Areas of expertise
Managerial – Position of Team Manager (Communication) involves working with a dedicated team of Programme Coordinators and Academic staff teaching across 5 academic programmes: Certificate in Media Arts, Certificate in Radio Broadcasting, Bachelor of Media Arts- Communication, National Diploma of Journalism, Graduate Diploma in Communication.
Cate believes the ability to clearly communicate your ideas and experience is an essential skill in all the domains of Media Arts. "Communication takes so many forms, has many purposes and exists in a variety of contexts." As well as teaching communication skills, she finds it exciting to work with students to examine ideas about the media and develop ways to analyse how they engage with it. While media technologies and approaches constantly develop and change, the essential, basic skills of good communication remain constant, and important, she says.
Another exciting part of her job is when students and staff work across disciplines on collaborative projects, like publications, and use their specialist skills in writing, design, photography and fine art to create great magazines, books and websites.
Cate enjoys working in a highly collegial, creative workplace with tutors who are specialists in their creative and industry areas as well as being passionate educators.
Industry experience, affiliations and achievements
Cate writes DVD reviews for the Waikato Times and has 15 years' experience as Drama and English teacher in NZ and Australia. She is a member of Drama NZ and writer/director of numerous musical/theatre productions. She has also worked for Rural Press (Australia) as a columnist and advertorial writer.
Elna has presented research at local and national conferences, with a focus on communication skills and graduate employability skills. She has also completed Wintec Research Voucher projects for community organisations, most recently a project looking at arts funding within the Waikato region. Elna has a growing interest in developing and collaborating on project-based, multidisciplinary research that addresses needs or areas of interest identified by industry and community partners.
Research at the School of Media Arts
The School of Media Arts operates across a rich range of applied media practice and theory; graphic design, digital design, contemporary art, photography, moving image, creative writing, interior design, fashion design, music, journalism, public relations and advertising. The breadth of the school’s applied and academic knowledge, combined with a growing postgraduate programme and industry/community engagement offers a unique platform for a productive research culture.