Wellington ICT Graduate School


Who can apply

This qualification is aimed towards students who already have some basic understanding in digital design technologies and who wish to build further relevant skills appropriate for the Visual Effects industry.

Programme outline

This is a full-time, 180-point Master's programme. You will complete this qualification in three consecutive trimesters over 12 months, delivered at Victoria University's Miramar Creative Centre.

Trimester One

MDDN451 Creative Coding for Digital Content
Covers computer graphics techniques that are used as current practice in the film industry through a range of projects ranging from generating special effects to the algorithmic treatment of media.

And one of the following two courses MDDN421 or MDDN422
MDDN421 Compositing and Motion Graphics
Learn and practice skills relating to previsualisation, production planning and coordination for creating assets, effects and content for Visual Effects and Motion Graphics.

MDDN422 Creature Rigging and Simulation
Covers skills and techniques for creating and working with human, creature and mechanical rigs and controls for digital character animation.

Trimester Two

CCDN412 Mātauranga Design
Engage with toi (Māori creativity) and mātauranga (Māori understanding) in the production of both visual and material cultural design that honours our place and past in Aotearoa New Zealand. Guided by traditional Māori protocols and knowledge, students will learn how to understand and interact with Māori symbols and visual spatial strategies in ways that are culturally sound and appropriate.

CCDN422 Design professional Practice
Covers advanced investigations into topics relevant to professional practice for design today including branding, marketing, networking, presentation and portfolio.

And one of the following two courses MDDN431 or MDDN432
MDDN431 Lighting and Rendering
Learn about traditional applications of lighting such as portraiture, practical studio lighting, and cinematography and engage with digital tools to apply traditional lighting techniques to digital media.

MDDN432 Character Animation
Gain relevant skills for creating compelling and emotive animated sequences of digital characters.

Trimester Three: Research Practicum

MDDN541: Research Practicum Project - 60 points
This studio consists of a supervised practicum, working on a design studio based research and project, generally as a placement in the visual effects industry.

You will learn...…

  1. Comprehensive knowledge of design processes.
  2. How to formulate creative strategies and develop them through self-assessment.
  3. How to independently research, master and integrate new design technologies and tools.
  4. To demonstrate effective group/team work skills and written and oral communication skills
  5. To demonstrate the professional and enterprise skills necessary for working effectively in visual effects related ICT organisations
Victoria UniversityWellington, New Zealand