Student on path to designing a creative future

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Student on path to designing a creative future

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Published on 17 April 2013

Final-year University of the Sunshine Coast Design and Communication student Alexandra Poulton is putting her creative skills to work as she begins an internship at the University’s Gallery.

The year-long internship is part of a $3,500 annual scholarship that was recently awarded to Alexandra by the Sunshine Coast branch of the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society (ADFAS), which is based in Buderim.

Alexandra, 20, of Caloundra is majoring in Graphic Design and Creative Advertising and is thrilled by the opportunity to do some behind-the-scenes work at the Gallery.

“I am very passionate about design, so the opportunity to be involved in the organisation and planning of exhibitions was what first made me apply for the scholarship,” she said.

“I love designing and creating. But when you are sitting in that design chair, you rarely think about what goes into translating your creation into an exhibition.”

As part of the internship, Alexandra will be responsible for assembling the monthly GO Journal mini exhibitions.

The mini exhibitions will feature photographs taken by USC students who have participated in USC’s award-winning Global Opportunities (GO) program, which allows students to study at partner campuses overseas.

“I think being involved in the exhibition planning process will definitely give me greater insight and access to some fantastic industry contacts,” Alexandra said.

“I feel the level of support, feedback and opportunity to test out my skills with the curator of USC’s gallery will ensure I’m prepared for the workforce when I graduate.”

USC Gallery Curator Dawn Oelrich said the 2013 scholarship round saw its highest level of applicants to date, making the selection of only one recipient for the ADFAS scholarship a tough decision.

“This scholarship is an important one because it is designed to empower continuing students by giving them the opportunity to grow their skills and industry contacts,” Ms Oelrich said

“It helps build recipient confidence by allowing them to develop skills in exhibition design and installation set-up and learn how to negotiate with artists.”

The ADFAS Scholarship/Internship is offered by the Sunshine Coast branch of ADFAS for students in their second or third year studying a Bachelor of Arts (Computer-based Art and Design) or Design and Communication degrees at USC.

— Jessica Halls

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