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Postgraduate Degrees

Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
BCMS and BCMS(Hons)

Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Engineering with Honours

Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design
BCGD and BCGD(Hons)

Undergraduate Degrees
Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design (BCGD and BCGD(Hons))

In line with new international developments in computer graphic design education, the Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design at Waikato encourages students to reach beyond the boundaries of traditional graphic design and explore the huge potential of the digital environment.

The Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design combines highly creative design and visual communication papers with computer programming papers from our Computer Science department. The intention is to empower a new generation of designers with the ability to redefine the boundaries of graphic design by working across mediums and linking powerful visual communication with effective, innovative use of technology.

This style of qualification is in increasing demand both within New Zealand and internationally. This follows the now widespread use of computers in the design profession, and the enormous growth of the internet, the worldwide web, and electronic commerce, entertainment, education and interactivity. The qualification meets the ever-increasing demand for high quality cross media design expertise. The structure of the programme has been developed in collaboration with the design industry, with an eye to both international and local markets seeking students with on and offline media experience.

In the first year, students have the opportunity to develop a firm foundation in the core elements and principles of design, in both two and three dimensions. They also learn essential techniques that will assist them in broadening their visual and verbal skills. The second year offers motion graphics and the chance to explore the relationship between visual communication and screen-based technologies. By the time students enter the third year they are ready to push the boundaries of visual communication, taking on the more professional challenges of internship as well as complex, cross media projects.

Students who complete the three-year Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design may also be invited to enrol in a Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design with Honours (BCGD (Hons)) degree.

The skills students will gain from this programme can lead to work in a variety of areas including:

  • Advertising and branding
  • Computer games
  • Computer illustration
  • Interactive media
  • Motion graphics
  • Multimedia content creator
  • Television production
  • User experience
  • Web design and development

BCGD students have 24-hour access to high-end Macintosh and Windows based machines across three dedicated studios. Students also have access to other computer labs within the Faculty.

Degree Regulations
The regulations which govern the awarding of the BCGD degree are published in the University Calendar.

Entry Requirements
If you have New Zealand University Entrance you are eligible to apply for this degree. Ideal NCEA subject credits would include Art (Design, Painting, Photography, Sculpture or Printmaking), or Graphic Design. Because of the computer programming component in the degree, if you do not have at least 14 credits in mathematics at NCEA level 2 you may be offered a supporting mathematics paper. A good standard of English is also important.

The Bachelor Computer Graphic Design has a single intake per year in the A Semester. Numbers are strictly limited to 60 students per year. Both domestic and international students are welcome to apply.

A selection process applies and you must submit 10 portfolio pieces. Submit your portfolio after you have completed an online application to enrol. The portfolio pieces are submitted to demonstrate your creative and visual communication abilities. Guidelines for submitting your Portfolio are available on the Computer Graphic Design Portfolio Submission pages.

Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you are uncertain as to whether you have University Entrance your application will still be considered. If necessary we can give you advice on suitable bridging courses.

Submit your Portfolio after you have completed an online application to enrol. If you are applying from outside New Zealand, you will need to contact Waikato International to apply.

Please include the ID Number that you will receive during this online application process when naming your Portfolio.

Send Your Portfolio to:

    Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
    The University of Waikato
    Private Bag 3105
    Hamilton 3240

Submission Deadlines
While there is no close off date, it is strongly recommended that applications and Portfolios are received by October 18, 2013. Positions fill quickly!

Correct and full applications received by October 19 are also eligible for consideration for the Computer Graphic Design Fees Scholarship. Computer Graphic Design students can also apply for the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship Programme with Computer Graphic Design as their creative art. This Scholarship is available to school leavers and current tertiary students. For more information and to apply, see

Entry Interviews
You may be required to attend an interview in Hamilton with CGD teaching staff.

If you require further information please contact the Faculty office on +64 7 838 4322 or email

Enrolment Information

Full details of papers, regulations, enrolment procedures, accommodation, bursaries and degree structures can be found in the University Calendar, available from school careers advisers, at public libraries, or directly from the The Student Information Centre, The Gateway/Te Kuaha, The University of Waikato, Private Bag 3105, Hamilton. Phone +64 7 838 4176 or Wordphone 0800 WAIKATO or Fax +64 7 838 4370.

More specifically, the Enrolment Home Page provides the necessary details of how to enrol.

If you are an International Student, you will need to fill out an application through the International Centre. Click here to link to the International Centre application page.

Returning Students can enrol online through iWaikato.

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