Filipino Students Experience New Zealand’s Creative Scene

Ateneo De Manila University is one of the Philippine’s most sought after learning institutions. In July 2017, after almost a year of planning, students from the Fine Arts Department travelled to Wellington to participate in the inaugural 13-Day Design, Special Effects and Creativity Programme - a joint initiative between Ateneo de Manila University, Massey University and Sister Schools New Zealand.

The chosen students were hosted by Massey University’s College of Creative Arts (CoCA), a world leading institution, and NZ’s number one arts and design school. The group was able to participate in a range of different workshops, from upcycling trash and clay moulding, to digital design and 3D printing. Further from the workshops, the group got to channel their inner child in the Fab Lab, Wellington’s invention playground, where they used computer-controlled tools to create just about anything the mind can conceive.

The students also visited world-renowned sights, such as Weta Workshops, a special effects and prop company, founded by Sir Peter Jackson himself. Here they learned more about films such as King Kong and Lord of the Rings.

No trip to New Zealand is ever complete without seeing a range of beautiful natural vistas; students experienced Mt Ruapehu, snow for the first time and hiked to a sea colony on the Wellington peninsula. Needless to say, the students had an incredible New Zealand experience. Here’s an extract from a piece written by participating student Hiroshi Matsumura.

“I experienced many things in New Zealand. I ate all sorts of the New Zealand version of foods like fish and chips, smoked salmon, pasta, English-style breakfast, and more. I experienced my first study tour and saw things related to my course like the studio responsible for making props for the “Lord of the Rings” movie.”

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