought. A minimum GPA of A- is required for eligibility. International students must have completed at least 120 points of study at a NZ university to be eligible.
Closing Date: 31 Oct 2019

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Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences

Phone: +64 7 838 4322 / 0800 924 528