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Course content

You will learn...…

  1. Comprehensive knowledge of design processes.
  2. How to formulate creative strategies and develop them through self-assessment.
  3. How to independently research, master and integrate new design technologies and tools.
  4. To demonstrate effective group/team work skills and written and oral communication skills
  5. To demonstrate the professional and enterprise skills necessary for working effectively in visual effects related ICT organisations

Programme outline

This is a full-time, 180-point Master's programme. You will complete this qualification in three consecutive trimesters over 12 months, delivered at Victoria University's Miramar Creative Centre.

Trimester One

  • MDDN451 Creative Coding for Digital Content

Covers computer graphics techniques that are used as current practice in the film industry through a range of projects ranging from generating special effects to the algorithmic treatment of media.

And one of the following two courses MDDN421 or MDDN422

  • MDDN421 Compositing and Motion Graphics

Learn and practice skills relating to previsualisation, production planning and coordination for creating assets, effects and content for Visual Effects and Motion Graphics.

  • MDDN422 Creature Rigging and Simulation

Covers skills and techniques for creating and working with human, creature and mechanical rigs and controls for digital character animation.

Trimester Two

  • CCDN412 Mātauranga Design

Engage with toi (Māori creativity) and mātauranga (Māori understanding) in the production of both visual and material cultural design that honours our place and past in Aotearoa New Zealand. Guided by traditional Māori protocols and knowledge, students will learn how to understand and interact with Māori symbols and visual spatial strategies in ways that are culturally sound and appropriate.

  • CCDN422 Design professional Practice

Covers advanced investigations into topics relevant to professional practice for design today including branding, marketing, networking, presentation and portfolio.

And one of the following two courses MDDN431 or MDDN432

  • MDDN431 Lighting and Rendering

Learn about traditional applications of lighting such as portraiture, practical studio lighting, and cinematography and engage with digital tools to apply traditional lighting techniques to digital media.

  • MDDN432 Character Animation

Gain relevant skills for creating compelling and emotive animated sequences of digital characters.

Trimester Three: Research Practicum

  • MDDN541: Research Practicum Project - 60 points

This studio consists of a supervised practicum, working on a design studio based research and project, generally as a placement in the visual effects industry.

Your career options

Graduate with a sought-after combination of technical knowledge and experience appropriate for working in the Visual Effects industry or other creative digital fields.


Combine footage and CG assets together to produce visual effects for film and media.

3D Animator

Bring digital characters to life with expressive movement and emotions.

Motion Graphics

Animate typography, graphical elements and imagery to produce compelling animations.




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