Media Design School aims at providing trained graduates for digital and technological companies, so that they could respond to this opportunity of a rapidly expanding global industry.
From the outset, Media Design School sets out to ensure that technology companies could be armed with skilled graduates who are capable of informing and transforming the industry. As pioneers in the creative technology education sector, we are the first tertiary institution in the Southern Hemisphere to offer a dedicated programme of study in 3D animation using industry-standard computer graphics software. We were also specialised in gaming courses for future game developers.
Media Design School is a part of Laureate International Universities, the world's largest private university group. Thus, Media Design School is enabled to access faculty and resources across design universities such as New School of Architecture and Design in San Diego, California; the Santa Fe University of Art and Design; NABA Milano; and Domus Academy, also located in Milan.
Now located on Albert Street in the Auckland CBD, Media Design School is New Zealand's most awarded tertiary institution for digital and creative technology qualifications.
As creative technology changes and adapts, so too have Media Design School's courses, which are now offered both in Auckland and around the world. In September 2014, Media Design School opened the Media Design School of Digital Arts in San Diego and the AdSchool Creative Advertising programme in Milan, Italy and, in January 2015, Media Design School will open a new campus in partnership with Torrens University of Australia in Adelaide, Australia, enabling more students to experience Media Design School's philosophy of teaching.
Accreditation : Bachelor Degree
Duration : 3 years
Intake : July & September
Tuition Fee : $ 24,630 NZD
For a 3D & VFX professional, work is play, and this course simulates the film post production environment. You'll becreating the impossible, taking us to new worlds, creating beauty, and blowing stuff up. Our award-winning lecturers will take you on an immersive and life-changing journey, which will culminate with you being a part of an amazing, state-of-the-art short filming your final year.
To succeed in the film post-production industry, you'll need to be proficient and confident in using industry standard software. You'll also need experience applying creative thinking and problem solving in a collaborative and demanding environment. Employers value our graduates because this course focuses on the technical skills and soft skills you'll need in the industry.
Your first year will begin with an eight week introduction to the world of computer graphics. You'll finish the year by working on an intensive yet rewarding short 3D production that will ensure you have the academic foundation and the skills you need to progress throughout your degree.
During your second year, you'll be asked to pick a specialisation in visual effects, technical studies or 3D animation, which will enable you to fine-tune your particular skill set.
Your final year will see you working on a number of industry level productions that will culminate with you being a part of an amazing, state-of-the-art short film. You'll also finish your final year with a research project that will provide you with the skills to take your knowledge of CG to new levels and the confidence to enter the industry.
Career paths include:
There are no limits to worlds you can create as a Game Artist. The magic happens when your ideas are brought to life in a collaborative environment, turning them into immersive experiences to share with people in an industry that is bigger than the music and movie industry put together. If you dream of making beautiful environments andcharacters for interactive stories, why wait? In this course, you'll be 3D modelling and creating your own game, all within your first year.
If you are serious about fast-tracking your way into this multi-million dollar global industry, you'll want to make a beeline to a dedicated course that mirrors the industry environment. You'll also want to get alongside lecturers with industry experience who can give you industry insights. Over three years, this course will help you develop your artistic style and technical skills through a combination of traditional art practices and using industry standard software.
In the final year, you'll be collaborating with a group of artists and programmers on a major game project, just like in the real world. With this portfolio and experience in your back pocket, you'll be geared to enter the industry either in a game studio, or start your own.
The skills you learn in this course will also give you scope to transverse multiple industries, so you can follow your interests. Game Art career paths include:
When becoming a Game Programmer, you'll learn best while doing. You'll code, you'll craft and, in the end, you'll graduate with a gaming portfolio like no other. By the end of your third year at Media Design School, you'll have worked with other like-minded programmers and artists to develop an industry level game, giving you the perfect showreel to kick-start your professional career.
Better yet, Media Design School is the only school in New Zealand who has partnered with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe's PlayStation First Academic Development Programme,giving our students the opportunity to develop games for the PlayStation platform.
To be a game developer you'll need both the experience and practical skills to be able to work across multiple game platforms and the ability to collaborate in a group that simulates the industry environment.
In this course, the third year end-of-year project is the closest you'll get to an industry-like experience. You'll be collaborating in a group with fellow programmers and artists to create a commercially viable game, which you can include in your portfolio and show-reel by the time you go on to work as a professional.
You'll also have the opportunity to work with the PlayStation game platform. Media Design School has partnered with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) to become the only tertiary institute in New Zealand where students can develop for PlayStation platforms, giving you the edge once you graduate.
Our graduates go to work in game studios here and around the globe, such as Game Loft, Grinding Gear Games, Pik Pok and Krome Studios.
Game career paths include:
Interactive Design is an artistic science that is bound only by ever-improving developments in technology. Human behaviour is what drives interaction with digital interfaces, and this course gives you the fundamentals in both user-interface and user-experience design, which are two highly sought after specialist skills for Front End Developers, Website Designers, and Mobile Application Designers. Our lecturers will give you the right tool-kit to succeed in this fast moving, multifaceted industry.
The interactive design major prepares you for the technical demands and creative innovation expected from web and mobile development professionals. As you move along the course you'll gain experience working on live briefs and be immersed in fundamental digital design processes such as front-end web development, interactive programming and content management systems. By the time you finish the course, you'll have a portfolio loaded with your greatest work, to show-case your skills and talents to employers.
career paths include:
The modern designer is no longer bound by the rules of traditional media design. This course will teach you how to communicate using text, images, and form to make visual connections and craft ideas into meaningful interactions. In this course you'll traverse graphic, motion and interactive design, giving you an opportunity to develop your preferred specialisation, before going on to shape your own destiny in a design studio, production house, creative agency, or as a freelancer.
Work across a wide variety of media from print to packaging to digital as you develop strong conceptual and technical skills, as well as pre-press experience. The major is built around industry standard software such as Adobe Creative Suite and has a strong focus on production to ensure you are primed for industry placement. This means you'll be working to live briefs and experience realistic demands of industry while you learn.
You'll also have opportunities to collaborate with the two other major streams, interactive design and motion design, to broaden your skill-set and to become an inter-disciplinary designer.
The course is led by an accomplished team of international design professionals with close connections to industry.
Making text, illustrations, and images move is the specialty of theMotion Graphics Designer, as these elements add dynamic dimensions to storytelling. These mini-stories can be found in music videos, promotional videos, television commercials, in social online content, and films. If this sounds like your calling, we'll equip you with experience and evidence of working to a client brief, and prepare you to land in a dynamic and exciting agency and production environment, or to enjoy the lifestyle freedoms of freelancing.
Design comes to life as you develop motion graphics for commercials, title sequences, music videos and television. The course includes 2D and 3D animation, visual effects, composition, image manipulation and text choreography. Graduates enter the industry with a portfolio that showcases their ability to answer client briefs, collaborate across multiple disciplines and experience working in production.
Motion Designers can go on to work in :
Accreditation : Diploma Level
Duration : 1 year
One of New Zealand's most nationally and internationally awarded schools, the AdSchool works as a simulated creative department in which the accepted currency is ideas for print, film, apps, games, content and social media that people notice, love, play with and share. It's a combination of challenge, hard work and fun that has not only seen us ranked in the top five most creative advertising schools on the planet, it has also seen our grads working as art directors and copywriters all over the world.
After 15 years, we're nowhere close to running out of steam, because last year we even broke all our own records to achieve100% success in placing all our students as creatives in agencies.
The Creative Advertising programme prepares students to enter the creative departments of advertising agencies by arming them with the core skills of creative problem solving and how to talk about ideas to others in a concise and compelling manner; both of which are lifelong skills infinitely transferable across any number of disciplines, particularly those associated with commercial creativity.
Places are limited, so this sought after qualification is aimed at determined people who yearn to have a career doing something creative. They should be playful, curious people who often find themselves thinking about things in a different way. They might be confident about their abilities to have ideas, or slightly less so, but one thing they must have is a dogged obsession with generating lots of great ideas.
Creative Ad Graduates have gone on to work as art directors and copywriters, graduates may also work in:
Accreditation : Graduate Diploma
Intake : July & September
Think of this programme as the bridge between undergraduate and postgraduate study. In this course you'll have one year to refine your craft- you'll have the opportunity focus on your interests, based on your own research project in 3D, interactive and web design, graphic design, or VFX & motion graphics. That means when you are ready to pursue your chosen career, your raw talent will be finely tuned and raring to go.
Creative technologies is an ever-developing space, and post-graduate studies allows you to focus on new ways of doing things and become highly specialized. Like any Media Design School course, you'll be immersed in a studio-like environment thereby gaining practical industry skills that are important to employers. As you choose your own research topic, you may opt to work across multiple disciplines, to broaden your skill base and increase your career options.
Graduates from this program go on to work in a diverse range of fulfilling careers depending on what interests them and the focus of their research project. Some examples include:
When you apply, you'll need to let us know your preferred discipline, either:
Accreditation : One Year Diploma
Tuition Fee : $ 19,280 NZD
Looking to get started in the creative industries but not sure where to begin? That's where our Digital Creativity diploma comes in. During the year, you will get a taste of graphic and interactive design, motion graphics, and 3D modelling. Every journey has to start somewhere, and if you're not sure which degree suits you, then this is a great way to discover which creative pathyou want to venture down.
This course will give you a taste of what it will be like working in the fields of creative and digital technologies. You'll be working in a studio-like environment and will become accustomed to deadlines, managing and collaborating on projects, and presenting your ideas.
You might be aspiring to work in game art and development, post production and visual effects for film, animation, graphic or motion design, or web and mobile design. This course will put you in a position where you can decide on a career path that most interests you, as well as bridge any knowledge gaps so you can then apply to any one of our degree programmes.
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