INSPIRATION FOR THE DOERS, THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE OUR WORLD TURN
ISSUE 6 | IT'S NOT TOO LATE
MAKING 'GRATES' HAPPEN
From Redlands to Rock Star
FRIENDLY FACES Meet your new student ambassadors
GET INFORMED It's not too late to study in 2016 JANUARY 18-29
Award-winning student brings art to life
Get qualified for the games boom
Young chef's sweet success
IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO LEARN SOMETHING NEW If you’re looking for the perfect time to study, it’s now. If you’re looking for a change, now’s the time to make it. If you didn’t get the grades you needed, don’t give up. We can help you get to where you need to be. In this edition of MAKE we talk to a rock star, a games designer, a rising young artist and an award-winning chef about pursuing their dream jobs, and now it’s your turn. At TAFE Queensland Brisbane we have everything you need to make great happen. Whether you’re straight out of school, thinking about a career change, or looking to upskill or re-enter the workforce, now is the time to do it. We have hundreds of courses and brand new offerings in higher education degrees built for the sole purpose of getting you where you need to be. We’re ready whenever you are. It’s not too late to start studying in 2016. Call us or visit one of our Customer Service Centres and get started today.
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CONTRIBUTORS Editor in Chief
Senior Designer Nella Picon Editors
All information was accurate at time of publication; however, TAFE Queensland policies, tuition fees and course content are subject to change without notice.
It’s time we celebrate the doers. The builders, the bakers, the fancy clothes-makers. The picture takers and flower bunchers, city makers and number crunchers. The protectors, the nurturers, the entertainers, and the people who make us all look beautiful. The upskillers, the room chillers, and the all-important pollution killers. The mariners and miners, mechanics and medics, the graziers and glaziers, and people who just amaze you. You’re the people who make the world turn. You’re the people who make great happen.
04. GRAND DESIGNS Alexandra Raineri's award-wining designs are bringing art to life
04. LEVEL UP
A designer gives his view on the next big thing in gaming
05. MAKING 'GRATES' HAPPEN The Grates front woman, Patience Hodgson, has crammed a lifetime into a decade
06. A RECIPE FOR SUCCESS A young chef rises through the ranks
06. WHAT'S ON Check out what’s new on our campuses
07. YOUR NEW AMBASSADORS Find a friendly face in the crowd
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GAME ON When he’s not chopping fruit with a samurai sword, TAFE Queensland Brisbane alumnus, Ben Marrinan is busy working on the next big thing in games design. It’s been a big few years for Ben. As one of the geniuses behind blockbuster video game Fruit Ninja, which has racked up more than a billion downloads, Ben believes it’s the challenges and collaboration that keep him excited about his industry.
“I often take for granted how privileged I am to have worked on Fruit Ninja. People almost everywhere know the name. That’s something that’s always going to stick with me,” he said. “I think that’s the greatest thing about working in a creative field. Every day is different and I’m constantly learning.” It was a love of gaming that pushed Ben into taking the plunge into the creative industries but he said a supportive family and faith in his ambition made his choice to move interstate to pursue his dream career worth it. “I’m originally from South Australia. After graduating high school I knew I wanted to make games so I looked at my options.
I found TAFE Queensland and the games course was exactly what I was looking for,” he said. “The guys behind the course did their research, and they run the final semester as if they were running a games studio, which is exactly how it should be done. Days at TAFE felt exactly like days at my current job. You had a team, and you would come into “work”, and make a game. It was so much fun, and so practical.” Want to be part of the gaming boom? Learn about our Bachelor of Games and Interactive Design at degrees.tafeqld.edu.au.
CHANGING THE RULES
GRAND DESIGNS She may be new to the game, but Alexandra Raineri’s striking art pieces are years in the making. Her distinctive state PICA award-winning art piece, Mother Earth, combines the up-andcoming visual artist’s love of both photography and mixed media. MOTHER EARTH By Alexandra Raineri
“Photography was something I just stumbled across, but I feel like it’s where I want to be,” she said. “I love the controlled environment of working in a studio. I started playing around with mixed media and my work really evolved from there.” Alexandra, who also holds a Diploma of Animation from TAFE Queensland Brisbane, was recognised with two silver medals from the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) and wrapped up her year by sending her print Mother Earth to the PICA national awards.
Mother Earth is a piece that really evolved. I started with a photograph of the model and then started playing with different art materials like crayons and watercolour.
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I really want to see what’s happening around the world. It’s great seeing it all on the internet, but there’s something about seeing art on walls or in a pop-up gallery that is totally different.
“I love to mix and match. I take what I learned about mixed media in animation and apply it to what I’m learning in photography,” she said. Though the piece is currently a one-off, Alexandra said she’s hoping that it will soon be part of a bigger series based on the elements using different colour palettes – something she will be able to pick up next year when she starts an Advanced Diploma of Photo Imaging. “I’m also really hoping to go on the TAFE Study Tour to New York next year,” she said.
IRIS By Alexandra Raineri
F E AT U R I N G PAT I E N C E H O D G S O N
MAKING 'GRATES' HAPPEN From Alexandra Hills to New York and back again, Patience Hodgson has crammed a lifetime into a decade.
Every successful person has faked it and probably still does.
Hodgson, the charismatic front woman of Brisbane indie rock band, The Grates, took to the stage at the 2015 Senior Studies graduation to reflect on 10 years behind a microphone, dealing with anxiety and self-doubt, and making the most of opportunities. “We’ve released four full length albums and an EP all of which were feature albums on Triple J, we’ve hosted Rage, had international record deals and toured the world,” she said. “We’ve been nominated for ARIAS, we have never won any, but it’s nice to just be thought of. We played at Splendour in the Grass five times and I’ve been on the cover of Rolling Stone, yet still I have those moments where I doubt myself.” Hodgson, who met bandmates John Patterson and Alana Skyring while studying drama at TAFE Queensland Brisbane’s Alexandra Hills campus, said she believes the biggest hurdle to success is the belief that you deserve it. She also credits the old adage of ‘fake it until you make it’. “I wasn’t a trained singer when we started the Grates. I wasn’t even a wannabe singer. I just knew that being in my band with John and Alana felt special. I was a pretender who sung and then got better along the way. The more I faked it, the more opportunities I had to refine my voice and now I am actually pretty good,” she said. “That’s the thing about believing you deserve opportunities – sometimes you need to fake that too. Sometimes that’s just about getting out there. Leaving the house and doing a course might introduce you to someone who ends up being your life-long collaborator or supporter.” On top of writing, recording and touring Hodgson and band mate and husband Patterson, also run successful café venture South Side Tea Room, Death Valley Bar and the Red Robin Supper Truck. A big call for a couple of rock stars whose only experience with hospitality was as a customer. However, with a lot of hard work and many late nights the pair built what has now become a cult favourite on Brisbane’s burgeoning food scene – all through faking it until they made it. “If something good comes your way, don’t push it aside. You’ve got to believe you’re capable of whatever it is that you want, even if you’re not entirely sure of how you’re going to achieve it, even though no one else in your family has done it,” she said. “And here’s the thing - every successful person has faked it and probably still does.”
Senior Studies is an alternative education path for students looking to finish year 11 and 12 in an adult learning environment. The qualification will see you graduate with a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and either an OP or a vocational certification. For more information visit our website tafebrisbane.edu.au TAFE Queensland Brisbane | 05
UPCOMING FREE EVENTS A SWEET WIN
A RECIPE FOR SUCCESS
SENIOR STUDIES INFORMATION EVENING JANUARY 18 6 PM – 7.30 PM
Peter Yann was always going to be destined for big things in the food industry. Coming from a family of food lovers and fishermen, it’s no surprise that a dish inspired by the sea saw him take out the top prize at the Apprentice Chef of the Year gala award night recently. Currently sous chef at Brisbane restaurant Apple Tango, Peter cites his family’s shared passion for food as one of his biggest and earliest influences. “My mother, aunts and grandmother were excellent home cooks and my grandparents were very keen fishermen,” he said. “Childhood memories consist of large tables of food, mainly fresh seafood and always a pig on the spit. Food has always been a large part of my family, it brought us together and would always be the canvas for a good time.” Peter’s entrée featuring salmon, cardamom, coriander, ginger, chilli, and salmon pearls perfectly encapsulated his passion for flavourful and unique food and his seaside roots. Peter attributes his fast rise through the ranks of the kitchen to the mentorship he receives from head chef at Apple Tango, Graeme McKinnon.
Perfect for students who don’t fit into the traditional high school model, but still want their QCE qualification. §§ Alexandra Hills campus, Windemere Road, Alexandra Hills
ADULT TERTIARY PREPARATION INFORMATION EVENING JANUARY 18 6 PM – 7.30 PM Find out how to get the skills you need to further your education. §§ South Bank campus, C Block Auditorium, 66 Ernest Street, South Brisbane §§ Caboolture campus, J1.16 Auditorium, Tallon Street, Caboolture
MAKE GREAT CHOICES INFORMATION EVENING JANUARY 28 5 PM – 7 PM Food has always been a large part of my family, it brought us together and would always be the canvas for a good time.
It’s not too late to talk face-to-face with one of our friendly course advisors about studying in 2016. §§ All TAFE Queensland Brisbane campuses
ORIENTATION 2016 JANUARY 27-29
ALL DAY EVENT
Visit our basecamps, a one-stop shop for students who need help, advice or just a place to take a breath. Learn about campus life and how to get study support. §§ All TAFE Queensland Brisbane campuses tafebrisbane.edu.au/orientation
REINVENT YOUR CAREER EXPO MARCH 19-20 ALL DAY EVENT This is a free expo aimed at giving adults careers and employment advice. Great for anyone who’s looking to head back into the workforce after time away, learn something new, upgrade their skills or a looking for work. §§ Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
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For more information and to register, visit tafebrisbane.edu.au/events
MEET YOUR STUDENT AMBASSADORS Looking for a friendly face in the crowd or some advice about study? Get to know your student ambassadors. You’ll find them around campus throughout the week as well as hanging out with us at our student events and expos.
Jacobus Beets Daniel Pimm
Associate Degree in Civil Engineering
Meaghan Davies Diploma of Graphic Design working towards the new Bachelors of Graphic Design
Bachelor of Contemporary Music Practices
Effat Mahdavian Bazehhoor Skills for Education and Employment
M E E T E F FAT
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TAFE?
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TAFE?
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TAFE?
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TAFE?
I chose TAFE because I wanted to understand not only the theory but the practical as well and TAFE does exactly that.
I chose TAFE Queensland because of the amazing reputation it has in the field of graphic design. TAFE design students graduate with the best skills to gain employment.
The facilities are unreal, and the teachers come very highly regarded as well.
I chose TAFE, because I can access a wide range of world-class training facilities and learning and support services.
BEST ADVICE FOR STUDENTS
BEST ADVICE FOR STUDENTS
The best advice I can give to you as a student is to never doubt yourself and always look at a positive perspective.
You get out what you put in. If you come to all the classes, pay attention and ask questions it puts you in a much better place to do the best work you can do.
BEST ADVICE FOR STUDENTS Ask the stupid questions, or better yet, there are no stupid questions. Take advantage of the resources and teachers whilst you have them.
BEST ADVICE FOR STUDENTS TAFE is the best place to further your education. You can gain advantage in the job market and also use your qualification as a pathway for further tertiary study.
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IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO START STUDYING IN 2016 MAKE GREAT CHOICES INFORMATION EVENING Talk face-to-face with one of our friendly course advisors about studying in 2016. To find out more visit tafebrisbane.edu.au/events DATE
28 January 2016
5pm - 7pm
All TAFE Queensland Brisbane campuses
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If you’re looking for the perfect time to study, it’s now. If you’re looking for a change, now’s the time to make it.