On November 6th, Ambassador Brown made his first visit to the Massey University College of Creative Arts (CoCA) in Wellington, at the invitation of Pro Vice-Chancellor Claire Robinson. The visit started with a sneak peek tour of CoCA’s new School of Music and Creative Media Production, which is yet to formally open. Associate Professor Andre Ktori, Head of the Music School, explained that the state of the art facility is designed to support degree programs that will meet the needs of the market for tech savvy, skilled creative practitioners. Ambassador Brown commented while visiting the recording and rehearsal studios, post production facilities, editing suites and technology and software labs that he had never seen anything like it in the U.S. He was pleased to have a jam on an electric guitar the staff had set up for him and is looking forward to coming back, maybe with some diplomatic colleagues, for a jam with students sometime soon!
Ambassador Brown also took the opportunity to see Design and Fine Art projects completed by students for their end of year assessments. Fellow Bostonian, Head of the School of Design, Professor Brian Lucid, explained that the Exposure exhibition showcases the work of graduating students across CoCA’s degree programs, covering textiles, sculpture, fashion, photography, graphic design, app design, industrial design, and many more aspects of the discipline. The projects were outstanding and it is obvious CoCA is at the cutting edge in its field, producing graduates who are set to take the world by storm. Watch this space.
Photos from the visit on FlickR.