Producer, FashionTV New Zealand
Bachelor of Communication Studies in Television and Screen Production
AUT communications alumna Eilis Power says she always knew she wanted to work in the media. She loved that AUT’s Bachelor of Communication Studies covered a wide variety of subjects, making it easy to find the area she is passionate about.
“As a communications student you get the opportunity to try out a range of subjects – from journalism to digital media – and I soon found my niche.
“AUT has the best facilities for communication studies, it’s world-renowned and has lecturers who work in the industry. My favourite part was working in AUT’s very own TV studio and getting to be hands-on with all of the equipment. You get such relevant skills – by the end of the first year everyone can produce a radio-ready podcast, film and edit footage, and make digital pieces.”
Life in New York
After graduating at the end of 2016, Eilis interned at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met), an opportunity she got through the AUT Internz International Scholarship Programme.
She loved New York and what it offered to a recent graduate.
“One of the many highlights of working at The Met was attending the opening of the Irving Penn exhibition, who is my favourite photographer. I also had access to all the amazing museums in New York, and got a behind the scenes look at the coveted Met Gala.
“Through my role, I had hands-on experience with unseen art and was constantly surrounded by inspiring people who were passionate about what they did and were happy to pass on their knowledge. I was initially put on a project which digitalised unseen photos taken in the early 70’s on the Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea. It was eye opening to see a relatively untouched culture being photographed and the beauty of their culture.”
A love of fashion
Her time in New York also opened the door to her dream career – working in the fashion industry.
“After my internship finished, I got a job at Pier 59 Studios, which is New York City’s largest fashion photography studio. I was in a client services position which meant I had face-to-face experience with some high-profile clients. Oprah even commented on my Halloween costume!
“As part of this role I was also the venue manager for three New York Fashion Week shows, closely working with the designer and PR companies to ensure on of the most anticipated events in fashion went off without a hitch.”
Eilis has since returned to New Zealand, but she continues to combine her passion for communication and fashion.
“I’m now a producer at FashionTV New Zealand, and am responsible for interviews and creating content related to the fashion industry. I’ve recently returned from the Australian Fashion Week where I interviewed some of the biggest names in Australasia.”