Divina Quintana, 33
Masters of Business Administration, Monash University
Studying in Australia was a great experience for me. The university’s support for international students was exceptional and the facilities were superb. The diverse student population provided different perspectives, interesting learning and challenging discussions inside and outside the university.
Queensland University of Technology, Post-Graduate Diploma in Interior Design, 1994
University of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts, Master in Design and Art Education, 2004
My two Post-Baccalaureate Degrees were taken in two leading Australian Universities. I finished my Post-Graduate Diploma in Interior Design from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane in 1994 and my Masters in Design and Art Education from the College of Fine Arts of the University of New South Wales (COFA-UNSW) in 2004. The years that I spent in study in these educational institutions were instrumental in my development as an architect, designer, educator and school administrator.
In QUT I learned that the classroom is a place of discourse and that the voice of each student is valuable. There was active interaction between teacher and student that led to critical thinking and reflection pertaining to the design process, a practice that has proven valuable in my design profession.
Taking up my Masters in COFA-UNSW taught me the value of research in design and art, an area that is at its seminal stage but is nonetheless crucial in the education of future artists and designers. As a COFA teacher, I learned the responsibility of careful assessment of student’s works, their right to be heard and to explain the idea behind their creations. My course also taught me the importance of the link between design and art practice, teaching and learning, and how each positively influences the others. These lessons equipped me with the skills and knowledge to effectively perform my duties as the Dean of the School of Design and Arts of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde.