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2014

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03  Careers in Creative Industries Opportunities in the creative sector 04 Connect to Industry Gain real-world experience from the experts

WELCOME

MEDIA DESIGN SCHOOL


WORLD-CLASS EDUCATION iN NEW ZEaLaNd
Welcome to Media Design School where academia and the real world converge. Media Design School is New Zealands most-awarded tertiary institute for digital and creative technology qualifications. Our media design programmes have been developed by industry professionals and educators, cater for a range of experience levels, and are both highly relevant and production-oriented. Media Design Schools graduates go on to work in the worlds leading design, game development, film and animation studios and have contributed to blockbuster movies including The Hobbit,Avatar, King Kong and films fromThe Lord of the Rings trilogy.

08 Global Connections Five unique schools. One global campus. 09 Qualifications 10 Pre Degree 11 Degrees 16 Post Degree 18 Student Voice Get student perspectives 19 24 25 28 Entry Requirements Our application process and requirements Student Life Services and facilities available to all students International Students Information and guidance for international students Contact Us Get in touch

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Media Design School is registered as a private education provider by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and is accredited to offer approved qualifications. The NZQA approves all qualifications under the provisions of the Education Act 1989.

DISCLAIMER All information contained in this prospectus was correct at time of printing. Media Design School reserves the right to make amendments to the qualifications and curriculum, class schedules and the policies as deemed necessary.
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Media Design School is part of the Laureate Universities Network. www.laureate.net

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WELCOME

WELCOME
Media Design School feeds growing creative industries such as game development, animation, interactive design and visual effects with talented graduates. Every qualification we offer is designed to reflect the changing creative industries landscape while ensuring a solid academic foundation. Our programmes have a strong base in traditional foundation subjects as well as offering the theoretical and critical thinking behind current digital technologies. Students learn in a project orientated environment that encourages collaboration and helps them discover creative solutions to contemporary design challenges. Our approach to teaching and learning is aligned to industry expectations. Students are encouraged to collaborate, work to deadlines, maintain attendance levels and develop strong communication skills. As a result, our graduates are internationally renowned for their expertise and confident to enter the workplace as entry-level skilled professionals rather than technicians. In fact, Media Design School alumni can be found in the worlds leading game, animation, film, interactive and production studios. They are also business owners and considered amongst the best in the field. We look forward to you joining a global community of creative practitioners, and taking your place in an ever-changing digital world. Fionna Scott Chief Academic Officer

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Sir Peter Jackson with actor Martin Freeman on location in New Zealand for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

CarEErS iN CrEaTiVE iNduSTriES


Thanks to early adoption of technology, digital distribution and strong government support, New Zealands technology sectors and creative industries have boomed in the last decade. New Zealanders have not only embraced emerging fields such as game development, animation, film and media design, they are world leaders. Peter Jackson has created a global film industry and Richard Taylors Weta Workshop and Weta Digital have provided the visuals and effects for blockbusters with a stream of major productions in the pipeline. Avatar director James Cameron has also taken up residence. Meantime, Aucklands Oktobor Animation has produced television shows Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness and The Penguins of Madagascar. New Zealands game industry has also made major leaps in recent years thanks to digital distribution, coupled with global demand for online and social games. Local companies such as Ninja Kiwi, PikPok, GameLoft, Grinding Gear Games and Cerebral Fix are booming and they are all recruiting from our graduate pool. In fact, our reputation for producing highly-skilled graduates leads to an employment rate of more than 90% in many fields and graduates who are working in the worlds leading game, animation, advertising, film, interactive and production studios. Since the very beginning, Media Design School has been on the leading edge of creative industries and it is our commitment to always be pioneering, relevant and embedded in the industries we support.

Working at Weta for over 10 years, Ive seen what our film industry can do, and Ive been lucky enough to work alongside some of the most ridiculously talented people in film. But its an even rarer treat to see up-and-coming film artists from Aucklands Media Design School, showing what the future of visual effects in New Zealand holds. Greg Broadmore, Weta

What really has impressed me with Media Design School is that it has enlisted and listened to industry professionals in the creation of their degrees. I am looking forward to working with the next generation of new media rock stars. Steve Martin, Terabyte

Every Media Design School graduate I have hired have been great the courses enable them to touch on all aspects of digital media, so they have had hands on experience and understand the process of user interaction design. They are also learning the latest technical skills so they can slot right in when they arrive. Brett Hancock, Born Digital

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CONNECT TO iNduSTrY
During the course of their studies, students gain experience working on live briefs and have opportunities to collaborate with industry. Industry partnerships include working alongside Weta Senior Concept Artist Greg Broadmore and Weta founder Sir Richard Taylor to bring Dr Grordbort to the big screen. for LittleBigPlanet game on PlayStationVita. Based on the quality of their work, Sony decided to offer four students part-time jobs while they study.

We had the great fortune of working with this dynamic and talented team as they realised Greg Broadmores Edwardian sci-fi world. It was thrilling to see this team of students realise Gregs vision so completely recreating the bizarre flora and fauna of this imaginary Venus and telling such a fantastic tale. Weta Workshop Founder Sir Richard Taylor
Real-world briefs
The AdSchool students work alongside major brands on campaigns that are often launched nationwide. Media Design students also work to live briefs and have seen their work used on high profile websites, brand campaigns and promotions. Recently, the school teamed up with Sony Computer Entertainment New Zealand to offer game development students the chance to develop levels

I was very impressed with the standard of entries from the Media Design School students. The enthusiasm and hard work they put in to creating their levels on LittleBigPlanet on the PlayStationVita was outstanding. The creativity and artistry showed the students are developing strong game creation skills. Sony Computer Entertainment Director of Sales and Marketing David Hine
Media Design School hosts a number if high profile guests throughout the year for lectures and projects. Recently these have included Blizzard Lead Artist Allen Dilling, Valve Game Artist Max Aristov, Weta Digital Animation Supervisor Aaron Gilman, Rovio Creative Director Patrick Liu, Platige Image CG Supervisor Maciej Jackiewicz, Kung Fu Panda Director John Stevenson, Weta Digital VFX Supervisor Matt Aitken and High Res Founder Florian Schmitt.

Access to industry leaders

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LEarN FrOM PrOFESSiONaLS


Students benefit from the international experience, talent and knowledge of our award-winning faculty who have joined us from the worlds biggest studios, advertising agencies and production houses. Our faculty bring industry experience from Weta Digital, Microsoft Games Studio, Disney Interactive, Nickelodeon, Saatchi & Saatchi, Electronic Arts, Interbrand, Sierra Entertainment, Crytek and 2K Games to name just a few. Some have worked on blockbuster games including Halo 3, Farcry, Sculpty, Shear Factor and Homefront. Faculty film credits include the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Adventures of Tintin, King Kong, Avatar, The Penguins of Madagascar, iRobot, Star Trek: Insurrection, The X Files, Air Force One, Species and Legend of the Seeker. This expertise is complemented by the significant academic achievements of faculty.

Images (clockwise from left): Behind the scenes lming Rotting Hill 2011 3D Lecturer Oliver Hilbert teaching a masterclass in Santiago, Chile 2012 Senior 3D Lecturer James Cunningham on the set of the 2013 class production

CLiCK TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT SOME OF OUR FACULTY BAFTA wINNER DRUHIN MUKHERJEE JAMES CUNNINgHAM ON DR GRORDBORT

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Avatar is available on Blu-ray and DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

ALuMNi SuCCESS
Media Design School is internationally renowned for producing industry-ready graduates who can get straight to work in a studio. As a result, our graduates enjoy a high employment rate within areas related to their studies and go on to become leaders in their field. We stay connected with our graduates long after they leave. Media Design School alumni can be found working in the worlds leading design, game, film and animation studios and often come back to visit as guest lecturers and collaborators. Our graduates can be found at Weta Workshop, Weta Digital, Sidhe/PikPok, GameLoft, Oktobor Animation, TVNZ, Sky Television, American Express, Cirkus Animation, Ogilvy NZ, Vodafone, Air New Zealand, LOreal, Grinding Gear Games and Hyperfactory, LucasFilm, Dreamworks Animation (California), The Group (London), Saatchi & Saatchi (Hong Kong) and Industrial Light And Magic. For more succes stories, visit: www.mediadesignschool.com

I thank Media Design School for providing an environment for me to pursue my dreams.
Weta Digital Lead 3D Artist Hamish Beachman (credits include Avatar, Planet of the Apes and the Adventures of Tintin) REad MORE

I spent every day around likeminded game developers. Living and breathing game design is good preparation for this sort of career. REad MORE
Ninja Kiwi Founder Stephen Harris

I couldnt have made it without the help and support that Media Design School REad MORE provided.
Animation WRX Lead Motion Graphics Artist Josh Ruha

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GLOBaL CONNECTiONS
Media Design School is part of the worlds largest private university group Laureate International Universities. There are more than 65 universities in 29 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, Northern Africa, Asia Pacific and the Middle East in the network. Media Design School is recognised as one of the worlds leading design schools as part of Laureates Centres of Excellence in Art, Architecture and Design, which includes Domus Academy and Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano (NABA) in Milan, Italy; Santa Fe University of Art and Design in New Mexico; and New School of Architecture + Design in San Diego. These global connections provide students with opportunities in some of the leading design centres in the world.

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OVErViEW OF QuaLiFiCaTiONS
pRE DEgREE FOUNDATION STUDIES

Diploma in Digital Creativity

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DEgREE 3D ANIMATION & VFX

Bachelor of Art and Design (3D Animation and Visual Effects)


GAME DEVELOpMENT

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Bachelor of Creative Technologies (Game Art) Bachelor of Software Engineering (Game Programming)
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Bachelor of Media Design


Graphic Design Motion Design Interactive Design (web, online and app development)

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pOST DEgREE CREATIVE ADVERTISINg

Diploma in Creative Advertising


CREATIVE TECHNOLOgIES & INTERACTION DESIgN

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Graduate Diploma in Creative Technologies Master of Interaction The Graduate School

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FOUNDATION STUDIES

Daniel Bass, 2013

DiPLOMa iN DigiTaL CrEaTiViTY (FOUNDATION)


Our foundation course provides an introduction to creative specialties and a pathway to future study for students who do not meet the entry requirements for degree qualifications.
NZQF: Level 5 (120 credits) Duration: One academic year, full-time The Diploma in Digital Creativity combines design fundamentals with modern visual media projects including web design, graphics, 3D modelling, advertising and visual effects. This is a great qualification to introduce students to digital design. In addition to building knowledge and skills across print, web, 3D and video projects, students study important topics that set them up for a budding creative career. These include communicating a message and understanding briefs, critiquing work, branding, projectmanagement skills, and presentation skills. For many students, this diploma provides a pathway to further study at Media Design School. study at a tertiary level and the personal statement must show that the applicant understands the commitment to be successful on the course. International applicants must also be able to show they have a sufficient level of practical English (written, oral and comprehension) as indicated by a minimum IELTS (academic) score of 5.5 or equivalent.

Highlights
`` Build a strong foundation in creative technologies to prepare for further study `` Develop skills working in a team to deadlines and refine presentation abilities `` Create a portfolio that showcases work across a range of media

Prerequisites
The qualification is open to those who can provide a creative portfolio or evidence to support their creative ambitions. Applicants must demonstrate their ability to

For more information and start dates visit: www.mediadesignschool.com

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3D ANIMATION & VFX

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Shelved, group production, 2012

BaCHELOr OF ArT aNd DESigN (3D ANIMATION AND VISUAL EFFeCTS)


Using industry-standard technology, processes and knowledge, students create awardwinning projects that open doors to the worlds best animation and film studios.
NZQF: Level 7 (420 credits) Duration: 3 years, full-time The Bachelor of Art and Design (3D Animation and Visual Effects) provides a comprehensive knowledge of technical requirements and essential project experience that prepares students for entry into global film, television, animation and game studios. Our faculty bring industry experience and expert knowledge that provides highly relevant and indepth learning. During the first year, students learn foundation art and design skills and achieve intermediate proficiency in industry standard technical tools and software. The second year involves immersive group projects in addition to core classes. By the end of the year, students pursue a specialisation in visual effects or motion graphics, technical 3D studies or 3D animation studies. Students retain a specialist focus for the remainder of their studies, however all core subjects including tutorials, theory classes, and art classes are taught collectively.

Highlights
`` Strong connections with industry give students access to knowledge on the latest technologies, VIP guest speakers and professional mentors `` Student short films are distributed internationally and often recieve global recognition at festivals around the world `` Graduates are in demand for their experience working on major projects within a studio-like environment `` Career paths include 3D modeller, compositor, VFX artist, animator, technical director and effects designer Entry requirements page 19 Portfolio requirements page 20

For more information and start dates visit: www.mediadesignschool.com

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GAME DEVELOpMENT

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War of the Woods, group game production, 2012

BaCHELOr OF CrEaTiVE TECHNOLOgiES (GAMe ART)


Students transform their creativity, artistic talent and passion for computer games into a global career that can span multiple industries.
NZQF: Level 7 (420 credits) Duration: 3 years, full-time The Bachelor of Creative Technologies (Game Art) has been developed to meet industry demand for dynamic and highly skilled game artists who can work across multiple platforms. Professional artists from the worlds biggest game studios have been recruited as lecturers to ensure students receive the technical skillset and production experience demanded by industry. The first year delivers a solid grounding in 3D modelling and creating 2D and 3D visual assets. Creative problem solving is underpinned by the basic theories, philosophies and history of technology. By the second year, students are able to design solutions to production problems and new topics are introduced, including the use of middleware and the principles of architecture and game environments. In the final year, artists collaborate with programming students on a major game production. The studio environment tests individual skills, knowledge and theory while giving students experience working in a team.

Highlights
`` This degree responds directly to global industry demand for game artists `` Experienced faculty from global studios including Microsoft Games Studio, Crytek and 2K Games `` Opportunities to work across a range of game platforms and apply skills to multiple industries `` Game career paths include game artist, modeler, texture artist, technical director and art director

Entry requirements page 19 Portfolio requirements page 20

For more information and start dates visit: www.mediadesignschool.com

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GAME DEVELOPMENT

Benjamin Carnall, Chris Howlett, Kristof Ujdur, Amy Harman, Jonathon Hill, Matt Hale 2012

BaCHELOr OF SOFTWarE ENgiNEEriNg (GAMe PROgRAMMINg)


Students gain a highly developed technical knowledge base, skillset and the experience to confidently enter the industry as game programmers and software engineers.
NZQF: Level 7 (420 credits) Duration: 3 years, full-time This is New Zealands only software engineering degree that combines the strategy and creativity of game development with programming to create exceptional graduates with a transferrable skillset and technical knowledge that surpasses any other software engineering degree currently available. Students start with the essential theories, principles and knowledge needed for game programming and development. This includes C++ programming and practical mathematical skills. Students also gain experience constructing, testing and debugging simple computer games. In the second year, students prepare for a major game production by learning the management strategies needed for a collaborative project. The final year focuses a major game production in conjunction with Bachelor of Creative Technologies (Game Art) students.

Highlights
`` Degree responds directly to the global industry demand for game programmers `` Students work across a range of game platforms using commercial middleware and game engines `` The skills developed in this course are global and transferable so graduates can work in a multiple industries `` Game career paths include game programmer, software engineer, AI programmer and technical director Entry requirements page 19 Portfolio requirements page 20

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MEDIA DESIGN

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Joshua Flores, 2012

Joshua Flores, 2012

BaCHELOr OF MEdia DESigN


The Bachelor of Media Design provides students with expert knowledge in a design specialisation supported by a wide interdisciplinary skillset.
NZQF: level 7 (360 credits) Duration: 3 years, full-time Over three years, students develop technical, conceptual and strategic skills in their chosen major Graphic Design, Motion Design or Interactive Design as well as a broad interdisciplinary understanding of the industry and related fields. The intensity of the course and its professional focus ensures that students can work strategically to deadlines and excel under pressure, preparing them to enter the marketplace with a distinct edge. The degree has been shaped by industry demand and is delivered by a team of design professionals with experience across multiple industries both within New Zealand and around the world. MaJOr OptiOns `` Graphic Design includes a wide variety of mediums including print, packaging and digital to give students strong conceptual and technical skills, as well as prepress experience. `` Motion Design involves 2D animation, visual effects, composition, image manipulation and text choreography design work for digital media such as broadcast, advertising, promotions, trailers, music videos, title sequences and infographics. `` Interactive Design focuses on digital design processes such as front-end web development, interactive programming and content management systems for websites and mobile devices.

Highlights
`` Students work with the latest technology and software relevant to industry requirements `` Specialist knowledge in addition to a multidisciplinary skill-set makes graduates agile in the industry `` Students gain essential professional knowledge that ensure they become effective team members, leaders and business owners Entry requirements page 19 Portfolio requirements page 20

For more information and start dates visit: www.mediadesignschool.com

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CREATIVE ADVERTISING

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Rory Dunleavy and Andrew Younge, 2012 Campaign for Mountain Safety Council NZ

DiPLOMa iN CrEaTiVE AdVErTiSiNg


Ranked No.4 in the world by Young Guns, The AdSchool immerses students in a simulated art department to learn about ideation, art direction and copywriting.
NZQF: Level 6 (160 credits) Duration: One academic year, full-time Our award-winning AdSchool is ranked the fourth most creative AdSchool in the world by Young Guns International and No.2 for social media marketing by The Bees Awards. The AdSchool is a member of the D&AD International University Network one of the most highly regarded design and advertising industry bodies in the world and is supported by CAANZ (Communication Agencies Association of New Zealand). The course kicks off with an introduction to the foundation elements of visual communication and techniques for generating ideas. Then a series of live client briefs prepare students to work effectively and creatively to deadlines as they would in an agency. The programme has a strong focus on copywriting ensures students can write effective headlines, copy and scripts in a variety of tones across a range of media. During the final weeks of the course, students develop a major final project, prepare their portfolio and submit entries to the Young Guns awards. One of the strongest assets of The AdSchool is its ties to the ad industry and the involvement of senior creatives, which brings creative debate, innovation and a global context to the learning process.

Highlights
`` Students develop core skills that are infinitely transferable across any number of disciplines creative problem solving and presenting information in a concise and compelling manner `` The AdSchool has enjoyed sustained success, with most students rapidly scoring placements in ad agencies `` AdSchool graduates have won the top copy award at the Crowbars (Singapore) for four years in a row `` Career pathways include art director, copywriter, marketing, promotion, design consultancy or public relations Entry requirements page 19 Portfolio requirements page 20

For more information and start dates visit: www.mediadesignschool.com

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GRADUATE STUDIES

Thang Nguyen, 2012

GraduaTE DiPLOMa IN CrEaTiVE TECHNOLOgiES


Exceptional graduates and industry professionals can build on their experience and expertise with advanced study in an area of interest.
NZQF: Level 7 (145 credits) Duration: One acdemic year, full-time Students investigate advanced theories within their subject area of choice through a combination of practical workshops, theory classes, group projects and individual research. In the first 16 weeks, students investigate an area of interest that will enable them to complete an individual project in the second 16 weeks of qualification. Where available, some projects are undertaken with industry collaboration. Prospective students will be given a start date and course-of-study appropriate to their level of expertise and experience.

Subject areas available:


`` Advanced 3D Animation with Maya `` Visual Effects and Motion Graphics `` Game Development `` Graphic Design `` Interactive Design Applicants for these qualifications should already hold a bachelor degree (ideally in related subject areas) or should be able to demonstrate relevant industry experience.

For more information on graduate studies visit: www.mediadesignschool.com

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GRADUATE STUDIES

MaSTEr OF INTEraCTiON DESigN


An interaction designer connects people, objects and technology to enable communication that is effortless and natural as the way people interact with each other.
NZQF: Level 9 (180 credits) * Duration: One academic year, full-time This masters programme provides students with the practical and conceptual skills to develop strategies that introduce seamless digital solutions into everyday life. In particular, this includes integrating design and creative sensitivity to more technical and marketoriented competence. Candidates for this programme should hold a bachelor degree and have experience in a relevant field such as product design, visual and graphic design, media and web design, architecture, computer science, engineering, communication science, psychology or sociology.

Highlights:
`` Prepare for leading roles in the world of interaction design `` Develop competence for design and strategic positions, such as interaction designer, user experience designer, creative director, strategist and design director `` Project-driven learning environment encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration `` Advanced research investigation informs future design directions and innovation opportunities

For more information and entry requirements visit: www.mediadesignschool.com

* Pending final NZQA accreditation

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TESTIMONIALS

STudENT VOiCE
Tarn McConville
Bachelor of Software Engineering I like that the software engineering degree still has an element of design and you get to work alongside game artists on the final project, which was a big drawcard. I looked at a lot of options at other universities and couldnt find a software engineering degree that had the right balance of creativity and programming that this degree offers.

Ben Carnall

Bachelor of Software Engineering After one year in the course I felt like I could surpass friends who are studying in their third year of a software engineering degree at other universities. Learning software engineering within a game programming context is an advantage because it is the most complex.

Jimmy Vea Martin Hernblad


Bachelor of Art and Design The tutors are experienced industry professionals and you spend every day doing things relevant to your field of study. You dont waste time. Every moment furthers my goal to work in the industry.

Bachelor of Media Design

Graduate of Diploma in Digital Creativity

I came here not knowing anything about a computer and within six months in the Diploma of Digital Creativity I was a computer genius with a broad knowledge of design programmes. It is because the course is so hands on, practical and industry based I could quickly apply what I learned.

Emma Wang

Bachelor of Art and Design

Graduate of Diploma in Digital Creativity

The Diploma in Digital Creativity lets you try lots of things in one course. I started out with an interest in graphic design and, the more I learned, the more I moved towards 3D. I also liked working in a team to combine all of the elements we have learned into a campaign for a television show.

Amy Harman

Bachelor of Software Engineering I enjoy being surrounded by like-minded people my classmates are awesome and I like the teaching style and structure.

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ADMISSION

ENTrY rEquirEMENTS
This information is intended only as a guide. For information specific to each qualification, visit: www.mediadesignschool.com

English-Language Requirements
Media Design School expects all students to be proficient in English at an academic level. All applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of their proficiency in English through IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) from an accredited organisation. To study at Media Design School, degree and graduate diploma applicants must have an academic IELTS score of at least 6.0 (across all bands), while diploma applicants require a minimum academic IELTS score of 5.5. A transcript of your results (or certified copy) should be included with your application. IELTS and alternative test results are only accepted for two years from the examination date. Visit www.ielts.org for further information.

General Admission
(degrees in 3D animation and visual effects, game art and media design) `` NCEA University Entrance or equivalent, such as CIE or IB University Entrance `` Recommended: 24 NCEA Credits, Level 3 in Technology, Art and Design (minimum)

General Admission
(degree in game programming) `` NCEA University Entrance (or equivalent, such as CIE or IB university entrance), plus: `` 14 NCEA Credits, Level 2 Mathematics (minimum) `` Recommended: 24 NCEA Credits, Level 3 in Science, Technology, Mathematics (minimum)

Recognition of Prior Learning


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or advanced standing may be granted to students with prior tertiary training and experience relevant to the intended programme of study. Applicants must also provide a strong portfolio showing substantial creative and technical potential. The admissions team will recommend a transfer credit based on academic transcripts, appropriate industry experience and the applicants ability to communicate strong commitment to the intensive nature of the course for which they are applying. RPL must be requested at the time of application. Applicants wishing to be considered for RPL for previous studies at other New Zealand or overseas tertiary institutes must provide certified copies of academic transcripts. Qualifications completed more than five years from date of application cannot be recognised. All photocopied documents (results, transcripts, certificates, etc.) must be certified as true and correct copies. Documents that have not been certified will not be accepted.

Special Admission (over age 20)


Applicants who do not meet requirements for general admission, are age 20 or more, and have relevant experience and skills may apply for special admission, which must be supported by a professional portfolio or documented industry experience.

Discretionary Admission (under age 20)


Applicants who do not meet requirements for general admission, and are at least 16 and under age 20, may apply for discretionary admission. Discretionary admission applicants should have reached a significant level of achievement in NCEA Level 2 or have successfully completed a relevant foundation programme and met literacy and numeracy standards required for University Entrance. Each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis.

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POrTFOLiO REquirEMENTS
A portfolio is a selection of work that shows your talents and represents you as a creative person. It introduces your ideas to us and demonstrates that you have the creative potential to succeed as a student at Media Design School.

What to include
`` 12-20 examples of your work `` Contents page `` Label each page with your name, email, phone number and intended qualification `` For each work in your portfolio, describe the brief; the date of completion; media or software used; and the page number, or the file name or website address for digital works

How to prepare your portfolio


`` Each piece of work must be presented individually on A4 paper. These should be high quality photographs, copies or digital scans of your work. `` Clearly label each work with your name. `` Submit all portfolio documents in a plain A4 envelope labeled with your name, intended qualification and contact details. Secure your pages with a clip, but please do not bind or staple the pages, and do not submit portfolios in clear files. `` Moving image, video, 3D work or other digital assets can be submitted on DVD, USB memory stick (note that these will not be returned), or by providing a link to your online portfolio.

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Isaiah Fogalele, 2012

Send in your completed portfolio


`` By courier or drop off Media Design School, Media Design Centre, Level 16, 92 Albert Street, Auckland CBD 1010 ATTENTION: Admissions `` By post Media Design School, PO Box 5927, Wellesley Street, Auckland CBD 1010, New Zealand ATTENTION: Admissions

IMPORTANT: Due to the high volume of portfolios we receive, we cannot return any materials to you, including DVDs or USB memory sticks.

A few tips
`` Examples of both traditional art and digital art should be represented in your portfolio. `` Large images of good resolution help us to evaluate your work. `` Life drawings and/or highly realistic drawings are especially appreciated for applicants to degrees in game art, 3D animation and visual effects. `` If you have created a work based on a reference, include the reference image (indicate that it is a reference and not your own work). `` For any group work, please explain your individual contribution to the project on the contents page.

OVERSEAS APPLICANTS ONLY


`` Digital versions of works may be submitted to admissions@mediadesignschool.com `` Please use A4 pdfs or links to online portfolios where possible and keep file sizes down `` Include this information in the subject line: First Name, Last Name, Name of Intended Qualification

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GENERAL HEADER

Sarah Findlay, 2011

THE APPLiCaTiON PrOCESS 1


To start the application process, all applicants must complete a Media Design School online application form. `` IELTS or equivalent English-language test results (original transcript or certified copy) IMPORTANT: We cannot accept documents that have not been certified. All photocopied documents (results, transcripts, certificates, etc) must be certified as true and correct copies by a Justice of the Peace, Notary Public, police or certified staff of Media Design School.

`` Apply online www.mediadesignschool.com

Provide supporting documents

Once you have submitted your online application, we will be in touch regarding the support documents required to complete your application. All applicants must provide: `` A one-page personal letter of intent `` Certified copies of transcripts from schools, tertiary institutes or training courses. School leavers will also need to provide final transcripts once they complete their studies `` A certified photocopy of your birth certificate or valid passport. New Zealand residents must provide certified evidence of residency `` Two passport-sized photographs or digital copy `` A relevant portfolio (see page 20) Some applicants may be asked to provide: `` A detailed Curriculum Vitae of work and education history `` Reference letters (one for discretionary admissions applicants, two for special admission applicants)

Send your application

Courier / Drop Off Media Design School Media Design Centre, Level 16 92 Albert Street, Auckland CBD 1010 New Zealand Attention: Admissions Post Media Design School PO BOX 5927 Wellesley Street, Auckland CBD 1010 New Zealand Attention: Admissions Contact the Admissions Team P 0064 9 303 0402 F 0064 9 303 0646 E admissions@mediadesignschool.com W www.mediadesignschool.com

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The review process


Once you have completed the online application form, the Media Design School Admissions Team will contact you to regarding the documents needed to complete your application and next steps. An interview may be required at some stage during the admissions review process. This is generally conducted at Media Design School, but may be arranged using phone or Skype. When all your documents have been received and your application is complete, it will be reviewed by an Admissions Board made up of admissions officers and faculty. The Admissions Board assesses your potential for the qualification based on the quality of your total application, including portfolio, letter of intent, prior experience and achievements. The Admissions Board determines the outcome of your application. Offers of place on the programme are based on the Admissions Board decision and the number of seats available.

What if I am waitlisted?
We typically receive far more applications from qualified candidates than we have places for on our programmes. Students who fall just below the very top group of applicants, or who submit applications after the preferred deadline date, may be put on our wait list. Students on the wait list still meet the entry criteria and have the potential to succeed as students at Media Design School. Should places become available on the programme, waitlisted applicants will be given an offer of place.

Payment by Student Loan


New Zealand students are generally able to access a student loan through StudyLink to pay the fees for their qualification. To secure your place, we recommend that you begin applying for a student loan through StudyLink as soon as you receive your offer of place from Media Design School. Once the loan application is approved it is paid directly to the school. For more information, visit: www.studylink.govt.nz

Once you are accepted


Successful applicants will receive an Offer of Place for the programme, along with information about enrolling and studying at Media Design School. To reserve your place on the programme you will need to confirm your enrolment by the date specified with your offer of place. Your offer of place will also include details around payment of tuition and fees. More information on fees visit: www.mediadesignschool.com/enrolment/ calendar-and-fees

Contact the Admissions Team


P 0064 9 303 0402 E admissions@mediadesignschool.com W www.mediadesignschool.com For information on policies and procedures, visit: www.mediadesignschool.com/legal/

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STUDENT SERVICES

STudENT SErViCES
Mentoring
Media Design School faculty members are professional educators who are equipped with a wealth of knowledge in their specific industries and a passion for teaching. Faculty are available outside of scheduled class time, and within business hours for one-to-one mentoring, feedback and career advice.

Health and counseling


The Student Services Manager can refer students to healthcare providers and support networks outside of the school as required.

Digital library
Students have access to a digital library on and off campus. There is also a range of textbooks and reference material available at the school.

Dedicated support
A full-time Student Services Manager assists students before, during and after they study at Media Design School. Student Services organises social activities throughout the year, providing an opportunity for students to network outside of class.

Software
Media Design School provides all students with the hardware and software appropriate for their discipline. Students may also choose to purchase educational software to facilitate work away from campus. Media Design School is a reseller of the most current software students use and is available to our students at discounted educational prices.

Career advice
Media Design School is often a first point of contact for industry professionals wanting to fill vacant positions, and our graduates are notified of these employment opportunities through the alumni network. For international students, the Student Services Manager can provide information on Graduate Job Search visa applications.

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STUDENT LIFE

Faculty and students on a photo-walk in Auckland 2013

STudENT LiFE
Orientation
Students are introduced to life at Media Design School through a range of information sessions, school tours and social activities. It is the perfect opportunity to meet other students and your faculty before starting class.

Soul Food
Soul Food is a series of events held at Media Design School throughout the year celebrating Maori and Pacific art and design. Inspirational artists, designers and speakers from a range of disciplines are invited to speak. The events are free and open to anyone interested in attending.

Student representatives
Each class has an elected Student Representative who attends monthly meetings. The student representative meetings are used as a forum for sharing ideas, student feedback and planning events.

Graduation
Media Design School hosts graduation ceremonies, providing an opportunity for students to receive recognition of their achievement in front of family, friends and faculty. Excellence and industry awards are also presented during these ceremonies.

Student experience
A range of activities are organised throughout the year for students. These include movie nights, social sports, photo walks, charity events, exhibitions, ski trips, e-sports and much more. Students can also take advantage of workshops or relevant industry events that are held on campus.

Alumni
Media Design School keeps in touch with alumni via email, Facebook and LinkedIn. New employment opportunities and projects are also shared through the alumni network.

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

CLiCK FOR AN INTERVIEw wITH INTERNATIONAL STUDENT MARTIN HERNBLAD FROM SwEDEN

Lion Rock, Piha

NEW TO NEW ZEaLaNd


Once enrolled, international students recieve guidance on settling in from our full-time Student Services Manager. Social events are organised throughout the year to give all students and opportunity to meet and network with each other.

Filip Frisk travelled to New Zealand from Sweden to study 3D animation at Media Design School. Today he is working at Fluxif in Zurich, Switzerland. Living in New Zealand was a blast nice landscape, wildlife and beaches really close to you where ever you are. I could spend my Christmas break on the beach with friends and a guitar. It is a nice contrast to the six-hour-long December days and -20 degrees of coldness that I have back home.

Originally from Mumbai, India, Aksh Malik completed his studies in animation in 2011 and then worked as a 3D character animator at Oktobor Animation on Nickelodeon's Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness television series. When I first arrived in New Zealand it felt like paradise on Earth. Its stunning natural beauty, high quality of life, great work-life balance, world class cities, a free economy and a friendly, welcoming society are all factors that, in my opinion, make New Zealand one of the best places to study, work and live.

Learn more about living and studying in Auckland, New Zealand at www.mediadesignschool.com/studynz

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Auckland city from Mt Eden

Visa and immigration


All non-New Zealand residents require a Student Visa to study for programmes over three months. Your visa will state a specific educational institution, in a specific location. Immigration New Zealand can provide up-to-date information on the visa requirements for your country. For information visit: www.immigration.govt.nz.

Family members
Each family member (spouse and children) must have his or her own visa. Spouses may be issued a Visitor Visa when accompanying a student on a Student Visa.

Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students


Media Design School has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students published by the Ministry of Education. Copies of the Code are available on request from this institution or from the New Zealand Ministry of Education website at www.minedu.govt.nz.

Visa applications
Visa applications can take up to 15 weeks to process so it is important to get your application in as early as possible. To apply for a Student Visa you must first be accepted onto a Media Design School qualification, have paid your tuition fees in full and made arrangements for your accommodation, travel and insurance (travel and medical). To apply for a student visa you will need to supply: `` An offer of a place from Media Design School `` Evidence you have paid the course fees (e.g. receipt or statement of account) `` A completed, signed Application to Study in New Zealand (NZIS 1012) form (this can be downloaded from www.immigration.govt.nz) `` Your passport (this must be valid until at least three months past the date you plan to leave New Zealand) `` A recent passport size photograph `` Any other documents or information requested by a visa/immigration officer `` Evidence of your financial support while in New Zealand. This may be a completed Financial Undertaking for a Student (NZIS 1014) form; or evidence of NZ$15,000 per year (and provision for a return plane ticket), or you must provide evidence of NZ$1,000 per month `` If you are a student from Tonga or Samoa you may supply a Sponsorship Form for Visiting New Zealand (NZIS 1025) for any length of study

Medical and travel insurance


The New Zealand government requires that all international students have current medical and travel insurance for the full duration of their planned period of study. Media Design School uses the Southern Cross StudentMax plan as our preferred insurance policy. On acceptance on to a Media Design School qualification, you will be invoiced for a 12-month StudentMax policy to be paid at the same time as your full course fee. Should you already have insurance with an overseas provider, the insurance policy will be assessed by Media Design School to ensure it meets the cover requirements outlined by the Code of Practice. Any policy written in a language other than English must be accompanied by a translated copy. Contact registrar@mediadesign.school.nz for a copy of the policy.

Eligibility for health services


Most international students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand. If you receive medical treatment during your visit, you may be liable for the full costs of the treatment. Full details on entitlements to publicly funded services are available through the Ministry of Health, and can be viewed at www.moh.govt.nz.

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The Hobbit set tour, Matamata

Accident insurance
The Accident Compensation Corporation provides accident insurance for all New Zealand citizens, residents, and temporary visitors to New Zealand, but you may still be liable for all other medical and related costs. Further information can be viewed on the ACC website at www.acc.co.nz.

Working after graduation

International Education Appeal Authority (IEAA)


The IEAA is an independent body established to deal with complaints from international students about pastoral care aspects of advice and services received from their educational provider or the providers agents. The IEAA enforces the standards in the Code of Practice. You can write to the IEAA at: The International Education Appeal Authority C/- Ministry of Education PO Box 1666. Wellington 6140, New Zealand

If you are interested in working in New Zealand after you complete your studies you will need a work permit. A student without an offer of employment, who successfully completed a qualification in New Zealand that qualifies for points under the Skilled Migrant Category of Residence Policy, may apply for a Graduate Job Search Work Visa. You must apply for this work no later than three months after the end date of your student permit. Once you have secured employment you can apply for a post study two-year work permit or the Skilled Migrant Category. For information visit: www.immigration.govt.nz.

Accommodation
Media Design School does not provide student accommodation. However, the Student Services Manager can assist with information on the variety of options available. Student accommodation facilities are located throughout the city and many apartments come with basic furniture including a bed. If you have any questions about accommodation in Auckland, contact the Student Services Manager. Visit: www.mediadesignschool.com for more information on accommodation options.

Working in New Zealand


Working part time while studying
International students can apply to Immigration New Zealand to work part time during your studies. If you are successful in your application, you will be eligible to work up to 20 hours per week during the academic year. This will be stated on your Student Visa.

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CONTACT US

Media Design School


Media Design Centre 92 Albert Street Auckland New Zealand Postal Address PO Box 5927, Wellesley Street, Auckland 1141 Phone 0064 9 303 0402 Skype media.design.school Email admissions@mediadesignschool.com

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