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The MCGD provides an opportunity for you to plan, develop and carry out a large scale design research project.  This will enable you to collaborate with other students and academics, and to work with members of the professional design industry.  The MCGD research is represented by both a written thesis and an exhibited  design realisation.

Research topics are tailored to suit your interests, providing an opportunity for you to hone a particular aspect of graphic design further, which could be a pathway to your chosen career. You will also have the full support, guidance and expertise of your supervisor during your research project.

Course Structure

For students with an undergraduate degree, the MCGD requires a total of 180 points at 500 level. Students with an honours degree or a postgraduate diploma are required to take 120 points at 500 level.

Students will normally complete a 90 or 120 points research-focused Thesis and Realisation that requires both original research and design exhibition. It is also possible for students to alternatively complete a 30 point or 60 point Dissertation and Exhibition.

Students work closely with a supervisor to select a research topic.

Students enrolled in a 180 point MCGD will include CGRD581 – Report of an Investigation to prepare them for Thesis and Realisation or Dissertation and Exhibition. The remaining points for the degree will be made up of relevant taught papers.

MCGD Papers

  • CGRD524 – Topics in 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)
  • CGRD593 – Thesis and Realisation (90 points)
  • CGRD594 – Thesis and Realisation (120 points)

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.  Graduate students have a dedicated lab space and access to all undergraduate facilities.

Career opportunities

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

Visit the Master of Computer Graphic Design (MCGD) page on the University of Waikato website for more details!

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