Concept design art by Weta Workshop

Steps to apply

Applications to start study in September 2019 close on 31 May.

Step 1: Make sure you have all your documents ready

To be eligible for entries, applicants must have: A four-year undergraduate degree in design, visual communication, fine art, or equivalent (eg. US four-year Bachelor degree), or significant concept design experience in the entertainment industry.

Applicants must also supply the following with their enrolment:

Research Proposal

A two page (400 - 800 words) outline which explains the intended line of enquiry/ research that will be the primary design practice for the Masters project. Including the preliminary research questions:

  • an explanation of the context of the concept design issue, or area of concept design interest.
  • an introduction to an existing licence that will frame your design project, or an original IP, or type of creature/character, world or story construct you wish to explore.
  • a schedule for how the project could develop over the year.
  • how you will fund your study.
  • a list of specialist equipment, software or facilities needed to complete the project.
  • a preliminary bibliography of central texts and precedent designs (films, games, TV) that could influence your project.

For more information on criteria for research proposals, click here.


A portfolio of artwork between 24-35 pages that includes the following:

1) Concept Design:

(This section needs to reinforce an applicant’s capability and understanding of concept design and how it is applied to the Entertainment industry.)

  • A selection of your best work that ideally showcases your conceptual thinking and technical execution across character and costume design, creature design, environment design and key-scene illustrations. This could be personal and/or professional work.
  • Please include at least one example of a design that shows how you took your design from an idea through to a range of options and on to a selected final.

2) Personal Work:

(This is to showcase your personal artistic passion and technical ability. We are interested in seeing the depth of artistic mediums and creativity you engage with outside of concept design)

A selection of your personal artwork. This could include, life drawing and painting, sculpture, model-making, toy or doll making, traditional painting, graphic design, animation.

The approximate split between your concept design and personal work in your portfolio should be 70% concept design and 30% personal work.

Additional Requirements:

A CV/resumé showing previous education and/or work experience.

For students whose first language is not English, you must achieve and submit your proficiency score with your application. Applications without the required score in-hand will not be assessed. Please submit your verified IELTS (International English Language Testing System) overall score of at least 6.5 (with no score lower than 6.0 in any category) with your application.

For the requirements of other English tests Massey accepts (such as TOEFL or DAAD) please consult Massey’s language requirements through this link.

Step 2: Apply for the Master of Design programme

Go to this application page on and register as a new user.

When you reach the 'Support Document(s)' section, please upload your passport size photo to complete the application, then proceed to Step 3 below.

Step 3: Submit your portfolio, research proposal and CV to SlideRoom

Please click here to access SlideRoom. There will be $10USD application fee.

What's next?

You will receive an acknowledgment of your submission and its acceptance based upon the criteria listed above.

All submissions will be given due consideration. Once applications close on May 31 shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview, and offers will be made upon completion of this stage. Interviews will be conducted online via Skype.

All applicants will be notified by mid-June whether they have been accepted into the programme.

Please note: Due to entertainment industry confidentiality considerations, all successful students must sign a non disclosure agreement with Weta Workshop.