The Learning Connexion School of Creativity and Art has announced a new, one-off scholarship to assist people wanting to study a creativity programme from home.
The Reinvent Your Future scholarship is open for all new prospective students wishing to study via distance delivery at The Learning Connexion. It is intended for people impacted by the COVID-19 lockdown who have not previously studied art, and are looking for a new creative direction in their career or life direction.
“We can’t offer a cure for COVID-19, but we can help you to focus on something worth doing,” says Jonathan Milne, Managing Director of The Learning Connexion (TLC).
The scholarships will cover full tuition costs and are open throughout the lockdown period, and until further notice. There are 50 scholarships available.
The School’s well-established distance programme has seen a massive surge of interest in recent weeks. On Friday 27 March, the second day of New Zealand’s nationwide lockdown, TLC had 391 people visit their Distance Delivery page, up from an average of 30 across all of February and early March – a massive 1203 per cent increase.
“It makes total sense that more people are thinking about studying from home,” says Mr Milne. “We’ve known for a long time the value of creativity in contributing to peoples’ wellbeing. There are a lot of people feeling anxious and uncertain about things at the moment, so art is providing a form of therapy, routine and optimism.”
TLC offers a flexible and supportive study from home option for students anywhere in New Zealand. Distance delivery allows students to learn to draw, paint, sculpt, design and create from the comfort of their own home and receive one-on-one tutoring from one of TLC’s skilled mentors.
Mr Milne says the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown has been a distressing time for people, with lives and livelihoods disrupted, and physical and mental health under severe stress.
“Studying creativity at your own pace and in your own environment does wonders for your mental wellbeing,” says Mr Milne. “Hands-on experimental learning is proven to enhance problem-solving skills, while also reducing anxiety.”
“TLC is particularly keen to help people who have always wanted to explore art and creativity, but never had the chance. Sadly COVID-19 is going to be a big reset for many peoples lives.”
"Some will be thinking of switching careers, or pursuing their creative dreams. We really want to help with that,” says Mr Milne.
TLC will review all applicants, with funding awarded at the School's discretion.
As a private training establishment, The Learning Connexion is also pleased to offer first-time tertiary learners the opportunity to study fees-free.
Broadly, if you’re a New Zealander who finished school in 2019, or if you will finish school during 2020, you qualify for a year of fees-free provider-based tertiary education or two years of industry training in 2020.
If you’re not a recent school leaver, and you’ve done less than half a year of tertiary education or training (whether in New Zealand or in any other country), you may also qualify.