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Industrial Design

Christina Holden

Senior, Industrial Design

From: Sioux City, Iowa

Study abroad semester: Spring 2016 (February – June)

Studied abroad at: RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) University, Melbourne, Australia


Why did you choose to study abroad at RMIT?

In my search for industrial design programs that could provide me with design inspiration, RMIT stood out because of its reputation and location in Melbourne. Not only is Melbourne known as the most livable city in the world, it boasts a low crime rate and affordable cost of living, both very important to me.


What did you study?

I took three courses within the Bachelor of Industrial Design Honours program at RMIT. The first was a Design Research Studio — a senior thesis-style course where you found your own way at approaching a semester-long project. The second was Electronic & Interactive Prototyping, where I worked to portray different design concepts using technology. The last was Industrial Design Sketching, where we studied different sketching techniques. I enjoyed the change in perspective that this course provided.


What did you learn about yourself?

I learned that the world is a lot different than America. Studying abroad allowed me to compare my values to those of others and I found it refreshing to hear other viewpoints. The experience pushed me out of my comfort zone and helped me grow as a person.


What were some of the highlights of your experience?

Making lifelong friends while gaining invaluable design skills.


What advice would you give others who are considering studying abroad?

Define what you want from your experience. Consider the culture, city and courses you might be taking and how important each of these is to you. Personally, I didn’t realize how important the choice of city was, so I recommend doing your research. Be open-minded and ready for change, get out of your comfort zone and make friends with non-Americans. Taking the time to appreciate the thoughts of those different from you can be life-changing.

November 29, 2016 2:32 pm

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