Victoria University of Wellington Update 25/11/21

November 25, 2021

Kia ora koutou

We hope the school year is beginning to wrap up slowly heading into exams. Our thoughts are with the secondary schools around the country who are still dealing with challenging conditions under the various alert levels. Here at the University, the Future Students team is busy helping students with course planning and enrolment. In our final update for the year, you’ll find information about admission for 2022, news about changes to our team, key dates, and our plans to connect with careers advisers in 2022. We hope you have a Happy New Year and enjoy a relaxing time over the holidays.

Ngā mihi,
The Future Students team at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

Admission Pathways

It has been another extraordinary year, and we understand students’ anxiety around assessment and achieving University Entrance (UE). We want to reassure you that we will be working with students individually to help them achieve their goals of studying at university. If you have any students who are worried about gaining UE this year and who are keen to study at the University, please encourage them to apply before results come out in January. We can then communicate with them about their options for admission if they do not gain UE. Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington will have a number of pathways available to students who do not achieve UE, helping students to begin their study in a supportive environment. More information on these pathways will be available on our website soon.

Campus Visits and Course Planning

Although our campuses remain closed to the public, we are able to host in-person course planning sessions at our Kelburn campus, and campus tours with up to 10 people will be running each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Applications for study in 2022 are now open. Below are some key dates for 2022:

9 December 2021: Wellington enrolment evening

20January: Enrolment applications due
21–25 February: New Students’ Orientation
28 February: Trimester 1 begins


We are now offering two new majors—Game Design and Computer Graphics and Games. Enrolments are now open for Trimester 1.

The Game Design major focuses on design elements, introducing students to the key concepts of game design and the varied skills of game development.

The Computer Graphics and Games major focuses on computer programming and teaches students about today’s animation, game techniques, and how to develop the practical skills to create new kinds of software, visual experiences, and games.

The new majors are designed to open doors for graduates to exciting opportunities in the game development industry, such as game design, game programming, asset production, game testing, and related creative industries, while also providing a pathway into other postgraduate study.

Read more about the new Games majors

Paradox, by Cameron Watson and Rachel Baker, graduates from the School of Design Innovation at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington.