MDS Link to World of Creative Industries for PJCAD Students

February 9, 2012

Avatar, The Lord of the Rings and Tintin are ground-breaking films that have drawn global attention on New Zealand’s burgeoning film production and post-production capabilities as well as creative talent. The demand for highly skilled new talent by the screen industry continues to grow and the opportunity for exposure through comprehensive visual effects and 3D animation education in New Zealand is now available to students of PJ College of Art & Design (PJCAD) via an exclusive offer.


Media Design School (MDS), internationally renowned for producing outstanding professionals for the creative industries, is offering a NZD2,000 reduction of its tuition fees to students of PJCAD – a member of the Laureate International Universities network. This is one of the many benefits availed to students across the Laureate network to ensure their educational experience is truly international.


The special rate applies to PJCAD’s Diploma in Interactive Multimedia & Animation Design holders, who only need to complete an additional 1.5 years at MDS for the Bachelor of Art & Design (3D Animation & Visual Effects) degree.


The MDS articulation pathway provides students ample learning and career opportunities via MDS’s strong industry link with the movie and digital design industries in New Zealand. MDS faculty members have vast experiences through their working relationships with digital design industry leaders including Weta Digital, Weta Production, Pixar and Dreamworks. Lecturers from the School of Advanced 3D Productions are well versed in the art of production; having substantial industry and film making experience, they play multi-faceted roles as directors, lecturers and mentors.


MDS’s platform for final year degree students to work directly on real industry projects ensures that graduates enjoy high employability. In the final stages of the degree, students create high-calibre group and individual productions. These projects challenge students to learn the production process for making films while working effectively under tight deadlines. International students who receive employment offers are eligible to work in New Zealand for up to one year.

MDS’s CEO Frances Valintine (2nd from right), pictured with (from left) David Liew, Amit Sevak, CEO of Laureate Malaysia, and Anis Laila Yap, Dean, INTI Center of Art & Design, extends an invitation to students to experience MDS’s brand of visual effects and 3D animation education.

PJCAD’s Diploma in Interactive Multimedia & Animation Design is a broad based programme that creates far-reaching opportunities in an exciting and rapidly expanding area of multimedia technology and a variety of vocational, research and further study options. It aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge to author, design and develop digital content and apply appropriate design solutions for interactive multimedia products in the retail, entertainment, educational and tourism industries.


“Our further study options via advanced credit transfer give students an affordable pathway towards an international qualification from an established world-class institution abroad. This learning experience for the students are many fold and outweighs many other qualifications in terms of the overall teaching and learning experience, academic resources and the social cultural context,” said David Liew, Chief Executive of PJCAD .


“Through credit transfer, PJCAD students have the opportunity to expand their educational experiences by studying in local and foreign environments. This exposes them to a variety of ideas and ways of thinking, developing them as designers with international perspectives – an advantage in the global employment market. Many graduates take up the opportunity to work abroad for a period before returning to their home country,” he added.


PJCAD is a member of INTI, which in turn is a part of Laureate International Universities – the world’s largest private education network. Students considering PJCAD will not only benefit from the years of experience and strong track-record that INTI offers, but also gain from the global synergy and resources that Laureate provides. Laureate is present in 29 countries, and serves more than 675,000 students globally.


For further information on PJCAD’s Diploma in Interactive Multimedia & Animation Design and articulation pathway to Media Design School in New Zealand, please call 03-79572000 or visit