The Design School

We Specialise in

  • Graphic design
  • Computer graphics
  • Fashion
  • Drawing skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Design thinking
  • Illustration skills
  • Fundamentals of Adobe software

Our story

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.
The School has a proud history and is acknowledged as the top foundation design school in New Zealand. We have continually held the highest quality ratings from NZQA reviews and to date we have over 700 successful graduates. The Design School draws on a wealth of experience and many graduates have attained prestigious degrees and fulfilling careers.

We teach foundation design which encompasses the basic design principles, core thinking and visual skills required to be successful in the design industry.

Our aim is to capture creative talent and provide opportunities for creative people to succeed. 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..

The Design school team

Mike Saywell
Rana Saywell
National manager
Christine Barrett
Lead Tutor
Shane Reichenbach
Graphic design tutor
Lyn Jones
Fashion and textiles tutor
Belinda Davies
Literacy & Numeracy tutor Pastoral care
Paul Rodgers
Graphic design tutor
Phillip Hetaraka
Graphic design tutor
Adriann Wilson
Fashion and textiles tutor
Ricky De Lange
Graphic design tutor