1998 saw the rise of digital trail-blazers like Google, who were set to transform the world as we knew it, and the emergence of the Internet as a core component of our lives. Meanwhile, here in New Zealand, Media Design School was founded to provide trained graduates for digital and technological companies, so that they could respond to this opportunity of a rapidly expanding global industry.
From the outset, Media Design School set out to ensure that technology companies could be armed with skilled graduates who were capable of informing and transforming the industry. As pioneers in the creative technology education sector, we were the first tertiary institution in the Southern Hemisphere to offer a dedicated programme of study for 3D animation using industry-standard computer graphics software. We were also the first school in New Zealand to provide a specialised gaming course for aspirational game developers.
In 2011, Media Design School became a part of Laureate International Universities, the world's largest private university group. This enabled Media Design School to access faculty and resources across design universities such as NABA Milano; Domus Academy, also located in Milan and, more recently, Torrens University Australia.
Now located on Albert Street in the Auckland CBD, Media Design School is New Zealand's most awarded tertiary institution for digital and creative technology qualifications. But don't just take the school's word for it: a Colmar Brunton Employer Claims Survey, released in July 2014, showed that New Zealand employers rate Media Design School as the number one tertiary institute for supplying graduates with the technical skills necessary to be a valuable employee; the skill most valued by employers in the creative sector who are considering hiring new graduates. Media Design School also outperformed most other tertiary institutes across New Zealand in providing graduates that are better prepared to make valuable contributions in the workplace and all of the other institutes on offering real-world project experience.
As creative technology changes and adapts, so too have Media Design School's courses. In October 2016, Media Design School became the first tertiary provider in New Zealand to offer a qualification with a dedicated stream focusing on two of the world’s biggest emerging technologies: Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality (VR/AR).
What's more, Media Design School's existing courses gained additional international recognition when the school was ranked by The Rookies as the world’s top tertiary provider for both Graphic Design and Photography by a panel of internationally renowned judges, beating 479 other schools from 77 countries for these top honours.