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Frequently Asked Questions

What is entertainment design?

In the context of this Masters programme, Entertainment Design refers to concept art and design for film, television and game.

Are concept design and concept art the same thing?

In the context of this degree, yes they are.

How do I apply for this course?

Follow the steps to apply to submit your application for the Weta Workshop School Master of Design.

How will I benefit from this course?

  • An advanced qualification that combines design research with the critical work methodology and technical expertise of a renowned industry leader in entertainment design
  • One on one supervision with leading industry designers from Weta Workshop and Massey University
  • Development of critical thinking skills
  • Development of contemporary industry standard work methodologies
  • Develop your technical and artistic abilities in concept design
  • Become empowered to create your own imaginary worlds for film, television and game.
  • Access to the world-building expertise of Weta Workshop
  • Develop communication and presentation skills for client and pitch work
  • Increased understanding and creative development strategies for creative entrepreneurship and IP development opportunities
  • Two week internship at Weta Workshop
  • Introductory ‘Grad Camp’, a week long intensive concept design workshop
  • Individual studio space at Massey University configured to meet your needs
  • Comprehensive technical expertise and facilities at Massey University including an industry-scale green screen studio, Australasia’s first Fab Lab, industry standard workshops, digital imaging facilities, darkrooms, industry-scale motion-capture studio and high-end computer facilities.

What qualifications do I need to apply?

Applicants must have a four-year Bachelor’s degree in design or fine art (or equivalent). For entry criteria, see our steps to apply.

If I do not have a 4-year qualification in Art or Design, can I apply for the programme?

Unless an applicant can show significant industry experience in Entertainment Design and Concept Art in the film, television and game industry, all applicants must have a 4-year bachelor’s degree in Art or Design (or equivalent) with a strong portfolio of work.

What is a Master of Design?

A concentrated programme that involves a focused design research project that takes a challenging real-world design problem through to an innovative and well-resolved solution.

You have a full 12 months to focus on a single project to enable you to ‘master’ your project brief and deliver a well resolved solution.

Supervisors will jointly review students work throughout the duration of their project and help direct their learning and skills.

What should I include in my portfolio?

See our steps to apply for full details about what to include in your Master of Design portfolio.

What should I include in my research proposal?

See our steps to apply for full details about what to include in your Master of Design research proposal.

How much does this course cost?

In 2020, the fees are set at between $7,400.50 and $9,518.30 NZD for domestic (NZ and Australian citizens / permanent residents) and $35,750.00 for International full fee-paying students. These tuition rates are correct at time of writing but are subject to change.

Are there any scholarships available?

Massey University has a range of competitive scholarships for postgraduate to assist students while studying.

Please refer here for information about scholarships at Massey University, including the Massey Masterate Scholarships.

Am I able to work while studying?

The programme is full time and, therefore, students are expected to devote their time to the programme; however international student visas do allow students to work while studying in New Zealand.

Please refer to Immigration New Zealand here for more information:

Is this an online course?

No. This course takes place at Massey University and Weta Workshop in Wellington, New Zealand, and students are required to live in New Zealand throughout the length of the programme.

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