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Study web, game and interaction design , Te hoahoa ipurangi, hoahoa kēmu me te hoahoa pāhekoheko

Study web, game and interaction design at Massey to create innovative and engaging digital experiences, where art and technology meet.

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Where art and technology meet – create cutting-edge websites, apps, games, virtual reality and other digital experiences.

Tell stories

Storytelling gives voices to diverse worlds. Choose from many specialisations at Massey to become a leader in digital media.

Design your own degree

All Massey design students start with broad core courses. Then in later years you can specialise or gain wide-ranging skills.

Global top 100

Get creative at Massey. The only New Zealand university to be ranked by QS in the top 100 for art and design.

Overview

Game on! Create websites, mobile apps, games, virtual reality and other digital experiences, even if you start with no art or programming knowhow. Get hands-on and try new things, then shape your qualification around your specific skills and interests.

Learn from staff with award-winning experience in world-leading companies. Explore new ideas in areas such as interactive spaces, UI and UX design, or visualisation. Experiment with industry-quality tools and emerging technology in our dedicated studios, labs and workshops. Create a unique work-ready portfolio showcasing your creative and technical skills.

Web, game and interaction design are a good fit if you:

  • enjoy school subjects such as design, visual arts (ngā toi), technology (hangarau) or maths
  • want to work in a fast-changing, innovative field
  • like thinking creatively, team work and have a good eye for detail.

Web and interaction design

Digital design is the look and feel of digital products, such as apps, websites and interactive experiences. Web design or digital design focuses on:

  • visual design, such as typography, colours and proportions
  • user experience (UX) design and user interface (UI) design – how people interact with and experience a product, system or service.

Massey web designing courses may cover:

  • experiential information design
  • typography
  • user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) design, also called interaction design
  • visualisation for media production
  • web and interactive production
  • web and mobile media.

Web, digital and interaction design at College of Creative Arts – Toi Rauwhārangi

Website coding

00Website coding or web development is the technical side of creating websites and other digital products. Master your tools at Massey and get creative by learning:

  • front-end web development – HTML, CSS and Javascript
  • back-end development – programming languages and databases.

Massey web development courses may cover:

  • coding for creative practice
  • hardware prototyping
  • interaction and interface
  • prototyping for creative technologies
  • programming for interactive projects
  • VR, AR and MR (mixed or hybrid reality), also called immersive design.

Creative technologies at College of Creative Arts – Toi Rauwhārangi

Game design

Game designers lead the overall experience of a game by creating the plots, logic, difficulty, characters and more. Game designers work in teams with game developers and game artists.

Learn how to use game industry tools to create immersive games for desktop, mobile, console and VR goggles.

Massey game designing and game development courses may cover:

  • 3D modelling and texturing
  • character design
  • concept design for imaginary worlds
  • game technologies and mechanics
  • spatial design
  • VR, AR and MR (mixed or hybrid reality), also called immersive design.

Game development at College of Creative Arts – Toi Rauwhārangi

How to study web, game and interaction design

Discover what we offer if you’re interested in web, game and interaction design – whether you’re coming to university for the first time, changing direction or returning to advance your study or career.

Undergraduate study

An undergraduate qualification is generally the first thing you’ll study at university.

Bachelor's degrees

Degrees are the standard qualifications you do at university – the most common is called a bachelor’s. Degrees give you enough time to explore your interests, and also focus on specific subjects.

Undergraduate bachelor's degrees with honours

An undergraduate honours degree is a four-year bachelor’s degree. We also offer postgraduate honours years.

Undergraduate certificates

If you want to study at university, but aren't sure if you want to commit to a degree, try an undergraduate certificate.

Undergraduate diplomas

Undergraduate diplomas let you try university study before you commit to a degree. They’re also useful if you need to advance your career.

Graduate diplomas

Graduate diplomas can help you advance to postgraduate study or research in a subject you haven’t majored in for your undergraduate study.

Relevant undergraduate subjects to major or specialise in

When you apply to study at Massey, for some undergraduate qualifications you can choose what subject you’d like to specialise in. You can usually change your mind after you get to university, depending on the courses you enrol in.

Postgraduate study

Once you’ve graduated with a bachelor’s degree – or have equivalent experience – you’ll be ready to take on postgraduate study.

Postgraduate bachelor's degrees with honours

Go deeper into a major subject from your undergraduate bachelor's degree, graduate certificate or graduate diploma; at a higher level of study.

Master's degrees

A master's degree normally builds on a main subject of study from your undergraduate degree.

Postgraduate diplomas

Postgraduate diplomas are postgraduate-level qualifications that are longer than a postgraduate certificate. If you’re successful, you might be able to use the credits towards the longer master’s degree.

PhD and other doctoral degrees

Doctoral degrees, including PhDs, are the highest degrees we award. They’re very demanding and their entry criteria reflect this.

Our facilities

You'll have access to a wide range of first-class facilities when you study with us.

Computer labs and video editing suite

Students have ready access to computer labs where they can use the latest software to scan film, edit video, audio and photography, and create 3D models. The College also has a state-of-the-art audio and video postproduction suite with all the gear needed for students to create very high quality media.

Electronics technology laboratory

Students can access a dedicated Technology Lab, that has specialist equipment for hardware development, software development, electronics, prototyping and 3D printing.

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Toystore

The Toystore offers a wide range of audiovisual equipment for design students to borrow, as well as access to large format printing and technical support.

Fab Lab

Fab Lab Wgtn is Australasia’s first digital fabrication laboratory (Fab Lab) affiliated to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Fab Lab's capabilities include: A computer-controlled laser cutter; numerically-controlled milling machine; a sign cutter; a precision milling machine to make three-dimensional moulds; surface-mount circuit boards; and small 3D printers, for fast production of 3-dimensional forms.

VFX studio

Massey University’s Wellington campus houses cutting edge digital production and post-production tools. Students can use high-end digital cameras with the 300m2 green screen and lighting gear to create the perfect shot in post-production. Our range of camera equipment will help get your shot moving, or keep it perfectly still, or post-production artists can record motion-capture takes using our 24 camera Vicon motion capture array.

Virtual and augmented reality

A specialised room where students can explore and prototype virtual spaces and experiences, or create virtual artworks or designs using virtual reality and augmented reality equipment.

Jobs in web, game and interaction design

Digital jobs are always changing as new technologies come along. Tools may change but creativity and problem-solving skills are in constant demand. When you study with us, you can specialise or gain wide-ranging skills when you complete collaborative, cross-disciplinary practical projects.

Careers can span most industries, from entertainment to government agencies, healthcare to social enterprises, digital agencies to galleries and museums.

Web, game and interaction design careers include:

  • backend developers, who work with programming languages and databases in websites and other digital products
  • frontend developers, who code what web users see and interact with, including buttons, menus or pages
  • game designers, who work out plots, difficulty and other parts of the gaming experience
  • spatial designers, who specialise in areas such as exhibitions or virtual spaces
  • user experience (UX), interaction or experience designers, who create ways people can interact with digital products or spaces
  • web designers or user interface (UI) designers, who create the look and feel of websites and other digital products.

Annual salary ranges for jobs

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Indicative pay rates are:

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Examples of where our qualifications may take you.

Table showing jobs and what you could study to enter them.
Jobs Examples of what you could study
Experience designer or spatial designer Bachelor of Design with Honours (Spatial Design)
Master of Design
Game designer or UX designer Bachelor of Creative Media Production
Bachelor of Design with Honours (Concept Design)
Bachelor of Design with Honours (Integrated Design)
Bachelor of Design with Honours (Spatial Design)
Master of Creative Enterprise
Master of Design
Web designer or UI designer Bachelor of Design with Honours (Visual Communication Design)
Master of Design
Web developer, game developer Bachelor of Design with Honours (Integrated Design)
Bachelor of Design with Honours (Spatial Design)
Master of Creative Enterprise
Master of Design

Accreditations and rankings

QS Ranking - Art & Design

College of Creative Arts – Toi Rauwhārangi ranks in the global top 150 for art and design by QS World University Rankings.

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NASAD

Massey's College of Creative Arts is New Zealand's only art and design school granted “substantial equivalency” — an international benchmark of quality — by the United States National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

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Red Dot Design ranking

Ranked 1st in Asia-Pacific by International Red Dot Design Awards, the only design school to be ranked in New Zealand and Australia. This significant achievement recognises the high calibre of our teaching staff and the exceptional quality of our students' design concept work.

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