Like most people studying at UniSA, Rosyn Murphy is hoping that getting a degree will get her a job. But as a student artist, she knows it’s tough. Rosyn sat down with UniLifeMag and told us her story.
What degree are you studying at UniSA? Why did you choose to study it?
I’m studying a Bachelor of Arts (Communication and Media Management)
I chose this course because I wanted to learn more about the media industry and the business side of things, while also following my creative passion in visual arts.
How did you get into your degree? Did you come straight out of high school, or was it a windier path?
I finished year 12 in 2007 at Mount Gambier High School. After taking a year off to save money, I moved to Adelaide and began my degree initially at Flinders University studying a Bachelor of Media in Creative Arts. I then moved to UniSA because they had a broader range of visual arts subjects, which was my passion.
What have you learned from your degree? What’s the most interesting thing about it?
I have learned a lot of communication and management techniques through this course. I like studying a broad range of fields so I am ready to enter a lot of different creative fields when I finish my degree. Although it is interesting and valuable to learn the communication and management side of things, my passion lies in creative arts, but with this degree I can mix all aspects together so I can create a broad knowledge of the industry, ready for the working world.
Would you recommend the degree to others?
Definitely. There are so many different job opportunities that can come from this degree and the subjects are practical, leaving you well prepared for the work force.
Can you tell us a bit about your art?
I dabble at all kinds of visual art. I have only recently started photography, previously doing drawing, painting and sculpture through high school. My art isn’t any particular style; it’s just a mind release for my crazy imagination.
What is your favourite piece that you’ve taken?
I like all my art for different reasons. My doll series was fun, I liked the concept of an oversized doll going about daily life as if it were normal.
How do you find inspiration for your work?
I don’t know, I have a wild imagination. I often just want to try a new technique, whether it be manipulation or lighting or settings on the camera, and come up with a fun idea with objects around me. Other than that, I love Andy Warhol’s creative processes, not only his work, but just the way he looked at life in such an honest way.
What’s it like being a student artist? Is it difficult to break through?
Of course. There’s so much talent everywhere. It’s a bit scary sometimes, just seeing students amazing work around everywhere, makes you wonder if you’re ever going to make it. But it’s all in your mind. If you know you can make it, then you will.
Are you planning on making photography your career? Is a photography job easy to get?
There are so many aspiring photographers out there, it’s never going to be easy to get into the industry, but if you know you can make it then I believe you will. I’m keeping my options open by doing this degree, but my passion is in photography, so if I still love it when I finish my degree, then that’s what I will work towards.