Qualification

Degree, NZQF Level 7

420 credits (1.2 EFTS a year)

Intake Dates
Course Fees
Domestic $9,407.00 NZD
International $29,450.00 NZD
Admission Requirements

NCEA Level 3, CIE or IB University

Entrance or Level 4 or higher Qualification from related discipline

Portfolio Requirements

General Portfolio

(3D models or visualisations favoured)

Overview

Create the impossible

Actors aren’t the only movie stars, you know. These days, it’s 3D animation and visual effects that really steal the show. Our award-winning faculty will help you develop your skills on a wholly immersive level and get to grips with modelling, rendering, lighting, and technical direction. To prepare you for life as a professional, your studies will culminate with your involvement in an amazing, industry-level film. Why not get started now?

cat

Course Outline

What you'll cover in this course

During the first year, you will learn foundation art skills and achieve proficiency in both industry-standard technical tools and visual effects software. This exciting immersion includes an introduction to modelling, animation, rigging and visual effects.

Component Name Credits Toggle
Foundation 3D: Animation and Rigging
20
Foundation 3D: Modelling, Surfacing, Lighting
20
Traditional Art and Design for 3D
15
Digital Art I
15
Digital Art II
15
3D Modelling
15
3D Rendering
15
Foundation Mini-Project
20
Design Principles and Practice I
15

Qualification Requirements

Qualifications you'll need for this course

NCEA

You are advised to take a combination of traditional and digital art subjects (these could include Art, Digital Technologies, Digital and Visual Communications, or Ngā Toi).

CIE

You are advised to take at least one Art-related subject.

IB

Your IB Diploma must include an arts-related subject. A portfolio showcasing your design skills is also required.

International Students

If you are an international student, you'll 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.

Special Entry Discretionary Entry and Cross Credits

If you don't have university entry, you may still be able to apply for this course. More information about Special Entry, Discretionary Entry and Cross Credits here.

Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, you may be required to provide satisfactory evidence of your proficiency in English in the form of a recent IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score , TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score or a Pearson’s Test of English (PTE) from an accredited organisation.

Portfolio type:

General Portfolio

File format:

PDF, Website URL or JPGs

Your portfolio is a selection of work that shows your skills and talents. It introduces you and your ideas, and shows us you have the creativity and imagination to be a student at Media Design School. There are no strict rules about what you should include in your portfolio. As a guide, it should include a range of 12 - 20 pieces of your best works that represent who you are as a creative person. We recommend including a range of media and styles. It is not imperative you include digitally rendered artworks.

Portfolio Requirements

How to prepare your portfolio

Things you could include:

    •     Pencil drawings and illustrations
    •     Painting
    •     Photography
    •     Graphic or Digital design
    •     3D models or visualisations
    •     Concept art and characters
    •     Video or moving images

Entry & portfolio requirements for the Bachelor of Art and Design (3D & VFX)

Careers & Industry

Industry Insights

  • Graduates have gone on to work on blockbuster films including Avatar and The Hobbit
  • Student short films receive international accolades
  • Graduates are in demand for their experience working on major projects within a studio-like environment

Career paths include:

3D Modeler, Compositor, VFX artist, Animator, Technical
Director, Effects Designer.

To succeed in the film post-production industry, you'll need to be proficient and confident in using industry standard visual effects software. You'll also need experience applying creative thinking and problem solving in a collaborative and demanding environment. Employers value our graduates because this course focuses on the technical skills and soft skills you'll need in the industry.

Your first year will begin with an eight week introduction to the world of computer graphics. You'll finish the year by working on an intensive yet rewarding short 3D production that will ensure you have the academic foundation and the skills you need to progress throughout your degree.

During your second year, you'll be asked to pick a specialisation in visual effects, technical studies or 3D animation, which will enable you to fine-tune your particular skill set.

Your final year will see you working on a number of industry level productions that will culminate with you being a part of an amazing, state-of-the-art short film. You'll also finish your final year with a research project that will provide you with the skills to take your knowledge of 3D animation and Computer Graphics (CG) to new levels.

At Weta Digital we really appreciate that Media Design School graduates have not only studied a broad range of disciplines, but by the end of their studies they have taken a specific role in a group project under knowledgeable leadership. This means they enter the industry with a good understanding of their strengths, what they most enjoy and the realities of working in a team to deadlines.

Richard Frances-Moore

Head of Animation
WETA DIGITAL
Richard Frances Moore Profile Photo

Alumni

Student Success Stories

View all Alumni

Course Lecturers

Meet the Faculty

View all Faculty