Course details

Bachelor of Art and Design (3D Animation and Visual Effects)
Domestic tuition $9,043 per year
International tuition $27,500
NZQF Level 7

About the course

Create the impossible. Develop stunning 3D Animation and imagery and learn how to use visual effects to blow stuff up...without accidentally blowing your computer up! Our award-winning faculty will take you on an immersive journey; teaching you the basics of modelling, rendering, lighting, and technical direction that will culminate with you being a part of an amazing, industry-level short film in your final year.


Entry requirements

Admission to the Bachelor of Art and Design (3D Animation and Visual Effects) 42 NCEA credits at level 3 (with at least 2 subjects scoring a minimum of 14 credits) over a maximum of 4 subjects. A minimum of 12 NCEA credits must also be achieved at Level 2 English and 14 NCEA credits at Level 1 Mathematics. Candidates should also have a minimum of 24 credits at Level 3 NCEA Art, Design or Technology subjects Equivalent qualification of above for example Cambridge International Examinations Have successfully completed a Media Design School Qualification, Level 5 or higher Have successfully completed a Qualification from another discipline, Level 4 or higher Discretionary entrance, where the applicant has significant art and design skills and experience

About the provider

Media Design School was founded in 1998 in response to growing industry demand for highly-trained graduates in the fields of digital design and creative tech. Since then, our incredible faculty and students have cemented our 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.

Our impressive suite of Foundation, Bachelor's and Postgraduate qualifications has been curated by industry experts, to ensure that MDS graduates enter the workforce with both the technical and soft skills needed to set them apart from the competition.

By staying tuned in to industry demand, we have outstanding employment rates among our graduating classes. 93% of the class of 2017 found jobs within 6 months of graduating, and 30% had jobs on or before graduation - double the average employment rate of our competitors.

Key study areas include: 3D animation and VFX, game programming, graphic, web and interactive design, motion graphics, VR/AR, creative advertising and more. We’re also in the process of introducing new Bachelor’s and Master’s qualifications in the rapidly growing fields of AI and Cloud Computing.