Our Story

Our Design Schools are based in Palmerston North and Whangarei


The Design School is a private school established in Palmerston North in 1993 by Bob McMurray. Originally known as The Palmerston North School of Design the school started with 14 students and was situated in Maire St, Palmerston North.

our mission

We teach foundation design which encompasses the basic design principles, core thinking and visual skills required in the design industry. The Design School will mentor students to gain the skills and qualifications needed to enter design courses at diploma or degree level, or entry level positions in the creative industries.

Our success

We have continually held the highest quality ratings from NZQA reviews with many successful graduates working all around the world. The Design School draws on a wealth of experience and many graduates have attained prestigious degrees and fulfilling careers.

The Design School team

Experts in the Design field

Mike Saywell


Rana Saywell

National Manager

Chris hunt

Graphic Design Tutor

Lyn jones

Fashion Tutor

Shane Reichenbach

Graphic Design Tutor

Mikayla Hammond

Fashion Tutor

Phillip Hetaraka

Graphic Design Tutor

Yashua Lesa

Graphic Design Tutor