Bachelor of Design in Communication Design
She has always wanted to improve digital experiences, says Toni Clark who completed a Bachelor of Design in Communication Design at AUT.
“User experience/user interface stood out as a great path for me to take, and I love that the field is fast-paced and constantly evolving. I was fortunate to have had the guidance of great lecturers who taught me how to look at the world through many different lenses, shaping the way I see the world around me. I also built strong relationships with my peers, and getting to exhibit my graduate work alongside them was a huge highlight for me.”
Toni appreciated that AUT adapts it offerings to meet the changing needs of industry and society.
“AUT is always evolving its curriculum to align with the industry and has forward-thinking lecturers to ensure that when we graduate, we have the best chance at assimilating into our trained profession with the confidence and tools we need. Many designers I admire have come from AUT and I think that is a testament to the strong education the School of Art and Design offers.”
Growing as a designer
After graduating at the end of 2018, Toni headed to New York to intern at Red Antler; an opportunity she got through the AUT Internz International Scholarship Programme.
“I decided to apply for the AUT Internz internship because there was nothing to lose and everything to gain. Red Antler has a well-considered approach to design, and is constantly redefining what it means to be a brand. They’re pushing the boundaries with each project and as a designer I couldn’t think of a better environment to be.
“What I enjoyed most about my internship was the ability to move between a range of different projects, knowing that each small contribution I made was adding value. With each project I worked on, the lessons I learned were invaluable to my growth as a designer. That’s a tribute to working alongside so many inspiring and thoughtful designers.”
Toni has since returned to New Zealand after a year at Red Antler.
“I’ve been grateful to continue my relationship with Red Antler and have also built relationships with other design agencies and studios in New York, which has allowed me to become a fully independent designer here in Aotearoa.”
Advice for other students
Be open-minded, Toni advises other students.
“Having a sense of openness is one of the most valuable attributes you can have.
“Never close your mind to what you think may be out of reach because chances are, you’re the only thing standing in your way.”
*The Bachelor of Design is now known as Te Tohu Paetahi mō te Hoahoa - Bachelor of Design.