"I was drawn to the Art History and Theory programme at the University of Otago because of the rich variety of papers on offer. The flexibility of the programme also allowed me to take papers within other departments such as Classics, Mäori Studies and Media, Film and Communication; this enabled me to create a course that was tailored specifically to my interests.
"The programme's exceptional and inspiring staff create a supportive and engaging learning environment where students are encouraged to develop and express their own opinions. Art History and Theory at Otago allowed me to develop the capacity to think critically and to hone the effective written and verbal communication skills that are essential to success in any field.
"Regular visits to Dunedin's fantastic art galleries and local collections were a major aspect of the curriculum and are among my favourite Otago experiences. These valuable visits allowed students to spend time learning how to look at and interpret art in the flesh.
"With the Art History and Theory programme's support and encouragement I went on student exchange in my third year, spending a semester at the University of California, Berkeley and discovering a new part of the world. Arriving in Berkeley, I found that Otago had more than prepared me for the challenges of studying abroad.
"The variety of enriching experiences I had as an Art History and Theory student at Otago equipped me with the right skills to follow my dream of working within the museum and art gallery sector. I refer to these skills on a daily basis in my roles, first as the Pictorial Collection Technician at Puke Ariki museum, as Curatorial Fellow at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, as Gallery Manager and Registrar at greengrassi, and as Exhibitions Assistant at the Victoria and Albert Museum."