The University of Newcastle, Australia

New is making your passion work for you. For Bachelor of Creative Industries student Annika, it meant realising that ‘creativity’ and ‘career’ weren’t mutually exclusive.

After almost three years undertaking a Bachelor of Nursing, Annika deferred her studies and ventured off to explore the world. She returned with a fresh perspective and a new direction.

“I came home and decided that nursing, at this point in time, really wasn’t for me. My passion is in the creative arts.”

With this new realisation came one key ambition.

“To be able to make a living from my creative practice. Painting, sculpture, and whatever else it turns into.”

Drawn towards graphic design and fine art, Annika first enrolled in a diploma of Visual Arts at TAFE.

“It changed my life. That moment when I was in a class full of people that also cared about something as trivial as the colour of a line, and where it is on a page – I’d found my people!

“After finishing the Diploma I knew I wanted to continue my studies and started looking for a course that offered me a way to mix and match all the skills I wanted to gain.”

She was drawn to the University’s Bachelor of Creative Industries because it offered the opportunity to tailor her studies, and develop innovative and entrepreneurial skills to help propel her creative practice.

“I was attracted to the program because it offered me the option of undertaking a double minor in both Graphic Design and Fine Art – as well as learning business related skills that would help me turn my creative skills into something I can make money out of.”

“I’ve learned amazing new skills in the areas I’m majoring in. And I’m definitely way more confident now”.

Annika’s real-world experience has included presenting her first solo art show at Watt Space, the University’s student run gallery.

“It was a really proud moment!  Seeing the whole process through from the initial idea, then seeing my work framed hanging on the walls, to talking to strangers that track you down to tell you they love and connect with your stuff.”

Annika’s drive, creativity and newly acquired business skills have made pursuing her passion possible.

“(I hope) to start a business incorporating a gallery space, studio spaces for artists, a bar/café showcasing local food and bevs and space for bands/music at night time.”

“This course has shown me that it is possible to have the creative career that I want.”

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Annika Thurbon

Annika Thurbon

Annika Thurbon is a current student within the Bachelor of Creative Industries and is turning her love of creativity into a career.

I was attracted to the program because it offered me the option of undertaking a double minor in both Graphic Design and Fine Art – as well as learning business related skills that would help me turn my creative skills into something I can make money out of.