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Talent and enthusiasm for design create the building blocks for Ben Kampschoer’s future career. Currently studying a Bachelor of Design (Architecture) and Bachelor of Construction Management, he is based at the Waterfront Campus for classes and lives on residence at the Waurn Ponds Campus.
Ben was awarded a Dean’s Scholarship after achieving an ENTER of 96.55 in his final year at Timboon P-12 School. As a Dean’s Scholar he has a dedicated academic mentor to guide him through his course, an annual scholarship of $5000 for the duration of his course and the opportunity to include a paid industry-based learning placement as part of his degree.
Originally from South West Victoria, Ben was attracted to the location of the Waterfront campus, putting him an hour closer to Melbourne. He finds the facilities at the Campus are also first rate. “The facilities at the Waterfront are great. I like the way there is a dedicated area for architecture, not many universities have that. Architecture at Deakin has practically the top two stories at the Waterfront, it’s really nice.”
Ben selected his combined course because of its reputation. “I knew other people at Deakin that were studying the course and they told me how good it was. It’s a fantastic course.”
He has always had an aptitude for and enjoyed design, so his choice of study was natural for him. As well as taking Visual Communication and Design in Year 12 he says that he found his other subjects beneficial to his current studies. “I found all of my subjects have been relevant for my degrees, especially Visual Communication and Design but even Japanese was a good subject to take as it gives you a better base, broadens your knowledge. I would encourage Year 12 students to do a combination of science and arts as it gives you a broad knowledge in all areas and creates so many directions.”
Whichever direction his degrees lead him in the future; Ben thinks sustainability will play a large role. “I think this will be a big area where you can get a lot of work in the future. It will become a big part of architecture, with widespread interest in sustainability issues.”
Ben would like to go through and complete his Masters. He loves travelling, having been overseas a few times and hopes to do a lot more. In the second year he has the opportunity to study overseas so that may create an option in the foreseeable future.