1998 saw the rise of digital trailblazers like Google, who were set to transform the world as we knew it, and the emergence of the internet as a core component of our lives. Meanwhile, in New Zealand, Media Design School was founded to provide 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 set out to ensure that technology companies could be armed with skilled graduates who were capable of informing and transforming the industry. As pioneers in the creative technology education sector, 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. Media Design School was also the first school in New Zealand to provide a specialised gaming course for aspirational game developers.
In 2011, Media Design School became a part of Laureate International Universities, the world’s largest private university group. This enabled Media Design School 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. But don’t just take the school’s word for it: a Colmar Brunton Employer Claims Survey, released in July 2014, showed that New Zealand employers rate Media Design School as the number-one tertiary institute for supplying graduates with the technical skills necessary to be a valuable employee; the skill most valued by employers in the creative sector who are considering hiring new graduates. Media Design School also outperformed most other tertiary institutes across New Zealand in providing graduates that are better prepared to make valuable contributions in the workplace and all of the other institutes on offering real-world project experience.
As creative technology changes and adapts, so too have Media Design School’s courses, which are now offered 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. In January 2015, Media Design School collaborated with Torrens University Australia to bring the School’s unique philosophy and industry know-how to Australian students in Adelaide.