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Massey Wellington, Centre for Creativity, is home to the College of Creative Arts, which grew out of the respected Wellington School of Design. Now celebrating its 125th anniversary, the College provides an integrated school of art and design.
Revolutionary creations such as the Fisher & Paykel dish drawer, Apple's iPhone and Formway’s ‘Life Chair’ all came about through the work of Massey graduates.
Leaders in New Zealand’s creative and cultural industries include Massey alumni like fashion designers Kate Sylvester and New York’s latest ‘must-have’ designer, Rebecca Taylor. Special effects wizard Sir Richard Taylor learnt the tools of his trade at Massey, along with industrial designer Mark Pennington and graphic designer Grant Alexander.
A degree course at Massey trains students to think creatively and connect their ideas to the real world. The prestigious Dyson Product Design Awards were launched in 2001 to reward exactly this kind of creative excellence. It is no accident that Massey has produced 84 finalists and 17 gold medal winners. Students’ consistently creative solutions to design issues range from Stephen Smith’s ArcticSkin, a cooling vest to be worn by athletes, to Tim Cox’s ultrasound tool, which measures the commercial worth of a forest.
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Last updated on Tuesday 16 August 2016