Student Email

Office 365 and Single Sign On

From Monday 28th September, the way you log in to some of your digital platforms will change.  You will be able to log in with your Office 365 username and password and your credentials will be authenticated across the following sites:

This means that you will have the same credentials for all three of those platforms.  It also means that your new Office 365 student email will be your only functional email account going forward.  

Please Note: Access to old email accounts will end on Sunday 27th September. After this date you will no longer be able to access your old account, emails will no longer be automatically forwarded, and any data saved in your old account will be lost. 

If there is any content linked to your old student email account that you wish to keep, make sure to save or transfer it before Sunday 27th September.  

You can find the links to login to your student email and Blackboard below: 

New student mail - (

Password reset for new student mail ( -

Blackboard Sign-In: 

Student FAQ

Student FAQ

Health & Safety

Health & Safety

Your Safety
Your health, safety and wellbeing are important to us, and a safe and healthy campus will not happen on its own accord. We need to work together by sharing ideas, communicating risks, and supporting each other.

Your Responsibility
You are responsible for looking after your own health, safety and wellbeing. Take the time to become familiar with all safety procedures. If you are unsure of anything, it is important that you ask a staff member for assistance and clarification. They are there to help you. It is better to ask and be sure that you are safe, than making guesses or poor judgements which could result in an accident and harm yourself or someone else. Remember, health and safety is for your protection and will be expected by prospective employers in your near future.

By looking out for each other, having open discussion, actively taking part and always seeking improvement, together we can make MDS a healthy environment for you to study in.

Recognising Distress Signals
Even the strongest person can sometimes experience significant stress. The following are some guidelines about signs and symptoms of distress that warrant support:

  • Lack of energy and frequently falling asleep in class
  • Marked changes in personal hygiene and/or weight
  • Withdrawn from social contact and interaction
  • Very emotional over an extended period of time e.g. fearfulness, tearful or nervous
  • Unable to make decisions, despite considerable help
  • Impaired or garbled speech and disjointed thoughts
  • Homicide threats, overtly suicidal thoughts, or high levels of disruptive or abrasive behaviour
  • Inappropriately bizarre or strange behaviour, e.g. talking to 'invisible" people
  • Has disjointed thoughts - inability to concentrate
  • Wanting to learn strategies for managing stress, disappointment, anxiety, etc
  • Concerned about loss or grief, sexuality, relationships, managing addictions, depression
  • Worried about accommodation, sleep loss, appetite

Counselling and Mentoring

Student Counsellor Anna Boivin is located on level 4, offering free, confidential and professional counselling and mentoring services. Contact her by emailing:

MDS promotes a smoke free workplace in accordance with NZ legislation and requires that no person smokes inside any part of our campus. If you are a smoker, please show the courtesy not to smoke at the main entrance, as it is unpleasant and unhealthy for non-smokers having to wander through second hand smoke and also restricts the entrance way.

To minimize risk of infection and enhance overall health, proper grooming and healthy personal habits can help.

Some basic personal hygiene habits that are worth thinking about:

  • Bathe regularly
  • Wash your hands regularly
    • before preparing or eating food
    • after going to the bathroom
    • after coughing or sneezing
    • handling rubbish

Student Lockers

How to access your MDS student locker

How to book a locker at Media Design School

  1. Download the XL Lock Manager app from the App Store/ Play Store Apple:


  1. Open the Lock Manager app and log in with your school account.
  2. On the Groups tab, select Media Design School
  3. Select MDS Building then select the levels of the lockers you are going to book.
  4. To see the location of the lockers, select the map icon on the top right corner for the floor plan.
  5. All available lockers are colored Green and all occupied lockers are colored red.
  6. Select the available locker then select Book Lock to confirm your booking.
  7. The app will bring you back to the Groups tab once your booking is confirmed. Select the Locks tab at the bottom then you will see your lockers.
  8. To open your locker, select the locker you booked, slide the green ball on your screen right.
  9. To close your locker, close the locker door and push it for 3 seconds.
  10. Your booking will automatically end at 9:00 pm each day. Please make sure to clear your belongings at the end of each day. If you wish to terminate your booking earlier, you can select End Booking to end your booking.


Media Design School cannot accept responsibility for the loss or damage to any personal belongings stored in the lockers. Please ensure you clear your belongings at the end of each day. We do not recommend leaving items here overnight.

iPhone User Instructions

Android User Instructions

Code of Practice (NZQA)

Tertiary and International Learners Code of Practice (NZQA)

A new Code came into effect on 1 January 2022, replacing the previous international Code and interim domestic Code.

The Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice 2021 (the Code) supports the wellbeing of all tertiary and international students who are enrolled at a New Zealand education provider. It sets out the roles and responsibilities of tertiary education organisations (TEOs) in promoting and supporting your wellbeing, development and educational achievement. You can find out more here.

Course Materials

Course Material Lists

Before starting a new year of study with Media Design School, you will need to ensure you have all of the equipment needed for your chosen programme. On the Course Materials Page, you will find course-specific requirements and recommendations, along with links to more information about hardware specifications. Please make sure to read your programme's section carefully to ensure you're adequately prepared to start classes.  

Academic Calendars


Please note that depending on your chosen programme of study, your start date, end dates and holidays may vary between each. Please follow your correct course below and carefully read the dates!

February 2023 Calendar for: Bachelor of Media Design, Bachelor of Creative Technologies (Game Art), Bachelor of Software Engineering (Game Programming) (A.I), Bachelor of Art & Design (3D Animation and VFX), Digital Creativity Foundation, Graduate Diploma of Creative Technologies.

Safety Procedures

Safety Procedures

The first priority in the event of any emergency is the safety of all people present, therefore stop and think before you act.

Danger to Life
In case of any emergency where there is danger to life, call 111. This will connect you to the fire, police and ambulance emergency service. Your location is 10 Madden Street, Auckland.

First Aid
First Aid Kits are available at Reception on 1st floor and in printing stations cupboards on floors 2, 3 and 4 and MDS cars.

All students are welcome to use them whenever its necessary. It is recommended that every student registers at a medical clinic locally.

The St John First Aid Library provides a practical guide to a range of first aid treatments.

Minimising Hazards
A hazard is anything that may cause harm – like broken glass, faulty equipment or blocked emergency exits. It's important to minimise hazards so that we can reduce the risk of accidents, injuries and sickness.

You can help minimise hazards by talking to a staff member about hazards you can't fix yourself. You can also ensure you follow standard health and safety advice around things like lifting heavy items and trip hazards.

Reducing Risks
If you, or your colleague is rushing, irritated or tired, there is a higher risk of injury to yourself or someone else.

You could put other people at risk by:

  • Not watching what you are doing
  • Not concentrating on what you are doing
  • Acting in an unsafe manner
  • Coming to school when unwell
  • Not reporting a situation which could result in someone getting hurt

During some emergencies, it is important to know how to evacuate the building.

If you hear the evacuation alarm:

  • Evacuate IMMEDIATELY through the nearest FIRE EXIT
  • DO NOT linger to collect personal belongings
  • DO NOT carry anything that can be spilt or dropped (at least one hand should be free)
  • DO NOT use the lifts or spiral staircases
  • DO NOT run
  • DO NOT endanger yourself or anyone else
  • Follow all instructions given by FIRE WARDENS
  • If you require assistance, wait in the stair landing
  • At street level, beware of the traffic and remain on footpaths
  • Keep away from the front of the building so that emergency services have free access
  • ASSEMBLY AREAS are on Tiramarama Way.
  • DO NOT re-enter the building until the FIRE WARDENS have given the 'all clear' announcement.

Suspicious Behaviour
Promptly report any suspicious persons or behaviour to a staff member.

Fire Safety
Please follow these fire safety rules.

  • Never block EXIT ways
  • Do not deface, obstruct or remove emergency signs
  • Do not interfere with or obstruct fire sprinklers or smoke alarms
  • Do not overload electrical equipment with an excessive number of electrical items
  • Upon hearing the fire alarm, follow evacuation procedure

Computer Comfort and Safety
By learning to set up your workstation correctly and supporting your friends could help prevent discomfort and pain caused by using a computer.

ACC has a number of great articles that which explain ways to minimise problems that can occur while working at a desk or in an office-type environment.

Electrical Appliances and Power Leads
If you notice or cause any damage to electrical appliances, you should report it immediately to a staff member. Do not use the appliance. Make sure power leads don't cause a tripping hazard.



Your wellbeing is important to us. By looking out for each other, having open discussions, actively taking part and always seeking improvement, together we can make MDS a safe environment for you to study.

Wellbeing Workshops
Wellbeing workshops, and activities are held at different times through the year.  Keep an eye out for these activities so you can sign up.

Time Out Spaces
There are various areas you can go to within the campus for time out from your study to relax and refocus. Help yourself to milk, coffee, milo and tea - on campus at all tea points and kitchens. A toaster, sandwich grill, microwave, boiling and chilled water, fridge and snack/drink vending machines are available on Level 3 and Level 4.

Harassment Prevention and Support
At MDS, any form of harassment by anybody, staff or student, is unacceptable and taken seriously.

Harassment is unwanted and unwelcome behaviour which makes it difficult to work and study peacefully and safely.

Harassment is a pattern of behaviour which is:

  • Unwanted by the recipient
  • Repeated or of a significant nature
  • Unacceptable
  • Harmful to the recipient
  • Bullying

Harassment can be:

  • Written material
  • Spoken communication (face to face, phone call)
  • Physical actions such as unwanted touching
  • Pictures or drawings
  • Electronic such as cyber bullying or cyber harassment.

What to do if you are being harassed or bullied
If you feel harassed or bullied by another student or staff member, it's best to speak out rather than stay silent. If you feel comfortable doing so, tell the person you don't like the behaviour and you want it to stop.  Seek help from a staff member if the behaviour does not stop or you would like support. The Campus Life team are here to help you.

First aid information

First aid information

In an emergency, DIAL 111.
Your location is 10 Madden Street, Auckland Central.
111 will work even if you have no phone credit.

A 24/7 Emergency contact number is also available for all students who require assistance in emergency situations.  Please register 021575671 in your mobile phones for easy access to contact the school.

First aiders

Anna Boivin
Ashley Boyd
Bre-Anne McDonald
Erin Rogatski
Ivan Khmel
Kowhai Wilkie
Maria Jacque
Pritika Lal
Rourke Mason
Sachin Dhiman
Samah Hassan
Simon Heath
Susan Eady
Tece Bayrak

First Aid Kit located at:

First Aid Kits are available at Reception on 1st floor and in printing stations cupboards on floors 2, 3 and 4 and MDS cars.

Nearest medical centres:

The Doctors Quaymed Wynyard
58 Gaunt Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010
(09) 930 9980

8 Albert Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010
(09) 377 5525

College Hill Doctors
46 College Hill, Freemans Bay, Auckland 1011
(09) 360 8008


How to get around Wynyard Quarter

Navigating busses can be tricky, especially if you're new to Auckland! 

WQTMA has created a helpful animation to figure out which bus is best for you to catch, with heaps more resources to get you to and from the city safely! Check it out HERE.

Remember, we are on Madden Street, off Fanshawe Street, with access to the campus via pedestrian only street, Tīramarama Way.

The MDS Student Executive

The MDS Student Executive

Get to know your MDS Student Executive team!

If you have any questions or ideas that you'd like to share with the Student Exec, email and put the relevant member's title in the subject line.

Zainal Wong, President

Kia Ora Everyone, my name is Zainal and I'm the President of the Student Executive. Currently studying Bachelor of Media Design and in my second year which is always so fun! We'll be sure to make the most comfortable and inviting environment for you, so if you have any suggestions or complaints, please do not hesitate to come to any of us! Cheers!


Olivia Peterson, Vice President

Hello, my name is Olivia Peterson and I am your Student Vice President for this year. I am a first year Bachelor of Media Design student and I am looking forward to all the events and opportunities we have coming your way this year! If you ever need any help or advice or just someone to talk to you can find me floating around level 1 on campus


Audrea Ridwan, Social & Engagement Executive

​Heyooo, my name is Audrea Ridwan and I’m your Social & Engagement Executive for this year, bringing you fun and exciting events for 2021! Im currently a second year student, studying BMD majoring in Graphic Design.


Michael Allred, Academic Executive

​Hi I’m Michael Allred your Academic Prefect for this year! I’m currently a first year student studying 3D animation and VFX (Boad). If you guys have any troubles with the school or system I’m happy to direct you to the right direction. Thanks!


Dylan Chan, Well-Being & Diversity Executive

​Hey all! My name is Dylan Chan, I am studying my third year of the Bachelor of Creative Technologies and I am your well-being and diversity executive. Feel free to approach me if you have issues regarding anything about the campus or if you just want to chat! I am also the head administrator for the Student Hub on discord so please join and I’ll see you around!


Leigh Punivalu, Pasifika Executive

​Tena Koutou Katoa, I'm Leigh Punivalu, Your Pasifika representative apart of the MDS student executive team currently studying Graphic Design in BMD. Please feel free to approach me if you see me around the campus if you have any questions about anything culturally related.


Blaike Harnett, Māori Executive

Kia ora Media Design School! My name is Blaike Harnett. As your Māori Executive I work with Leigh to see the Māori and Pasifika community come together at our school to have fun, eat well, and to learn together. I am studying my second year of the Bachelor of Creative Technologies, having previously graduated the Foundation Programme.