Media Design School

Media Design School

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.

Top reasons to study here

  • Media Design School is the most awarded digital design school in New Zealand and most awarded school worldwide at the 2018 Ad Stars.
  • World-renowned faculty, award-winning programme leaders, lecturers and tutors come from diverse array of digital disciplines.
  • In our studio-like classroom environments, we simulate the realities of the workplace using state-of-the-art software and technology.

Bachelor's programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (5)
Business & Management (1)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Humanities (1)

About

History

Media Design School was founded in 1998 to provide trained graduates for creative, design, digital and technological companies so that they could respond to the opportunity of a rapidly expanding global industry. 

Education

Media Design School is New Zealand's most awarded tertiary institution for creative and digital technology qualifications, offering a range of courses in Game Art, Game Programming, Graphic Design, Creative Advertising, Motion Graphics, Interactive Design, and 3D Animation and Visual Effects.

Home to New Zealand's longest running and most established 3D animation and game development programmes, we are the #1 animation school in Australasia and ranked within the top 5 in the world (Animation Career Review 2019). 

Not only was our graphic design degree ranked #1 internationally (Rookies 2016), but MDS was ranked among the top 10 Motion Design schools in the world and #2 in the Southern Hemisphere (Rookies 2018). 

Research

Media Design School has faculty research expertise in the following areas:

  • Creative and emergent technologies
  • Games design and development
  • Interaction design and digital arts
  • Transmedia storytelling
  • Design methodologies
  • Algorithms and computer programming
  • Film-making and visual effects
  • Graphic design, illustration and contextual studies

Career

Our students are employable

93% of our graduating class found work within 6 months (2017). Better still, alumni are headhunted by some of the world's most influential studios. Plus, their starting salaries are higher than average!

Business incubator for gaming and design students

The MDS Studios programme nurtures students to start their own production company and take their concepts to market. Bring your ideas to life!

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

Services

Student services

Media Design School works closely with a number of international education agencies around the world. These accredited agents can advise and assist you with your application to Media Design School and may also be able to assist you with your student visa application. 

Housing services

Media Design School does not have on campus accommodation, but our Student Services Facilitator can help you decide on the type of accommodation that’s right for you. There are generally 3 types of accommodation: student accommodation, homestay or boarding and a shared house (flatting). Flatting can be a good way of getting to know the culture of the city and to meet some local students, but we recommend that you only look at flats once you arrive in the country.

Library services

The Media Design School Library is a small, focused collection of books, magazines and journals, designed to support your studies and inspire your creative work. Come in anytime during School open hours to browse the library and use the computers. All library items are reference-only (not for loan), but there is a copier/scanner/printer available.

ICT services

Having technical troubles? Our friendly IT staff members are located on campus and are on hand to help.

Student Life

Campus life

Media Design School is located on the top six levels of a high-rise building in the heart of Auckland. The purpose-built facilities are designed to be a collaborative, creative space where mature students, tutors and industry professionals are able to come together to work on interesting design projects.

Student clubs

Media Design School Studios enables students to develop their entrepreneurial skills by creating commercially viable start-up studios. Find out more about how we're encouraging our students to excel.

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