“There's a real sense that anyone can have a go at anything. They have the freedom to fail, and to learn from that and move on. Innovation can emerge and flourish.”
New Zealand’s ‘have a go at anything’ attitude strongly resonates with Faith. She’s always challenging her students to experiment in other areas to broaden their horizons and keep their options open. This interdisciplinary approach is a strong feature of New Zealand’s education system.0
“My textile students work across disciplines, drawing inspiration from diverse areas like computer programming, digital fabrication, fashion, graphics, spatial and communication design, as well as fine arts,” she says.
“We don't know what industry is going to need in the next 20 years. The School of Design is placed really well to respond flexibly and creatively because of this interdisciplinary approach.”
Faith is confident that her students’ experiences at the school, including working on collaborative projects with external partners and live industry briefs, is excellent preparation to succeed in whichever career they choose.
“The skills my students learn will set them up for work in a lot of different roles and industries,” she says.
“As a teacher, I'm preparing these students for a rapidly changing future.”
Developing skills to stand out in the workplace
Visual communication design student April Jia Hui Liam, from Brunei, studies at the School of Design where Faith teaches. April believes the critical and creative thinking she has developed in New Zealand will be good preparation for her future career.
“Teachers in New Zealand give you the freedom to express yourself, and they push you to think outside the box. It really helps you stand out in the workplace, and in the creative industry,” she says.
“Teachers in New Zealand give you the freedom to express yourself, and they push you to think outside the box. It really helps you stand out in the workplace, and in the creative industry.”
Experiment with many aspects of design has enabled April to develop a broad range of skills, which will give her more opportunities in the future.
“I may be in visual communication design, but I can try out different things. And that really increases your skill set,” April says.
“Instead of just being a graphic designer, I can be a lot of different things.”