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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.

Studying Design means you will apply theory and practice to research in areas related to how designers think, how they practice and what they produce. 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 design students to problem-solve, and to apply an aesthetic edge, while seeing the full range of creative design possibilities.

Design is available at undergraduate level under the Certificate in Design (Cert(Des)), the Diploma in Design (Dip(Des)), and the Bachelor of Design (BDes).

Subjects include:

Graduate level study in Design (Master of Design (MDes)) 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.

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Key information

Study Location:Hamilton
Area of Study:

Career opportunities

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

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
DSIGN532Information Visualisation20A (Hamilton), 20P (Hamilton) & 20P (Online)
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.
DSIGN551Studio Management20A (Hamilton)
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, or those managing freelance teams.
DSIGN581Design Research Methods20A (Hamilton)
Write a report based on the investigation of a topic that is negotiated with a supervisor.
DSIGN589Directed Study20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
DSIGN590Directed Study20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
DSIGN591Design Dissertation and Realisation20X (Hamilton)
Write a dissertation and undertake a publically exhibited realisation on a research topic negotiated with a supervisor.
DSIGN592Design Dissertation and Realisation20X (Hamilton)
Write a dissertation and undertake a publically exhibited realisation on a research topic negotiated with a supervisor.
DSIGN593Design Thesis and Realisation20X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
DSIGN594Design Thesis and Realisation20X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
MEDIA501Theory and Research in Action20A (Hamilton)
This paper identifies the constraints and freedoms of research methods, and places a strong emphasis on research as an intellectual, theoretical, and processual activity as well as the roles of interdisciplinary projects in creating unique methodological and conceptual media research.
MEDIA504Media Design and Aesthetics20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
Audio-visual media are undergoing continual transformations that question the roles of makers and audiences alike. Students are encouraged to experiment with sensory perception in order to question current notions of aesthetics in relation to cultural practices and media creations. This process of reflection encourages critical per...

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

CMS International Exchange Scholarship  Closed

For students who have completed at least one year of study in the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences 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, and can then choose to apply once they have read further.

Computer Science Undergraduate Scholarship  Open

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 BCMS(Hons), BSc, BSc(Tech), BE(Hons) or BDes degree, in one of the computing streams, at the University of Waikato. Candidates will sit a practical exam, which will be held on 17 October 2020.
Closing Date: 15 Sep 2020

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Subject links

Design Degree Show


Documents

School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences Handbook


Contacts

School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Phone: 0800 924 528 or +64 7 838 4625
Email: contact-hecs@waikato.ac.nz
Website: cms.waikato.ac.nz
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