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When education meets industry at QUT

Troy Nankervis

Postgraduate courses at Queensland University of Technology link industry with academic excellence.
When education meets industry at QUT

State of the art facilities are available for creative industry students at QUT. Image courtesy QUT.

A range of cutting-edge postgraduate courses on offer at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2015 integrates the classroom with the very best of industry, and continues the university’s reputation for training excellence across the creative arts sector.

Head of Studies and Postgraduate Coursework in Creative Industries at QUT Dr Lee McGowan said enrollments are open to the Master of Advertising (Creative Advertising), the Master of Architecture, and the Master of Creative Industries, which has specialisations across Creative Production and Arts Management, Interdisciplinary and Interactive and Visual Design.

With full time and part time study options available, the hands-on nature of QUT programs creates dynamic and skilled students ready to step into the workforce. ‘It’s not just simulating a real world experience, it’s embracing a real work experience. Most of our students have gotten jobs out of that because clients see our students working at industry standard levels,’ said McGowan.

‘While we are extremely scholarly, we have big focus on that professional practice, so that we hope our students will get a job off the back of it.

‘If you want to work in arts, events and festivals then we would be encouraging you to research that area, analysing clients in that area, making contact with people as well.’

 

 

Whether it be game design, filmmaking or multimedia, McGowan said the accessibility and availability of technology at the university sees students engage with current industry trends across the 21 creative disciplines on offer at QUT.

‘People are working in a post-digital world, it’s become so progressive in how we use this stuff. That’s changed the way in which people take things away from an educational experience. We tend to focus on using the classroom themselves as meaningfully as possible.

‘Rather than having people sitting in a lecture hall taking notes, we’d much rather have them interacting with concepts so when they come into class, we can investigate and make it more meaningful for them,’ he said.  

Students looking for alternate pathways to the Masters by coursework programs are also encouraged to consider undergraduate programs including the renowned Bachelor of Creative Industries, postgraduate degrees by research, or the number of cutting edge short courses with focus areas that include social media, fashion illustration and digital storytelling.

‘We’re one of the best universities in the country, we’re leading research in a number of areas, particularly the creative industries, we have guest lecturers in the program who are internationally renowned researchers in the field, as well as local and national practitioners,’ said McGowan.

‘We have really solid connections to industry and our students give really positive feedback - I can’t think of a reason not to come study here!’

 

Applications are currently open to a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Queensland University Technology for 2015.

To apply and for more information visit QUT

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Troy Nankervis is an ArtsHub journalist from Melbourne. Follow him on twitter @troynankervis

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