Media Design School was founded in 1998 in Auckland, New Zealand, in response to global industry demand for highly trained graduates in the fields of digital design and creative technology. They offer courses in artificial intelligence, game art, game programming, creative advertising, graphic design, motion design, interactive design, AR/VR, and 3D animation and visual effects.
Media Design School were the first tertiary institution in the southern hemisphere to offer a dedicated programme of study for 3D animation using industry-standard computer graphics software. They were also the first school in New Zealand to provide a specialised games course for aspirational game developers. Ever since, the faculty and students have cemented Media Design School's reputation as New Zealand's most awarded tertiary provider for digital and creative technology qualifications by creating work that is consistently regarded among the very best in the world.
Recent accolades include the 2019 Ad Stars, where twelve MDS AdSchool ideas were shortlisted the 2019 Best Awards, where their students took home a gold, three silvers and a bronze and the 2019 Palm Springs International Animation Festival, where student film Kino Ratten (2019) won the Jury Award for Best Animated Short.
As creative technology changes and adapts, so too have Media Design School's courses. In October 2016, Media Design School became the first tertiary provider in New Zealand to offer a qualification with a dedicated stream focusing on two of the world's biggest emerging technologies: virtual reality and augmented reality (VR/AR). In 2019 they continued to build their strong reputation as education futurists by launching NZ's first bachelor's degree in the rapidly expanding field of artificial intelligence. The school's teaching style is also very much directed by current industry trends, ensuring the future prospects of graduates.