Belinda Tran

Belinda Tran

2nd-year student, Bachelor of Design in Spatial Design
Certificate in Science and Technology

She would love to use her design skills to make a difference, says Belinda Tran who is currently completing a Bachelor of Design in Spatial Design.

“I’d love to be involved in future spatial projects that highlight and support those with an impairment. I’m hearing impaired myself, so I sometimes face difficulties when it comes to hearing and understanding what is happening. As a designer, I’d like to use my skills to make a difference for others who have an impairment like myself.”

While she still has a year of study ahead of her, Belinda may soon get the opportunity to do just that.

“I was recently given the opportunity to apply for an integrated studio for my third year where I would be designing in a hospital space. Someone mentioned this opportunity in class, and I thought this would be a great chance for me. It would be so great to be able to help and relate to others who are like myself.”

The right environment
After initially considering studying architecture, Belinda was attracted by the diverse nature of AUT’s spatial design programme.

“I realised that studying spatial design would open up more options and different career paths I could take after I graduate. What I’ve enjoyed most about my studies so far is being able to bring my own vision into my design. It’s always unique as it reflects me; not anyone else. I also love being surrounded by people who have the same passion for design as I do.”

Her advice for other students is to make the most of the opportunities available to them.

“Take every opportunity you can to showcase your strengths. Every little thing is worth it and can help pave your way to a bigger opportunity for later.”

A great start
For Belinda, the university journey starting with enrolling in the design pathway of AUT’s Certificate in Science and Technology.

“I had been offered a provisional place in the Bachelor of Design in Spatial Design, however I was just one credit off from getting into the degree. The Certificate in Science and Technology was my way to gain that credit to get into my desired bachelor's degree.”

What she loved most about the certificate was learning alongside other aspiring designers who were in the same situation.

“Throughout the Certificate in Science and Technology, I made many friends with different dreams of majoring in other aspects of design who were also using the certificate as a starting point to move on to the Bachelor of Design the following year. That was a great way to expand my circle of designer friends and enabled me to expand my knowledge for my bachelor's degree the following year.”

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