About Us Why us

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1. We're the #1 3D Animation and Visual Effects school in the Asia Pacific Region

Media Design School was 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're ranked among the top ten schools in the world providing VFX and 3D Animation qualifications by The Rookies - making us one of the best tertiary providers in our field globally.

A still from Space Cowboy (2018).

2. Our Graphic Design degree is ranked #1 internationally

In 2016, Media Design School  was ranked 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.

Better yet, of the nine international finalists for The Rookies Graphic Designer of the Year, two of the students selected were third year MDS Bachelor of Media Design students. 

Media Design School is also New Zealand's most awarded digital design school. At the 2016 Design Institute of New Zealand Best Design Awards, our students picked up a Gold and Silver award in the Graphic Design category and a Bronze award in the Interactive category.

Walk Walk Singapore by Sherylene Chan - Silver award winner at the 2016 Design Institute of New Zealand Best Design Awards.

3. Our AdSchool is NZ's original and most awarded Creative Advertising course

Media Design School’s AdSchool continues its reign as New Zealand’s original and most awarded Creative Advertising course. 

The AdSchool is currently ranked as one of the top five best advertising schools in the world by the Young Guns awards and as the second best advertising school in the world for creating social media campaigns, as judged by The Bees Awards in San Francisco. 

Internationally, 2016 was another stellar year for the AdSchool. Two of our AdSchool teams scored a Crystal Award in the Innovation category at the AdStars Awards in 2016 – taking out the only two awards for innovation handed out in the non-professional categories last year. During the same year, two student teams from the AdSchool scored a Silver and a Bronze award in the International Young Glory competition. 

Nationally, our students also outperformed any other AdSchool course. Not only did they win the Google Student Axis award but they also picked up the NewsWorks Newspaper Campaign of the Year for the seventh year running. 

Libra Cryptocurrency - a concept for Libra by AdSchool students (2018).

4. We have exclusive industry partnerships with some of the best 

Media Design School has a number of exclusive industry partnerships. To date, Media Design School is the only school in New Zealand to have partnered with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe’s PlayStation First Academic Development Programme, giving our students the opportunity to develop games for the PlayStation platform and evidences industry recognition of the quality of our programmes.

Additionally, in 2016, Media Design School became Unity Technology’s first and only Training and Certification Partner in New Zealand, meaning that all future graduates of the Bachelor of the school's Game Development degrees will have the opportunity to graduate as Unity Certified Developers.

5. The creative industries want our students

The Colmar Brunton 2014 Employer Claims Survey showed that New Zealand employers rate Media Design School as the top 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.

We also ranked highly in providing graduates that are better prepared to make valuable contributions in the workplace and rated the highest out of all of the other institutes included in the survey on offering real-world project experience to our students.

6. Our graduates take on the world

Our alumni can be found working at Weta Digital (New Zealand), LucasFilm (Singapore), Dreamworks Animation (California), The Group (London), Saatchi & Saatchi (Hong Kong), Industrial Light And Magic (California), Moving Picture Company (London), Microsoft (UK), Dreamworks Animation (India), Animal Logic (Sydney), among many other influential creative companies. Find out more about where our graduates end up.

7. We simulate the realities of the workplace

Media Design School's teaching style has been created to simulate the real world industry as closely as possible. From their very first day at Media Design School, our students will be studying in a studio-like environment using state of the art, industry aligned software and technology. They are encouraged to challenge conventions and push boundaries in new and emerging digital technologies through project-based learning and live briefs.

8. We produce award-winning work

Our faculty and students have cemented Media Design School's reputation as New Zealand's most awarded tertiary institute for digital and creative technology qualifications by creating work that is consistently regarded among the very best in the world.

One of Media Design School's most recent films, Accidents, Blunders and Calamities (2015), won Best Animated Film at the San Diego Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival 2016. The short film has also won Best Editor (Show Me Shorts Film Festival 2015), People’s Choice Award (Short Me Shorts 2015); Official Selection at Clermont-Ferrand); Official Selection SXSW Film Festival (2016); Official Selection Annecy Festival (2016); and the Jury’s Choice award at the SIGGRAPH Asia Computer Animation Festival Awards (2016).

Accidents, Blunders and Calamities (2016)

9. Our faculty is internationally renowned

Our award-winning programme leaders, lecturers and tutors come from diverse array of digital disciplines and bring their real-world industry experience to Media Design School. Find out more about our incredible faculty here.

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