Gallery Experience Inspires

Ramp Gallery curator talks to Media Arts students about ‘The Bloggs’ by Nicola Jackson.

Media Arts summer school students have been wowed by Nicola Jackson’s “The Bloggs”. The exhibition – which explores human anatomy and the intersection between science, psychology and art history – is currently on show at Ramp Gallery.  The gallery is full to the brim with bright paintings, sculptures, furniture and objects, all crafted by Jackson in an immersive installation that becomes a walk-in ‘cabinet of curiosities’. The experience raised several questions amongst the class, who are studying visual arts practice, from “what is the artist influenced by?”, to “what are the sculptures made of” and “when can I see it again?”.   Following the gallery visit we asked the group to reflect on their experience and here’s what they had to say:

“It gave me ideas for my current project along with future things to think about regarding the utilisation of a gallery space.”

“It was super interesting to see the gallery without plain white walls and it let me know that you can do what you want, there are no restrictions. ”

“It has given me ideas to ruminate on and introduce to my work.”

“It has helped us think in a different perspective on art.”

“I learnt that I shouldn’t afraid to use so much colour. It’s OK to add or take away and make things your own.”

“It has given me ideas to ruminate on and introduce to my work.”

“This was the first time I’ve been to Ramp and it definitely won’t be the last.”

“Really good, unlike anything I’ve seen before.”

“It gave me a lot to think about regarding the presentation of my work.”

The Bloggs by Nicola Jackson is open at Ramp Gallery from the 22 Jan – 21 Feb, 2018 with an artist talk and closing party to come.

Nicola Jackson: The Bloggs was first shown at Dunedin Public Art Gallery from 18 Mar – 5 Jun, 2017.

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Illustration tells the waka story

Illustration tells the waka story

Aspiring illustrator and third year Media Arts student, Juliann Smith, has produced visual interpretations of the Matariki Interactive Waka Project that is currently being developed. Explanatory and emotive illustrations of the sculpture in its proposed site show the structure’s relationship and connection to the Waikato’s people, landscape, and river. Working alongside Wintec tutor and PhD candidate, Joe Citizen, her involvement in the project has allowed Juliann to take on the role of a practising illustrator and contribute to the story of the Matariki Interactive Waka Project.

We recently caught up with Juliann to catch up on the growth of her illustration practice, latest collaboration, and her aspirations for the future.

Who are you and what do you do?

Juliann Smith. I am the youngest of four sisters. I am currently in my third year of the Bachelors of Arts degree majoring in painting at Wintec and plan on doing honours next year.

How do you work?

I almost always start with sketching in pencil. A lot of my work is representational, so I like to collect imagery; photos, videos, especially if the work has to be something specific like the illustrations I’ve been working on for the Matariki Waka Project.

Sketching details of the Interactive Waka Sculpture.

What themes do you pursue?

I am interested in the themes of nature and the relationship it has with us, humans. This comes out in various ways whether it’s drawings of animals and plants or more conceptual work.

This year I have also done a series of painting with themes exploring human nature as regards discrimination, and racial prejudice.

Why art?

Since I was 2, I have always drawn. What has influenced me the most to choose art is growing up reading children’s books. I was always attracted to the illustrations, and many of those artists that I grew up looking at are still some of my favourites (Robert Ingpen, Herge, Angela Barret)


Juliann completes a technical illustration explaining how the sculpture will operate on the site.

Can you tell us about your recent collaboration with The Matariki Waka Project?

This year I have been able to work with Joe Citizen to create illustrations of the Waka sculpture project. The pictures have ranged in purpose, from showing how the sculpture will look in it’s setting, to more informational and explanatory works describing some of the more technical aspects of the project in a way that makes them easier to understand.

What is your dream project?

At this point, I am still very open to the kind of projects I work on, but as I gain more experience, I have gained more understanding of the kind of work I am passionate about and the kinds that don’t fit so well. I think my dream project at this point will be to illustrate a book about something scientific but still very narrative based.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Don’t wait till inspiration hits. Inspiration comes from doing.

Where to next?

The next big thing is the end of year show coming up in November. After that I’m looking forward to a post-graduate honours year,  and after that the big world and the big job of doing freelance illustration.

Huge thanks to Juliann for sharing her thoughts with us!

You can find out more about the Matariki Interactive Waka Project here and follow the Matariki Intercative Waka Project Facebook page to keep up to date with developments.

Ramp Gallery visit gives fashion students’ fresh perspectives

Ramp Gallery visit gives fashion students’ fresh perspectives
It’s been a busy few weeks for Artist Neda Nourmohammadi & Ramp Curator Wendy Richdale. Since the opening of Neda’s exhibition “Patiently, Insistently, Intensively” on 1 November, Wendy has seen the gallery alive with learning experiences. While teaching “History of Fashion”, Wintec tutor Rebekah Harman identified the themes of symbolism, cultural identity and politics present in Neda’s work. She brought her fashion students to Ramp to view the show and discuss the work with Neda where they made connections about  these themes and how they influence fashion.
We recently caught up with Rebekah to hear about her students’ experiences at Ramp Gallery, her thoughts on interdisciplinary education, and her fresh perspective in creative communication.

Was the show at Ramp Gallery directly related to your teaching papers at the time?

Reasonably, I was teaching a History of Fashion module and we had just finished looking at New Zealand culture and fashion, and were discussing cultural identity and communicating with other cultures. We discussed ideas around individual identity, then broadened it to looking at how we interpret other cultures. We considered what assumptions we make about other cultures and how cultural appropriation affects the fashion industry.

How did you interpret the content of the show and relate it back to your teaching area?

Particular parts of the show related well to the class including Neda’s use of motifs, symbols, fashion and colour in her work. Neda uses art to convey important messages about society and politics in Iran, during the Fashion History module students have been analysing historical fashion and learning how society, culture and politics can influence fashion and vice versa.

What do you think your students gained from their visit?

The students were interested in how different Iranian culture was to their own culture. One student commented that it highlighted just how important it is to really understand different cultures when designing, not to make assumptions based on popular media. The class was interested in how colours have different symbolism and meaning in different countries.

Do you think it’s important for students to view creative work from outside of their chosen discipline? Why?

I believe it’s very important for students to view creative work from outside their chosen discipline as it opens their eyes to different ways of seeing the world and in doing so gives them different tools to communicate with.

Ramp Gallery is hosting a relaxed conversation with artist Neda Nourmohammadi, about her current exhibition Patiently, Insistently, Intensively over coffee and biscuits this Monday 13 Nov, 12 – 1pm, 2017. All are welcome.

You can find out more about our Fashion pathways here.


Internship Provides Opportunity to Create

Internship Provides Opportunity to Create

Emerging graphic designer and soon-to-be graduate Kirstin McLachlan sought out an internship at just the right place. A tenacious student designer, Kirstin invested time looking for a suitable placement that would combine her love of art, with her ambition to gain real-world graphic design skills. After a lengthy search, all roads led to Creative Waikato – it was a perfect fit. Read on to hear about Kirstin’s internship experience, creative briefs, and her satisfaction when seeing her designs ‘driving around the Waikato’.

Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Kirstin McLachlan, lover of art and animals, I am currently in my third year of studying BMA Graphic Design at Wintec.

Can you tell us about the internship paper you are doing at Media Arts?
For the internship paper, I was required to go out and find a suitable placement for me to gain relevant experience. I found myself emailing various different design studios and advertising agencies with either no reply or a friendly ‘no’, but I wasn’t really sure what I was looking for. I emailed Creative Waikato asking if they might know of any graphic design internship opportunities in Hamilton and they ended up taking me on for themselves. So my internship experience as their in-house graphic designer.

Tell me about the goals of your internship at Creative Waikato?
Some of my goals were: To improve my time management, learn about working in a professional environment, apply my graphic design skills to real-life projects and gain experience working to a client brief.

During your internship you completed some design work for Creative Waikato, what was the most rewarding design challenge?
Creative Waikato gave me a few design projects, but the most personally rewarding project was the car branding.  They challenged me to create a design that would be cohesive with their existing branding, communicate who they are and to ‘not look corporate’ for their vehicle.

How did you resolve that challenge?
I tried out a few different design styles, I went to them with 3 draft ideas and luckily they chose my favourite idea, the doodles. They liked the idea of a not so typical ‘Kiwiana’ look you see a lot these days, and they liked how the expressive cute doodles portrayed the arts. I looked around their office for ideas and I was really inspired by Paul’s Creative Waikato map illustration that’s on their wall, I also googled a lot for reference material. If you look closely you can see a Moa, mountains,  kowhai trees, a tui, a hot air balloon, the list goes on. I even snuck in a cow udder and a cheeky gumboot.

It’s a thrill for Kirstin McLachlan to see her design on Creative Waikato’s vehicle.

What results did this piece achieve?
While creating this design I gained knowledge of working to a brief, but I also learnt how to express my creative style within the constraints. I learnt how to work closely with a signwriter which is something I had not done before. The idea of my designs driving around the Waikato was a little bit daunting at first but now that I can see it applied, it’s pretty cool.

Thanks to Kirstin McLachlan for sharing her learning experience with us and thanks to Creative Waikato for providing a challenging and productive creative internship for one of our students.

You can find out more about the course credit you gain when you undertake an internship at Wintec on our website.

Craig McClure – Arts Advocate, Curator and Creative

Craig McClure – Arts Advocate, Curator and Creative

Craig McClure is a Scottish born, Hamilton-based artist and versatile creative, best known for his character infused, comic-like paintings that are influenced by science fiction, technology and overheard conversations. In recent years Craig’s creative practice has merged into multiple roles – as arts advocate at Creative Waikato, a curator and as an artist, Craig says each role benefits the other.

We caught up with Craig at Calder and Lawson Gallery where he curated ‘True True’, an exhibition pulled together from his list of clients and peers, followed by a visit to his home studio. Read on to discover how Craig juggles the academic underpinnings of curatorial and research work along with a productive studio practice and an arts advocacy career.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself – you hold a few roles at the moment, how do they support each other?

I hold a few different roles, the roles as an artist and a curator are made up of lots of other supporting jobs.  I have a network of clients as well as peers. Curation can be rewarding and exciting, and I’m contributing to the end goal of a great exhibition. The research and writing for curating are the same as my art practice and it’s so important to my creative research. Curation is a great way for me to inform my art practice.

My day job at Creative Waikato is gratifying and worthwhile. Within the role, our team cover a vast region and support creatives, and their endeavours. We’re there to help them create successful projects within their field. Support we give includes marketing, funding and strategic planning.

You have completed an honours year in Media Arts at Wintec, what’s the value of having a network of people around you during your study?

It’s massive, it’s the most important thing. In my opinion, that’s what I was paying for, in the end. The most value I got  from my study was in the experience of community and working together. Having a studio among all the other students – that was gold, it was so fun too.

In your Honours year you are spending a lot of time on one major project, how did your tutors support you during that time?

I felt like I was asking a lot from them sometimes, but I knew they had the answers.  They made themselves available to me and it was quality time that I spent with them. For a few hours at a time, they would sit down with me and talk through what I was doing. Having three advisers was amazing and provided me with direction during my project.

Would you use a lot of research and theory in your curatorial work?

Yes, it’s so important, I use research and theory as a curator, and also as an artist.

How has your education made an impact on your life?

Following an art career, or an art path of education, you leave with this amazing ability to see the world differently, which is powerful and rewarding. The fact that you can look at the most mundane thing and somehow pull meaning out of it, it’s a gift.

Following an art career, or an art path of education, you leave with this amazing ability to see the world differently.  

Is there anything you are working towards at the moment? Any new exhibitions or projects on the horizon? What are you looking forward to?

I am working towards one main exhibition this year in November at Zeus Gallery in Tauranga, join the mailing list to keep updated. It will almost be all new work, paintings and drawings and some new 3D models I am working on.

I am working on Boon Street Art Festival 2018 and activating vacant commercial spaces in the CBD of Hamilton with some artistic innovation or as startup platforms for creatives and working towards more opportunities in Auckland with Colours Collective.

Can you list for us 5 specific resources (across any media) you tune in to regularly?

  1. I use Instagram more than any other social media platform. It’s perfect for visual artists, and with good hashtagging, you can broaden your reach and connect with other like-minded creatives.
  2. I use Youtube and Netflix to watch docos and nonsense. It’s really convenient, to say the least. Also, I like to work with a melting pot of culture and history, and Youtube is perfect for this.
  3. I attend regular openings at local galleries including Ramp gallery on Wintec’s city campus,  Wallace Gallery in Morrinsville and Skinroom in Frankton. Signing up to newsletters or following spaces on Facebook is a good way to stay in the loop.
  4. I read lots of books. Right now I am reading the God Delusion by Richard Dawkins after reading his book The Greatest Show on Earth.
  5. Finally, I listen to podcasts and music in the studio or in the car. I drive a fair bit to Auckland for shows and work. I’m currently listening to Sam Harris’s Waking Up podcast series and Guardians of the Galaxy playlist on Spotify – best soundtrack in ages!


Thanks to Craig for being so generous with his time and for sharing his home studio with us. If you don’t already, be sure to follow Craig on Instagram and of course head to his website to see more of his work. 

If you’re thinking about taking your creative practice to the next level, you can browse through our Honours and Master of Arts postgraduate study programmes.

NZ Fashion Design: Kim’s Chance to Shine

NZ Fashion Design: Kim’s Chance to Shine

Kim Chance’s tertiary journey over the last four-and-a-half years (and counting) assigns new meaning to the term ‘two degrees of separation’. The 22-year-old discovered her love for fashion at a young age but chose to pursue a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood) here at Wintec, after becoming a mother at 17. Kim began to rekindle her ever-burning ambition shortly before graduating, and when the School of Media Arts announced its pilot fashion degree pathway for 2016, she was sold. Rarely one to pass up an opportunity, a recent side project of Kim’s involved designing an aquatic-themed dress for friend and Miss World New Zealand contestant, Katie Atkinson.

In our interview, Kim mused over falling in love with sewing and fashion at the age of 13, her style and inspiration as a designer, the process of producing a pageant-worthy dress, and where she sees herself fitting into the fashion industry.

Did you have a knowledge of fashion and how to sew before you started your degree?

The love for sewing and the love for fashion started when I was back in England at my high school. Before that I hated it, I thought it was stupid – I could never thread up the sewing machine, and it just put me off the whole idea of fabric – but then I got a detention and had to stay behind, and the teacher actually took the time to teach me how to sew and how to thread up the machine. That was it, I fell in love with it from there. When we moved to New Zealand I did fabric textiles at Fairfield College, and the teacher they had there was amazing – she was very knowledgeable.

Five things you’ve learned since becoming a fashion design student:

1. How to pattern things!

2. The importance of making sure your notches line up, which won’t make any sense to you, but any fashion person reading will understand the importance of notches!

3. I do take on way too much, and I need to slow down. I think I’m just very worried that all these opportunities are coming my way, and if I don’t take them, I’m not going to get anywhere, because fashion’s such a large world.

4. There are lots of doors in fashion. I just need to find what’s right for me, and it’s not the end of the world if you don’t get your own collection out there.

5. I want to do journalism. It’s a realistic pathway that I think I can fulfil.

When it comes to designing garments, do you have a certain style you tend to work with? How would you describe your style as a fashion designer?

As a designer, my style would be Oriental Elegance, as I call it. My best friend’s Chinese and I just love the colours and the patterns and the craziness of Chinese fashion, so a lot of my work does have a sort of oriental flare to it, whether it’s through the fabric I’ve chosen or possibly collars and cuffs and structure – that sort of thing. When it comes to designing, at the moment especially, it’s ‘what does the assignment want me to do?’ but I can definitely see myself in what I’ve ended up producing.

Tell me about the process of creating the Miss World NZ dress, from initial concept to final product – how long did it take you to make?

My friend Katie Atkinson was a Miss World NZ finalist, and she was looking for someone to make this dress for the national costume sector of the show, and it was paid work. She needed it done by the 10th of May – I had three weeks to do it in – so it was pretty nuts. I had a couple of days where I was just making the patterns for it, and then I had probably about a week and a half to actually make it and do all the finishing touches and stuff to it.

She showed me a concept of what she wanted, and it was a national costume, so it had a very big element of being themed to New Zealand. The thing that Katie wanted to focus on was New Zealand’s pure waters, and the clarity of New Zealand’s ocean. Her dress was blue and reflected paua and her skirt was the waves. She found this gorgeous sequinned fabric that was a nightmare to work with, but was beautiful and looked amazing on the stage with all the lights on it.

Did you find there was anything you had to teach yourself in the process?

I had to teach myself the whole thing (laughs). I’ve never done anything that’s so extravagant and time-consuming, and in the time limit that I had. I do have decent sewing skills behind me, but you can’t sew something well unless you have a really good pattern, and the pattern-making is what I’ve learned from Wintec, through Sally – she is amazing. Before you can actually start sewing a garment you need to have decent patterns and you need to practice it, so you make it out of a fake fabric and then look at it, fit it, and then you make it out of your real thing. It’s a lot of trial and error to get the right fit and to get the right look you’re after, and that I learned through Wintec.

I’ve never done anything that’s so extravagant and time-consuming, and in the time limit I had. It’s a lot of trial and error to get the right fit and to get the right look you’re after – that I learned through Wintec.

Tell me about the night – what was it like seeing your creation modelled on stage?

It was so cool! It was super cool. I’d had the dress to make and then I was behind with some other class work and then it was my daughter’s birthday and she’d just started school – it’s just been a crazy two months really. It was a night out in Auckland basically at SkyCity Convention Centre, and I thought ‘I’ve got to go, it’s my first every dress!’. I could see all the flaws in it before giving it to her, as you do, but when I saw it on stage on her and with the lights on it and the music and the atmosphere – oh, it was just fantastic. Yeah, I think it really did do what she wanted it to and she pulled it off well.

I could see all the flaws in it before giving it to her, as you do, but when I saw it on stage on her with the lights on it and the music and the atmosphere – oh, it was fantastic.

Do you hope to take on more opportunities like this as a student?

I would definitely like to take on more opportunities like this, because not only did I get paid for it, which was brilliant, but I honestly learned so much from it, and I had a lot of support to do it as well. I was doing it here at Wintec, making it, using the machines, the cutting tables, and even my teacher Sally was more than happy to give me a hand if I needed it. She could see the opportunity I had there.

What are your career plans once you get your degree?

Fashion is such a big world! I don’t know, I mean, you could have the dream of wanting to do the runway thing or be a designer and all the rest of it, but that’s not really realistic and I’ve got my daughter. I think I’m going down the path of journalism – fashion journalism – for a magazine, or doing a blog – something along those lines. We’ll just see what happens. When I started I really had no idea, all I knew was that I wanted to do fashion, and I just wanted to see where it would take me basically. I find that when I’m writing about fashion, it just comes and I just really do enjoy it. It’s two things that I enjoy doing, and putting them together just makes sense.

I find that when I’m writing about fashion, it just comes and I just really do enjoy it. It’s two things that I enjoy doing, and putting them together just makes sense.

Kim working on the pattern cutting tables in the Media Arts Fashion studio.

Thanks to Kim for taking the time to meet with us and for offering us such a great insight into student life at Media Arts Wintec. You can find Kim’s blog here.

Learn more about fashion, illustration strategies and pattern design in our Bachelor of Media Arts Fashion pathway here.




Public Relations & Perseverance with Caitlynn Wendt

Public Relations & Perseverance with Caitlynn Wendt

Despite falling short of success in secondary school, Caitlynn Wendt is close to completing a Bachelor of Media Arts (Communication) degree – and she has no intention of stopping there. A published poet and PR major, Caitlynn plans to take on a post-graduate honours programme in 2018, marking her fifth consecutive year as a Wintec student. When asked how she maintains such a highly motivated mindset in adulthood, the hard-working wordsmith credits one key factor: timing. 

After struggling with personal trials in high school, Caitlynn’s enrollment at Wintec stemmed from newfound drive, which has continued to thrive over time. She recently gave us an insight into her eye-opening Media Arts journey, which has seen her partake in the groundbreaking Design Hub pilot and have her work professionally published.  

What’s inspired you to pursue a degree in communication? Did you know you’d go down this path before starting your Introduction to Study course? 

I’ve always had a strong passion for writing. Initially, I wanted to pursue journalism as a career, but I soon found that public relations and advertising attracted me more. I think either way you go in communications, there’s plenty of writing. So I got what I wished for – a future in writing.

Have you been set on pursuing PR since beginning the BMA or did you decide part-way through? What attracts you to PR as a career? 

When I first started at Wintec I wanted to pursue journalism as a career. It wasn’t until the second year of my degree that I realised my passion was in PR and advertising. PR and advertising attracted me because of its creativity and diversity. In journalism, you investigate and write a story. In PR and advertising, you investigate and find creative ways to engage a specific audience – the fun part is figuring out how.

In journalism, you investigate and write a story. In PR and advertising, you investigate and find creative ways to engage a specific audience – the fun part is figuring out how.  

You did not enjoy secondary school but you have gone from strength to strength in your tertiary education. Do you think this has made you a lot more determined to succeed academically and professionally now, as an adult?

When I was in high school, I was dealing with a lot of things. It was a difficult stage in my life and I think the timing just wasn’t right. When I decided to enrol at Wintec, I had realised that I could achieve my dreams. I was ready to chase them and determined to succeed. This time, the timing was right.

You became a published poet late last year when your piece ‘False Love’ featured in Issue 1 of Wintec honours project Emergent – do you believe studying for a communication degree has played a significant part in influencing your creativity and self-expression as a writer, or has this always come naturally to you? Has poetry long been a passion of yours?

Absolutely, I’ve always had a passion for writing and I’ve always practised that passion, but never pursued it until my degree. Through my degree, I’ve had opportunities to strengthen and share my writing on an academic and professional level. My creativity and writing have improved immensely and Wintec gave me an opportunity to share my work. This has encouraged my writing and made me realise that it’s worth sharing.

Combining your Introduction to Study course, the Certificate in Media Arts, and soon a Bachelor of Media Arts degree, you’ve essentially been studying at Wintec for four years – how have you maintained your drive and motivation? 

I always thought I wasn’t good enough because I’ve had people tell me that I would never be successful. Ever since I realise that wasn’t true, I’ve lived with the idea of failure not being an option. Every time things got difficult, personally and academically, I reminded myself that failure wasn’t an option. I’ve made it this far because I realised this was a journey I had to do on my own. I told myself every day that failure wasn’t an option. I sacrificed my personal life to succeed, and I praised myself with every accomplishment to encourage the next one.

I told myself every day that failure wasn’t an option. I sacrificed my personal life to succeed, and I praised myself with every accomplishment to encourage the next one. 

Tell me about your experience being a part of the pilot Wintec Design Hub. What did your individual role entail?

The Wintec Design Hub was an amazing experience, both academically and personally. I’ve grown so much through the Design Hub. It has given me the confidence to approach industry professionals, and the passion to believe in myself.

I’ve grown so much through the Design Hub. It has given me the confidence to approach industry professionals, and the passion to believe in myself. 

As a Media Arts student, I helped my team with research and interviews, and understanding audiences when creating personas. There were a lot of creative thinking exercised in the Design Hub, and I think my experience in media arts suited those activities.  The Design Hub began with the goal of becoming part of the Global Network in the long run – it just happened a lot sooner than expected. I’m absolutely thrilled the Design Hub has now received an invitation to become New Zealand’s first Design Factory. The staff and students worked so hard and deserve this. Being accepted into the Global Network opens so many doors to the future for Wintec. It has been a truly rewarding experience to be a part of, and I encourage students from across Wintec to enrol.

With just one semester to go until you’re officially qualified, do you feel you’re almost ready to leave the student nest? Does your excitement outweigh your nerves at this point?

I still feel like I have a lot more to learn, even after four years, and I strongly believe in continually expanding my knowledge. I think there’s still one chapter left in my Wintec journey, and I plan to continue this chapter through to Media Arts Honours.  I am extremely excited to begin my communications career. I wouldn’t say that I’m nervous. I think the last four years have prepared me in every way possible. The excitement outweighs everything. I can’t wait.

I think the last four years have prepared me in every way possible. The excitement outweighs everything. I can’t wait.

What’s been the best or most rewarding aspect of life as a Media Arts student? 

I like the hands-on, practical approach. In Media Arts, you get a real experience that prepares you for the professional world. One of the best things about Wintec is knowing we’re fully supported all the way, and that makes anything possible. The most rewarding thing about media arts is that they celebrate everything – no work goes unnoticed. Whether it’s Communications, Visual Arts, Graphic Design or Music, every semester they remind you that you have something to be proud of.

No work goes unnoticed. Whether it’s Communications, Visual Arts, Graphic Design or Music, every semester they remind you that you have something to be proud of. 

Thinking long-term, where do you see (or want to see) your degree taking you in the industry? 

I enjoy getting to know people as much as I enjoy writing, and I enjoy being a part of a team. Ideally, I’d like to work within a project team or in a leadership role within the community. I am also quite interested in not-for-profit organisations and the government. My end goal is to be a part of a change and ideally lead that change. I’m open-minded and anything is possible.

Do you have a piece of advice to offer our prospective BMA Communication students? 

Don’t give up – ever. The first stage of the degree can feel like it’s too much, but it’s completely worth it. The reward always outweighs the sacrifice. Keep pressing on, you’re far greater than you ever thought.

Thank you Caitlynn, for sharing your Media Arts journey with us. Find more information about Wintec’s Bachelor of Media Arts (Communication) here. 

Internship Opportunity for Etana Zaguri

Internship Opportunity for Etana Zaguri
After finishing her secondary school studies at Morrisville College, Etana Zaguri raced off to learn the craft of graphic design in the studios of Media Arts, Wintec. 
In her third year of study, Etana successfully applied for an intern position at AREA Design. During her internship, she’s been an integral part of this year’s Spark Festival design process. This diverse and inspiring learning experience has made a lasting impression on Etana’s creative practice and professional outlook toward the graphic design industry.

Where are you from originally? Did you study design in secondary school?
I’m from Morrinsville. I took all arts in High School and wanted to do art but then by the third year I didn’t do an art portfolio because I was just over it. It wasn’t what I wanted to do.
Graphics wasn’t available in my school; it was more architecturally focused.

How did you find out about Media Arts?
One of my friends was doing painting and sculpture at Media Arts, and I would always ask her about it and how it was going. She said that I would love it.

What has been the most significant part of your time here at Media Arts?

I think that teachers make a big impact!

Can you describe a typical graphic design lesson?
We will often sit down at the front of the classroom, and our teacher will give us a tutorial. We would then go back to our computers in pairs or by ourselves and to work through the task, or skills we had learnt from the tutorial.

Alan Deare and Etana Zaguri working at AREA Design HQ.

How did you get this internship with AREA design?
In the January holidays, my tutor Luke emailed me about an internship opportunity that had come up. If we wanted to do it, we were to let Luke know to then come in to do an interview. Yeah, I came in to do an interview, and then after meeting with Alan, he decided to give me a chance.

What did you first do in your internship role?
I did research.

Was it different from studying?
It was similar; I looked at visual, then type and layouts.

What skills have you developed during your internship?
Indesign, I know a lot more about that program. A few new photoshop skills like layers, to extend backgrounds and CMYK quad-tones.

The AREA Design studio where Etana completed her internship.

How have you found juggling the Internship and your study at Media Arts?

It’s been good, at the start I came in a couple of times while I was doing my assignments. But I nearly completed the whole thing in the Semester break.

Would you recommend other students to take up an internship opportunity?
Yeah, definitely! You get the knowledge of what happens in the real world, whereas when you are given a brief at tech, you have a lot more options compared to the reality.

A massive thanks go out to Etana for her contribution to the Spark Festival design. See it for yourself on our Spark Festival website.

Thanks to AREA design for imparting your wisdom onto our students and allowing them to gain significant insight into the graphic design industry. 

We pride ourselves on being connected with the creative industry in the Waikato region, find out more about our internship opportunities here.