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Training and immigration to New Zealand for designers

Our Kiwi Education team often receives requests from various kinds of designers and those who are only planning to become one. In this article, we will try to elaborate on the possible options for different specializations of design.

REQUIRED SPECIALTY

The first thing we would like to note is that Film Animators are included in the list of long term required specialties . This means that when finding a work contract (for example, during training on language courses), the employer does not have to prove that he has not found anyone in the local labour market and it will not be difficult to obtain a working visa. Condition: you must have 5 years of experience with the programs: Maya, Soft Image / XSI, 3D Studio Max, Photoshop, NUKE, MARI, Python, PyQT, or Unity, of which at least 3 years is Maya.

The second thing, which is also important, is the possibility of obtaining a work visa for a partner, when you are studying at 7 level programs in one of the listed areas.

  • Animation and / or visual effects
  • Cinematic arts
  • Computer graphic design
  • Creative media production
  • Creative software
  • Digital film and television, digital media
  • Games, multi and play design
  • Game development and / or animation
  • Game programming
  • Interactive design, Motion capture, design, graphics
  • VFX and motion, Visual imaging or 3D visualization

At the same time, when at least one of the parents has a work visa, school-age children can study in schools for free.

LEVELS OF TRAINING

The third point is the possibility of graded education for different levels. Those who already have a portfolio and good experience can consider programs of levels 7-8 levels for a year. Those who want to learn from the very beginning, can consider the options of diplomas levels 5-6 for 2 years, or Bachelor’s degree at level 7 for 3 years. In all three cases, at the end of these programs, students receive a work visa automatically.
In New Zealand, you can study various design spheres, such as:

  • Graphic design
  • Animation
  • Cinema and Visual Effects
  • Design and Development of Games
  • Interior design
  • Landscaping
  •  Jewellery Design

DESIGN SCHOOLS IN NEW ZEALAND

Many schools offer a variety of design programs and the cost of the year varies from an average of NZ $ 14,000 in small private universities, around NZ $ 19,000 in more serious and public institutions, and from NZ $ 25,000 in universities and best design schools. We list only a few basic and most popular institutions, but you can always ask us for a more detailed list specifically in your area:

  • Media Design School
    The average cost of the year is NZ $ 26 400
    The best in New Zealand and one of the best in the world. Diploma programs from year 1 up to 3 years. Directions: Graphic design, Animation, Cinema and Visual Effects, Design and Game Development.
  • Yoobee School of Design
    The average cost of the year is NZ $ 19 950
    The main competitor of MDS in New Zealand. Diploma programs from year 1 up to 3 years. Directions: Graphic Design, Animation, Cinema and Visual Effects, Game Design.
  • Unitec
    The average cost of the year is NZ $ 21 000
    The most popular and large state institution. Diploma programs from year 1 up to 3 years. Directions: Graphic Design, Animation, Cinema and Visual Effects, Game Design.
  • Otago Polytechnic
    The average cost of the year is NZ $ 22 000
    State Institute. Diploma programs from year 1 up to 3 years. Directions: Graphic design, Animation, Cinema and Visual Effects.
  • Weltec
    The average cost of the year is NZ $ 22 200
    State Institute. Diploma programs from year 1 up to 3 years. Directions: Graphic design, Animation, Cinema and Visual Effects.
  • School Of Animation, Yoobee
    The average cost of the year is NZ $ 18 950
    One of the most inexpensive. The average cost of the year is NZ $ 18,950. 1,2,3 years of training. Directions: Animation.

WORK AS A DESIGNER IN NEW ZEALAND

The most common way to find a job is to monitor jobs on websites:

  • trademe.co.nz and seek.co.nz – are the most popular sites for job search.
  • workhere.co.nz and workingin-newzealand.com – sites for foreign applicants. Employers who post jobs on these sites are usually very familiar with the process of hiring a foreign specialist.
  • nz.gradconnection.com is an excellent resource for job search, if you just graduated and do not have much work experience.
  • sjs.co.nz -here you will find job ads for students
  • Facebook group here you will find ads for mostly Russian-speaking employers

For all training questions for designers, contact Kiwi Education.

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