UTS dominates Australian Design Biennale Student Awards
Creative, experimental, explorative and rigorously researched - these are just some of the ways to describe the work of UTS students competing in the recent Australian Design Biennale Student Awards.
UTS Visual Communication students received 17 nominations across all the awards categories by far the most of any institution in the country.
In the end, UTS students walked away with three of the eight awards, including Gemma Warriner, a First Class Honours graduate. Her 4th year major project entitled Twenty Fifty was awarded a distinction, the highest accolade, in the competition.
“I found myself both surprised and delighted to have been awarded a distinction for this project. It is reassuring to know that my project was enjoyed and appreciated by fellow well-respected designers,” says Warriner.
Twenty Fifty is a visual exploration consisting of eight data visualisation posters, each exposing one primary issue responsible for the global food crisis predicted for the year 2050.
Warriner’s intention was to challenge and educate consumers about how the future may unfold by looking closely at population growth, urbanisation, food production, food waste, genetic modification, climate change, consumption trends and agrobiodiverty.
Since graduating from UTS in 2013, Gemma has freelanced at various studios including Frost*, and now works in a full time position at Extrablack whose clients range from alcoholic beverages to environmental institutes:
“Whilst completing my 4th year at UTS, I was able to build a considerable design clientele which I then was able to focus on full time once I had completed my degree. The contacts I made during the Professional Experience Program (a 160-hour mandatory industry work placement) have been invaluable and made the transition from study to work so much easier.”
The Bachelor of Design in Visual Communications is a three-year degree with teaching centered around design studios that integrate practice-orientated learning through tasks that parallel the processes that professionals undertake in industry.