A pair of promising Otago Polytechnic design students are about to embark on a trip to Italy in the new year, after winning international study scholarships to the prestigious Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Milan.
Interior design student Olivia Moon and fashion design student Georgia Ferguson will spend a semester studying at the institute. Ferguson is the fourth Otago Polytechnic fashion design student to receive one of these scholarships since 2006, while Moon is the first Otago Polytechnic interior design student to do so.
Their studies in Milan will be cross credited towards the final year of their degrees at Otago Polytechnic.
“I am so excited about this experience – it’s an absolute dream come true,” says Moon. “It’s all quite unbelievable, actually. We are going into the European second semester so there will be a lot of project-based work, which I am really looking forward to.”
Adds Ferguson: “I’m also feeling a little apprehensive about the fact I don’t speak any Italian!
"The classes are all in English, but I have been busy studying up on the Italian language because I know I will be expected to undertake an internship with a local designer.”