A love for drawing and creating new things led 17-year old Takiwai Russell-Camp to the Certificate in Creative Studies at Otago Polytechnic. Takiwai, who belongs to the Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe and Waitaha iwi, has just completed the first semester of her year-long qualification and is relishing the chance to try her hand at a variety of creative processes.
“I’d love to eventually do performance art and installation so I thought this programme would be a great way to see what art study path I might want to take next year. It’s a really good art and design bridging option.” Keen to learn and explore possibilities for her future, this is actually the second Polytechnic qualification that Takiwai has taken on. She recently graduated with a Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 3) Akoraka Mahi Tini and says that it was not just the programme content that encouraged her to come back for more.
“The atmosphere at the Polytechnic is fantastic and there’s a great range of programmes. I really like that you can work at your own pace and my lecturers are always really good if I feel like I am getting behind. “As Māori students, we have our own study and hang out room called Poho. We have lunches in there and lots of mihi whakatau which is cool.”