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1) What prompted you to apply for AWARD School and what year did you attend?

When I was in high school, trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, I discovered what an Art Director was. It seemed like a great career that would allow me to exercise my creativity, so I started researching courses and university degrees that would help me qualify to become one. That’s how I stumbled on AWARD School. I kept the course in the back of my mind for many years as I earned a bachelor's degree, maintaining that it would be the next step in my education journey.

When I started working full-time as a designer, I decided to take a chance and apply. Luckily I got in on my first attempt and was admitted into the 2021 cohort.

2) Can you tell us a bit about your AWARD School story - what were you doing before you did the course and what are you doing now?

Prior to AWARD School, I was working as a designer for a small advertising agency in Sydney. When I was interviewing for the job, I told the company that I actually wanted to be an art director instead, but since I had no experience, the thought was that I’d work my way up after working in design for a little while. I was constantly asking to be included in creative briefs (even if it was just to observe) but I realised that transitioning to a creative role would be difficult without doing AWARD School. 

I was offered a job as an art director at VMLY&R Sydney. It was one of my dream agencies to work for and I’m still in shock that I’m here.

3) In your opinion, what role has AWARD School played in helping you get you to where you are today?

I definitely don’t think I would be where I am today without AWARD School. I’m a much better creative with an expanded worldview as a result of doing the course.

4) What would you say to anyone thinking of applying to AWARD School this year?

If you think you should apply, you should — and if you do it, put in everything you’ve got.