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Bachelor of Software Engineering - Artificial Intelligence

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
3 years
Start date: 01-March-2021
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Embark on a rewarding career in the future-facing field of creative tech thanks to our Bachelor of Software Engineering in Artificial Intelligence. You’ll become a highly sought-after developer with a deep understanding of algorithms and techniques, plus the ability to master the fundamentals of machine learning. Developed in partnership with IBM, this qualification is the first of its kind in New Zealand.

Course Outline

What you'll cover in this course

Year One - Your first year will cover the foundational skills of software engineering and AI, including an introduction to computer graphics and practical mathematical skills. You’ll develop an understanding of basic knowledge representation, problem solving techniques and architectures used to build intelligent systems.

Year Two - Delve deeper into the world of software engineering with an intro to data science and a focus on the applications of AI. You’ll extend the statistical and mathematical concepts covered in year 1, while discovering machine learning principles and exploring the vital field of human-centred design.

Year Three - Expand your technical knowledge and round out your skill set with a focus on data mining, visualisation and creative enterprise. In your final semester you’ll explore intuitive approaches to AI, with advanced tech-work integrated learning culminating in the production of an industry-standard capstone project.

Careers & Industry

A degree in Software Engineering - Artificial Intelligence could take you down the following career paths:

  • Software Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • Machine Learning Engineer
  • AI Developer
  • Business Intelligence Developer
  • R&D Engineer
  • Data Scientist

Software Engineers remain on New Zealand's long-term skill shortage list and the ever-growing demand for graduates means salaries remain highly competitive. We've worked closely with our industry panel to design a course that responds to industry needs, arming you with the most in-demand technical skills and the core soft skills needed to maximise your employability.

Throughout your studies you'll master a range of technical subject areas, such as computer vision, natural language processing, speech recognition, and machine learning & robotics, as well as the in-demand soft skills of ideation, design thinking, project and time management and interpersonal communication. Your first year will cover the foundational skills of software engineering and AI, including an introduction to computer graphics and practical mathematical skills.

Note: Remote learning options are in development for all of our courses. Ask our team about remote study options when you submit your application (Pending approval from NZQA).

Entry criteria

To apply for this degree, you'll need a minimum qualification of NCEA University Entrance or equivalent, such as:

  • An appropriate qualification from an overseas secondary school or tertiary institution, deemed by Media Design School to be sufficient for admission into a bachelors programme.
  • CIE (University of Cambridge International Examination)
  • IB (International Baccalaureate)
  • Plus, you will need to have fulfilled the following credit requirements: 28 NCEA Credits, Level 3, in a range of the following subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Computing and Technology.

You'll also need to prove you have sufficient English language skills in order to complete this course. We'll be looking for Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 (minimum) with no band less than 5.5, or equivalent qualification if English is not your first language.


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