Compositing and Motion Graphics: learning the art of visual effects.

Based in the heart of Wellington’s film industry, our one-year Master of Design Technology students are hoping to become the next generation of special effects and game developers. We take a look at how the Wellington ICT Graduate School is set to teach the skills needed for these students to work in highly technical design professions, including game design, visual effects (VFX), exhibition design and multimedia design.

Motion Graphics: providing hands-on experience with a Master of Design Technology.

The Master of Design Technology (MDT) programme links Master’s students with the big names in the film industry. Situated among the Weta Group buildings on Park Road, Miramar, we are not only providing facilities for students to create their own projects, but to collaborate with each other and industry experts.

Last Trimester Areito Echevarria, Head of FX at Weta Digital, delivered the Compositing and Motion Graphics (MDDN421) course, as part of our MDT programme. Here students gained a comprehensive command of professional approaches to previsualisation, production planning and co0rdination, through lectures, assignments, feedback, iteration and critique. Students then progressed to asset creation, which included live action plates, set extensions, visual effects elements, matte painting, and modelling.

With industry directly involved with our teaching, we ensure our Graduates leave with the knowledge and skills to succeed, and successfully launch their career in the Visual Effects Industry and Digital Design Field.


Meet Areito Echevarria

Areito Echevarria is an Academy Award winning visual effects artist with over 20 years of film industry experience, specialising in Compositing and Effects Animation. Most recently Areito was the Head of the FX Department at Weta Digital where he supervised a team of over 50 FX artists, animators and developers. Prior to that he held roles as a Compositing Supervisor at Weta Digital, Framestore and The Mill in London and Iloura in Melbourne.

Arieto Echevarria: Head of FX, Weta Digital.

Areito’s feature film experience includes work on films such as War for the Planet of the Apes, Godzilla, The Hobbit trilogy, Avatar and Black Hawk Down. In 2014 Areito was Awarded the Scientific and Technical Academy Award for his work developing Deep Compositing, a technology that fundamentally changed the nature of compositing workflows in the feature film industry.

“Collaboration is the heart and soul of film making.”
Weta’s Areito Echevarria accepting his Technical Academy Award in February 2014, as part of the team for the development, prototyping and promotion of technologies and workflows for deep compositing.

Areito also has three Visual Effects Society Award nominations for outstanding FX animation and compositing. He is currently pursuing research in game design and artificial intelligence for virtual reality.

A full list of Areito’s film credits can be found over at IMDB.


About the Master of Design Technology (MDT)

The Master of Design Technology is open to anyone with a Bachelor’s degree who already has some basic understanding in digital design technologies, and who wishes to build further relevant skills appropriate for the Visual Effects related ICT industry.

The MDT is a one-year, full-time, 180 point professional Master’s degree that will provide students with the skills needed to work effectively in highly technical design professions such as game design, Visual Effects (VFX), exhibition design and multimedia design.

Miramar Creative Centre

Take advantage of our capital city location and study at our new purpose-refitted facility at the Miramar Creative Centre. Victoria’s Miramar Creative Centre offers the opportunity to learn the finer arts of film making and game design with teaching direct from the experts. Be part of Wellington’s thriving and internationally recognised creative scene. Gain unprecedented insights into the inner workings of these creative industries and interact with world-leading practitioners in the heart of Wellington’s film industry.

Miramar Creative Centre, home to our Master of Design Technology (MDT) programme.

Situated among the Weta Group buildings on Park Road, Miramar, the Miramar Creative Centre is the result of a collaboration between Victoria and our film industry partners in Weta Workshop, Weta Digital, Park Road Post Production and Miramar Creative Ltd.

Next intake for MDT is March 2018 — February 2019.

Applications open 1st October 2017. Book an advice session to find out more and the programmes we offer.

Are you ready to take the next step in your education? Book a session with our Academic Advisor today: