Prior to NIDA, Donna studied a Bachelor of Film and Television in Melbourne at Swinburne University of Technology. It was here she gained experience in the art department on numerous short films and where she developed a passion for costuming.
She returned to study at NIDA to improve her making skills and costume knowledge. Whilst at NIDA, Donna particularly enjoyed costume history and research. For her major research presentation she looked at the historical and cultural significance of the colour blue in fashion.