Weta Workshop School at Massey University

“Here at Weta Workshop we are tremendously fortunate to have some of the finest creative minds working in film, television, and gaming today. It is with great pride that we now join forces with Massey University in this new venture to develop the world’s best budding concept designers into extraordinary storytellers for the world’s entertainment industries.”

Sir Richard Taylor

Weta Workshop co-founder and CEO

Photo of Sir Richard Taylor from Weta Workshop (co-founder and CEO)

Create your own imaginary worlds for film, TV and game by studying a Master of Design

The Weta Workshop School at Massey University is a new way to study Entertainment Design. The School develops experts of design research and practice. Graduate with the diverse range of skills needed to evolve and define your career in concept design and visual storytelling for the entertainment industry.

The partnership of award-winning Weta Workshop and the internationally recognised Massey University delivers a unique educational experience. Learn from and engage with some of the industry’s finest concept designers as you work towards a Master of Design qualification from New Zealand’s premier design school, ranked in the top 100 art and design schools in the world.

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Empowering your mastery of Entertainment Design

By specialising in Entertainment Design, you’ll emerge with the tools to create incredible imaginary worlds for film, television, and gaming. The programme focuses on the key areas of idea creation, storytelling, and concept design within a self-driven research project. As you progress through the one-year course, you’ll expand your technical ability and develop critical thinking skills. Adapt an existing IP, or develop your own world and push the boundaries within your own conceptual world.

Undertake your own research and design project, exploring how Entertainment Design works as a tool for creating compelling characters, engaging worlds, and incredible stories. The programme culminates with a written research component presented alongside a body of concept design work.

Image: The Arrival, Ivan Vegar, 2019 graduate

Programme structure

• 12 months full time—starts July 2023
• Master of Design 120 credit programme
• At Massey University and Weta Workshop, Wellington, New Zealand
• Students will have access to Massey University workshop, studio, teaching, and library facilities

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Weta Workshop Grad Camp

The MDes starts with an intensive week-long orientation programme run by designers from Weta Workshop and Massey University. Be introduced to Weta Workshop’s design practice surrounding story, character and world creation. Start to develop skills in visual storytelling by collaborating on a world-building project.

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Supervisor Visits

You will be assigned two supervisors for your project, one from Weta Workshop and one from Massey University. Your supervisors will regularly review your work to help guide your progress and take your design ideas to new heights.

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Weta Workshop Internship

The Master's programme includes a two-week internship at Weta Workshop's design studio. This is a special opportunity to receive expert mentorship and training from our top designers while developing your Master of Design project.

Weta Workshop

Weta Workshop is a multi award-winning design studio and physical manufacturing facility servicing the world’s entertainment and creative industries.

Drawing on more than 27 years of filmmaking experience, five-time Oscar-winning Design and Effects Supervisor Richard Taylor and the Weta Workshop crew engage in projects from the earliest stages of technical analysis and creative design, through to manufacture across all departments and final delivery on set to anywhere in the world.

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Ghost in the Shell

Behind the scenes with Weta Workshop

I Am Mother

Designing the robot with Weta Workshop

Blade Runner 2049

Weta Workshop making minatures

Thor Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok

Behind the scenes with Weta Workshop

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Massey University College of Creative Arts, Wellington, New Zealand

Ngā Pae Māhutonga the Wellington School of Design is acknowledged as providing some of the best design education in the Asia-Pacific region, ranked number 1 for design concept by Red Dot in 2019. The contemporary portfolio of courses, faculty of internationally recognised leaders in design research and practice, and world-class facilities provide an ideal environment for students to realise their full creative potential.

The Wellington School of Design offers seven major design specialisms in concept, fashion, industrial, integrated, spatial, textiles and visual communication. The programme allows for a number of minor options, which flexibly enable students to explore and develop a range of interdisciplinary design skills. In the course of their study students address local and global issues producing inspirational design solutions for a rapidly changing world.

Students achieve the highest level of success in national and international competitions and awards including: Red Dot, AGOTYA, WOW, Dyson, Electrolux, Sony, LG, and Best Design.

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