The study of Design combines an understanding of human needs and desires, forming creative solutions, prototyping and developing artefacts and evaluating their impact and effectiveness in society. It comprises a well-balanced combination of analytical, technological and creative abilities.


If you have an interest in Design, you can study towards the following qualifications:


The Bachelor of Design offers four subjects you can Major in:


There are a number of scholarships, prizes and awards offered by the School that can help you with your study towards a degree in Design, in particular the Computer Science Undergraduate Scholarship.

To find out more about the available scholarships and prizes go to the Scholarships Finder. You can also visit the School of Graduate Research.

Student Profile

Jessamy Topping

Design student Jessamy Topping is not only a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar, but she is also a Design Fees Scholarship recipient, which helped her in her first year of study.

Collaborating with fellow Design students and being able to design and code her own websites are some of the highlights for Jessamy so far in her studies.

Watch her video below to find out more.

Career Options

Find out more about the number of career options available in Design.

Contact Us

For more information on studying computer graphic design at the University of Waikato, please contact the Department of Computer Science or the School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences.  You can also find out more about the Design staff.