PGDip - Design as a subject
Postgraduate diplomas provide the opportunity for continuing professional development in the same area as an original degree. A postgraduate diploma can often lead to a masters degree.
Studying Design at the University of Waikato makes you highly sought after, with a unique combination of design and coding skills. You will be able to meet the increasing demand for designers who can work in a variety of media, such as websites, apps, gaming and virtual reality.
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Apply to enrol
Entry usually requires a bachelors degree (or equivalent) and an advanced level of study in your subject area.
|Start Dates:||Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)|
|Estimated Fees* (International):||$32,400 - $42,305 per year|
|Entry Requirements:||Postgraduate 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.|
- Advertising Designer
- Computer Games Designer
- Interactive Designer
- Motion Graphics Designer
- TV Graphics Designer
- Web Designer
Papers available within Design
Prescriptions for the Postgraduate Diploma in Design (PGDipDes) and Master of Design (MDes)
To complete a PGDipDes, students must complete 120 points at 500 level. Typically, the programme corresponds to 120 points of taught papers as would be taken by MDes students.
To complete a MDes, students must complete 180 points at 500 level, including DSIGN581 (30 points). Students not wishing to complete a research-led MDes degree could take DSIGN591 (30 points) if DSIGN581 is in their programme of study, or could take DSIGN592 (60 points). The remaining papers should be chosen from appropriate 500 level taught papers. A research-led MDes degree would include either a 90 point or 120 point Design Thesis and Realisation.
Students should select their papers for these qualifications in consultation with the Graduate Advisor for Design in the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences.
Scholarships and prizes
Selected scholarships for Design students.
New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.
CMS International Exchange Scholarship Not currently accepting applications
For students who have completed at least one year in the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences (subject areas may include Computer Science, Software Engineering, Statistics, Mathematics or Design) in the year of tenure and have applied for a University of Waikato exchange programme. By clicking on 'Apply Now' below, students will be taken to a list of possible exchange universities.
Computer Science Undergraduate Scholarship Not currently accepting applications
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 BCompSc, BCMS(Hons) majoring in Computer Science, BSc majoring in Computer Science, BE(Hons) majoring in Software Engineering, BE(Hons) majoring in Electrical and Electronic Engineering; or a BDes majoring in Interface Design.