Foundation graduate, BFA student majoring in PhotoMedia
“Foundation is designed to create a sense of community amongst a small group, and develop a sense of confidence in each of us as we begin to understand our strengths and styles,” describes Leigh Baber, who completed the Foundation Certificate in 2011 and is now studying photography within the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Whitecliffe.
He adds that the Foundation course paved the way to acceptance into the Fine Arts programme and gave him an edge in his first year because he was already familiar with Whitecliffe and how it functioned.
“That insight gave my fellow foundation students and me the confidence to be engaged and committed to taking leaps from day one.”
Leigh, who had done very little art prior to starting at Whitecliffe, says his skills also improved a lot over the Foundation semester.
“The Foundation programme developed my skills far beyond what I could have expected, not just by teaching me how to draw and paint but also teaching me how to see and understand what I was producing through learning colour theory, perspective and other vital knowledge and skills.”
Now in Year Three of the BFA, he loves having the opportunity to be creative every day.
“The Whitecliffe foundation programme gave me the opportunities I needed to develop confidence in my work, to step into further studies, to open my eyes to the vast potential within the creative industries, and to recognize where my place within this creative environment may be.