Since 1998, the award-winning Media Design School in Auckland, New Zealand, has been preparing students for emerging media environments such as 3-D animation, visual effects, game development, digital design and creative advertising.
Specialising in the teaching of industry-standard skills and knowledge, Media Design School provides a vibrant and energetic creative culture for students from around the globe.
Undergraduate and graduate diploma qualifications have been developed by industry professionals and educators, making them both highly relevant and production-orientated.
Media Design School’s graduates go on to work in the world’s leading design, game development, film and animation studios and have contributed to blockbuster movies including Avatar, Ironman, King Kong, The Planet of the Apes and The Hobbit.
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:
- 3-D animation
- Advanced 3-D production
- Visual effects
- Graphic design
- Digital creativity
- Creative advertising
- Digital media
- Creative technologies
- Game development
- Interactive gaming
The school also offers short courses — such as Fundamentals of Photoshop, Digital Photography and Fundamentals of Flash — that help students stay abreast of developments in the industry.
In 2012, Media Design School created bachelor of creative technologies (game art) and bachelor of software engineering (game programming) programs. These three-year bachelor’s degree programs were developed in close collaboration with local and international game studios to ensure that graduates are prepared to enter the industry.
Media Design School has been ranked among the most creative schools in the world in the past decade by the YoungGuns Awards body. Students from Media Design School have won:
- Best short and best director at the L.A. 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 also have been recognized for the following achievements: