Mon 4 Sep 2017

Hot off the Press

Level 5 design students were recently taken on a field trip to explore the Taranaki Aviation Transport and Technology Museum (TATATM) letterpress workshop.

The students are studying typography as part of their Diploma in Creative Technologies and the same workshop will feature next year’s Diploma in Digital Media and Design Level 5 which has just received NZQA approval.

The students are working on a multi-week long investigation into different methods of creating typographic, text-based images.

Tutor Philippa Berry-Smith  said students will work with a range of different methods including hand drawn, painted letters, photographic processes, letterpress, history, sculptural letters and vector illustration styles.

“It’s all about intrepid exploration into typography which is a hugely useful skill for designers and artists,’’ she said.

“The lovely printers at TATATM have hosted our class each year, so I would like to thank Alan Penfold, Rob Clarkson, Chris Rickards, and Terry Foster from TATATM for their willingness to teach and coach the students in this wonderful topic.

“The middle of winter may be a chilly time to spend a morning in a printing workshop, but these chaps warmly show students how to work with cases of metal type, and slowly form lines of words ready to print. Casting hot metal type is a highlight of the day, with hot molten lead cast to form each individual student’s name.’’

About 30 full and part time students are taking this year’s Diploma across Level 5 and Level 6.

A new NZ Diploma of Digital Media and Design Level 5 (and Level 6 in 2019) will begin next February.

The existing two-year Diploma in Creative Technologies, which will be taught only at Level 6 in 2018, has been split into two one year diplomas, one for design (Digital Media and Design L5) and one for art (Arts and Design L5).

Philippa Berry-Smith said WITT had been revising its selection of papers and was developing a couple of new ones that respond to the needs of Taranaki industries.


Picture: Student Aimee Oliver was pictured composing metal type.