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.
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.
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.