Raqi Syed began her career in animated feature films as a Lighting Artist for Disney Feature Animation on productions such as Meet The Robinsons and Tangled. From there she worked as a Technical Director at Weta Digital on films such as Avatar, The Planet of The Apes and The Hobbit.
She is currently lecturer at the University of Victoria in Wellington, where she teaches visual effects, lighting, character design, and design ideation. Her academic research focuses on the relationship between narration and new technologies. In 2016, she received the “Digital Futures” scholarship from the University of Victoria to study the relationship between the narrative strategies used in cinema and virtual reality.