School Holidays Character Design Workshop

Join our Digital Media + Design tutor Kennedy as he teaches character design over the first week of the school holidays, for free!

Creating an entire character from scratch takes a lot of creative energy. That’s why the process of character design is complex and is often one of the most sought-after careers for aspiring entertainment artists.

Join our Digital Media + Design tutor Kennedy as he teaches character design over the first week of the school holidays. With over 13-years’ experience in Digital Art + Design, he’s keen to share his knowledge on how you can turn your creative ideas into incredible digital artworks.

You must be 16 years+ to take part in this event. RSVP asap to kennedyf@whitecliffe.ac.nz to ensure they can join this one off chance!

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Key dates

First Session 06 • 07 • 20
Second Session 08 • 07 • 20
Third Session 10 • 07 • 20

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Duration

One day long workshop | 10am till 2pm

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Costs

Free!

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School Holidays Character Design Workshop Course Outline

There are 15 seats available on each day, to have an exclusive and personal workshop focused on Character Design with our amazing tutor Kennedy.

This is a great way for budding artists in both disciplines to experience first hand what’s happening in the industry and to keep them busy during their Holiday. If you have students that may be keen, RSVP asap to kennedyf@whitecliffe.ac.nz to ensure they can join this one off chance. You must be 16 years+ to take part in this event.

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Meet our Digital Media + Design Tutor Kennedy

My name is Kennedy Kioa Faimanifo. I am Samoan / Māori.

Where did you go to school?

I grew up in South Auckland. Finlayson Primary, Weymouth Intermediate and James Cook High School.

What would you say is your strongest skills?

As a Digital Artist I have been fortunate enough to be exposed to all forms of digital media. I love it all anything artistic and creative. I would say my passion for characters and digital drawing.

What kind of projects have you worked on in your career?

My career highlight would have to be working for Weta Digital. I spent a few years there and worked on projects like Maze Runner, Mortal Engines, Game of Thrones and the latest upcoming Avatar 2. I’ve also worked in Australia on full Animated Feature films. In addition I have worked on awesome projects like Kung Fu Panda & Monsters vs Aliens TV Shows.

What kind of subjects were you passionate about in school?

I’ve always been into drawing. Growing up we knew no one who had entered this field of work. I had an uncle who was a graphic designer and he supplied me with paper as a kid. Going into high school it was definitely Art but more Graphic Design. We had a great teacher who took no rubbish, she pushed us and I was lucky enough to be taught in a more hands on era. I never really used Computers for Digital Art until I was in my 20’s.

What motivates you to teach at Whitecliffe?

I have always wanted to give back to my community. I want to show young Polynesian and Maori all the techniques I was taught early and see them succeed faster than ever have.

It all starts here at Level 4. I taught and developed curriculum in Levels 5, 6 and 7 but I found I wasn’t really reaching out to the Polynesian, Maori demographic. I have over 13 years’ experience in digital art, animation, design, character art and have run my own businesses and connected with many extremely talented artists from around the world.

I hope I can give someone the opportunity to experience the same but better. I’m from South Auckland, I live in South Auckland and my kids are here too. Look forward to the challenge.

Digital Media  + Design tutor Kennedy

Where could this workshop take you?

This course is a real taste into our Certificate in Digital Media + Design, where students are introduced to the fundamental principles of digital media and design, providing a foundation of understanding, evidenced in a comprehensive portfolio and appropriate to further study in any design/arts related area.

The emphasis is on practical projects and broad understanding of digital media and design issues, but is supported by conceptual content and knowledge. This ensures that students develop appropriate thinking skills and can manage projects/briefs under broad guidance; and gain a broad base of art and design-related knowledge so they are equipped with the learning strategies, attitudes and skills for further tertiary study.

Digital Media  + Design tutor Kennedy working away in our computer lab

Where could this programme take you?

This course is a real taste into our Certificate in Digital Media + Design

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Video editor

Web application developer

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