Wellington ICT Graduate School
The Wellington ICT Graduate School is a partnership between Victoria University of Wellington, WelTec and Whitireia.
The Tertiary Education Commission has announced the establishment of the Wellington ICT Graduate School. The Wellington ICT Graduate School is a partnership between Victoria University of Wellington, WelTec and Whitireia.
As our world becomes increasingly digitally enabled, and as we move away from a digital economy to the digitisation of the economy the boundaries of ICT become blurred, graduates with strong digital skills are in demand more than ever.
The Wellington ICT Graduate School will:
- Set the standard for advanced ICT education in Wellington, ensuring an industry driven and experiential education, so our graduates are ready to be future leaders in this sector.
- Bring together our staff and students with ICT firms, start-ups, and our tech ecosystem to develop talent, ideas and connections that can fuel growth, across the region and New Zealand.
- Deliver education that has a strong vocational emphasis with input from, and engagement with, industry, combined with academic rigour.
Wellington is the ideal place to study ICT
Wellington has a creative and innovative environment, with a significant digital, film, and gaming local industry, and a strong start-up culture, and while the ICT industry has been growing rapidly throughout New Zealand, nowhere has this growth been more pronounced than in Wellington.
With more than 13,000 full-time ICT jobs in the Wellington region, producing over a quarter of all NZ’s ICT related GDP, Wellington is the heart of IT in New Zealand.
Master of Software Development
The Master of Software Development will equip students from a range of backgrounds with an industry focused qualification that prepares them to develop real-world software-based systems including:
- enterprise-, cloud-, and network based systems
- desktop and mobile applications
- software for embedded systems based in microprocessors.
Graduates will be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed for a career in the IT industry.
The course is delivered through a combination of course work and an in-work (industry placement) research and development project.
Master of Engineering Practice
The Master of Engineering Practice builds on student’s technical knowledge, and gives them the skills to design and implement engineering solutions to challenges faced by the NZ industry.
The MEP includes a strong focus on developing the communication, professional, and research skills important for working as an ICT professional.
The course is delivered through a combination of course work and a group research and development project.
Master of Professional Business Analysis
The Master of Professional Business Analysis is designed for students who have a degree in a field outside information technology to complement their skillset and to become business analysts in their original field. The programme will build on students’ knowledge of their domain of origin, and the study skills they acquired in their previous qualification.
Graduates will be able to apply their understanding of their field of expertise to develop IT solutions for a workplace and be able to recommend appropriate solutions, based on sound, evidence-led decision making skills that are based on the fundamental principles of academic research and real-world exposure.
Master of Design Technology
The Master of Design Technology (MDT) is a one-year, full-time professional master’s degree that will provide students with the professional skills needed to work effectively in highly technical design professions such as game design, Visual Effects (VFX), exhibition design and multimedia design.
The MDT is technology-centric and builds upon the skills acquired in an undergraduate degree focused on digital technology. The MDT will be ideal for students holding a bachelor’s degree in design who are looking to up-skill with advanced techniques and high-tech professional practice. A 60-point practicum concluding the degree will contribute a substantial project to the student’s design portfolio.
Master of User Experience Design
The Master of User Experience Design (MUXD) is a one-year, full-time master’s degree, aimed particularly at industry professionals and/or recent graduates without an undergraduate qualification in media design, i.e. a conversion master’s degree. The degree will build on the relevant skills these students have developed during their professional careers and/or undergraduate university study, such as problem solving, critical thinking and verbal and written communication.
Master of Information Technology
The Master of Information Technology has been designed for students with a Bachelor’s in an ICT or computing related discipline, and will sharpen the technical skills and knowledge of those already in industry, or seeking to enter the ICT workforce.
The qualification is delivered by Weltec and Whitireia through a combination of compulsory courses and electives that allow for specialisation, and a final industry project or thesis that will give students the opportunity to apply their learning to the ICT industry.