Media Design School was established in 1998 by Liz Valintine and is located in Auckland, New Zealand’s biggest city. Offering undergraduate and graduate diploma qualifications, the school is widely recognized for its digital design and 3D animation programs. Media Design School also offers programs in graphic design, creative advertising, digital media, and game development. The school is accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989 and was one of New Zealand’s first private tertiary providers to offer world-class, innovative NZQA-approved qualifications in the digital creative sectors.
The school's website can be found at: www.mediadesignschool.com/.
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The Media Design School offers diplomas and graduate diplomas in the following fields:
- 3D Animation
- Advanced 3D Productions
- Visual Effects
- Graphic Design
- Digital Creativity
- Creative Advertising
- Digital Media
- Creative Technologies
- Game Development
- Interactive Gaming
The school also offers Short Courses focused on helping students develop incremental skills such as Fundamentals of Photoshop, Fundamentals of Flash and Digital Photography.
In 2012, Media Design School created the Bachelor of Creative Technologies (Game Art) and the Bachelor of Software Engineering (Game Programming). The comprehensive three-year bachelor degree programs have been developed in close collaboration with local and international game studios to ensure graduates are primed to enter the industry.
Media Design School has been ranked among the most creative schools in the world in the past decade by YoungGuns Awards body. Students from Media Design School have won:
- Best Short and Best Director at the LA Underground Film Festival, 2011
- Best Animation at the Talking Heads Festival, 2011
- Best Short Film at the Aspen Shortsfest, 2011
- Gold Prize winners at New Zealand’s Best Design Awards, 2009
Student, alumni and faculty have also been recognized for various other achievements: