Master of Design Technology becomes SideFX Houdini Certified Partner

By July 25, 2018 No Comments

Students in the Master of Design Technology (MDT) have just been awarded a partnership certificate by SideFX, Academy Award-winning developers of a Visual Effects (VFX) software called “Houdini”, the premier, state of the art digital content creation tool for the Feature Film and Games industries.

Henri Spencer Master of Design Technology student work Houdini SideFX

‘Coral’ by MDT student, Henri Spencer, created using SideFX Houdini software

Houdini Certification” is an exclusive teaching and learning certification program that offers schools special access to SideFX staff and resources, and visibility with top VFX and games studios. Certification is exclusive and only provided to a small number of schools world wide, based on the quality of teaching and student output.

Julie Lottering, Education and Training Manager at SideFX in Canada, said the showcase of student work presented to the judges was inspiring. “We are excited to continue building strong partnerships with the School and find out new ways we can support the excellent work they are doing.”

Rebecca Hand Houdini SideFX

‘Pot-TEA-ry’ by MDT student, Rebecca Hand, created using SideFX Houdini software.

Areito Echevarria, Senior Lecturer for the Master of Design Technology believes the collaboration with SideFX offers our students a fantastic opportunity. “Connecting students with the great minds at SideFX will create synergy and opportunities for learning on both sides. The School is committed to being a leader in world class VFX education and we believe that graduate fluency in Houdini is a key pillar in that goal. We are excited to have the opportunity to go on that journey together with SideFX.”

The benefits to SideFX are increased awareness for the School through web promotion, industry events, collaborations and sponsorship, and a demand for their tools among the most talented emerging artists. Students will get access to exclusive webinars with sneak peaks of upcoming releases and advanced topics, online presentations and SideFX staff portfolio review and feedback.

The below video is a showcase of the MDT student work created using Houdini, and presented to SideFX as part of the Houdini Certification application process:


About the Master of Design Technology (MDT)


The Master of Design Technology is a one-year, full-time, 180 point professional Master’s degree delivered by Victoria University of Wellington, School of Design. The programme offers students world class education and training in Visual Effects (VFX).

The programme is taught at Victoria’s Miramar Creative Centre, a new state-of-the-art facility in the heart of Miramar’s film sector with Weta Digital, Weta Workshop, Park Road Post, Wingnut Films, Pukeko Pictures and more all within walking distance.

MDT staff and guest lecturers have extensive feature film VFX experience and are all active researchers and practitioners. Students are exposed to frequent feedback from industry mentors providing opportunity for interaction with potential future employers.

The MDT programme offers two courses taught completely in Houdini. MDDN451 Creative Coding for Digital Content teaches procedural design, modelling and systems with an emphasis on coding in Houdini’s VEX programming language. MDDN4231 Lighting and Rendering teaches artistic and technical approaches to digital cinematography with Houdini.

MDDN422 Rigging and Simulation is also taught in part using Houdini for Creature FX.

The Master of Design Technology is a Wellington ICT Graduate School programme delivered by the School of Design at Victoria University of Wellington.

Next intake for MDT is March 2019 — February 2020.

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