The 2018 Master of Design Technology cohort proudly presented their short-films to a large audience at the stunning Roxy Cinema on March 6th.

“We are beyond impressed with what our students were able to achieve in the span of just a few months, from pitching and storyboarding all the way to the finished films. And it was an absolute privilege to get the chance to showcase them in such a beautiful venue.” — Sunny Teich, MDT Teaching Fellow and Industry Professional

Industry professionals, alumni, academic staff, friends and family all joined to witness the many hours of hard work put…


When Sarah Turner was working as a vet nurse, she never could have imagined life as a backend software developer on a multinational project.

“I always thought the tech industry was full of geeks in dark rooms sitting behind computers surrounded by empty energy drinks. I didn’t think I had the brains for it and the environment never appealed.”

Caring and empathetic, Sarah loved being a nurse but was exhausted by the physicality and low pay of vet clinics. A mother of two beautiful kids, Sarah knew that she also couldn’t invest in a three year Bachelor degree. Desperate for…


Working on an F-16 Scale model with his Dad, led to Camden Wright’s passion today in 3D modelling and creature design. After graduating from the Victoria University Bachelor of Design Innovation programme, Camden enrolled in the Master of Design Technology at the Wellington ICT Graduate School. But he doesn’t spend all his life behind a computer screen, Camden is also a lover of nature. Throughout the programme, Camden has found unique ways to bring the outdoors in, creating dramatic digital landscapes as well as a variety of other works honing his skills in motion capture, animation, rendering and more.

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The Wellington ICT Graduate School (WICTGS) and Victoria University of Wellington School of Design, are thrilled to have Sunny Teich advising the final Capstone Projects for the 2018 Master of Design Technology cohort.

Sunny Teich, Master of Design Technology Teaching Fellow.

A writer and visual effects artist, Sunny has worked at major international studios including Disney Animation, Sony Imageworks and Weta Digital.

In 2011, she was Weta’s Lead Technical Director in the development of the facial simulation technique first seen in Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Sunny has spent the past four years as a Lead Effects Technical Director at Framestore London.

“My philosophy is that…


Ross Wilson, Master of Professional Business Analysis Graduate.

With a Bachelor of Arts (English Literature, History and Philosophy) and considerable work experience already under his belt, Ross knew a Master of Professional Business Analysis at the Wellington ICT Graduate School (WICTGS) was the next step in his professional development and to fulfil his aspirations of becoming a business consultant.

We caught up with Ross two months after completing his Master’s to share his experiences of the programme, his future in tech and working as a BA.

Q. Hi Ross, tell us what drew you studying business analysis?

“I was unhappy in my previous admin role and wanted to…


For one weekend in July, over 1,200 Kiwis from a diverse range of backgrounds and industries came together on the Wellington waterfront to explore and discuss the issues facing New Zealand.

This is the Festival for the Future 2018 (FFTF18). An action-packed weekend of inspiring speakers, future-focused panels and workshops; where millennials come together to explore the issues and share ideas.

This year, Wellington ICT Graduate School put two Master of User Experience Design students, George Walters and Felix Shin, on the ground at FFTF18. …


The Wellington ICT Graduate School (WICTGS) is delighted to announce the appointment of Lynda Turner as its new Director. The appointment follows a search for an outstanding leader to take the School to the next stage of its development.

Wellington ICT Graduate School Director, Lynda Turner.

Lynda has over twenty years’ experience predominantly working in marketing and account management roles within the ICT industry. She has a broad range of experience from product development and market management to business development and account management.

“Lynda brings a wealth of experience from her many roles in the ICT industry and her network and understanding of the sector will be…


Students in the Master of Design Technology (MDT) have just been awarded a partnership certificate by SideFX, 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.

‘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…


Master of Design Technology student short film, Tom, has been selected to screen in the New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) in Wellington.

Still from short film, Tom, directed by David Midgley, Master of Design Technology Alumnus.

Animation NOW! 2018 is a showcase of some of the year’s best and brightest international animated shorts. Tom, a four-minute long film, chosen by industry professionals as the 2018 Capstone project for the Master of Design Technology (MDT) programme, was directed by David Midgley and will feature in NZIFF this August.

“It was a collaborative project done with all the students in the MDT programme over the summer semester. We all pitched an idea, and my idea…


Wellington ICT Graduate School recently welcomed new User Experience (UX) Design Programme Director, Dana Fridman. With a background in psychology, product design, development, and entrepreneurship, combined with her Lecturer experience at Victoria Univeristy’s School of Design, Dana was a natural choice to head up our Master of User Experience Design (MUXD) programme.

Dana Fridman, newly appointed MUXD Programme Director, Wellington ICT Graduate School.

“The School is really excited to have Dana join our team of programme directors. Dana has good connections in the UX community and will be a great addition to the academic committee as they work together on collaborative projects.” says Wellington ICT Graduate School Acting Director, Susan Andersen.

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