DARWIN’S Nonie Hunter is a perfect example of what can be achieved even before graduating from university.
The now Melbourne-based Bachelor of Communication Design honours grad won multiple awards while studying at Swinburne University of Technology and is about to leave for an overseas sojourn to further fuel her creativity after completing her studies last year.
Nonie will return to Melbourne with plenty of career options.
“I’m quite open-minded (about employment) and have a passion for all areas of design, in particular publication and design strategy,” she said.
“I think there is a lot of potential in the area of design-thinking for the future as we shift the way we communicate and solve social issues.
“I think this is a really exciting time to be a designer entering the industry.”
Swinburne Online is offering Communication Design from March, 2014, and Nonie is impressed that the course is being expanded.
“I think for rural or interstate students it is a great way to allow them to access the briefs and coursework,” she said.
“With online feedback and input from peers and tutors towards work-in-progress, I think it could work well ... (if) they re-create the same energy as you have in a room with peers, bouncing ideas and concepts between one another.”
Nonie is well-credentialed to comment on Swinburne’s Communication Design studies. She won the
Cowan Ampersand Award for Excellence in FMCG branding and packaging; was named most professional graduating fourth-year student for her work on an NAB project, the Graduate Exhibition and studies; and, she received the Swinburne Design Ambassador’s Award.
"Design was something I was drawn to in high school in Year 11, after undertaking it as a subject,” Nonie said.
“I developed a passion for it and could see the potential of it taking me to interesting places.
“At the time, I suppose I felt it was important to pursue something I loved rather than a university course I was unsure about, so I made the big decision to move to Melbourne and study Communication Design.
“After getting my foot in the door and completing a year at another university, I knew that Swinburne was where I wanted to be.
“Not only because they are leaders of design in Melbourne, but the course structure appealed to me. Recommendations from people I met along the way also helped.”
Find out more about how online study can help your creative streak flouish, visit http://www.swinburneonline.edu.au
* This article was written by an independent journalist as part of a commercial arrangement between Fairfax Media and Swinburne Online.