MASSEY UNIVERSITY MEDIA RELEASE
MONDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2017
Concept designers eager to advance their skills in the film, TV and game sector can now learn from industry leaders of the award-winning Wētā Workshop in a new venture with Massey University and its Master of Design programme.
The collaboration matches Wētā Workshop’s internationally renowned concept design artistry with Massey’s academic design expertise to offer what has been called a “unique educational experience” aimed at attracting both domestic and international postgraduate students.
Operating within the existing Master of Design framework, the course focuses on Entertainment Design for film, television, and game. Under the guidance of the Wētā Workshop artists who helped bring films like Avatar, Mad Max Fury Road and The Hobbit to life, students will develop their skills in idea creation, storytelling, and concept design.
The year-long Masters programme starts in September 2018 with a “grad camp” and culminates at the end of their project year with a written research submission presented alongside a body of concept design work.
The course represents a unique opportunity for students to learn from some of the world’s finest concept designers. It features an introduction to Wētā Workshop’s design philosophy centred around story, character, and world development, with presentations by key studio and university staff. Students will develop the tools to create compelling characters and imaginary worlds for the entertainment industry, supported by critiques and mentorship opportunities provided by Wētā Workshop designers to review the students’ progress.
A week-long internship at Wētā Workshop’s Miramar facility will also take place within the first six months of students starting the programme. This intensive week will give students the rare opportunity to experience life in a working design studio, with exposure to complex design challenges for real life clients.