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Digital magic

February 24, 2014



Dhaka, Feb 24 (UNB) The Bachelor of Art and Design (3D animation and visual effects) offered by the Media Design School in Auckland, New Zealand, provides the technical skill-set and project experience that prepare students for entry into the global film, television, animation and game studio industry.

The school offers specialised qualifications for film, entertainment, media design, computer gaming and interactive design sectors. Informs Darryn Melrose, CEO, Media Design School, The qualifications are aligned to industry demand and provide an immersive hands-on learning environment that replicates the studio . This ensures that students can work on tight deadlines, collaborate and develop essential production skills." Some of the films that the schools graduates have worked on include The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit trilogy, Prometheus, The Dark Knight and Avatar, reports the Times of India.

During the first year of the course, students learn foundation art skills and achieve proficiency in industry-standard technical tools and software that includes an introduction to modelling, animation, rigging and visual effects. The second year involves immersive studies in core subjects such as pre-production, scripting and dynamics. In the second term, students pursue a chosen specialisation in visual effects and motion graphics, technical 3D studies or 3D animation studies. In year three, students are immersed in production through group and individual projects . The final year also incorporates industry procedures and practice to prepare students for industry placement.

We use a combination of essential and emerging technology to ensure students have a strong foundation on which to build their knowledge of industry tools," says Oliver Hilbert, senior 3D lecturer.

The school regularly invites guest speakers to lecture, mentor and provide live briefs. Says Melrose, This dedication to the demands of industry ensures our graduates can confidently enter the workforce as professionals and, for this reason, many studios recruit directly from our graduate pool." Career paths include 3D modeller, compositor, VFX artist, animator, technical director and effects designer, among others.

The school has close ties with Wellingtonbased Weta Digital, a visual effects company that won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects on James Camerons Avatar. Around 18 graduates from the school worked on visual effects for Avatar through the company in 2009. Several current employees as well as ex-Weta staff are part of the schools faculty . The school has also collaborated on several major animation productions with Weta including Dr Grordbort Presents : The Deadliest Game. Weta was formed in 1993 by a group of young New Zealand filmmakers including Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor and Jamie Selkirk. It later split into two specialised halves Weta Digital (digital effects) and Weta Workshop (physical effects).


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Source: United News of Bangladesh


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