Lights, Camera, Action: Film students in the spotlight.

Lights, Camera, Action: Film students in the spotlight.

International student, Doris He and domestic student, Lydia Polaschek are both Art and Design ākonga at Te Pūkenga NMIT.
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Martin De Ruyter, visual journalist for Stuff, is a guest speaker to the Level 6 Advanced Lens-based Media class.

The Advanced Lens-based Media course is part of the Level 6 Diploma of Arts & Media and Level 7 Bachelor of Arts & Media. Ākonga can choose to take this course to contribute to their programme if studying lens-based media will support them reaching their goals.

A YouTube channel(external link) from the Creative Industries department at Te Pūkenga NMIT showcases the extraordinary talent from ākonga, where several project submissions are available to view.

Doris He is in her last year of study and chose this course as it interested her the most.

“I really like working with a camera and I learned a lot about the camera and the language of the lens in this course,” she said.

Doris plans to take what she has learned in class to make more interesting films in her life. Her final project is a short film titled The Camera(external link).

Growing up Lydia Polaschek was surrounded by film culture and was introduced to photography at the age of 10, purchasing her first camera when she was 13.

“My decision to do my Arts and Media degree was mainly for my own personal growth as an artist,” Lydia said. “Being self-taught is great, but I felt I lacked the discipline and skill to really make it in a professional arts environment.”

The chance to create a short film with no limitations appealed to Lydia and she chose to use her creativity therapeutically.

Her final project is a short film titled September 4th can be viewed here(external link).

Enrolments are open for 2023 Arts and Media programmes(external link). Visit the Te Pūkenga NMIT website(external link) for more information.

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