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BCGD(Hons) at Waikato University

Graduate Study in CGD

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Graphic design at a graduate level applies theory and practice to communication aesthetics. Graduate level study in computer graphic design is an opportunity to plan, develop and carry out a large-scale design project supported by original research.

Topics are tailored to suit the aspirations of the individual student and therefore provide an opportunity for honing a particular aspect of graphic design further.

We currently offer a Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design with Honours (BCGD(Hons)) and a Master of Computer Graphic Design (MCGD)

Why a BCGD(Hons)

BCGD graduates wanting parity with an international four year BFA can take the BCGD(Hons).

Entry into a BCGD(Hons)

Students wishing to enter a BCGD(Hons) at Waikato require a BCGD or equivalent.

Facilities and Supervision

Graduate students have a dedicated lab space and access to all of our undergraduate facilities.
This includes high-end Apple computers running the latest industry standard software.

Staff supervisors are expert, friendly and very accessible.

We welcome both New Zealand and international students.

BCGD(HONS) Programme

Students take CGRD591 Dissertation and Exhibition (30 points) or CGRD592 Dissertation and Exhibition (60 points) plus a further 90 or 60 points, respectively, to make 120 points. A total of 90 points must be in 500 level CGRD or COMP papers to qualify for BCGD(Hons).


  • CGRD524 - Interaction Design
  • CGRD532 - Information Visualisation
  • CGRD551 - Studio Management
  • CGRD581 - Report of an Investigation
  • CGRD591 - Dissertation and Exhibition (30 points)
  • CGRD592 - Dissertation and Exhibition (60 points)

Specific programme detail can be found here: University of Waikato CGRD Papers.

Select Your Topic

Students work closely with a supervisor to select a research topic for CGRD581 or CGRD592 Dissertation and Exhibition. To discuss a possible research topic please contact staff directly.

Further information about the pathway for post-graduate study within the Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Science can be found here.

Application Process

A selection process applies and if you are applying with an undergraduate or graduate qualification from another university you must complete a Portfolio containing ten pieces of art or design work (See portfolio Requirements). Please include the ID Number that you will receive during this online application process when naming your Portfolio.

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.

Send Your Portfolio to

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


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