At UNSW Art & Design, you'll learn, make, and collaborate with tomorrow's leading artists, designers, theorists and cultural leaders. Get to know some of our students and find out why they love studying at UNSW Art & Design.
Liam Riley is a third year Bachelor of Media Arts student.
Liam’s favourite course so far has been Photogram to Instagram, sparking an interest in analogue photography which he has pursued through classes in Medium and Large format photography. The best part of A&D for Liam is being able to bounce ideas off people through collaborative processes with his peers. His tip for future students is to surround yourself with like-minded people and learn from those with skills more advanced than your own. He says that pushing boundaries and taking pride in his work has helped him find opportunities as a photographer and filmmaker.
Robert Hogan is a third year Bachelor of Design student.
Having the freedom to integrate his interests in urban environments, street culture, and photography into his project briefs for Graphic Media and Spatial Design has allowed Robert to create work he’s extremely proud of. He says the atmosphere on campus, catching up with friends and collaborating with like-minded people inside and outside of the classroom are the best parts of A&D. Robert chose to study design to develop his interests in typography, zines and drawing. With many exhibitions and publications already under his belt, Robert’s latest work was part of the Altair Zine exhibition at The Works, Glebe.
Jessica Girardi is a third year Bachelor of Design / Bachelor of Media (PR & Advertising) student.
Originally studying science at university, Jessica chose to pursue her passions and transferred to Design. Now studying Interactive Media and Graphics Media, her love for graphic design was sparked when studying typography at A&D. She says the best part of studying at A&D are the flexible avenues it provides, creating a culture where everyone is supportive and encouraging. Jessica’s tips for future students: “Do what you love and you’ll find it easy!”
Jacalin King is a third year Bachelor of Design student.
Her favourite thing about A&D is the vibrant community of interesting and talented people that you can connect with. Jacalin’s aim is to find a career through which she can create positive change through design, and she's started by focusing on Graphic Media and Spatial Design. So far her favourite course has been Typography and Publication Design, which allowed her to explore primitive forms of typography and letterpress techniques.
Kate Stodart is a first year Bachelor of Fine Arts student.
Kate’s favourite course so far has been Fine Arts Gateway, an introductory studio course. It was the first time she’s had the chance to explore her practice through installation, and she has made some great friends. Since starting her study at A&D, Kate has learnt to have fun experimenting with ideas and materials, which is all part of the creative process. Kate participates in the weekly gallery crawls run by Arc @ UNSW Art & Design and works on exhibitions with the student run gallery Kudos. She’s currently working on an artwork to be displayed in Three Foot Square, the smallest gallery on campus!
Elise Meng is a first year Bachelor of Fine Arts / Arts student.
Her favourite course is Fine Arts Gateway, in which she’s currently studying sculpture. She finds the assessments challenging in a good way, and has learnt a lot. Elise really enjoys the chance she’s had to meet new people and make new friends at university this year. She says they’re all really unique, and a positive change from high school. She’s starting to take advantage of all of the opportunities and activities available to her on campus. Elise says that her first year at A&D so far has been a very positive experience, and has encouraged her to do her best for herself.
Anna Bellotti is a second year Bachelor of Design student.
Anna started her degree in Fine Arts but switched to Design after discovering textile design and fabric decoration in the Fine Arts Gateway course. She’s pleased she made the switch because the skills she's learning are exactly what she wants to be applying to her work once she graduates, however, she can still pursue aspects of fine arts through elective courses. Anna’s favourite course so far has been Textiles Pattern and Form that introduced her to techniques like screen printing and basket weaving. If you came to Open Day, you may have seen Anna in the graphics studio demonstrating her work.
Samantha is a second year Bachelor of Design/Bachelor of Media (PR & Advertising) student.
Samantha is majoring in Spatial Design and Graphics Media. She's enjoyed learning and developing skills that are in demand across a broad range of career pathways, including design, public relations and advertising. Samantha says the best part about studying at
UNSW Art & Design is the opportunities she’s had throughout her degree. She’s especially looking forward to studying abroad in Zagreb, Croatia, as part of the International Student Exchange Program.
Luke Letourneau is a Master of Curating and Cultural Leadership student.
When he's not writing his thesis, Luke is busy curating exhibitions all over Sydney and Melbourne. He recently worked on group exhibitions A robot attempts to eat a chicken nugget at Firstdraft in Sydney and Objectifying Elsewhere at Seventh Gallery in Melbourne. Luke is the curator of Three Foot Square, the campus’ smallest and most accessible exhibition space. He says some of the best things about studying at Art & Design include the central location of the campus and the active role that the student council, Arc @ UNSW Art & Design plays in student engagement with campus activities
Danielle Karlikoff is a fourth year Bachelor of Design student.
When she isn’t in her studio or class, she spends time in the Library and works in the jewellery studio. Danielle is completing an internship with the popular Elke Jewellery as part of the Bachelor of Design’s industry leading Professional Experience Program. She also interns at Courtesy of the Artist, a contemporary jewellery store in the Strand Arcade, Sydney. According to Danielle, the best part about studying at Art & Design is having the opportunity for a well-rounded education in the arts that gives you the freedom and encouragement to experiment as much as possible.
Jaimee Paul is a fourth year Bachelor of Design student.
She grew up on a farm in New Zealand before moving to Australia at the age of 16 and embarking on her art career. Majoring in textiles and graphics, she has just returned from a prestigious four week internship at the Waterford Wedgwood Royal Doulton Design department in the UK as part of a Royal Doulton and UNSW Art & Design award. When she’s not studying, Jaimee teaches at Art&Co on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, and is an established artist and commercial illustrator represented by The Drawing Arm.
Martina Calvi is a second year Bachelor of Design / Media student.
She’s known for her art under the name MARTINAMARTIAN and has amassed a strong Instagram following for her bright and colourful work which is heavily influenced by 80’s and 90’s pop culture. Martina is performing a live art session at UNSW for Arts Week in September and is showing her work at the Rooftop Art Space in Melbourne in an exhibition opening on 12 October. Martina says the best thing about studying at Art & Design is meeting so many creative people to collaborate with, and being forced to push your work further than you thought you could.
Bronwen is a fourth year Bachelor of Fine Arts student.
When Bronwen isn’t in class or working in her studio, she attends free lunches and gallery openings on campus. Bronwen also assists with the organisation of Arc @ UNSW Art & Design’s campus parties and is on the grants committee. Last year, she created a mural in the D Block corridor on campus, which you’ll walk past on Open Day! According to Bronwen, the best part about studying at Art & Design is the opportunity to meet and collaborate with other artists that make and do exciting things.
Jack is a third year Bachelor of Media Arts (Hons) student.
Jack is looking forward to getting involved with the new Make Club, built around the Maker ethos of hands-on experimentation. He’s especially looking forward to meeting people and getting his hands dirty with the 3D scanners and printers, and the Faculty’s new laser cutter. Jack enjoys studying a bit of everything, working between video, sound and still image and building networks through group projects, which he's sure will be useful throughout his creative career.
Emma-Kate Wilson is a first year Bachelor of Art Theory student.
Emma-Kate participates in a range of on campus activities and programs led by student organisation Arc @ UNSW Art & Design.She is part of the White Cube volunteer program at Kudos Gallery, where she’s learning about all things associated with running an art gallery. She also writes for Framework, an online art magazine and volunteers with the Brightside program which runs art classes for at risk youth. According to Emma-Kate, the best part of studying at Art & Design is having access to so many art related opportunities.
Nila Rezaei is a fourth year Bachelor of Design (Hons) student.
Nila is the president of the MAKE club, a collaborative environment on campus based on open source creativity. She uses her skills in object design to push greater awareness of environmental degradation, especially the effect of global warming on coral reefs. Teaming up with a UNSW engineering graduate Nathan Adler, she created an installation for VIVID Sydney 2016 called Exterminia, a large piece of interactive public furniture. Spectators can observe its colours fluctuate and glow, but if you sit on it (and its sculptural formation is very inviting) the colours will dim and die away – echoing the effect of climate change on reef structures. Exterminia has been nominated for an Australian Lighting Industry Award.