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Opened on July 25, 2011, the TCTC runs top-notch software and hardware systems, including an extensive multi-track recording studio. Enrolments close at the end of February.

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nique in North Queensland, the Townsville Creative Technologies Centre (TCTC) offers Vocational Education and Training qualification courses supporting careers in game design, 2D and 3D animation, digital photography, film and video, graphic design and digital audio and music production. Current and post-graduate students from all regional independent, Catholic Education and state high schools access the specialised training courses and day and evening delivery options are available. “We have students ranging from 16 to 60-something, so that’s a satisfying part of what we do,” says TCTC Head of Department, Bjarne Ohlin. “TCTC is an opportunity for people to value-add to their skills.” Since opening in 2011, more than 600 students have graduated with a Certificate II or III qualification, with many students completing more than one course. The TCTC is a purpose-built training facility of nearly 600 square metres, running industry-standard software and hardware systems. “Course outcomes merge seamlessly with freelance work opportunities or further study,” says Bjarne. Training partnerships have been developed with JCU Townsville Fire, Townsville Basketball and international sports broadcasting service NEP, providing direct access to employment opportunities for students such as 2019 Heatley Secondary College and TCTC graduate, Zac Walker.”

Visionary

Zac working alongside NRL legend Darren Lockyer

Zac on the job at the Cairns Basketball Stadium the day after he graduated!

Course outcomes merge seamlessly with freelance work opportunities or further study.

TCTC students work on projects that build the digital skills required in current and emerging creative industries.

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ac Walker graduated from the TCTC last year with a Certificate III in Music Industry. During his time at TCTC, Zac participated in the sports broadcast training program with TCTC industry partners Townsville Basketball, JCU Townsville Fire, NEP/Fox Sports and the NQ Cowboys. The 2019 V8 Supercars also invited Zac to assist at the event in July.

“Studying at TCTC has given me access to industry-standard training, equipment and software that you just can’t get anywhere else,” Zac says.

Living the Dream

“At 17, I’m the youngest person to be given the title of Head Audio Tech at the Cairns Basketball Stadium. “And I also really enjoyed the opportunity TCTC gave me to bounce ideas off other creatives.” Already well on his way to Industry-ready Graduates becoming a freelance professional Since graduating from TCTC, specialising in live broadcast 17-year-old Zac has been flown camera and audio systems regularly to Cairns by international management, Zac couldn’t be sports broadcasters IMG/NEP happier. to assist their crew with NBL “The sporting industry is fun to game broadcasts from the Cairns work in, and it’s a bonus that I also Basketball Stadium. play all of the sports I cover!”

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