Zoe Rouselle says she struggled in secondary school, but she always enjoyed expressing herself creatively with painting and illustration.
Studying Arts and Design at NMIT, Zoe rediscovered a love for learning and is well on the way to turning her creativity into a career.
Zoe recently completed the New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4), a half-year course that prepares graduates for work in the creative industries and cultural sector in New Zealand, and for further study.
It is designed primarily for school leavers and adults who want to develop introductory skills and experience in the creative industries.
“I really enjoyed the course,” Zoe says.
“I struggled in high school where I didn’t feel supported, so it was nice to transition into something where I had a great relationship with my tutors. I get along with them, I feel like they understand me and are my friends.
“I was having fun in an academic setting.”
NMIT’s Arts and Design students develop skills across a wide range of creative disciplines, including photography, graphic design, object design (jewellery and sculpture), and image making, as well as critical thinking and communication.
“It was really nice to kind of be forced to learn new skills,” Zoe says.
“I found out that I really love jewellery making, and I’m really interested in fashion design as well.”
The transition to tertiary study was made smoother by NMIT’s “amazing” tutors and the support of her fellow classmates, she says.
Zoe enjoyed the course so much that she’s continued with the New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 5), which is the first year of the degree programme.
She says formalising her skills with qualifications from NMIT will help her to make the transition from creative hobbyist to professional artist.
“I think It’s important from a business perspective to back up my work with a formal qualification.”
The next two intakes for the both Certificate and Diploma programmes are July 20 this year and February 22, 2021.
Students who enrol in the July intake for the Certificate programme are eligible for $1000 scholarships to help cover course fees (learn more here).