The Design School is a private school established in Palmerston North in 1993. The school delivers entry-level programmes which provide skills for students to progress to higher levels of study in the various fields of design, or to enter the industry as junior designers or assistants. The Design School provides well-constructed learning opportunities to acquire relevant industry skills that are immediately applicable. The programmes are project-based. Students develop their own interpretation of the project brief and seek individual guidance and tuition for meeting their own objectives within the curriculum framework. The teaching staff are highly experienced industry practitioners, ably led and mentored by the management team, which ensures that strong processes underpin delivery and assessment.