Media Design (2021)

Media Design combines elements of design, aswell as screen and media studies within a single major. It offers students a comprehensive education in the theory, research and design of multi-modal media content for screen and multi-media platforms.

Media Design is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Design (BDes). Media Design may also be included as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Media Design as a single major for the BDes, students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Media Design, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete DSIGN141, MEDIA100, DSIGN242, MEDIA202, MEDIA203, either MEDIA301 or MEDIA309, MEDIA302, MEDIA305 and DSIGN360.

To complete Media Design as part of a second major, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for Media Design, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete DSIGN141, MEDIA100, DSIGN242, MEDIA202, MEDIA203; and 45 points from MEDIA301 or MEDIA309, MEDIA302, MEDIA305 and DSIGN360.

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


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

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

    For further details, contact the Division of Health, Engineering, Computing and Science Office.

  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    COMPX101Introduction to Programming15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Online), 21B (Hamilton), 21B (Waikato Pathways College), 21C (Waikato Pathways College) & 21X (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...
    COMPX161Introduction to the Web15.021B (Hamilton), 21B (Waikato Pathways College), 21C (Waikato Pathways College), 21I (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China) & 21X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
    This paper introduces the core Web technologies of HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Students will learn how to combine these technologies with design principles to produce effective web content.
    CSMAX170Foundations in Computing and Mathematical Sciences15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga), 21A (Waikato Pathways College), 21B (Hamilton) & 21B (Waikato Pathways College)
    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 mathematical sci...
    DSIGN125Introduction to Communication Design Production15.021A (Hamilton) & 21X (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.
    DSIGN141Principles of Form and Design15.021A (Hamilton) & 21X (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 215.021B (Hamilton) & 21X (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.
    DSIGN151Design History15.021B (Hamilton) & 21X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
    Students journey through a thematic history of design and its interplay with society and technology by studying historical artefacts that influence the contemporary world.
    MEDIA100Understanding Visual Culture15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Online) & 21X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
    Our lives are dominated by still and moving images and visual technologies. This paper will constitute an important first step in learning to understand how images variously work to convey ideas, their impact and influence on our behaviour, thinking and culture. It draws on a broad theoretical platform from aesthetics, art history,...
    MEDIA102Film Production 1: Telling Stories15.021B (Hamilton) & 21X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
    A hands-on practice paper in which students learn to apply film production theory to communicate ideas and tell stories. Students gain experience capturing, constructing and manipulating both audio and moving image in the process of designing, shooting and editing digital short films.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    DSIGN242Design 4: Interactive Environments15.021B (Hamilton) & 21X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
    This paper presents the students with the challenge of designing interactive media environments of different types. The students are challenged to experiment beyond their previously acquired knowledge, designing for interactive computer screens and mobile devices.
    DSIGN252Cultural Perspectives for Design15.021B (Hamilton) & 21X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
    The paper provides students with an understanding of culture-specific perspectives on design issues and the ability to apply these in diverse contexts.
    DSIGN271Design Thinking15.021A (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.
    MEDIA202Film Production 2: Experimentation and Creativity15.021A (Hamilton), 21B (Hamilton) & 21X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
    Students are challenged to extend their creative practice beyond the conventions of narrative film making. Working with moving image and sound, students work in teams to experiment with the affordances of the medium and extend their own creative thinking and strategies.
    MEDIA203Digital Arts and Cultures15.021A (Hamilton), 21B (Hamilton) & 21X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
    The paper examines how traditional analogue media are being supplemented by digital media and the impact it is having on creative and artistic practices. Digital media is best understood as a complex process that involves the transformation of existing cultural forms and skills leading to more hybrid media forms and interdisciplina...
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    DSIGN350Intern Project15.021A (Hamilton) & 21X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
    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 Project15.021B (Hamilton)
    In this paper students plan, develop and execute a small scale design project with relative independence alongside the guidance of a supervisor.
    DSIGN361Portfolio Project15.021B (Hamilton)
    This paper is an opportunity for students to develop and refine a professional portfolio showcasing their design work.
    MEDIA301Animation: Theory and Practice15.021A (Hamilton) & 21X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
    While providing a broad critical and historical context of animation and animated films, this paper introduces students to key principles, techniques, cultural expression, aesthetic approaches and applications for animation. Students are encouraged to explore conceptual approaches, and apply these to innovative creative productions...
    MEDIA302Film Production 3: From Concept to Screen15.021A (Hamilton) & 21X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
    Do you want to create a festival-ready short film? Develop your creative practice in filmmaking and challenge yourself with a hands-on practical paper that builds on the skills acquired in MEDIA102 and MEDIA202. Students hone their craft in several areas, including: cinematography, sound design, scriptwriting and directing to produ...
    MEDIA305Interactive Media Design15.021B (Hamilton) & 21X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
    Create your own interactive projects that expand your creative practice. Students will engage with contemporary arts practices to devise audio-visual installations, evaluate the rise of interactivity in gaming and VR, and create projects that blend different media formats.
    MEDIA309Game, Play and Society15.021G (Online)
    This paper examines interactive digital gaming as a technological, aesthetic and social phenomenon that constitutes a distinct form of expression and discrete category of cultural activity. Students will understand the affordances of games and explore key principles of game design.
    MEDIA310Human Interest Storytelling15.021A (Hamilton)
    This paper will explore creative non-fiction audio-visual storytelling in a variety of contexts. Students will produce a portfolio of practical outputs within a human interest framework that focuses on specific social, cultural, and political issues.
  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    DSIGN532Information Visualisation15.021A (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 Management15.021A (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 Methods30.021A (Hamilton)
    Write a report based on the investigation of a topic that is negotiated with a supervisor.
    DSIGN589Directed Study15.021A (Hamilton) & 21B (Hamilton)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
    DSIGN590Directed Study30.021A (Hamilton) & 21B (Hamilton)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
    DSIGN591Design Dissertation30.021X (Hamilton)
    Write a dissertation to present the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation, based on a research topic negotiated with a supervisor. Presentation of the findings may include a publicly exhibited design project.
    DSIGN592Design Dissertation60.021X (Hamilton)
    Write a dissertation to present the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation, based on a research topic negotiated with a supervisor. Presentation of the findings may include a publicly exhibited design project.
    DSIGN593Design Thesis90.021X (Hamilton)
    Write a dissertation to present the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation, based on a research topic negotiated with a supervisor. Presentation of the findings may include a publicly exhibited design project.
    DSIGN594Design Thesis120.021X (Hamilton)
    Write a dissertation to present the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation, based on a research topic negotiated with a supervisor. Presentation of the findings may include a publicly exhibited design project.
    MEDIA501Critical and Creative Approaches to Research30.021A (Hamilton)
    This paper identifies the constraints and freedoms of research methods, and places a strong emphasis on research as an intellectual, theoretical, and processual activity as well as the roles of interdisciplinary projects in creating unique methodological and conceptual media research.
    MEDIA504Media Design and Aesthetics30.021B (Hamilton)
    Audio-visual media are undergoing continual transformations that question the roles of makers and audiences alike. Students are encouraged to experiment with sensory perception in order to question current notions of aesthetics in relation to cultural practices and media creations. This process of reflection encourages critical per...
    MEDIA507Theory and Research in Action30.021A (Hamilton)
    Have you got a topic you are passionate about to research? This paper provides students the opportunity to engage with primary texts in preparation for writing their dissertation. You will explore research design frameworks which will support the completion of a robust dissertation.
    MEDIA508Creative Practice Research30.021A (Hamilton)
    Are you a creative practitioner that wants to experiment with practice-led research? This paper offers a site for experimentation and development of a practical project to be included in a final dissertation.

2021 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 23 October 2020 11:20am

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