Fine Arts student Thomas enjoys working on a wide variety of projects in the Elam workshops, and values the assistance he receives from the excellent technicians.
“At Elam, you’re given tools which are applicable to a lot of visual and global problems. You’re not locked into one specific skill set or one way of thinking. As more and more work is becoming automated, being a flexible and independent thinker becomes a valuable asset when approaching complex global issues.
“The calibre of the tutors was important to me when choosing Elam. A lot of our tutors are representing New Zealand internationally as artists and thinkers in the field. I also get a lot out of the workshops and assistance we receive from the technicians.
The workshop spaces are amazing; you can make whatever you want. I’ve worked on a wide variety of projects including programming, electronics and jewellery-making. I find a lot of fulfilment in being creative and hands-on.
“What I really like about Elam is that we have the ability to bring in elements of everything we’re passionate about. I have an engineering background, and I don’t feel like I’ve compromised my ability to do the stuff I enjoy in engineering while doing a Fine Arts degree.”