Weta Digital Scholarship 2020 Open

By January 15, 2020 No Comments

Weta Digital and Wellington ICT Graduate School have teamed up again to offer a full-tuition scholarship (and two partial scholarships) for the School’s Master of Design Technology (MDT) programme.

One of the world’s premier visual effects studios, Weta Digital is known for its culture of creativity and innovation. From Gollum to Caesar, Middle-earth to Pandora, the studio has created some of the most memorable characters and worlds of the last twenty years.

Weta Digital Human Resources Manager Brendan Keys said the scholarship is an extension of the enduring relationship between the company and the School, it is intended to highlight the programme and boost applications from those interested in pursuing visual effects as a career.

“We are committed to encouraging Kiwis into the dynamic visual effects industry which offers not only work opportunities on major screen projects with the likes of Weta Digital, but also a global career path that can and has taken talented Kiwis all over the world.”

“One of the big challenges we face is finding crew who are industry-ready, and this programme is aimed at graduates who have identified design and technology as an area of interest and wish to take the next step with focused, hands on study in this area.”

The Master of Design Technology, delivered by Victoria University of Wellington, will enter its fourth year running in March 2020. The programme enables students to take part in real-world projects and industry practicums learning skills like modelling, compositing, 3D animation, motion graphics and rendering. It is taught at the Miramar Creative Centre (a partnership with Miramar Creative) among the Weta group buildings on Park Road and offers unrivalled access to work experience and professional connections. Weta Digital also supports the students through guest lectures, critique and mentoring.

The MDT Programme Director, Raqi Syed, used to work at Weta Digital herself as Senior Technical Director on big films like Avatar and The Hobbit Trilogy. She also served as a lighting artist for Disney on some of their feature animations and is a leading component in New Zealand’s VR community. Raqi’s focus is to foster the relationship between digital technology and ‘narrativity’ installing in her students a real digital cinematography ethos.

Wellington ICT Graduate School is an initiative lead by Victoria University of Wellington which aims to help kick-start people into Wellington’s thriving tech industry. Their one-year Master programmes were created with input from the industry and are designed to build upon people’s existing talents and skills, providing hands-on experience and real-world projects.

Lynda Turner, Director of the Wellington ICT Graduate School, says that “MDT is a dynamic programme that not only creates industry professionals ready and able to work on industry projects, but creative digital cinematographers in their own right. This programme is about creating digital and design-focused leaders who are able to contribute to and develop their own innovative projects, benefiting the industry and region as a whole.”

Kristina Huang received the Weta Digital Scholarship in 2019. She’s very thankful for it, she says it’s encouraged and motivated her to work hard as well as provided her with new opportunities.

The Weta Digital Scholarship, which is open to all domestic students who are enrolled (and accepted) in the Master of Design Technology, covers the full tuition for one recipient for the duration of their study.

The recipient will be selected based on portfolio quality and responses to the application form as judged by representatives from Weta Digital and the Wellington ICT Graduate School.

The School is also supporting the Weta Digital Scholarship with two partial scholarships for the second and third placed applicants.

To apply for this Weta Digital Scholarship (and the School’s partial scholarships) you will need to be enrolled and accepted in the Master of Design Technology programme for March 2020, be a domestic student, and then ask for the application form (just a few quick questions) from

Applications close on Friday the 21st of February and the recipient will be announced early March.

For more information, please contact Lauren Locke on or +64 22 068 4947.

You can see other scholarships we offer on Our Scholarships page.

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