The full time commitment of the Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts is life changing. The path is very steep and difficult in places. The course is providing me with a unique environment in which to experiment and explore. Having a dedicated studio space and access to many tutors and visiting artists for seminars and tutorials enables self-directed creativity to develop in a supportive atmosphere. The contextual and academic elements of the course provide a framework for me to find my voice and become an independent practitioner. Articulating your practice is a challenge for any artist, resolving this in such a unique inspirational environment is a fulfilling and rewarding experience.