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48 Massey finalists for Designers Institute awards

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Forty-eight projects from students, staff and graduates of Massey University’s Toi Rauwhāngi College of Creative Arts are finalists in this year’s Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Design Awards.

A 3D printed ceramic tea set, a tool to enable the trimming of daggs from the tails of cattle, a smart camera rig that can 3D scan reef structures and a tremor-proof device that enables Parkinson sufferers to self-administer their medications are some of the finalists’ work.

College of Creative Arts Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Claire Robinson says there is a reason why the College is in the Top 100 art and design schools in the world.

“These awards are seriously contended by designers both internationally and throughout New Zealand and our students have featured prominently every year both as finalists and award winners. Since 2003 when the awards began Massey students have made up nearly a third of all student finalists and have had a staggering 255 award winners as of last year.”

This year’s finalists have been selected from across the full range of College of Creative Arts programmes with nearly half from the Visual Communications Design programme, a large number from Industrial Design, and others from the Spatial Design, Textiles, Fashion Design, Creative Media Production and from the Master of Design.

“While the College more than holds its own in the New Zealand design community as evidenced by the strong presence in the Best Awards, we are also the only university outside of North America to be internationally benchmarked by the US National Association of Schools of Art and Design, meaning our art and design degrees are certified as on a par with qualifications from some of the world’s most prestigious institutions, such as Rhode Island School of Design and CalArts.

“We are immensely proud of all our staff, students and graduates whose work has been recognized as among the best design in New Zealand and always thrilled to have so many of our people acknowledged for their world-class output,” Professor Robinson says.

Two Massey staff have also been selected as finalists in both the Toitanga category and the Digital (small scale websites) category. Co-curators Senior Lecturer Rachel Rakena and Technical Demonstrator Mike Bridgeman, both from Whiti o Rehua School of Art, were selected for their piece titled Mana Moana.

Mana Moana Volume 2: Digital Ocean, is an immersive web-based digital art experience which explores our relationships with the ocean, climate change and highlight indigenous knowledge and stories.

The winners will be announced on Friday 13 November.

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