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Student Trip to Massey College of Creative Arts

On Friday 10 May, Woodford House Visual Arts students Le Vu, Tracy Zeng and Eva Chang attended a secondary school Student Experience Day. This took place at the Massey University College of Creative Arts campus in Wellington. Ms Morris, their design and photography teacher accompanied them.

As well as a campus tour and their choice of an afternoon workshop in a specialised design topic, the students were able to tour the student flat accommodation provided for Massey University students in Wellington, known as The Cube hall and Kāinga Rua hall.

Massey’s College of Creative Arts is very popular with creative Woodford House students. At least 17 students have studied there over the past 14 years and the equivalent number again have studied design and related subjects such as architecture at other universities both in New Zealand and overseas. Almost all are now working in creative industries around the world. Massey University provides design degrees in Visual Communication, Fashion, Textiles, Industrial design, Spatial Design, Animation, Fine Arts, Game Development, Film, Audio, Music and much more.

The girls take part in a lecture.

Tracy Zeng tries out Virtual Reality.

A fashion design workshop attended by Eva Chang.

Catching up with Woodford House Old Girls Rowena Chow and Lydia Hill for dinner.
From left to right: Ms Diane Morris, Le Vu, Eva Chang, Tracy Zeng, Rowena Chow and Lydia Hill.

The next open day for parents and prospective students at the Wellington campus will be Friday 23 August 2019, 9.00am to 3.00pm. To register please go to:

There is also a Creative Arts Immersion Day on Monday 8 July. Students can enrol at:

The students and Ms Morris really enjoyed the trip and gave the following feedback:

“The Massey trip gave us an insight into university life. This was such a great opportunity for me to explore my options while still at high school, and prepare myself mentally for the transition. The staff at Massey University were incredibly helpful, and I have to say my favourite part of the day was taking part in the Spatial Design workshop. We also had a chance to talk to Woodford House Old Girls who are currently design students at Massey. Before the visit, like any girl my age, I was worried about going to university and having to leave our second home, Woodford House. We left Wellington with all the necessary information and a little more confidence for next year, knowing that there are always people around looking out for us.”

Le Vu, Year 13

“The short introduction at the start was very helpful in terms of what Massey has to offer. It was really cool how the university placed us in different groups so we were able to experience and explore different areas. I chose the spatial design workshop which was really interesting for me as I have never studied this area before. It was fascinating to try out the virtual reality set and some of Massey’s other facilities, and see all the possibilities and areas available.”

Tracy Zeng, Year 13

“It was a great chance for me to attend the Massey University student experience day, so that I could have more ideas about my future university choices. I joined the fashion and textile workshop which was about learning easy coding of LED lights and how to attach LED lights and different materials together to make a special garment. My group and I made an outfit with a theme of a childish, tender, oceanic look. We chose a soft pink colour and created folds like ocean waves. We also added some wool in few places to enhance the shape. I really enjoyed the time I spent with the enthusiastic teachers and students.”

Eva Chang, Year 12

“I attended the introduction and the campus tour, including the new state of the art music production facilities. I was able to sit in on a fourth year visual communication lecture, followed by a student peer critique (rather like speed dating) in which around 70 students presented and analysed the progress of their final year projects to each other. It was fascinating to see how students grow and develop their thinking on from secondary school.

In the evening we met up for dinner with some Woodford House Old Girls currently attending Massey’s College of Creative Arts. Fourth year Visual Communication design student, Rowena Chow (WH 2015), and third year Game Development and Animation student, Lydia Hill (WH 2016), were able to answer the questions of Le, Tracy and Eva and give them an insight into what it is like to be a student at Massey University CoCA.”

Ms Diane Morris, TiC Design and Photography