2nd-year student, Bachelor of Design in Spatial Design
Spatial design student David Qu is currently studying in Toronto on an international student exchange. He has found the change of cultures and the different approach to design both challenging and rewarding.
“I would really recommend going on a student exchange as part of your degree. I wanted to explore different ways of designing and thinking, and chose Ryerson University in Toronto for their interior design course, which complements my knowledge of spatial design really well,” he says.
“I’ve met people from around the world, and it’s a great way to make friends. It’s also useful for my studies – one of the highlights was visiting a studio that does 3D fabrication design for large companies.”
Plans for the future
Thanks to the site visit during his student exchange, David has already seen future career opportunities in 3D fabrication.
“The student exchange really provided me with opportunities – students are constantly being offered internships. I intend to do an internship to learn how a design business functions, and then start my own design company.”
A mature environment
David says he chose to study AUT’s Bachelor of Design in Spatial Design because he wanted to learn how to develop a strong concept and turn it into a practical solution to a problem.
“The AUT degree allows students to be more productive. We’re given plenty of time to do our coursework, and the assignments are spread out evenly. This gives students enough time to think and explore their work. In spatial design, this means that students are able to produce more mature concepts.”
His advice to other students is to focus on your design projects, and call upon the expertise of your lecturers.
“It’s important to spend your time wisely at university. Make use of the academics – ask them questions and take the projects seriously as these get you noticed, and form the foundation of your CV.”