Digital Programmes Assistant, V&A Museum, London
Master of Creative Technologies
Bachelor of Creative Technologies (Honours)
Bachelor of Creative Technologies
Her job is the perfect blend of creativity and technology, says Charlotte Alexander who is now a digital programmes assistant at London’s famous V&A Museum.
“I help to run the museum’s digital programme, which explores emerging digital art and design through workshops, practitioner-led talks and festival events. I love the job because I’m exposed to a range of ideas, and get to see artists and designers engaging creatively and critically with technology in a variety of ways.
“I enjoy working with such a broad audience – we run events and workshops for families, teenagers, students and adult learners. This role is fantastic because no two days are the same. There’s such a variety of things happening, not only in my department but all around the museum.”
A great foundation
Studying creative technologies was the perfect foundation for her current career, says the AUT alumna who moved to London last year.
“When I was at AUT, I worked on a number of multidisciplinary projects, with groups from different departments. This gave me the skills to work across a diverse team. That’s really important when you work in a large organisation. The skills to communicate effectively with people from different departments and backgrounds make the job a lot easier.”
The multidisciplinary approach of AUT’s creative technologies degree enabled her to explore both technologies and fashion, says Charlotte who initially dreamt of studying fashion.
“When I started university, technological approaches to fashion design were gaining momentum and fashion designers like Hussein Chalayan were creating clothes that kinetically transformed, changed colours and sensed heat and heart rate. The creative technologies degree was a great way to explore that.
“It was an incredibly supportive environment, and I loved that during my postgraduate study I was invited to run my own e-textile workshops. Having this experience on my CV is a really valuable asset.”
Advice for other students
After graduating in 2015, Charlotte has some great advice for other students.
“My advice is to go to all the events that are being offered. These are so valuable, because creating a network is important, particularly when you leave university. You never know what opportunities you'll find by just showing up.”
Make the most of the facilities you have access to, she adds.
“The spaces and the resources at AUT – like the motion capture or 3D printing facilities, or the Textile and Design Lab – are things you’ll miss when you’ve finished university. Don't take them for granted; make the most of them.”