Tell us a little bit about you.
我来自中国山西省，2016年来到新西兰。在2018年开始了在MDS本科的学业，所学专业是3D Animation & VFX.
I am from ShanXi Province in China. I came to New Zealand in 2016, and started Bachelors of 3D Animation & VFX at MDS in 2018.
And when did you study at MDS?
My study started from February 2018 and finished in November 2020.
What made you decide to study with us?
我从学校的官网以及宣传得知，MDS是新西兰创意技术领域嘉奖最多的一所学校(MDS is currently the most awarded private tertiary provider in New Zealand for digital and creative technology qualifications.)，学生制作作品短片均获得多种国际奖项。我观看了一些MDS的学生所完成的短片，其制作精美的程度使我印象深刻。尤其吸引我的是许多MDS的毕业生参与了国际热门影片的后期制作，这同时也是我从小的梦想。这些使得我最终选择了MDS。
When I first decided to study abroad, I researched a lot of intuitions offering 3D courses and found out about MDS then.
I found out during my research online that MDS is the most awarded private tertiary provider in New Zealand for digital and creative technology qualifications. Students received numerous awards internationally for their amazing work and I was really impressed by the sophistication of MDS students’ portfolio. I was particularly drawn to MDS also because a lot of its graduates went on to be part of global blockbusters’ postproduction team, which has always been my dream. These reasons made me determined to study at MDS.
What was your favourite part about studying at MDS?
My favourite thing about studying at MDS is the great learning atmosphere. Faculties are really patient teaching us all the professional knowledge and answering any questions that we have. Fellow students help, encourage each other and at the same time maintain a healthy competition, which really helped me grow my skills and develop great friendships.
What was it like studying through COVID19?
Yes, Covid affected my last year of study. When we first started our group project, Auckland went to lockdown, and everyone had to stay at home. MDS very quickly started online classes, our group project was postponed, but we started theoretical model online first. We eventually returned to campus when Covid situation improves and we finished our group project with our teacher. Due to on&off of Covid, I pretty much finished my last two group projects half on campus, half online.
What are you currently doing now that you've graduated from MDS?
我现在就职于维塔数码（Weta Digital），职位是Junior Virtual Art Department Artist
I am currently a Junior Visual Art Department Artist at Weta Digital.
What have you learned from your course at MDS?
Film postproduction knowledge, how to use 3D software, as well as how to work as part of a team in postproduction work.
Do you feel that your degree has contributed to your current career success?
When I received my degree, I already felt ready to embark on a career in the industry. Not only did I learned all the knowledge and skills, but also and real project experience. Those are key elements to the success of starting my career
Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
I am really passionate about my current work. I hope to grow in my current role, have a real understanding of filming industry and be part of many projects. Moreover, I would like to become a leader in the field and inspire more people who want to work in this industry.
What are your thoughts of studying and living in New Zealand?
New Zealand is a very beautiful country with stunning sceneries and unique wildlife. Living here I feel immersed in the multi-cultural, energetic environment and its friendly welcoming people. During my study in NZ, teachers encourage us to be bold, innovative and creative, not to be limited to theoretical knowledge. Work wise, I noticed that people really value work and life balance in NZ and most employers respect that too. Therefore, employees here usually can have more time for their hobbies and families
What advice do you have for students currently studying or looking to study at MDS?
Everyone’s situation is different, so this is not quite advice, but more of sharing my own experience.
For Arts/Design graduates, portfolio is very important when looking for jobs. It’s the first impression the employer gets about you. To create an impressive portfolio, I would suggest preparing as many personal projects as possible, in addition to work from your course. You can also showcase group projects and work from internships etc.
If you want to stand out from peers, it’s important to spend more time learning and practicing during spare time. You can also get inspiration from watching tutorial videos and work from other artists. I would also highly recommend doing some internships and commercial projects during holidays and after graduation. This is a great way to improve your professional skills and add value during job search.