One of the many great things that the Designers Institute of New Zealand does well, is include and support New Zealand’s design students. Cathy and the team at DINZ have gone one step further recently creating a Student Board within DINZ to continue to facilitate a supportive culture for our talented young creatives.
An initiative that the student board are picking up is the Folio evenings that were started last year. These evenings are held between a design studio and a tertiary provider and give the opportunity to the final years' top students to have their portfolios and work critiqued by some of our industries top creatives.
Portfolio is really pleased to be part of this annual initiative.
The of this year’s event was held last week (3rd of May) at Designworks with six of AUT’s top design students across Graphic and Digital in attendance. The students were privileged to have Jef Wong, Creative Director, give an introduction to Designworks and a first-hand look at what they should be aspiring to. Then a group of the studios lead designers and a recent junior sat down in small groups and went through the student work with them. This was an amazing opportunity to see what students are producing who the talented young ones are! And for them it’s incredible thing to have some of the best designers in NZ give them feedback and encouragement on their work to date, along with an insight into the real world of design outside the classroom.
Debbie and Annie attended the event and were there to offer advice from a creative recruiter’s point of view. This is a great opportunity to prepare students for job hunting on completion of the studies, and give a few pointers on the do’s and don’ts.
The next Folio night in Auckland is Alt Group with Whitecliff and the following one is at Switch with Unitec.