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Advanced Diploma in Visual Communication 1992


CoCA Hall of Fame 2013

Kate Hawley

Designer Kate Hawley’s feature film credits include Pacific Rim and The Hobbit, along with numerous other costume and set design credits ranging across film, television, theatre and opera in Europe, the US and Australasia.

During and after her diploma in visual communication design in 1992, Ms Hawley took any opportunity to help in local drama productions and in 1996, received a Television New Zealand Scholarship, and assistance from Wellington City Opera, to study at The Motley School of Theatre Design in London.

Since then, her career in costume and theatre design has taken her to the UK, USA and Canada and she has won awards that include the Gold Key Award from the Bretislav Film Festival for her designs for the Channel 4/BBC production of “T DANCE”; the Queen Elizabeth 2ndArts Council Award for Opera Studies; and the Prague Quadrennial 99 Award for Emerging Young Artists. Not exactly what her high school career advisor predicted – she saw her most likely career as a mortician!