One of New Zealand's most nationally and internationally awarded schools, the AdSchool works as a simulated creative department in which our currency is ideas for print, film, apps, games, content and social media that people notice, love, play with and share. It's a combination of challenge, hard work and fun that's not only seen us ranked in the top 5 most creative schools in the planet, its also seen our grads working as art directors and copywriters all over the world. And, after 15 years, we're nowhere close to running out of steam, because last year we even broke all our own records to achieve 100% success in placing all our students as creatives in agencies.
Careers & Industry
The Creative Advertising programme prepares students for entry level into the creative departments of advertising agencies by arming them with the core skills of creative problem solving as well as how to talk about ideas to others in a concise and compelling manner; both of which are lifelong skills infinitely transferable across any number of disciplines, particularly those associated with commercial creativity.
Places are limited, so this sought after qualification is aimed at determined people who yearn to have a career doing something creative. They should be playful, curious people who often find themselves thinking about things in a different way. They might be confident about their abilities to have ideas, or slightly less so, but one thing they must have is a dogged obsession with generating lots of great ideas.
Creative Ad Graduates have gone on to work as art directors and copywriters, graduates may also work in:
- Ad Agency creative department
- TV/radio stations, creative/promo departments, corporate in-house promotions/marketing department, Design consultancies/studios, Public Relations companies, and publishing.
- Direct marketing/promotional companies
- Freelance practice (usually after a few years of establishment in the agency scene)
"It's pretty amazing really. Kate runs a course that is the envy of other courses around the world. Every year I am impressed by her latest graduates and every year I almost always end up hiring a bunch of them. Media Design School is as big an institution today as the advertising agencies it supplies. That's testament to Kate and David Bell and all the talented folk in our industry who give up their time to teach there."
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The diploma kicks off with an introduction to the foundation elements of visual communication and techniques for generating ideas.
Then a series of live briefs and competition will prepare you to work effectively and creatively to deadlines as you would in an agency- with senior creatives and industry guests providing insights along the way.
A show of work by the students will be presented at the end of the course. This takes the form of an Industry Show to which creative directors, senior creative and past graduates are personally invited to view your portfolio. We view the show as your first stepping stone into setting up work experience placements – with the best students usually scoring their own internships on the night.
Minimum 18 years
An ability to demonstrate a unique and insightful view of the world that will translate into the ability to make great ads. We consider people with backgrounds in art, design and/or writing, humanities and social sciences and are looking for proof of determination, problem solving, lateral thought, motivation, and most importantly, creativity.
International students must be at least 18 years of age and have an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent.
Complete a pre-interview and complete a Creative Writing Task Sheet.
You do not need a portfolio to apply for this course. However you will need to prepare a Creative Writing Task Sheet and ensure this is ready when you apply. Download here.
You'll also be called in for an interview, either at the school or via Skype, where you can demonstrate you have the necessary pre-requisite skills outlined in the Entry Requirements.
Study at the Media Design School in Auckland, and you can assure your family that you'll be staying in one of the safest and most live-able cities in the world. Auckland is such a diverse city that, no matter where you're from, you'll find food and experiences here that remind you of home.
This wonderful city has nature on its doorstep and, in the same amount of time it takes to fetch a latte, you could travel to spectacular countryside or beaches, all within a stone's throw from the Central Business District.
If you're thinking about making New Zealand your home while you study for your world recognised qualification, you can find more information about making the transition to our beautiful country here.