New computer graphics major for undergraduates at Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington have just launched a new Computer Graphics major within the Bachelor of Science at the university.  The new major is designed to educate students to develop the next generation of tools in the rapidly-growing and in-demand industry of computer graphics.

Wellington has the highest concentration of web-based and digital technology companies in New Zealand. A recent Victoria University report found that more than 20,000 people - or 10 percent of the region’s work force - are in digital sector roles.

Programme Director, Professor Neil Dodgson moved from Cambridge to head the new programme at VUW: “Our major is focused on providing a deep understanding so that our graduates can develop novel tools and ideas for use in films, games, medicine, simulation and more.”

The content and structure of the new programme has been developed with input from Weta Digital (Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit, the Hunger Games) and other local digital technology companies.

Professor Dodgson says there has never been a more exciting time to study computer graphics: “There are increasing job opportunities in film, television, gaming, virtual reality and simulation—there are even jobs that don’t yet exist as the industry is constantly evolving. The high demand for skilled graduates led Victoria to develop the Computer Graphics major, building on our existing expertise in computer science, mathematics and design.”

Computer Graphics is a major in the BSc degree at Victoria University of Wellington. The Bachelor of Science (BSc) is a flexible degree. It allows you freedom in selecting exactly the courses that you enjoy, for more information about this degree structure works; see the section on Undergraduate (Bachelor) Degrees.

Contact Study Options if you would like to find out more about applying to study in New Zealand.  You can find out more about Victoria University of Wellington here and download application forms here.

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