Computer Graphic Design

Studying Computer Graphic 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.

Jon Allitt

Bachelor of Science
Since 1998 Jon has worked at Weta Digital on the visual effects for many well-known movies, including The Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong, Avatar, and most recently Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy.

Scott Alonzo

Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design

Gage Hall

Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design
Former Hamilton Boys’ High School student Gage Hall is in the final year of a Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design at the University of Waikato.

Emma-Jane McIntosh

Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design
Wanting a qualification that would stand out and make her a versatile designer, Emma-Jane McIntosh chose to complete the Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design at the University of Waikato.

Bridie McPherson

Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design with Honours
University of Waikato honours student Bridie McPherson is exploring how consumers react differently to typography and hand lettering.

Sam Thompson

Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design

Kelly Wilson

Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design
Kelly chose the Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design because of its strong design focus and programming component.

Studying Computer Graphic Design at a graduate level means you will apply theory and practice to research in areas related to how designers think, how they practice and what they produce. Computer Graphic Design at Waikato is unique in New Zealand as a specialist design qualification that offers an integration of design and computer science.

You’ll become a designer who can code – making you highly desirable. Waikato also trains computer graphic design students to problem-solve, and to apply an aesthetic edge, while seeing the full range of creative design possibilities.

Graduate level study in Computer Graphic Design (Master of Computer Graphic Design (MCGD)) is an opportunity to plan, develop and carry out a large-scale design project supported by original research. Research topics are tailored to suit you and therefore provide an opportunity for honing a particular aspect of graphic design further, which could be a pathway to your chosen career.

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.

 Career opportunities

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


Study Computer Graphic Design in any of these qualifications

100 level

Introduction to Computer ScienceCOMPX10115.0 Points
Computing MediaCOMPX16115.0 Points
Introduction to Communication Design ProductionDSIGN12515.0 Points
Design 1DSIGN14115.0 Points
Design 2DSIGN14215.0 Points
A History of Visual CommunicationDSIGN15115.0 Points
Design MethodologyDSIGN17115.0 Points

200 level

Programming for Creative IndustriesCOMPX22115.0 Points
Internet ApplicationsCOMPX22215.0 Points
Information DiscoveryCOMPX25115.0 Points
Interactive ComputingCOMPX25215.0 Points
Design 3: Aspects of Web DesignDSIGN24115.0 Points
Design 4: Interactive EnvironmentsDSIGN24215.0 Points
Visual Language and Information DesignDSIGN24315.0 Points
Cultural Perspectives for DesignDSIGN25215.0 Points

300 level

Computer Graphic Design 3CGRD34320.0 Points
Computer Graphic Design 4CGRD34420.0 Points
Intern ProjectCGRD35020.0 Points
Advanced Studies in Visual CommunicationCGRD35320.0 Points
Degree ProjectCGRD36020.0 Points
Portfolio PreparationCGRD36120.0 Points
Interaction DesignCOMP32420.0 Points
Human-Computer InteractionCOMP32520.0 Points
Web Applications DevelopmentCOMP33320.0 Points
Graphics and Computer GamesCOMP33620.0 Points
User Experience DesignCOMPX32415.0 Points
Intern ProjectDSIGN35015.0 Points

Prescriptions for the GradCert(CGD) and GradDip(CGD)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Computer Graphic Design at an advanced level in their first degree.

For further details contact the Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences.

Prescriptions for the PGDipCGD, BCGD(Hons) and MCGD

Topics in Interaction DesignCGRD52415.0 Points
Information VisualisationCGRD53215.0 Points
Studio ManagementCGRD55115.0 Points
Design Research MethodsCGRD58130.0 Points
Design Dissertation and ExhibitionCGRD59130.0 Points
Design Dissertation and ExhibitionCGRD59260.0 Points
Design Thesis and RealisationCGRD59390.0 Points
Design Thesis and RealisationCGRD594120.0 Points
Programming for Research 1COMP57515.0 Points
Programming for Research 2COMP57615.0 Points
Programming for ResearchCOMP58930.0 Points
Research in Computer ScienceCOMP59030.0 Points

Practical experience

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.

CMS International Exchange Scholarship

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 are currently enrolled full-time in FCMS.

Closing Date: 2018-03-31 23:59:00


Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences

Phone: 0800 924 528 ext: 4322 or +64 7 838 4322