MDS Joins with Saatchi & Saatchi for Graduate School

Posted Wednesday 03 Apr 2013

The Media Design School has partnered with Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand to launch a new graduate school focusing on digital innovation, The Media Design Graduate School (The Graduate School), in Auckland.

The Graduate School has also been announced as an anchor tenant in the Wynyard Quarter Innovation Precinct, a mixed use living and working space currently being developed by Waterfront Auckland. The precinct is specifically designed to foster collaboration and entrepreneurship, and accelerate the growth of high-tech ideas into commercial success.

The Graduate School will take possession of its location on the corner of Halsey St and Madden St at the end of this year. The building will be re-skinned by renowned Auckland architects RTA Studio.? ?The school will offer a one-year full time Master of Interaction Design* from February 2014. Applications for the master`s degree are expected to be open from June 2013.? ?The collaboration will see Saatchi & Saatchi actively engaging with students at The Graduate School including supporting student learning through live briefs, lectures and mentoring.

Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand CEO Nicky Bell says: "We believe that this collaboration will be hugely beneficial to both the next generation of our industry's talent and to our agency." ? ?"Our Saatchi & Saatchi team is a spirited, talented and ambitious collective of people. We've actively broken down historical hierarchical structures in favour of a more open, collaborative environment, so the opportunity to expand our population of creative thinkers by partnering with the Media Design School makes perfect sense to us. We are excited to engage in the school and will certainly benefit from the 'reverse mentoring' this new generation of students will give us in return."

Frances Valintine, CEO of the Media Design School, says: "We see Auckland as the creative capital of the Asia Pacific, so we felt it was an obvious choice for The Graduate School.

"The Graduate School will be a dynamic physical space located here in the Innovation Precinct. The real magic will happen when we bring students together to study and research as a collective community, developing concepts that have both commercial and social value.

"This collaboration will enrich our bright young talent's learning through direct exposure to the dynamic folks at Saatchi & Saatchi and the perspective only an international curriculum can provide."

The Media Design School is part of the Laureate International Universities network, and the curriculum programme for the Master of Interaction Design will be based on a similar programme offered by Laureate affiliate the Domus Academy in Milan.



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WIFT Events Coming Up in April

Posted Wednesday 03 Apr 2013

WIFT Wellington lunch tomorrow and April 17!

Wednesday WIFT lunch for Wellington members is Thursday this week (tomorrow) because of Easter.  The topic will be The Down-Low on Tropfest

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WIFT Wednesday April 17

The Role of Post-Production Supervisor

Rose Dority will discuss the role of the Post-production Supervisor and explain why you need to be talking with one before you shoot your film. Rose works internationally and across the budget spectrum and her CV includes Mr Pip, Two Little Boys, The Truman Show, the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Portrait of a Lady and most recently, Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away.

NZFC Boardroom, 3rd Floor, 119 Ghuznee St

12.30pm - 1.30pm

Bring your own lunch.  Tea and coffee provided.

Members: No charge

Non-members: $5

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WIFT Auckland Workshop

The next evening workshop is on April 24. It will concentrate on employment law as it relates to our industry. This is an important topic so mark it in your diaries now.


WIFT Christchurch

There will be an event before the end of April, so watch your inbox for details.