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MDS ranked world’s 4th best VFX/Animation school

Media Design School has been ranked the fourth best school in the world to study VFX/Animation and Game Art at for 2015 by the Autodesk-sponsored CG Student Awards, with Media Design School students taking out two of the three internships in the Oceania Bootcamp Placement award category.

Over the Moon

Over the Moon

The CG Student Awards received 1,000 submissions of portfolios from students and recent graduates who had studied at 216 international schools and training facilities. 

Each school was awarded points based on data collected from the performance of submissions from students in four of the main Award categories: Student of the Year – VFX/Animation, Student of the Year – Next-Gen Gaming, Film of the Year, and Game of the Year. The CG Student Awards then ranked the quality of the submissions and used this score to determine the Top 20 schools globally.
Media Design School was given a total of 226 points; an equal score to that of the third place ranked tertiary provider on the list. 

Of the seven Media Design School Bachelor of Art and Design students who made the top 12 finalist shortlist for the 2015 CG Student Awards Oceania Bootcamp, two students, Rafael Gonzalez Quinones and James Hall, were awarded internships as part of the VFX/Animation Bootcamp. 

In addition to the individual successes of Media Design School’s students, two of the short films produced by Media Design School’s Bachelor of Art and Design third year students, Over the Moon and Impasse (by student group Front Row Mafia), were both awarded Highly Commended awards in the CG Student Awards Film of the Year category.

The third year Bachelor of Creative Technologies (Game Art) and Bachelor of Software Engineering (Game Programming) production team Heavy Snowfall’s game, Dungeon Town, was also awarded a Highly Commended award in the Game of the Year category.

When announcing the awards lists, CG Student Co-Founder Alwyn Hunt individually recognised the success of Media Design School and its students. “A real highlight for us is seeing the Media Design School, New Zealand, make such a dramatic jump up the ladder from previous years. It’s the first time we have actually seen a school from the Oceania region claim a spot in the list.”

Chief Executive Officer of Media Design School, Darryn Melrose, is delighted by the results achieved by Media Design School’s students. “To be recognised by the CG Student Awards as the fourth best provider of education in 3D Animation, Visual Effects, and Games is a reflection of the exceptional calibre of both our facutly and our students.

“It is fantastic to see that Media Design School students from across a range of the school’s degrees have been acknowledged for the exceptional work that they produce as part of their studies with Media Design School.

“This result further cements Media Design School’s reputation as New Zealand’s most awarded tertiary institute for digital and creative technology qualifications and as a school that creates work that is consistently regarded among the very best in the world,” concluded Melrose.

CG Student Awards Top 5 Schools to Study VFX/Animation and Next-Gen Gaming with for 2015:
Gnomon School of Visual Effects – Los Angeles, USA
Savannah College of Art and Design – Savannah, USA
Think Tank Training Center – Vancouver, Canada
Media Design School – Auckland, New Zealand
The Animation Workshop – Viborg, Denmark

ABOUT MEDIA DESIGN SCHOOL
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

ABOUT FRONT ROW MAFIA
Front Row Mafia comprised of third year Bachelor of Art and Design students James Aldous, Zach Brake, Tom Chou, Glen Christie, Scott Eburne, James Hall, Martin Hernblad, Andrew McCosh, Jesse Meha, James Pollard, and Mike Livesay.

ABOUT HEAVY SNOWFALL
Heavy Snowfall was a production team made up of third year Game Art and Game Programming students Adam Oresten, Martin Holmström, Rian Drake, Matthew Bowen, Alexander Diogo, Jesper “Jack” Karlsson, Kasper Klasson, Nikhil Kumar, Jeandre Marais and Joshua Thompson.

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