About Media Design School

23 years young, Media Design School already has a history of global success.

Award winning tertiary education

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. 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 industry recognition of the quality of our programmes.

Our students win awards

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.

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.

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.

Our graduates take on the world

Our alumni can be found working at some of the world leading names in the creative & tech sectors from Weta Digital in New Zealand to LucasFilm Singapore and Microsoft UK, our students find opportunities through the skills they gain while studying with us.

Offered Courses in Auckland

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Postgraduate Certificate in Design

  • 15 Weeks |  Blended | Online | NZQF Level 8 (60 Credits)

You should study a postgraduate in Design if you wish to advance your Design career. The course gives you the freedom to expand your knowledge in a range of specialist subjects, develop your creative thinking skills, and progress to a Master’s Degree. All of which is done in a collaborative and inspiring creative space.

Auckland Campus

Next intake: February, April, May, July, August, September, November

Language:   English


Bachelor of Media Design - Motion Design

  • 3 Years |  Blended | Online | NZQF Level 7 (360 Credits
  • 1.0 EFTS per year)

The field of motion graphics is constantly transforming and there are now endless career possibilities available to designers in the field. Specialise in Motion Design and we'll teach you key technical skills such as 2D and 3D animation, visual effects, composition, image manipulation and text choreography. By the end of your degree, you’ll have evidence of your experience working to a variety of client briefs. Start building your new life today!

Auckland Campus

Next intake: February, July

Language:   English


Bachelor of Media Design - Interactive - UX/UI Design

  • 3 Years |  Blended | Online | NZQF Level 7 (360 Credits
  • 1.0 EFTS per year)

A Bachelor of Media Design specialising in Interactive Design prepares you for the technical demands of the web design and mobile development industries. Experiment with a variety of interactive and dynamic design theories and immerse yourself in fundamental digital design processes such as front-end web development, interactive programming, and content management systems. You'll also devise interactive design solutions in response to creative and technical briefs from industry. If you want to stand out, study here.

Auckland Campus

Next intake: February, July

Language:   English


Bachelor of Media Design - Graphic Design

  • 3 Years |  Blended | Online | NZQF Level 7 360 credits (1.0 EFTS per year)

Do you have a passion for design? A Bachelor of Media Design specialising in Graphic Design will teach you how to communicate using text, images and form to make visual connections and craft ideas into meaningful interactions. By the end of your third year, you will have designed, constructed and documented a body of work that represents your perspective as an emerging professional designer. If you're hoping to hone your existing skills, why not apply now?

Auckland Campus

Next intake: February, July

Language:   English


Bachelor 3D Animation & VFX - Online & On-Campus

  • 3 Years |  Blended | Online | NZQF Level 7 - 420 credits (1.2 EFTS a year)

Actors aren’t the only movie stars, you know. These days, it’s 3D animation and visual effects that really steal the show. Our award-winning faculty will help you develop your skills on a wholly immersive level and get to grips with modelling, rendering, lighting, and technical direction. To prepare you for life as a professional, your studies will culminate with your involvement in an amazing, industry-level film. 

Auckland Campus

Next intake: February, July, October

Language:   English


Bachelor of Software Engineering - Game Programming

  • 3 Years |  Blended | Online | NZQF Level 7 (420 Credits
  • 1.2 EFTS per year)

As a highly sought-after games programmer, you'll collaborate with artists to create scenes defying the laws of physics. Learn game coding in a variety of languages, including C++, which will help you succeed and actually make games. Media Design School is the only school in New Zealand who has partnered with Sony's Academic Development Programme, giving you the opportunity to develop for the PlayStation platform. Kick-start your future-proof career now.

Auckland Campus

Next intake: February, July

Language:   English


Bachelor of Software Engineering - Artificial Intelligence

  • 3 Years |  Blended | Online | NZQF Level 7 (360 Credits
  • 1.0 EFTS per year)

Embark on a rewarding career in the future-facing field of creative tech thanks to our Bachelor of Software Engineering in Artificial Intelligence. You’ll become a highly sought-after developer with a deep understanding of algorithms and techniques, plus the ability to master the fundamentals of machine learning. Developed in partnership with IBM, this qualification is the first of its kind in New Zealand. There’s never been a better time to start your studies, so apply today.

Auckland Campus

Next intake: February, July

Language:   English


Bachelor of Creative Technologies - Game Art

  • 3 Years |  Blended | Online | NZQF Level 7 (420 Credits
  • 1.2 EFTS per year)

The games industry is absolutely massive – which makes it incredibly lucrative. Step ahead of the competition with a Bachelor of Creative Technologies in Game Art, where you'll be devising and creating your own interactive stories, digital illustrations, concept art and games. By the time you've finished your degree, you'll have collaborated with other game artists and programmers alike to develop your very own creation at industry-level. Don’t just play, be part of it – apply now.

Auckland Campus

Next intake: February, July

Language:   English


Master of Design

  • 30 Weeks |  Blended | Online | NZQF Level 9 (120 credits)

Studying our Master of Design is a transformative experience – we help a wide range of professionals become the most promising designers of a generation. The full-time programme is tailored to your unique needs and creative challenges, and you’ll receive one-to-one professional mentoring from industry thought leaders. Spanning 30 weeks, it’s ideal for people pursuing their own ideas and a specialist career in design, focused on the latest technologies and approaches. Apply to step things up today.

Auckland Campus

Next intake: February, April, May, July, September, November

Language:   English


Postgraduate Diploma in Design

  • 30 Weeks |  NZQF Level 8 (120 Credits)

Create the impossible

The Media Design Graduate School empowers you to take steps that will change the world. Mix with the brightest, most passionate people. Develop systematical creative thinking and build design skills in an innovative fast-paced fun environment.

This 30 week full-time programme is for those with an undergraduate degree who wish to develop and update their strengths across the digital design spectrum. Develop analytical design thinking and build creative technological skills in an innovative environment.

Auckland Campus

Next intake: February, April, May, July, September, November

Language:   English


Graduate Diploma of Creative Technologies

  • 1 Year |  Blended | Online | Graduate Diploma Level 7 140 Credits

Think of this programme as the bridge between undergraduate and postgraduate study. In this course you'll refine your craft and the opportunity to focus on your interests, based on your own research project in 3D Animation and Visual Effects, Interactive and Web Design, Graphic Design, Motion Graphics, or Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality (VR/AR). 

Auckland Campus

Next intake: February, July, October

Language:   English


Graduate Diploma of Creative Advertising

    Blended | Online | Level 7 (140 Credits)

The Graduate Diploma of Creative Advertising is most immediately about preparing you to enter the creative departments of advertising agencies by helping you to develop ideas and communicate them across a range of platforms and mediums. More generally, with creativity being identified as one of the top three future-of-work skills, we’re also about preparing you for any number of work opportunities across the whole breadth of commercial creativity.


A proven and unique programme, you will be taught in the applied setting of a creative department with industry-experienced tutors operating as creative directors. Structured initially around global & national industry competition entries, it culminates in the building of a portfolio under the guidance of your own personal industry mentor and an end-of-year portfolio show for industry.

Auckland Campus

Next intake: February

Language:   English


Digital Creativity Foundation Programme

  • 1 Year |  Level 4 (120 Credits)

We know it’s hard to make big decisions about your future, which is why our Digital Creativity Foundation programme covers a little bit of everything from the worlds of creative and digital design.

Immerse yourself in the creative arts community while discovering your passion for game development, post-production and visual effects for film, animation, or graphic, motion, web or mobile design. With background knowledge in each discipline, this course will prepare you to apply to any of our exciting degree programmes.

Auckland Campus

Next intake: February, July

Language:   English



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Master of Arts in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies

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