Wētā Workshop School at Massey University

The Wētā Workshop School at Massey University is no longer taking applications for the Masters program.

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“Here at Wētā 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

Wētā Workshop co-founder and CEO

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

Develop skills to make your own imaginary worlds for film, TV and game

The Wētā Workshop School at Massey University is a new way to study Entertainment Design. The School offers a selection of short courses that enable students at all levels to skill up in Entertainment Design. Develop a 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 Wētā 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.

The Hobbit concept art

Empowering your craft in Entertainment Design

By taking short courses in Entertainment Design, you’ll emerge with the tools to create incredible imaginary worlds for film, television, and gaming. Short courses focus on the key areas of idea creation, storytelling, and concept design related to your own creative practice. ou’ll expand your technical ability and develop critical thinking skills as you explore how Entertainment Design works as a tool for creating compelling characters, engaging worlds, and incredible stories.

Image: The Arrival, Ivan Vegar, 2019 graduate

Short Course structure

• 2-day weekend courses
• Evening classes
• Week-long full-time workshops
• At Massey University and Weta Workshop, Wellington, New Zealand
• Students will have access to Massey University workshop, studio, teaching, and library facilities

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

Photo of College of Creative Arts building, Massey University, Wellington

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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