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Media Design School 2021 Events

Mini Open Day 

Our first on campus event post-lockdown, the Mini Open Day is just like our annual Open Day, but on a slightly smaller scale! You, your friends and whānau will have the opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with our faculty and admissions team, so that you can find out everything you need to know about applying for and studying with Media Design School.

Wednesday 15th July: 10am – 1pm 
L16, 92 Albert Street, Auckland 
View the schedule and RSVP here.



Annual Open Day 

Our next Annual Open Day is Saturday August 15th!
Join us at our major Annual Open Day to meet our friendly faculty, learn about our programmes and find out everything you need to know about joining Media Design School. In each session you’ll be able to ask the programme leaders any questions you have about our courses.

You’ll be able to explore our studio-like learning environment, tinker with our state-of-the-art tech, and see for yourself why Media Design School is New Zealand’s most awarded tertiary provider of creative and digital technology qualifications.


Saturday 15th August  – 10am – 3pm 
L16, 92 Albert Street, Auckland 
RSVP here. –



WIN one of three $500 PB Tech vouchers with Real or Render! 

Real or Render is back! This legendary challenge lets you try your hand at sorting real photos from our students’ amazing 3D renders.  Head to the competition page to see if you’ve got what it takes and you could be in to win one of three $500 PB Tech Vouchers.

Play Real or Render here.



Bright Awards


Bright Awards is back for 2020! The Bright Awards is a celebration of the secondary school students across Aotearoa who are bringing their creative craft to life.


The Bright Awards give up and coming creatives the opportunity to showcase their hard work and take the first step towards making a name for themselves in the industry. Each winner of the Bright Awards will not only be recognised as one of New Zealand’s up-and-coming emerging creative talents, they will also win major prizes for themselves and their schools.


The winner of each category wins $1000 for themselves and $3000 for their school! Your school could also be in the running to win the Bright School of the Year Award.

The categories are Graphic Design, Photography, Games, Animation, and Web + Interactive. Read more about the categories here.


Entries open from 01 July – 15 September

Keep an eye out here for the entry page, it will go live July 1st. –


Writing Competition – The Sargeson Prize

The Sargeson Prize is back for 2020! New Zealand’s richest short-story prize is sponsored by the University of Waikato and includes an Open Division and a Secondary Schools Division.

For Secondary School entries, the maximum length is 3000 words and the prizes are $500 (first), $200 (second) and $100 (third). The Secondary Schools winner will also receive a one-week summer writing residency at the University of Waikato, including accommodation and meals, office space, and feedback on their writing!

This year the competition will be judged by Owen Marshall (New Zealand short-story writer). Entries are open 1 April – 30 June.

Details and entry

AA Defensive Driving – Earn Credits & 6 months off restricted

Defensive Driving Course

8 hour course run over ideally 4 x2 hour session or 8 x1 hour session depending on group

1 hour in car session

Students can also get 9 credits for doing the unit standards 3464,3465 and 3466(in car) all level 2 credits.

Once they finish the DDC you get 6 months off yourrestricted time, 9 level 2 credits and a much more aware and safer driving look out.

Cost is  $229 for the Course and $10 for a handling fee for the unit standards.

If you would love to book in a course, please get in touch as spaces are limited.

Ashleigh LOWE

AA Defensive Driving Instructor

Cell: 0273377202

Photo by Hannah Sutherland on Unsplash

Key Dates for Lincoln University

Have you considered going to Lincoln University?  Perhaps you just need to know more.

There are some important dates to know about this year

Royal NZ Navy applications open

Royal NZ Navy applications are open! They are still taking applications for Navy BCT 20/2 starting on 24 August 2020, for the following trades:

🔹Combat Systems Specialist
🔹Communications Technician
🔹Communications Warfare Specialist
🔹Electronics Technician
🔹Logistics Supply Specialist
🔹Marine Technician
🔹Operational Administrator

You must be physically and medically fit, have all your required paperwork in order, and meet all our entry requirements. Are you eligible?

👉Apply now!

We are still waiting confirmation of dates for RNZN Junior Officer Common Training 20/2.

If you are interested in a different Navy trade, get your application in now to be considered for 2021 intakes.

Pacific International Hotel Management School presents – Is Tourism and Hospitality still a viable career pathway?

We’ll be answering that question as well as providing an update on our courses in two live information sessions next week.
Live Session for Students – Tuesday 12th May at 3pm
Register Here prior to the event

Guest Speakers

  • Kristine Kilpatrick, HR Manager, CRAGGY RANGE VINEYARDS
  • Sam Swaffield, Project Manager, IHG
  • Craig Binney, Head of People and Culture, SCENIC HOTEL GROUP


Year 13 Students – Fast Track Offers

Fast Track Offers – Information Sheet

What is Fast Track?
The Fast Track process gives high-achieving domestic school-leavers undertaking NCEA or Cambridge International, a head start in enrolling with the University of Auckland.

How does Fast Track work?
Fast Track offers are made to high-achieving domestic and international school-leavers who have applied to the University of Auckland to commence their studies in Semester 1, 2021.
Applicants who receive and accept their Fast Track offer can enrol from 1 November 2020, before the summer break, rather than having to wait until January 2021. This gives them the advantage of selecting their courses early and increases the likelihood of getting into courses that have a limited number of available places.
A Fast Track offer is conditional. That means it is subject to the applicant meeting the University Entrance (UE) standard, the rank score and any other entry requirements for their chosen programme(s), and is based on their final results in January 2021.

When will applicants receive Fast Track offers?
Fast Track offers will be sent out from the 5 May 2020 until 8 December 2020.
Students have until 17 December 2020 to accept the offer and enrol into their courses for Semester 1, 2021. Offers not accepted by the expiry date will be withdrawn, however the student’s programme application will remain open and await the standard processing in January 2021.

How can you help applicants who received a Fast Track offer?
It is important to be aware that students could receive multiple offers, if they have applied for more than one programme. To help students manage these offers, please encourage them to follow the process below:

1. Accept the Fast Track offer to their preferred programme.
Students must accept their Fast Track offer by the expiry date (17 December 2020).

2. Enrol into their preferred programme from 1 November 2020.
Once students accept their Fast Track offer, they can enrol from 1 November 2020 and get a head start in choosing their courses.

3. Leave all other offers open until final results are published in January 2021.
Students who are issued more than one Fast Track offer and decide to accept only one, should leave the other offers open so they have options to fall back on if their final results don’t meet the entry requirements for their preferred programme.

How can you help applicants who did not receive a Fast Track offer?
Applicants who have not received a Fast Track offer should not be deterred. Their application will be assessed when their final NCEA or Cambridge International results are released in January 2021, and if they meet the requirements for their programme, they will be guaranteed a place.

What advice and support is available for applicants?
From December 2020, we will be holding course-advice clinics that all applicants, whether they’ve received a Fast Track offer or not, are welcome to attend. More information will be available on our website closer to the time.

Students are also welcome to contact the University through the following support channels:
Online: AskAuckland, our online student help and support centre
Email: Phone: 0800 61 62 63

Waikato Scholarships – start applying


It’s the time of the year to start thinking seriously about scholarships! Our scholarships for school leavers are now open and we encourage students to begin applying well in advance of the August 31st closing date. Students can use the Scholarships Finder to check their eligibility, open and closing dates, and application details. A number of the criteria for specific achievement at NCEA Level 3 have been impacted due to COVID-19 and our regulations have had some changes due to this. In particular, in the past where students have needed to achieve an overall endorsement at NCEA Level 3 to maintain a scholarship they have been awarded, this has been changed so that the student now must only achieve University Entrance for 2020 (unless the student has taken a GAP year in 2020).

If you have any questions about our scholarships, please feel free to email our Future Student Advisers or our Scholarships Office on

NZBS School Shorts Competition!

Calling all aspiring filmmakers – Ara’s School Shorts competition is back! If you’re at high school in the South Island and you’ve got cinematic ambitions, here’s your chance to create a short video, show it to an audience at Reading Cinemas and be in to win awards and cool prizes.

Submissions are due by 1 October. Submissions can double as creations made for school projects, or even be inspired by the lockdown so “team up” with your film-loving friends and….ACTION! Competition details, including the entry form, can be found here.

Massey University Follow Up from Zoom meeting

Prospectus for 2021 – Pages 45 onwards talk about recommended subjects etc.



  • If you are interested you can apply on-line now but you just can’t select your courses till 1st October.


  • Massey Halls open on the 1st August and close on the 1st October. It will pay to get on to this in asap as Belinda indicated preference is given to out of town students but also you may miss out of the first rounds. I presume you need to be enrolled in a degree before you can do your accommodation application.



  • What is the CCRF. This is filled out by you and sent to me for your HOH to fill out. They are looking at your suitability for the halls. You only need to fill this out once for all the Universities that you apply for. If you have not filled this out then you will not get a place in the halls. Make sure you do this when you are applying for accommodation.



  • Any creative art courses you are applying you can gain pre-approval entry via presenting your portfolios. You can present these portfolios via zoom presentations. For more information please email Belinda. If you gain an excellence endorsed at Level 2 and in an Art Course  – Design Course or Technology Course you will probably gain automatic entry to their creative art courses. Check the website for further information about that.



  • If applying for VET you need to do 80 hours of practical  by the time the course starts so you need to get on to finding a Vet who will help you meet the criteria for this.




Contact Details for Massey


Belinda Weepu


or alternatively fill out a form and Massey will keep you up to date with the latest information


Important Dates


  • Accommodation applications Open 1 August – Offers from 1 October
  • Scholarships open in late May and close on the 22nd August

*College of Creative Arts Scholarships – November/December

  • Aviation applications – close 1 November
  • Design, Fine Art, Maori Visual Arts portfolio applications – close 1 October
  • Music Practise audition applications – close 30 November
  • Nursing – close 8 February 2021
  • Social Work – close 14 February 2021
  • Speech and Language Therapy – close 3 February.


If you require any assistance then please email me.