Map NZ Map World

Creative Technologies

Are you interested in the complex interaction between music and computing in the digital age? Creative Technologies at Waikato fuses multimedia practices with the fast-paced world of digital communications, mobile and networking.

Please note: There will be no new enrolments in the Creative Technologies major, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or supporting subject from 2017. Students who commenced a major in Creative Technologies in 2016 or prior should consult the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences for advice(

Creative Technologies is a highly relevant field of study where you'll develop a conceptual and practical understanding of multimedia methods and approaches, including elements of image manipulation, graphics, studio production and digital music.

Music papers are focused on digital music and sound applications. Computer Science papers focus on computer graphics and interactive media systems. Media paper options include production and new integrated video-based multimedia practices.

Apply to enrol

Key information

Study Locations: Hamilton; Online

Career opportunities

  • Animator
  • Creative Services Manager
  • Producer
  • Retailer
  • Sound Technician
  • Website Designer

Prescriptions for the PGCert(CreateTech), PGDip(CreateTech) and MMCT

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate Creative Technologies papers, a student should normally have completed a Bachelor of Media and Creative Technologies or an undergraduate programme considered to be equivalent by the Chair of the School of Arts and have achieved at least a B average over either all of the papers in their undergraduate major or the best three 300 level papers in the major.

To complete a MMCT in Creative Technologies, students must complete 180 points at 500 level including CRPC502, CRPC593 and 60 points chosen from CGRD524, CGRD532, MUSI510, MUSI511, SMST518, SMST519 and SMST520.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CRPC591Creative Research Project19B (Hamilton)
Students undertake a collaboratively-designed creative research project that demonstrates the research topic and creative process. Students complete an individual action research report that documents and analyses research methods and findings in the context of relevant theory and practice.
CRPC592Dissertation19C (Hamilton)
Students complete a self-designed research project and dissertation that demonstrates the research process and analyses the findings in the context of relevant theory and practice.
CRPC593Creative Research Thesis19C (Hamilton)
Students will complete a collaboratively-designed creative research project that demonstrates the research topic and creative process. In an individual action report, students document and analyse research methods and findings in the context of relevant theory and practice. Students subsequently design and complete a research proje...
DSIGN532Information Visualisation19A (Hamilton)
This paper aims to provide an awareness of the potential offered by information visualisation techniques, a familiarity with the underlying concepts, and an understanding and ability to effectively design and apply information visualisations in a given context.
MEDIA501Theory and Research in Action19A (Hamilton)
This paper is designed to provide an advanced understanding of screen research methods and outcomes. It identifies the constraints and freedoms of research methods, and places a strong emphasis on explaining how research can be understood as an intellectual and theoretical activity. Students are required to develop and work on thei...
MEDIA502Creative Practice: Development19C (Hamilton)
This individually supervised paper allows students to engage in concept development, scriptwriting, or other aspects of pre-production and planning for an advanced practice based creative project. Students are advised to also take MEDIA501 in order to develop an appropriate scholarly rationale and framework for the work that will b...
MEDIA503Creative Practice: Production19C (Hamilton)
This individually supervised paper allows students to execute the project planned in MEDIA502. This is an opportunity for students to complete an advanced creative practice project of their choice.
MEDIA504Media Design and Aesthetics19B (Hamilton)
This paper examines several key approaches toward media aesthetics in relation to practices of transmedia and cultural reworking. Students are supported to develop the concepts and terminology that enable them to articulate this understanding using appropriate academic strategies.
MUSIC510Music and the Screen19Y (Hamilton)
No description available.
MUSIC511Sonic Art19Y (Hamilton)
No description available.

Scholarships and prizes

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

Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships

Find your scholarship

Subject links

Screen and Media Studies Programme

Creative Technologies is available as a major for the BMCT. Creative Technologies may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.

To complete a major in Creative Technologies, students must gain 120 points above 100 level in Creative Technologies, comprising COMP224, COMP324, MUSI240, MUSI340, and either SMST212 and SMST312 or SMST217 and SMST308. It is recommended that students intending to major in Creative Technologies include MUSI140, SMST112 and one of COMP103, COMP125 or COMP126 in the first year of their programme of study in order to meet prerequisites for study at 200 level and above. In addition, students must complete the compulsory papers for the BMCT degree: CGRD161, CRPC101, SMST101, CRPC301.

For further details see Bachelor of Media and Creative Technologies .



Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:
Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4543
General and Undergraduate Email Enquiries: