Interface Design explores the intersection between visual design and technology to learn how to effectively present digital information and create engaging user experiences for contemporary and future screens. This major integrates User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) design, emphasizing the development of essential digital skills such as coding, and information design. Prepare for diverse career opportunities in web design, app and mobile design, and digital interactive and data visualization design. Unleash your creativity and become a visionary in the world of screen-based media!

Interface Design is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Design (BDes). Interface Design may also be included as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Interface Design as a single major for the BDes, students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Interface Design, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete DSIGN141, DSIGN142, DSIGN221, COMPX222, DSIGN241, COMPX322, COMPX324, DSIGN341 and DSIGN360.

To complete Interface Design as a second major, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for Interface Design, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete DSIGN141, DSIGN142, DSIGN221, COMPX222, DSIGN241, and 45 points from COMPX322, COMPX324, DSIGN341 or DSIGN360.

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

Note:

Candidates who wish to structure a strong qualification that will prepare them well for the creative industries should consider a double major pathway. Consider pairing Interface Design with Communication Design or another major to create a qualification that sets you apart from other Design graduates in Aotearoa. Discuss these options with the Design undergraduate advisor.

Other qualifications

Prescriptions for:

Interface Design papers

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Code and paper title Points
COMPX101 Introduction to Programming right arrow

This paper introduces computer programming in C# - the exciting challenge of creating software and designing artificial worlds within the computer...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Online) & 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Secondary School - Unistart) & 24X (Hangzhou City University, Hangzhou China)
COMPX102 Object-Oriented Programming right arrow

This paper builds on introductory programming experience, and assumes a knowledge of basic programming techniques, which it expands on particularly...

15 24X (Hangzhou City University, Hangzhou China)
COMPX161 Introduction to the Web right arrow

This paper introduces the core Web technologies of HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Students will learn how to combine these technologies with design...

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24I (Hangzhou City University, Hangzhou China) & 24X (Hangzhou City University, Hangzhou China)
CSMAX170 Foundations in Computing and Mathematical Sciences right arrow

The objective of this paper is to provide students with the academic foundations for computing and mathematical sciences. The paper will cover the...

15 No occurrences
CSMAX175 Introduction to Cyber Security right arrow

This paper provides an introduction to Cyber Security through the exploration of concepts such as digital information, digital identities, digital...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga) & 24X (Hainan University, Haikou China)
DSIGN125 Introduction to Communication Design Production right arrow

This paper enables students to perform basic computing operations and to operate software packages for the manipulation of visual images and text for...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Online) & 24A (Secondary School - Unistart) & 24X (Hangzhou City University, Hangzhou China)
DSIGN141 Principles of Form and Design right arrow

This paper develops the student's ability to recognise and utilise the basic elements and principles of design both two and three dimensionally. It...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24X (Hangzhou City University, Hangzhou China)
DSIGN142 Beyond the Basics of Design right arrow

This paper develops the student's ability to put into graphic application the basic elements and principles of design. It will also provide an...

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24X (Hangzhou City University, Hangzhou China)
DSIGN151 Design History right arrow

Students journey through a thematic history of design and its interplay with society and technology by studying historical artefacts that influence...

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24X (Hangzhou City University, Hangzhou China)
DSIGN161 Introduction to the Web right arrow

This paper introduces the core Web technologies of HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Students will learn how to combine these technologies with design...

15 24B (Hamilton)
DSIGN171 Design Methodology right arrow

The objective of this paper is to provide the students with the academic foundations for design. The first part will cover effective academic...

15 24X (Hangzhou City University, Hangzhou China)
Code and paper title Points
COMPX201 Data Structures and Algorithms right arrow

This paper covers object-oriented software development in Java focusing on abstract data types and dynamic data structures, while introducing design...

15 24X (Hangzhou City University, Hangzhou China)
COMPX202 Mobile Computing and Software Architecture right arrow

This paper continues object-oriented software development in Java, but also touching on alternative approaches. It introduces software development...

15 24X (Hangzhou City University, Hangzhou China)
COMPX221 Programming for Creative Industries right arrow

A fundamental grounding in object-oriented programming that uses Processing software to creative visual outputs for creative industries.

15 24A (Hamilton)
COMPX222 Web Development right arrow

This paper provides a broad overview of the principles and technologies used in Web Applications, with practical experience of client-side and...

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga) & 24X (Hangzhou City University, Hangzhou China)
COMPX251 Applied Computing Tools 1 right arrow

This paper enables students to widen their experience of computer software using an intensive laboratory programme. Students select from a variety of...

15 24X (Hangzhou City University, Hangzhou China)
DSIGN221 Programming for Creative Industries right arrow

The paper develops basic programming expertise and applies these skills to creating visual outputs for design and the arts. The paper is practically...

15 24A (Hamilton)
DSIGN241 Aspects of Web Design right arrow

This paper presents the students with the challenge of designing, developing and publishing content for the World Wide Web, working with content...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24X (Hangzhou City University, Hangzhou China)
DSIGN242 Interactive Environments right arrow

This paper presents the students with the challenge of designing interactive media environments of different types. The students are challenged to...

15 24X (Hangzhou City University, Hangzhou China)
DSIGN243 Visual Language and Information Design right arrow

This paper offers students the possibility to explore the area of information design. By using their knowledge of principles of design, visual...

15 24X (Hangzhou City University, Hangzhou China)
DSIGN251 Applied Computing Tools 1 right arrow

This paper enables students to widen their experience of design relevant computer software using an intensive laboratory programme. Students select...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24B (Hamilton) & 24H (Hamilton)
DSIGN252 Cultural Perspectives for Design right arrow

The paper provides students with an understanding of culture-specific perspectives on design issues and the ability to apply these in diverse...

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24X (Hangzhou City University, Hangzhou China)
DSIGN271 Design Thinking right arrow

The paper presents the iterative process of design, used to understand users, challenge assumptions and redefine problems through empathising with...

15 24A (Hamilton)
DSIGN290 Directed Study right arrow

A directed study involving the design, implementation and testing of the solution to a creative industries problem and production of a formal report.

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24B (Hamilton) & 24X (Hamilton)
Code and paper title Points
COMPX322 Advanced Web Development right arrow

This paper covers a range of topics relating to the development of web applications. These include the latest developments in HTML, CSS and...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24X (Hangzhou City University, Hangzhou China)
COMPX324 User Experience Design right arrow

An introduction to the field of human-computer interaction (HCI) where students develop skills and techniques for the design and evaluation of modern...

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga) & 24X (Hangzhou City University, Hangzhou China)
DSIGN341 Design Systems right arrow

This paper challenges students to design a visual identity system and apply it across multiple deliverables in different media.

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24X (Hangzhou City University, Hangzhou China)
DSIGN342 User Centred Design right arrow

This paper provides opportunity for students to develop skills in design methods. Students will solve visual design problems for diverse target...

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24I (Hangzhou City University, Hangzhou China) & 24X (Hangzhou City University, Hangzhou China)
DSIGN350 Design Internship right arrow

This paper will induct the design student into the professional environment where the student applies design skills, research methodology and...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24X (Hangzhou City University, Hangzhou China)
DSIGN360 Capstone Project right arrow

In this paper students plan, develop and execute a small scale design project with relative independence alongside the guidance of a supervisor.

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24X (Hangzhou City University, Hangzhou China)
DSIGN361 Portfolio Project right arrow

This paper is an opportunity for students to develop and refine a professional portfolio showcasing their design work.

15 24B (Hamilton)
DSIGN390 Directed Study right arrow

A directed study involving the design, implementation and testing of the solution to a creative industries problem and production of a formal report.

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24B (Hamilton) & 24X (Hamilton)
DSIGN397 Work Integrated Learning Directed Study right arrow

A directed study undertaken in collaboration with an industry partner involving the development of a design project and the production of a formal...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24B (Hamilton) & 24X (Hamilton)
DSIGN398 Work Integrated Learning Directed Study right arrow

A directed study undertaken in collaboration with an industry partner involving the development of a design project and the production of a formal...

30 24A (Hamilton) & 24B (Hamilton) & 24X (Hamilton)
Code and paper title Points
DSIGN532 Information Visualisation right arrow

This paper aims to provide an awareness of the potential offered by information visualisation techniques, a familiarity with the underlying concepts...

15 24A (Hamilton)
DSIGN551 Studio Management right arrow

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...

15 24A (Hamilton)
DSIGN581 Design Research Methods right arrow

This paper aims to introduce students to the assumptions underlying the different methodologies and methods for performing research in design. The...

30 24A (Hamilton)
DSIGN589 Directed Study right arrow

Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24B (Hamilton)
DSIGN590 Directed Study right arrow

Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.

30 24A (Hamilton) & 24B (Hamilton)
DSIGN591 Design Dissertation right arrow

Write a dissertation to present the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation, based on a research topic negotiated with a supervisor...

30 24X (Hamilton)
DSIGN592 Design Dissertation right arrow

Write a dissertation to present the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation, based on a research topic negotiated with a supervisor...

60 24X (Hamilton)
DSIGN593 Design Thesis right arrow

Write a dissertation to present the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation, based on a research topic negotiated with a supervisor...

90 24X (Hamilton)
DSIGN594 Design Thesis right arrow

Write a dissertation to present the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation, based on a research topic negotiated with a supervisor...

120 24X (Hamilton)
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