Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2016 academic year unless otherwise specified.
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This subject is taught by the School of Design.
Digital media technology has opened up new and exciting opportunities within the design world. Media Design explores the diverse ways people interact with digital technology today – through web experiences, visual and audio communication, augmented and virtual reality, gaming and mobile media.
These areas present special challenges for designers, addressing issues of communication, work, play and daily life in this rapidly expanding field.
Our Media Design programme will equip you to enter a career in:
- visual and audio communication
- game design
- interaction design
- wearable and ubiquitous technologies
- embedded and portable computing
- web and internet development
- augmented and virtual reality
You will approach real-world problems in the studio through a variety of course briefs, engaging in experimentation, innovation, research and interdisciplinary collaboration to obtain the creative solutions needed for the future of the design industry.
Media Design sits alongside the design majors Industrial Design and Culture+Context Design within the School of Design and can be combined with other disciplines, such as Film, Media Studies, Computer Science or Music, in the form of a minor subject. A BDI in Media Design can be undertaken with a specialisation in 3D Design and Animation, Computer Graphics, Game Design, Interactive Design and Video Design through selection of the appropriate courses.
All Media Design students have access to the Media Lab, a state-of-the-art facility with its own technical support staff. The Media Lab has 54 high end Apple Mac computers, running 2D and 3D graphic applications including the Adobe Production Suite, Autodesk Maya, and many other industry-standard and open source design and web applications.
Media Design is a major in the Bachelor of Design Innovation (BDI) degree. This undergraduate programme leads into a 180 point Master of Design Innovation (MDI) degree in Media Design for those seeking a postgraduate qualification in Design.
The MDI programme in Computer Graphics is available to students who have completed appropriate courses through a BDI in Media Design with a specialisation in Computer Graphics.
For more detailed information on these programmes, see the School of Design website.
Secondary school subjects you will need
Useful background subjects are creative subjects such as Art, Design or Graphics and essay-based subjects, such as English, History, Art History, Classics, Geography or Economics. Students wanting to pursue a Computer Science minor or the postgraduate programme in Computer Graphics are strongly advised to include NCEA Level 3 Mathematics.
The BDI in Media Design is a three-year undergraduate degree consisting of 360 points and is structured in two parts. In addition to core courses at each level, students do elective courses which provide opportunity to either include one or more specialisations, or a minor in a related subject, or to engage with the wide range of courses offered within the BDI or other undergraduate programmes
Credit assessment of prior tertiary study
If you have completed any study previously at another tertiary institute you may be eligible for some transferred credit towards your Victoria University qualification. Please check with the Faculty Office if you think this applies to you.
BDI in Media Design with Computer Graphics focus
Media Design students planning for the Masters programme in Computer Graphics should specialise in Computer Graphics during their BDI studies in order to systematically build the unique skill set and knowledge base required as preparation for the postgraduate Computer Graphics programme.
Visit the Computer Graphics website for more information.
In Part 1 you will investigate a broad range of essential design ideas, principles, histories, theories, practices and strategies. The first-year Design programme offers a highly structured learning environment that supports creative exploration and helps students to develop the discipline necessary for working in an innovative design practice. Study is structured around the concept of ‘designing by making’ where students develop design confidence and commitment through a series of strategically formulated and progressively complex design challenges. All students are encouraged and assisted to develop a strong, individual approach to design that allows them to engage with both the physical and the digital while evolving a commitment to a specific design discipline. The core design courses will best equip you to enter Part 2.
Students complete 6 core courses and 2 elective courses as follows:
- DSDN 101 Design Visualisation
- DSDN 111 Ideas and Principles of Design
- DSDN 112 Introduction to Interaction Design
- DSDN 142 Creative Coding
- DSDN 171 Design in Context
- WRIT 101 Writing English or WRIT 151 Academic Writing in ESL - English as a Second Language*
- Two elective courses or courses for a minor (total 30 points)
*If you have achieved 14 or more NCEA Level 3 credits in English, History, Art History, Classics, Geography or Economics you may substitute WRIT 101 or WRIT 151 with an additional elective course.
Note: Students wanting to specialise in 3D Design and Animation, Computer Graphics, Game Design or Video Design must include DSDN 132 3D Modelling and Animation I in their first year of study.
Part 2 comprises the second and third years of the BDI degree, and requires 240 points - normally 120 points each year.
Note: Entry into Part 2 is based on your academic performance in Part 1.
In Part 2 you will gain a sound knowledge of the key theoretical and practical approaches in Media Design, as well as its boundaries and its relationships with other design disciplines.
In the 2nd year of Media Design study students complete courses as listed below, to a total of 120 points:
- Three 200-level MDDN courses
- CCDN 271
- Elective courses or courses for a specialisation (40 points)
In the 3rd year of Media Design study students complete courses as listed below, to a total of 120 points:
- Three 300-level MDDN courses
- One course in CCDN, DSDN, INDN at 300 level
- Elective courses or courses to complete a specialisation (40 points)
Media Design elective course requirements
When selecting your electives in Part 1 and 2 you need to plan your programme to ensure your BDI includes:
- at least 240 points from the BDI schedule
- at least 200 points at 200 or 300-level
You can also choose to use your elective courses to satisfy the requirements of a specialisation
A student completing a major in Media Design may obtain a specialisation by including the following courses:
Minors for students majoring in Media Design
The BDI allows an optional minor to be taken alongside the Media Design major. A minor can be another subject offered within the BDI programme, or can be a subject offered by another Faculty or School within the University.
A minor requires 60 points at 200- and 300-level, including at least 15 points at 300-level. You need to plan ahead to ensure that you do any prerequisite 100-level courses as your first year electives.
Recommended minors include:
- Computer Science
- Electronic and Computer System Engineering
- Media Studies
Minor in Music focusing on Sonic Arts and Music Technology
Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music offers courses in music technology and sonic arts that can be done as a Music minor within your BDI.
Courses in sonic arts engage with music technology—such as computer music programming, recording, production and digital interface design—with the goal of using this technology to create new sound-based art.
Some courses are focused primarily on technological proficiency, while others place greater emphasis on developing the aesthetic and conceptual perspectives of the student as well as more substantial creative work.
In order to enter the 200-level sonic arts or music technology courses you need:
And for the courses with a stronger creative focus (CMPO 210 or 211) you also need:
List of Music courses available:
- CMPO 181 Introduction to Music Technology
- CMPO 210 Creative Projects in Studio-based Sonic Art
- CMPO 211 Creative Projects in Interactive Sonic Arts
- CMPO 281 Computer Music Programming for Live Electronics
- CMPO 283 Intermediate Studies in Recording, Mixing and Audio Production
- CMPO 310 Advanced Creative Projects in Studio-based Sonic Arts
- CMPO 311 Advanced Creative Projects in Interactive Sonic Arts
- CMPO 381 Interface Design for Live Electronics
- CMPO 383 Topic in Music Technology – Advanced Recording
200-level CMPO courses are 15 points and the 300-level CMPO courses are 20 points.
Contact the relevant Faculty or School for course information relating to your choice of minor.
Please visit our postgraduate study pages on the School of Design website for information about postgraduate qualifications in Media Design.
The School of Design, in association with the School of Engineering and Computer Science, offer Computer Graphics as an option within the Master of Design Innovation (MDI). Uniting design and computation, this degree blends computer programming and scripting processes with studio approaches to deliver cutting edge computer graphics compositions.
Visit the Computer Graphics website for more information.
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If you’re a returning or transferring student, contact the Faculty Student and Academic Services Office, for help with degree planning and for information on admission requirements and transfer credit from other institutions.
The Media Design major in the BDI programme can lead to a variety of careers.
Graduates of the Media Design specialisation have career opportunities that include:
- art director
- 3D modeller/character artist/animator
- computer graphics developer
- technical director
- user experience designer
- game designer/programmer
- interaction designer
- media installation designer
- mobile applications designer
- motion graphics designer
- visual effects artist
- video production specialist
Media Design students who complete the one-year Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) after their BDI can become visual arts teachers.
Media students who complete specialisations can look forward to the following careers:
The following list gives examples of how various minors can lead to a range of careers:
|Film||Filmmaker, videographer, screen-writer|
|Media Studies||Media critic, curator, TV producer, art director|
|Computer Science||Computer graphics developer, technical director, game developer, visual effects specialist|
|Music||Musician, audio-visual designer, video production specialist|
|Art History||Curator, exhibition designer, art director|
List of courses
All courses are taught at Victoria's Te Aro Campus.
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|200 Level Courses|
MDDN 201 – Internet Design
MDDN 211 – Digital Video Creation
MDDN 241 – 3D Modelling and Animation
MDDN 242 – Creative Coding II
MDDN 243 – Introduction to Computer Game Design
MDDN 251 – Physical Computing
|300 Level Courses|
MDDN 311 – Postproduction and Special Effects
MDDN 314 – Audio-Visual Space
MDDN 343 – Advanced Computer Game Design
MDDN 351 – Wearable Technology
MDDN 352 – Mobile Media
MDDN 381 – Independent Study
MDDN 382 – Independent Study