Graduate Profile

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Katarina Linton - Visual Arts

The NorthTec arts degree programme opened many doors for Katarina, and since graduating these doors have just kept on opening. She has participated in international indigenous art workshops and is involved with top level Māori artists helping set up future Te Tai Tokerau-based workshops.

“Study at a tertiary level I thought was for other people, but as a grandmother of nine I felt it was time, to study art. Now here I am - a degree graduate.”

Katarina began at NorthTec with a foundation course for six months. “That progressed into studying Māori arts, and then a move across to the Bachelor in Applied Arts. I chose to specialise in photography at level 5. At that point I didn’t even know how to turn a camera on, so when the tutors told me how well I had done after assessment, I was in tears.

“To me the reward in studying is less to do with career, and more about being able to give back and encourage my family and community.

“I have gained so much from my time at NorthTec, including the opportunity to develop as an artist and make contacts including indigenous artists from around the world. Now I’m an active participant in a vibrant Māori arts community.”