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MDS high on global rankings

Media Design School continues to reinforce its reputation as the top animation school in the Asia Pacific region after being ranked 15th on the annual Animation Career Review Top 100 International Animation Schools list. The school features on the list for the second year in a row after debuting in 2014 at number 19.

The Animation Career Review Top 100 International Animation Schools list, which is the most comprehensive source of information for aspiring animation and game design professionals, takes four key criteria into consideration when determining a school’s ranking.

These criteria include the overall quality of programme including technology and facilities available to students; the consistency and quality of student and graduate animation work; the geographic advantages derived from the school being located near animation employment hotspots; and the reputation of the programme within the animation industry.

Darryn Melrose, Media Design School’s Chief Executive Officer, says that this ranking is reflective of the exceptional work produced by the school’s Bachelor of Art and Design programme.

“Our faculty and students alike contribute to 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 amongst the very best in the world.”

“As the first tertiary institution in the Southern Hemisphere to offer a dedicated programme of study for 3D animation, I am thrilled that Media Design School’s reputation for producing award-winning short films is continuing to be recognised on a global scale,” says Melrose.

Media Design School’s latest short animated film, Accidents, Blunders and Calamities (pictured, top), most recently won both the DEGNZ Best Editor Award and the People’s Choice Awards at the Show Me Shorts Opening Night and Awards Ceremony in November 2015. It has also been selected to screen at the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2016.

Media Design School is New Zealand’s most-awarded private tertiary institution. Distinguished by its close alignment to the industry, both domestically and internationally, the Auckland-based school offers specialist degrees for emerging creative industries including the Bachelor of Art and Design (3D Animation and Visual Effects); the Bachelor of Creative Technologies (Game Art); the Bachelor of Software Engineering (Game Programming); and the Bachelor of Media Design. A range of foundation diplomas and graduate qualifications are also available.

Media Design School is part of Laureate International Universities, the world’s largest private university group with over 80 institutions in 29 countries, including dedicated design schools in San Diego, California; Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Milan, Italy. For more information, visit www.mediadesignschool.com.

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