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
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
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.