Interface Design (2019)

Interface Design investigates the intersection between design and code with respect to information design for contemporary and future screens. User experience (UX) and user interface (UI) design for current and emerging technologies will be taught with the development of digital skills of coding, motion design, and information design, preparing students to work in screen-based areas such as design for the web, app and mobile design, and interactive digital and data visualisation design.

Interface Design is available as a major for the BDes. Interface Design may also be included as a minor or a second major in other undergraduate degrees, subject to the approval of the Faculty in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Interface Design as a single major for the BDes, students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Interface Design, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete DSIGN141, DSIGN142, DSIGN241, COMPX221, COMPX222, COMPX322, COMPX324, DSIGN341 and DSIGN360.

To complete Interface Design as a second major, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for Interface Design, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete DSIGN141, DSIGN142, DSIGN241, COMPX221, COMPX222, and 45 points from COMPX322, COMPX324, DSIGN341 or DSIGN360.

To complete a minor in Interface Design, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Interface Design major, including at least 30 points above 100 level.


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  • Prescriptions for the GradCert(InterDes) and GradDip(InterDes)

    A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Interface Design at an advanced level in their first degree.

    For further details, contact the Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences Office.

  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    COMPX101Introduction to Computer Science19A (Hamilton), 19A (Online), 19B (Hamilton) & 19C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
    This paper introduces computer programming in C# - the exciting challenge of creating software and designing artificial worlds within the computer. It also covers concepts such as the internals of the home computer, the history and future of computers, cyber security, computer gaming, databases, mobile computing and current researc...
    COMPX161Computing Media19B (Hamilton), 19C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China) & 19D (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
    In this paper students will create multimedia web content using appropriate software packages. Web design concepts will be introduced for the effective use of text, images and sounds. Students will be introduced to relevant computing concepts and provided with software tutorials and related exercises.
    CSMAX170Foundations in Computing and Mathematical Sciences19A (Hamilton) & 19B (Hamilton)
    The objective of this paper is to provide students with the academic foundations for computing and mathematical sciences. The paper will cover the following areas: - Effective academic reasoning and communication - Information literacy and research skills - Academic integrity - Techniques and tools in the computing and mathematica...
    DSIGN125Introduction to Communication Design Production19A (Hamilton) & 19C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
    This paper enables students to perform basic computing operations and to operate software packages for the manipulation of visual images and text for use in print and screen-based applications. Students will be introduced to basic computing concepts and provided with software tutorials and related exercises.
    DSIGN141Design 119A (Hamilton) & 19C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
    This paper develops the student's ability to recognise and utilise the basic elements and principles of design both two and three dimensionally. It explores topics related to 'thinking' and creativity with an emphasis on raising a student's creativity consciousness and attitude. The work will primarily be abstract in nature and wil...
    DSIGN142Design 219B (Hamilton) & 19C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
    This paper develops the student's ability to put into graphic application the basic elements and principles of design. It will also provide an introduction to typography. The emphasis of the study is to apply these basics to 2D and 3D mediums. The work will be resolved in both traditional and computer technology.
    DSIGN151A History of Visual Communication19B (Hamilton) & 19C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
    Students consider the role of visual communication design in society and culture, from the evolution of writing to the revolutions of twentieth century modernism, through the study of visual images and critical theory.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    COMPX221Programming for Creative Industries19A (Hamilton)
    A fundamental grounding in object-oriented programming that uses Processing software to creative visual outputs for creative industries.
    COMPX222Web Development19B (Hamilton) & 19C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
    This paper provides a broad overview of the principles and technologies used in Internet Applications, with practical experience of client-side and server-side programming
    DSIGN241Design 3: Aspects of Web Design19A (Hamilton) & 19C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
    This paper presents the students with the challenge of designing, developing and publishing content for the World Wide Web, working with content management systems (CMS). The students are challenged to combine their typographic skills and their knowledge of design in order to practically solve communication design projects.
    DSIGN252Cultural Perspectives for Design19B (Hamilton)
    The paper provides students with an understanding of culture-specific perspectives on design issues and the ability to apply these in diverse contexts.
    DSIGN271Design Thinking19B (Hamilton)
    The paper presents the iterative process of design, used to understand users, challenge assumptions and redefine problems through empathising with users, defining their needs, ideating innovative solutions, prototyping and testing.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    COMPX322Advanced Web Development19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
    This paper covers a range of topics relating to the development of web applications. These include the latest developments in HTML, CSS and JavaScript; asynchronous communication using AJAX; security issues; object-oriented JavaScript; RESTful web services; XML; JSON and development libraries and frameworks.
    COMPX324User Experience Design19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
    An introduction to the field of human-computer interaction (HCI) where students develop skills and techniques for the design and evaluation of modern computer interfaces.
    DSIGN341Communication Systems Design19A (Hamilton)
    This paper challenges students to design a visual identity system and apply it across multiple deliverables in different media.
    DSIGN342User Centred Design19B (Hamilton)
    This paper provides opportunity for students to develop skills in design methods. Students will solve visual design problems for diverse target audiences using theoritical and practical design methodologies.
    DSIGN350Intern Project19A (Hamilton)
    This paper will induct the design student into the professional environment where the student applies design skills, research methodology and production skills to allocated projects or industry placement.
    DSIGN360Capstone Project19B (Hamilton)
    In this paper students plan, develop and execute a small scale design project with relative independence alongside the guidance of a supervisor.
    DSIGN361Portfolio Project19B (Hamilton)
    This paper is an opportunity for students to develop and refine a professional portfolio showcasing their design work.
  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    DSIGN532Information Visualisation19A (Hamilton)
    This paper aims to provide an awareness of the potential offered by information visualisation techniques, a familiarity with the underlying concepts, and an understanding and ability to effectively design and apply information visualisations in a given context.
    DSIGN551Studio Management19A (Hamilton)
    This paper covers the management of design projects in the studio. It is intended for those aiming for a future senior position in a design studio, or those managing freelance teams.
    DSIGN581Design Research Methods19A (Hamilton)
    Write a report based on the investigation of a topic that is negotiated with a supervisor.
    DSIGN591Design Dissertation and Realisation19C (Hamilton)
    Write a dissertation and undertake a publically exhibited realisation on a research topic negotiated with a supervisor.
    DSIGN592Design Dissertation and Realisation19C (Hamilton)
    Write a dissertation and undertake a publically exhibited realisation on a research topic negotiated with a supervisor.
    DSIGN593Design Thesis and Realisation19C (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    DSIGN594Design Thesis and Realisation19C (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

2019 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 15 November 2018 2:19pm

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