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Sep 052019

Kuranui Students recently had a unique opportunity to showcase their design and visual communication (DVC) project work to the South Wairarapa community with an exhibition at the Greytown Town Hall.

The Town Hall was transformed with a display of beach house and tiny home designs created by the college’s senior students. DVC teacher Elizabeth Turley said it was the first time Kuranui had celebrated the students’ artwork publicly and she was extremely proud of their work. “We have some extremely talented students who are not only incredibly passionate about their work, but have a real eye for spatial design,” explained Turley.

“DVC is a subject that allows you to problem solve using a variety of design briefs and drawing opportunities, from spatial to product design. The design solutions are challenging and encourage students to be creative and to think outside the box.

“Students gain an understanding of the basic principles and elements of design combined with the knowledge of illustration and modelling that is needed to express design ideas. From producing freehand sketches of their designs, through to instrumental working drawings of these designs, as well as producing computer-aided design (CAD) drawings and models.

“The DVC course at Kuranui College allows students to experience what it is like to be a designer and prepares them for careers as graphic designers, architects, industrial designers, urban planners or landscape architects.

“They learn how to draw and read plans, cross sections and other drawings associated in particular with the building industry, all leading onto a wide and varied career pathway in the industry and its related trades, as well as other career opportunities in design,” she said.

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The DVC exhibition was launched with a special opening for students, staff, whānau and invited guests from the business community.

Year 12 student Joji Dell told a packed Town Hall that he’d found the project on designing a beach house for a client really inspiring, especially as it had taught him a lot about working with other people. “Designing for the client meant I had to think about things from the client’s perspective; understand what they wanted, what their specifications were and what they would like to have out of my time and their time.”

Former Kuranui head boy and older brother Samson was also invited to say a few words. He said it was incredible to see this big collection of everyone’s work, especially the variety of designs on display, given they had all started with the same brief. Samson said the diversity of designs was a testament to the students’ creative minds.

Now almost through his first year of a Bachelor of Design at Massey University in Wellington, Samson reflected on his design journey that began at Kuranui College. “This DVC course is one that teaches both critical thinking and flexibility – both important skills to have in any future workspace.”

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