The school offers specialised qualifications for film, entertainment, media design, computer gaming and interactive design sectors. Informs
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
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
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