Creative in The Rabbit Hole

IT'S not long until they graduate but a group of University of Western Sydney students happily froze time through their artwork last month.

With six months of degree study remaining, the fourth year bachelor of design students joined forces for the sixth annual Off the Wall event at Werrington South Campus.

Embracing the theme of "time", the creative masterminds painted panels which will adorn the university's award-winning professional design studio, The Rabbit Hole.

"It's an incredibly special event because it's one of the last opportunities they're ever going to be in one place at one time before they graduate," event organiser and UWS lecturer in design Samantha Edwards said.

"It's a celebration of the end of their studies and it's also about leaving their mark and creating connections, networks and future relationships."

As part of the eight-week project, the students also designed posters and invitations to the event and Ms Edwards said she was "very proud" of their efforts.

A stand-out student was Hayley Woods, who is an avid illustrator working as a graphic designer.

"It's nice to be able to party and just hang out with everyone and not have to worry about university but you still are kind of technically doing uni, so you don't feel bad," the 21-year-old Penrith resident said.

"I found it different because I've never done anything like this before.

"I've never painted this scale - I've never even painted really, ever."

After entering The Individual competition, run by Tractor Design School, earlier this year, Ms Woods won the People's Choice award and received two tickets to the Semi-Permanent creative conference next year.

"Most people I've talked to, and myself included, loved art throughout high school but you kind of get out and think I don't want to just be an artist.

"I want to do something more with it and that's why you come and do this course.

"I'd love to just do that all the time . . . draw, draw, draw."

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