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Get a sneak peek into the achievements, adventures and sheer awesomeness of Media Design School students, award-winning alumni and acclaimed faculty. We post several times a week.

AdSchool graduates conduct unofficial Beer Census and do weird things with Yams

analiese.jackson 25 Sep 2014 Comments

When AdSchool Graduate Beth O'Brien was at the school she ended up doing one of our enduringly favourite student campaigns for Frenz free range eggs; called Chicken Pedometers. It put a quirky spin on a normally sober supermarket product. Now, three years later and at Colenso, Beth and her creative partner Oriel Davis-Lyons have put that quirky spin on the whole supermarket itself with two TV spots for New World supermarket.  http://www.campaignbrief.co.nz/2014/09/new-world-introduces-quirky-ne.html

They're not only pretty revolutionary for a supermarket brand, they also got an awesome response from the head of foodstuffs: “Most of the time we make ads. Then once or twice in a career we make something that is properly enjoyable and that crosses over into culture. Thirteen years ago I made an ad like that. Now, I've got another one.” 

Meanwhile, over at Barnes Catmur, graduate Rob Cook has won August Newspaper ad of the month with NZ's first Beer Census:  http://www.campaignbrief.co.nz/2014/08/boundary-road-brewery-commissi.html

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AdSchool students make shortlist for International Crowbar, Newspaper of the Year and Student Axis

analiese.jackson 25 Sep 2014 Comments

Seven AdSchool students have been shortlisted for the International Crowbar awards - putting us in their top ten schools worldwide for 2014. Congrats to Tania Menzies, Sian Henderson, Shakthi Ramachandran, Julie Koch, Gair Harrison-McCulloch, Harry Wilde and Kristi Tansilia (who has been nominated twice for two different pieces of work!). Winners will be announced in Singapore on 26th September.


A week after that, the Student Newspaper of the Year awards will be announced, and once again AdSchool students are heavily shortlisted with 3 out of 4 finalist places: Tania Menzies & Julie Koch are shortlisted twice for two different campaigns, and Sian Henderson and Kristi Tansilia (yes, her again!) are also shortlisted.


Continuing the double shortlisting theme are Kent Briggs and Nick Houghton who have two topical ads shortlisted for the topical ad of the year. If you think that's an anxious wait for shortlisted students, then spare a thought for our TVNZ Student Axis finalists who, in a hotly contested competition between students at Media Design School, Otago and AUT, gaining three out of the four finalist places. Which means, the creative teams of Julie Koch & Tania Menzies, Harry Wilde & Elizabeth Henwood, together with Savannah Hurley & Monique Bedford now have an anxious wait until the Axis Awards in March next year to see who wins the coveted Student Axis of the year award.

 

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MDS Grads win D&AD Pencils For The World’s Most Powerful Arm and Trial by Timeline

MDS Grads win D&AD Pencils For The World’s Most Powerful Arm and Trial by Timeline

Media Design School 27 May 2014 Comments

AdSchool graduates Nicole Hetherington and Simon Fowler’s idea for a Facebook campaign featuring the world’s first petition-signing robot has just won a much-coveted black pencil at this year’s D&AD awards.

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AdSchool grads go global

AdSchool grads go global

Media Design School 22 May 2014 Comments

If the proof is in the pudding, then this graduate update definitely sees AdSchool feeling rather calorie-laden.

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AdSchool students and grads win Young Guns Gold

AdSchool students and grads win Young Guns Gold

Media Design School 24 Mar 2014 Comments

AdSchool students grab GOLD at Young Guns

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AdSchool wins Student Axis

AdSchool wins Student Axis

Media Design School 07 Mar 2014 Comments

Media Design School’s AdSchool graduates win Student Axis

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The 2013 Marsden Inch Scholarship winner is…

The 2013 Marsden Inch Scholarship winner is…

Media Design School 06 Dec 2013 Comments

Congrats to AdSchool students Ellie Jones and Avani Maan for winning the Marsden Inch Scholarship

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AdSchool grad behind world’s biggest book

AdSchool grad behind world’s biggest book

Media Design School 02 Dec 2013 Comments

One of our AdSchool grads was behind the giant book that popped up in Beverley Hills to promote the second Hobbit film.

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Italians take a lesson from NZ AdSchool

Italians take a lesson from NZ AdSchool

Media Design School 28 Nov 2013 Comments

Internationally recognized for producing world-class work and launching successful advertising industry careers, The AdSchool at Media Design School is going global, with the introduction of a creative advertising qualification at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA) in Milan, Italy.

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They’re off! 2013 AdSchool class bids farewell

They’re off! 2013 AdSchool class bids farewell

Media Design School 27 Nov 2013 Comments

They may have gone out of their way to insult/offend/annoy every junior/intern/freelancer in town with their “fire your interns” end of year show invites and leaving cakes. But hey, this year’s batch AdSchool students did do us proud.

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