Why study film and digital media in New Zealand's Wellington?

Supporting a highly creative atmosphere, especially in the field of film and digital media, Wellington, New Zealand could be the perfect place to nurture your talents.

Ingenuity and creativity are distinctive characteristics of a classic Kiwi, and none more so than in New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. Add to that a reputation for ‘getting the job done’ and it is no surprise that New Zealand has developed an international reputation in the film industry, lead by Wellington’s Sir Peter Jackson.

The American Film Institute has called it “one of the wonders of the world... an unparalleled success story”. Certainly, the number of New Zealand filmmakers who have gained the world’s attention is disproportionate to the country’s small population. Their success has been founded on a tradition of versatility and innovation that has shaped the country from its earliest days. These values have been maintained, not merely out of necessity, but because of the strong value New Zealanders place on working that way.

Studying the arts in New Zealand can be a unique experience

“Wherever you are in the city, you’re never far from the sea, the bush, a café or a film location”

Wellington, known as New Zealand’s creative capital, is home to Weta Film Studios, where Sir Peter Jackson and Sir Richard Taylor created international blockbusters such as the Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong, among many others. Wherever you are in the city, you’re never far from the sea, the bush, a café or a film location.

In addition to the film industry, Wellington is the base for a number of national arts institutions including Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand, the Royal New Zealand Ballet and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. It also hosts the renowned 'World of Wearable Arts' show and the biennial International Arts Festival. The City Council maintains a sound arts infrastructure, with accessible venues and support for creative partnerships. Tertiary providers such as the College of Creative Arts at Massey University, offer a pathway for emerging artists and designers to develop skills and open up new career options throughout the global art and design industry.

Wellington city offers a unique quality of life with significant employment opportunities in the arts sector and, because of its diverse creative industries, there are plenty of consumer opportunities too. The city’s population is young and well educated, with a third holding a bachelor degree or higher qualification - the highest proportion in the country.

The reputation of the city as a cutting edge creative centre has been cemented by the successes of Weta Studios. Many of their designers, including special effects wizard Sir Richard Taylor, were trained at Massey’s College of Creative Arts. Some have returned to teach or offer workshops at the College, fostering an ongoing creative partnership that supports the continued success of the film and digital media industry in Wellington, the creative heart of New Zealand.

Written by Jeannette Troon
Communications Advisor
College of Creative Arts
Massey University (New Zealand)