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Want to know if Media Design School is right for you? Download our prospectus, book a tour or apply now. Choose one or more of the options below:

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By applying online you'll need to prepare a few documents. We can help you with your application so please contact us for any assistance you may need.

International Students Document Checklist

Letter of IntentA one page personal letter of intent stating why you want to study at Media Design School and what you plan to do in the future.Word doc or PDF
Your PortfolioIf applicable, have your portfolio ready to upload. Check the details of what is required on the course pages associated with your course of study before putting together your portfolio.PDF format or online portfolio ideal
Proof of IdentityScan a certified photocopy of the front page of your passport or your birth certificate.*Must be certified copy (explained below)
ResumeA detailed resumé your education history, and work history if you have work experience.Word doc or PDF
TranscriptsScan a certified copy of your academic records including schools, tertiary institutes or training courses attended within the past five years. If you are currently studying at a New Zealand secondary school and have not yet completed your NCEA (CIE or equivalent) qualification, you can still apply now for admission (when your NCEA results are available in January, we will check them and contact you).*Must be a certified copy (explained below)
IELTS or TOEFL Test ResultsProvide evidence of English language proficiency if you are an international student who has not completed high school in New Zealand. For all our qualifications (Diplomas, Degrees and Graduate Diplomas), we require a valid IELTS (Academic) certificate of 6.0 overall with no band score less than 5.5 in each component or equivalent of TOEFL scores.
*Must be a certified copy (explained below)

*How to certify official documents

To be certified, the document must:

  • Be certified by an official of the issuing authority or a person authorised by law in your home country to certify documents.
  • Have the official's signature on each page, with the name and title of the official shown clearly below their signature.
  • Contain certified copies are photocopies that have been stamped and endorsed as a true copy of the original.

Pathway Student Visa

Media Design School is an approved Institution participating in the pathway student visa pilot scheme run through Immigration New Zealand: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/assist-migrants-and-students/assist-students/student-visa-info/pathway-visas

A pathway student visa allows you to enrol in up to three consecutive programmes of study on a single student visa for a period of up to 5 years.  It also allows you to work up to 20 hours a week while studying and full-time in the holidays.

MDS will provide documentation for you to our partner pathway provider or from MDS itself, depending on your study plan.

Please contact us here at international@mediadesignschool.com if you have any queries.

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