Catherine Russell

Catherine Russell Student
Bachelor of Spatial Design

Following the best designers back to Monash University

Catherine Russell has a clear idea where she wants her Design degree in Spatial Design to take her.

My ultimate goal after studying Spatial design is to work in exhibition design with a leading international gallery.

I think we are in a really interesting time where the way we experience and interact with art and design is changing. Exhibitions are becoming more interactive and immersive.

It would be rewarding to work in a field that better connects the public with works of art and design.’

I chose to study at Monash because when I was working in design, I found that many of the designers I admired were graduates of the course - and they all loved their time in the Department of Design. I chose Spatial Design in particular because I was keen to gain the knowledge and technical skills from the Monash course to set myself apart from other designers.’

The best part of studying Spatial Design at Monash has been the way the course takes a holistic approach to teaching. The subjects and projects in first year are arranged so you develop good technical skills and gain a solid knowledge in design theory and history that can be applied to creative projects in the studio classes.’

Catherine's 3D render show her design for the Artist Beach Colony project.

While I was working for a small design firm I discovered that many of the designers I admired were past Monash students. They told me how much they loved their time in the Department of Design. That's why I chose to study design at Monash.

I chose to do my specialisation in Spatial Design as I was interested in gaining the technical skills they teach to set myself apart from other designers.

My favourite project in first year was the Artist Beach Colony. We had to remodel a Brighton beach box as a studio for an artist/designer. It was a challenge, but I learnt an incredible amount in just six weeks - from learning to laser cut a model to creating 3D renders.

I enjoyed the drawing class; it was hard work but very rewarding to see how my drawing skills improved over the semester. I think I’m a better designer now that I’m more confident in my ability to sketch out my ideas.

For the drawing class, you mix with art and architecture students, which is great.  I got to hear about the different classes they were taking and it was a good chance to make friends from other degrees.’

'Shimmer' is a 3D render showing Catherine's proposed design for an urban habitat for the grey headed flying fox.

The best part of studying Spatial Design at Monash has been the holistic approach to teaching. The subjects and projects in first year are arranged so you gain good technical skills and a solid knowledge in design theory and history that can be applied to creative projects in your studio classes.