Bachelor of Creative Technologies
The collaborative skills she developed at AUT are integral to working with clients and communicating ideas, says creative technologies alumna Olivia Hobman who is now a freelance designer.
“In my work as a freelance designer I’ve been designing professional websites for a number of clients. I enjoy working closely with them to communicate their ideas to a professional level. I’ve always enjoyed the actual process of creating a functional user interface, and being the person who can provide that platform for people’s businesses is very rewarding.
“Web design is something that I love to do, and I’m grateful that I could make a career out of it. I’m lucky to be able to do what I love. In addition to the web development work I’m doing now, I also have dreams of getting into production design and working on films as that is another passion of mine.”
For Olivia, studying creative technologies was a great way to pursue her interests in a number of areas.
“I chose to study creative technologies at AUT because of the broadness of the degree. My interests lay in a variety of disciplines and I didn’t want to limit myself to just one specialty while figuring out my passion. AUT had the tools and learning space to facilitate my creative growth.”
Throughout her studies she loved working on a variety of creative projects; including one that has earned her and her teammate Talia Pua some well-deserved industry attention.
“I’m particularly proud of the fact that one of my third-year projects, Tangata I Tāngata, became part of the 2019 Moonlight Exhibition, held by creative agency Raydar in conjunction with the Designers Institute of New Zealand. Additionally, our team is now a finalist for the 2020 Best Awards.”
Advice for other students
Olivia, who graduated from AUT at the end of 2019, has some great advice for other students.
“My advice is to follow what you’re passionate about, even if it requires a bit more effort than the easy route.
“The work you do will be far more meaningful, and in the end you’ll have something to be proud of.”