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Experience Japan

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After an exciting 10days touring Japan, our students are bubbling with tales of exotic foods, perfect design and architecture, stunning scenery plus a little retail therapy and misfortunes. 

PLUS an extraordinary guest speaker, Stephen Scrogings, who will be sharing with us on ‘The Mysteries of Japan and Art’


Come experience their adventures through their stories and colourful photographs.




Be sure to reserve your seat hello@hunterdesignschool.nsw.edu.au


Hunter Young Professionals

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Hunter Young Professionals (HYP) provides opportunities for young people to network in a business environment, gain new management and leadership skills, interact socially together and support the local community, so that they can develop as the business leaders of tomorrow. 

Events occur monthly and include interactive workshops, inspiring talks from prominent business people and casual social get togethers, such as a Winter Warmer dinner at the Newcastle Club each year. 

OUr next event in May tackles the big stuff over coffee and breakfast on the foreshore: buying a house, legalities you might not have considered in de-facto relationships, the foreign world of super (of the annuation kind) and writing a will (yes, even young people need them!)

Find out more about them here and don’t be shy to come along and say hi – they-re a friendly bunch!


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Luke Burrell is a director of Mezzanine Media, a very talented conceptualiser and designer, he started his creative career at a very early age inventing, building and taking things apart. For over 14 years Luke has been running this successful strategic-creative studio in the heart of Newcastle working on creative strategies for local, national and international small business, large corporation and government. 

Luke is a perfectionist with an unconventional mindset. Over the past decade he has inspired and implemented many initiatives within the creative industry, including starting WHITE Magazine, co-founding Final Post, helping form the Hunter Design School, and recently building Innx: Innovation Exchange. He has an unusual ability to know the way forward without a compass, and he sees potential in everything, which is what makes him so good at what he does. As he would say, “To be an innovator you have to be a dreamer, and to be a dreamer you have to think differently”.

Some of Luke’s current work includes; The Salvation Army Employment Plus, Lawlers FS, Time Owen MP, Compassion Australia, Computer Systems Australia, Watagan Park and so many more. 

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Luke is not only passionate about graphic design but also for architecture and interiors design. He has plans and a dream to one day build a sustainable home that’s both practical and beautiful.  He has an amazing little family with his wife Carla (editor of WHITE Magazine), a son Milo (3 years old) and daughter Lotte (1 year old), who are continually dreaming about the perfect eco home….and some sheep. 


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2013 Christmas Designs

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Our 2013 Certificate IV in Design students had loads of fun designing and printing a Christmas Tea Towel. 

After developing their designs, they worked through the process of cutting stencils, mixing paints, arranging placement and finally screen printing them onto beautiful linen tea towels. There was plenty of mess and experimenting, whilst valuable lessons were learnt from the placement, colour mixing, team work and the importance of a dry clean screen. Everyone had so much fun and the results were amazing. 


Having designed and produced amazing products, the tea towels were taken to The Olive Tree Markets, where both products and students joined PlumTart textiles in selling their wares.

A huge thank you to everyone who purchased an original Christmas tea towel, but it doesn’t stop there!  All profits have been given to Compassion where it will be used to support Compassion’s Critical Interventions. This will assist Compassion in removing any obstacles that stand in the way of a child’s healthy development and their ability to reach their full potential.


We also congratulate Lesley Regnis on winning the ‘People’s Choice Award’ for her ‘Bush Christmas’ Design.

Here are a few of the other designs…

 Kirsty Evans Arlene Rowland Donna O'Connor Jessie Koos Adam Cairns Julie Kosy Robyn Hayter Stuart Janes



2013 Award Winners

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We are so proud of all the students who completed their studies in 2013.

The standard of work was outstanding, which made it incredibly hard to choose the award winners.


So for 2013 our award winners were….

Excellence Award for Cert IV in Design – Julie Kosy

Achievement Award for Cert IV in Design – Lesley Regnis, Alison Hill and Courtney Taylor

Encouragement Award – Kirsty Evans and Adam Cairns

Me Me Design Award – Alison Hill

People’s Choice Design Award – Lesley Regnis


Excellence Award in Colour Planning and Consulting – Ana Saiao

Achievement Award in Colour Planning and Consulting – Arna Sleishman


Excellence Award in Interior Design and Styling –  Ana Saiao

Achievement Award in Interior Design and Styling –  Tanya Harley

Encouragement Award – Juliana Martin

Kitchen Design Awarded by Lathems Kitchens – Charmon Deen

Dual Diploma Scholarship Awarded by Bristol Paints – Courtney Taylor