About Media Design School

by / Wednesday, 03 December 2014 / Published in Media Design School

About Media Design School

Media Design School is New Zealand’s most-awarded tertiary institute for digital and creative technology qualifications. With programmes that have been developed by leading industry professionals and educators, our graduates go on to work in leading design, game development, film and animation studios based in New Zealand and around the world.

World leaders in 3D Animation, Game Media Design School LogoDevelopment and Interactive Design
education. The award-winning Media Design School in Auckland, New Zealand offers innovative degrees that can fast-track career into the creative industries of 3D animation, visual effects, game art, game programming, interactive design and digital media design. The curriculum is production-orientated and aligned to industry demands. Learn from experts in the field and collaborate with professionals on award-winning projects that will open studio doors.

Why choose us?

  • Media Design School is highly regarded across New Zealand and the world for its cutting-edge courses in digital design.
  • Each course is innovative and completely up-to-date with current industry practices.
  • The lecturers are proven experts in their field and bring a wealth of experience to the school
  • The students and faculty create work that is internationally recognised as being some of the best in the world.

Key Course Info

Course Name Course Length Academic Entry requirements English Entry requirements Start dates
Bachelor of Art and Design Three Years, Full Time NCEA University Entrance or equivalent
Recommended: 24 NCEA Credits, Level 3 in Technology, Art and Design (minimum)
IELTS score of 6.0 (across all bands) 23rd February 2015
Bachelor of Media Design Three Years, Full Time NCEA University Entrance or equivalent
Recommended: 24 NCEA Credits, Level 3 in Technology, Art and Design (minimum)
IELTS score of 6.0 (across all bands) 23rd February 2015
Bachelor of Creative Technologies (Game Art) Three Years, Full Time NCEA University Entrance or equivalent
Recommended: 24 NCEA Credits, Level 3 in Technology, Art and Design (minimum)
IELTS score of 6.0 (across all bands) 23rd February 2015
Bachelor of Software  Engineering (Game Programming) Three Years, Full Time  NCEA University Entrance or equivalent
Recommended: 24 NCEA Credits, Level 3 in Science, Technology, Mathematics (minimum)
IELTS score of 6.0 (across all bands) 23rd February 2015
Graduate Diploma in Creative Technologies One Year, Full Time Please visit www.mediadesignschool.com for more details IELTS score of 6.0 (across all bands) 23rd February 2015

Study in New Zealand

New Zealand’s technology sectors and creative industries have boomed in the last decade. The country has not only embraced emerging fields such as game development, animation, film and media design, they are world leaders in these fields.

Peter Jackson has created a multi-billion-dollar global film industry and Sir Richard Taylor’s Weta Workshop and Weta Digital have provided the visuals and effects for award-winning blockbusters, and there’s a stream of major productions in the pipeline. James Cameron has also taken up residence.

Meantime, Auckland’s Oktobor Animation has a contract with Nickelodeon to produce television shows Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness and The Penguins of Madagascar.

New Zealand’s game industry has also made major leaps in recent years thanks to early adoption of digital distribution, coupled with global demand for online and social games. Local companies such as Ninja Kiwi, PikPok, GameLoft and Cerebral Fix are booming and they are all recruiting directly from Media Design School’s graduate pool.

In fact, Media Design School’s reputation for producing highly-skilled graduates leads to an employment rate of more than 90% in some fields and graduates who are working in the world’s leading game, animation, advertising, film, television and production studios.

“Working at Weta for over 10 years, I’ve seen what our film industry can do, and I’ve been lucky enough to work alongside some of the most ridiculously talented people in film. But it’s an even rarer treat to see up-and-coming film artists from Auckland’s Media Design School, showing what the future of visual effects in New Zealand holds.” Greg Broadmore, Weta Digital

Visit: www.mediadesignschool.com/international/studynz/

Success Story

Since graduating from Media Design School in 2011, Alyssa Zarate has worked in New Zealand and Australia where she’s built an impressive filmography as a digital artist on feature films including The Great Gatsby, Maleficent and The Wolverine.

Alyssa got her break working in New Zealand’s vibrant television production scene as a matte painter on the national series The Almighty Johnsons, before moving on to TV series Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Alyssa’s next destination is Vancouver, Canada, where she’ll be working with global VFX powerhouse MPC and adding even more impressive projects to her CV.

“I had such a good time at Media Design School and learned so much before getting into the industry – especially how to approach your first job and work as part of a team,” says Alyssa.

For more success stories: www.mediadesignschool.com/courses/3d-vfx/success-stories/

Videos

The vimeo channel includes a range of student productions, graduate reels and tutorials.

Shelved from Media Design School on Vimeo.

Here are a selection of highlights

Shelved
A multiple award-winning short film created at Media Design School in 2012 by a team of eleven students. The director is 3D lecturer James Cunningham who worked at Weta prior to joining Media Design School.

Media Design School – the place to go for animation
Find out why Auckland’s Media Design School is the best place to start your career in animation from one of New Zealand’s leading animators – Ali Cowley, animation director on hit television series Bro Town.

Media Design School – the place to go for animation from Media Design School on Vimeo.

Media Design School promotional trailer
Find out about making the most of your creativity at Media Design School, with studies in 3D animation and visual effects, game art, game programing, media design, and interaction design.

Media Design School “The Trailer” 2013 from Media Design School on Vimeo.

Student Games
Short clip showcasing the range of student games created at Media Design School over recent years.

MDS student game mash up from Media Design School on Vimeo.

Luna Park
A short and sweet film created by a team of four students as part of their qualification. It was created under the guidance of a highly trained faculty who have joined the school from some of the world’s largest production studios including Weta and Disney.

Luna Park from Media Design School on Vimeo.

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