Media Design School continues to reinforce its reputation as the top animation school in the Asia Pacific region after being ranked 15th on the annual Animation Career Review Top 100 International Animation Schools list. The school features on the list for the second year in a row after debuting in 2014 at number 19.
The Animation Career Review Top 100 International Animation Schools list, which is the most comprehensive source of information for aspiring animation and game design professionals, takes four key criteria into consideration when determining a school’s ranking.
These criteria include the overall quality of a program including: technology and facilities available to students; the consistency and quality of student and graduate animation work; the geographic advantages derived from the school being located near animation employment hotspots; and the reputation of the program within the animation industry.
Darryn Melrose, Media Design School’s chief executive officer says that this ranking reflects the exceptional work produced by the school’s bachelor of art and design program. “Our faculty and students alike contribute to Media Design School's reputation as New Zealand's most awarded tertiary provider for digital and creative technology qualifications by creating work that is consistently regarded amongst the very best in the world. As the first tertiary institution in the Southern Hemisphere to offer a dedicated program of study for 3D animation, I am thrilled that Media Design School’s reputation for producing award-winning short films is continuing to be recognized on a global scale,” says Melrose.
Media Design School’s latest short animated film, Accidents, Blunders and Calamities, most recently won both the DEGNZ Best Editor Award and the People’s Choice Award at the Show Me Shorts Opening Night and Awards Ceremony in Nov. 2015. It has also been selected to screen at the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2016.