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Master of Design

  • Masters (Coursework)

The Master of Design (MDes) is an advanced degree focusing on graphic design theory, technology and original research. It builds on the unique combination of design and coding skills developed during the Bachelor of Design (BDes).

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
1.5 years full-time
Course Code
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
Mar, Jul
Domestic Fees
$8,505 per year / $12,758 total
International Fees
$53,065 per year / $79,598 total

About this course

The MDes 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 MDes 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.

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.

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Career pathways

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