Adam Shrosbee had just completed Year 13 at Whangaparaoa College in the north of Auckland when he decided that a career in design might be for him, so he put his portfolio together and applied for the Bachelor of Media Design at Media Design School.
Starting tertiary education straight out of high school can be a challenge, as Adam found: "Media Design School was intimidating at first, but it was also welcoming. The MDS name holds a lot of respect in the design world, and with that you felt honoured to be a part of it."
Once Adam settled in to life at Media Design School, he set about making the most of what the school had to offer.
"Opportunities were everywhere at MDS; from meeting big designers in the industry to getting insider knowledge on how the design world is run. There were also many freelance jobs floating around."
"The most rewarding aspect of Media Design School was the long life relationships that you make throughout your degree."
After his first year getting a taste of Graphic, Motion and Interactive design, Adam decided to major in Motion Design.
"Motion Design was found to be the biggest challenge in the BMD course and, once I had a taste of it, it just clicked. I always like to challenge myself and Motion Design was the next step," says Adam.
After completing the Bachelor of Media Design, Adam was offered a job at Warner Bros. International Television Production in New Zealand.
"At Warner Bros. I work a lot with TV shows, such as Survivor, The Bachelor and The Block NZ. I create the title scenes, VFX, editing, colour grading and 3D rendering,"
"MDS gave me the skills to obtain this job. They not only showed me the technical skills to use the necessary programmes, but they taught me design thinking; how to handle big projects and how to find the best outcome for them," says Adam.
Adam says that the top three attributes a Motion Designer should possess are "problem-solving, time management and a lot of patience" and that "the best life advice I could give [to anyone considering studying Motion Design] is to challenge yourself. Set yourself a limit and proceed to pass it each time.