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Name: Tessa Serena Ausserlechner-Milne
Country of origin: UK
Programme: Bachelor of Visual Arts
Graduating in 2008 with a Bachelor of Visual Arts, specialising in Jewellery Tessa now works as a designer creating innovative and imaginative contemporary jewellery.
A British citizen and former student of London Guildhall University, Tessa chose “ because I like the conceptual based teaching style used in the program. “
Tessa’s studies offered opportunities for diverse experiences “The highlight of my studies was going on the textiles fieldtrip to the Flinders Ranges, a beautiful place. I had never experienced this kind of wilderness before, and so it was very special.” “As well, I really enjoyed being part of the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia (JMGA) Inside-Out Biennial Conference. I met many other Australian jewellers and, as a volunteer, had the chance to participate in some behind-the-scenes setting up exhibition spaces, where I had a very close look at beautiful jewellery.”
“UniSA academic staff are very supportive, says Tessa, “, especially when you specialise and work closely with a specific lecturer... The range of academic and social services at UniSA is good with people working in areas such as Learning Connection, Campus Central and UniLife being very helpful.” And Tessa found her student colleagues friendly too.
“Specialising in jewellery making, I mostly used the Jewellery and Metalwork Studios.” These studios are new and purpose built. In addition to studio and teaching facilities Tessa found “the library is invaluable to a student, and I was very happy with the quality and quantity of art books and other related books. The staff were always really friendly and helpful too.”
The School of The School of Art, Architecture and Design is located at the University’s City West Campus which is “ very central to the city and easy for transport” according to Tessa. The campus includes award winning architecture, an impressive public art gallery and a permanent public sculpture display. It forms an integral part of Adelaide’s craft and design precinct neighbouring the Lion Arts Centre and the Jam Factory craft and design centre.
“I love making wearable objects and really enjoy the journey from concept to wearable piece of jewellery…. To become a leader in this field you need belief, perseverance, sound business practice, and passion.”
Tessa’s UniSA qualification his helping her realise her goals as a professional jewellery designer.