Nikash – studying Design Computing

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My final year of high school in 2000 at Arthur Phillip High wasn't the dream run most students hope for. I wasn't completely certain what I wanted to do at university (let alone the rest of my life) and my marks were well shy of opening doors to a multitude of careers.

After some serious thought I decided I wouldn't be happy until I had explored the possibility of making my passion my vocation. What I'm passionate about is design. Read more about how I got to Sydney Uni.

I can talk to you about:

  • design as a profession – what jobs are out there
  • studying a research degree – what it is and why do it
  • what it’s like to study in a creative faculty.

Ask me a question

Q&A with Nikash

What is your favourite app at the moment?
I'm going to be boring and say Google Calendar. It's a real testament to how good software can make your life easier.

What made you decide to apply to study at uni?
A university degree is the beginning of a career without limits. That's the way I've always seen it.

Would you rather go without television or junk food for the rest of your life, and why?
My television has been unplugged for longer than I care to remember. But to go without junk food, that's insanity!

What do you like and dislike about Sydney Uni?
I love the Quad, the sandstone, Victoria Park, the century-old engravings around campus, being surrounded by passionate and intelligent people and being inspired by it all.

Any tips for getting through the HSC?
Just remember that it isn't the end of the world. It's barely the beginning!

My path to Sydney

I enrolled in TAFE hoping that it would make uni a viable possibility and lead to a job doing what I love. It paid off and I've been grateful ever since. It may not have been the shortest path, but it taught me not to take this opportunity for granted.

I chose the University of Sydney after I attended an exciting and visionary Open Day talk about the future of design as a versatile profession. The University's reputation as Sydney's best obviously didn't hurt either, or the amazing, heritage-rich sandstone buildings that make you feel like you're somewhere both inspiring and significant. Not just to Sydney's history, but its future.

Since then, I've completed a three-year Bachelor of Design Computing and an additional year of Honours. I found the degree diverse but eye-opening, and the Honours year quite challenging.

Right now I'm undertaking a PhD in User Interface Design with the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning. The prospect of contributing a thesis to a body of knowledge built by people who have defined, and still influence, my profession is something I consider a real privilege. If I make it out alive, it will be my greatest achievement so far. =)