Theo MacDonald

Elam promotes creative, critical and confident thinking and is all about working smarter not harder, says Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) student Theo MacDonald.

Theo MacDonald
Theo MacDonald

"My work can take multiple forms – I make movies, performances, and occasionally paintings, things that have a narrative quality. I also make comics, which I've found are a great way of processing whatever I’m thinking about within projects.

“I applied to film schools, but decided to come to Elam as it offered an open, interdisciplinary programme, which allows me to pursue anything I'm interested in, as well as pick up theory papers across the University. The potential was appealing.

"Fine arts teaches critical thinking, which is the big jump between high school and university. It is about working smarter, not harder. There is an autonomy here. You’re expected to know what you’re into, and do your own research, and your tutors bring a new level of awareness to that.

"We have access to great studio space and resources here. I can spend time in the workshops if I need to, and the technicians are incredibly knowledgeable. They take the time to engage and are very willing to teach us.

"There is a gallery community in Auckland, and Elam makes it easier for you to connect with it. You can find opportunities, or make them yourself. I've done a bit of contracted video work, and would like to continue with that. If you engage with the community, the chance of opportunities arising is higher."