INSPIRATION FOR THE DOERS, THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE OUR WORLD TURN
ISSUE 5 | YOUR PATHWAY TO GREATNESS
RETURNS TO TAFE
Bringing art to life
in pursuit of new dreams
ENGINEERING SUCCESS Why Brittany chose TAFE to kick-start her career
We take tertiary to the next level
Our students go global
State-of-the art training facilities
DO UNI DIFFERENTLY WE OFFER THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: UNIVERSITY THINKING, WITH TAFE HANDS-ON LEARNING. We’ve been in the business of delivering quality training for more than 130 years, and we've partnered with some of Australia’s most established and respected universities to deliver world-class degrees in a practical, job-focused training environment. Whether you want to develop realworld skills before heading to a traditional university, hit the workforce as soon as possible, or study your degree at TAFE, we have more than 270 pathways and credit arrangements to help you reach your goals. This issue of MAKE shines a light on our graduates who have taken their passion to the next level. They chose TAFE because it gave them a practical advantage in the workplace, moving them faster toward their career goals.
Acting, screen & media
Adult literacy & numeracy
Beauty & hairdressing
Digital design & IT
Education & training
Engineering & built environment
Horticulture & floristry
Music & sound production
Science & allied health
Sports & recreation
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CONTRIBUTORS Editor in Chief
Senior Designer Nella Picon Contributors
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.
CONTENTS 04. BUILDING A DREAM CAREER Brittany tells us about why the Associate Degree in Engineering is perfect for her
04. ILLUSTRATING HER STORY We catch up with Scheree, who launched her animation career through TAFE
05. BEAU CHOOSES TAFE AGAIN
COVER PHOTOGRAPHER Akira Le, Diploma of Photo Imaging Akira is turning her photography hobby into a career with TAFE Queensland Brisbane. The busy mother of two works part time as an academic advisor while she studies. Akira dreams of using photography as a counselling tool in psychology, and to raise awareness for autism. She is excited to be the official photographer for the Hmong Festival 2015 in Melbourne.
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From mild-mannered surfer to wildlife documentary maker
06. BROADENING OUR HORIZONS Our students take their skills around the world with international study tours
07. WHERE GREAT HAPPENS Check out what’s new on our campuses
BUILDING HER DREAM CAREER
Brittany now recommends the course to anyone considering engineering and attributes her academic success to TAFE Queensland Brisbane’s smaller class sizes and collaborative project work.
Brittany Harris is halfway through her Associate Degree in Civil Engineering and has her sights firmly set on the future. Brittany started working for a mining advisory and consultancy group straight out of high school and was inspired by the firm and her colleagues. From that experience, she decided that her long-term career goals would include securing a long-term contract with an engineering company and landing a dream role as a project manager.
“When you work on group projects you learn how to collaborate and get an end-result as a team. It’s such an important skill to have as an engineer. And it’s great to bounce ideas off a team in a supportive environment. It’s also easier to learn and participate in the smaller classes. You have more one-on-one time with the lecturers.” Brittany said that the industry exposure and contact she got through the course was a highlight, and that by throwing herself into her studies she got so much more out of the experience.
Brittany enrolled with TAFE Queensland Brisbane on the recommendation of friends who had completed the associate degree. “A few of my friends who are now studying engineering at university recommended doing the associate degree at TAFE first. They all said the practical skills they learned at TAFE made them feel more confident about going to university.”
“Make the most of your learning journey and get involved in your industry at an early stage of your course. TAFE has the contacts. You just have to make use of them. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.”
ILLUSTRATING A SUCCESSFUL STORY Scheree Reeves is an accomplished animator, film producer, and published author, and she puts much of her success down to TAFE Queensland Brisbane’s supportive environment and hands-on learning. Scheree finished the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Animation) at TAFE Queensland Brisbane in 2011. “It was a great move. I’d attempted to start an animation degree at university but found the large and impersonal class sizes didn’t suit me. So I enrolled with TAFE Queensland Brisbane and found the supportive teacher and student network really worked for me.” “I think it provided me with a big advantage for when I did eventually transition to university. I liked the hands-on approach that TAFE had to learning, compared with university, which tended to feel more academic.” 04 | tafebrisbane.edu.au
After completing the advanced diploma, Scheree carved herself a place in the animation world. In 2013, she published her first art book and ran a successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, which saw her jet set off to Austin, Texas to attend RTX - an annual gaming and Internet convention. Last year she made three short animated films, Stampede of the Fox, Sand Dragon and Black Sheep, and this year she self-published the first issue of her own comic, ExtraOrdinary. While dreaming of one day being a production assistant or in-house artist/ designer in a studio, Scheree keeps busy working as a freelancer and exhibiting as an artist in anime and pop culture conventions such as Supanova and Oz Comic-Con. Scheree is due to complete her Bachelor of Animation at Griffith University at the end of 2015. Check out Scheree’s work at www.scheree.com
AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER CHOOSES TAFE AGAIN TAFE graduate Beau Eastman wants to be the next David Attenborough. And judging from his growing portfolio of work and expanding list of award wins, he may just get there. As a first step in his plan, Beau enrolled in a Certificate IV in Screen at TAFE Queensland, straight after finishing high school. After finishing his course, Beau got to work, and his new skills and natural talent paid dividends. He picked up three awards in quick succession, including Best Film and Best Director award at the Reelife Short Film Festival for the documentary he made called Our Guru of Surfing.
“I chose TAFE because I wanted to get hands-on skills that I could start using straight away, as well as more knowledge about filmmaking and producing, to work towards becoming a wildlife documentary filmmaker.”
On the back of his award wins, Beau was approached by the RSPCA to create films to help raise awareness and support. “As an animal lover, I was honoured to produce films that would ultimately be used to benefit the safety and welfare of animals in shelters.” Beau’s own career in animal handling has also taken off. He started working at Underwater World on the Sunshine Coast as a retail assistant, but quickly moved into snake-handling and then as an aquarist working with sharks and crustaceans. A few years later, Beau landed his dream job at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary as an animal handler, presenting various shows to an enthralled audience. He also recently made a short video for the Currumbin Wildlife Animal Hospital.
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To formalise the skills he’s learning on the job, Beau is now enrolled in a Certificate III in Captive Animals at TAFE Queensland Brisbane.
“I wanted to get more out of my current role with Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and from my previous experience at TAFE Queensland, I knew that TAFE was where I needed to go again.” See some of Beau’s work at blog.tafebrisbane.edu.au
OUR STUDENTS GO GLOBAL
TAFE Queensland Brisbane students are jet-setting around the globe as part of their studies. Through a partnership with the Global Education Skills Alliance, students have the opportunity to set off on study abroad programs, immersing themselves in different cultures and developing their skills and networks within their chosen industries.
NEW YORK VISUAL ARTS TOUR
NEW YORK VISUAL ARTS TOUR
Students can choose from a number of different study abroad programs, from short-term tours led by teaching staff, to international internships. Students can even study at a partner institute for a semester. Since December last year, more than thirty students from fashion, millinery, and visual arts have travelled to exciting destinations, including New York and the Gujarat District in India. Later this year hospitality, travel
INDIA FASHION STUDY TOUR
NEW YORK VISUAL ARTS TOUR
and tourism students will head to Switzerland, fashion students will visit Hong Kong and China, and business students will expand their knowledge in Chile. Plans for further study opportunities throughout South East Asia, Europe, and North and South America are already underway. For more information, check out tafebrisbane.edu.au/study-abroad
INDIA FASHION STUDY TOUR
INDIA FASHION STUDY TOUR
IT’S TRUE. WE’VE HAD SOME WORK DONE.
WHERE OUR STUDENTS MAKE GREAT HAPPEN We’ve been busy upgrading a number of our studio and laboratory spaces, so our students get to learn on the newest, greatest, and most industry-relevant equipment available.
Our music studios are among the best equipped in the country, with commercial-quality audio production equipment and software, and a shiny new Solid State Logic Duality SE mixing console – one of only six in Australia. The Gig Studio is the Taj Mahal of live musical performance spaces, and is linked to a control room running Duality and ProTools software. The future is here in our brand new Games Innovation and Research Lab, equipped with duel screen Area 51 gaming machines, driving simulators, pin ball machines and a suite of the latest gaming consoles. On top of that we’ve just installed state-of-the-art motion capture systems, Oculus Rift virtual reality sets, and 3D printers and scanners. Our dental prosthetics students aren’t missing out either, with TAFE Queensland Brisbane securing the latest in Computer Animated Design (CAD) and Computer Animated Milling (CAM) systems. Our dental students will learn the most up-to-date techniques in digital dentistry on the 3 shape/Weiland CAD CAM system, which has completely changed the landscape of design and manufacture in the dental prosthetics industry. Our Loganlea campus has also undergone an enormous facelift, with almost $2 million invested in on-site campus improvements. Students now have access to new horticulture and animal sciences facilities, as well as an extension to the outdoor student common grounds. Our building exteriors have also had a makeover – expect a lot more colour. New computer facilities, increased Wi-Fi capabilities, and a campus-wide air-conditioning refurbishments are underway and due to be completed by the end of 2015. 07 | tafebrisbane.edu.au
UPCOMING FREE EVENTS
WHAT'S ON SURVIVING GRADE 12 AND BEYOND:
A GUIDE FOR PARENTS (FEATURING JANE CARO)
7 PM – 8.30 PM
Jane Caro, author of What Makes a Good School, regular contributor to Channel Seven’s Sunrise, ABC’s Q&A program and The Gruen Transfer, will host a panel of education experts as they offer insight into the crucial last year of high school. South Bank campus, 66 Ernest Street, South Brisbane. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL
GROVELY PLANT SALE NOVEMBER 7
9 AM – 12 PM
Browse plants and seedlings grown by horticulture students and take home some bargains from our Grovely campus, Fitzsimmons Street, Keperra.
GIG WEEK 2015 NOVEMBER 9 – 13
Live music performed by students on the Green Space at our South Bank campus, 66 Ernest Street, South Brisbane.
CRE8 BRISBANE 2015 NOVEMBER 18
6 PM – 10 PM
TAFE Queensland Brisbane’s premier Creative Industries Showcase event at our South Bank campus, 66 Ernest Street, South Brisbane. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL
MT GRAVATT FASHION SHOW NOVEMBER 25
Graduating fashion students present their collections on the catwalk at our Mt Gravatt campus, 1030 Cavendish Road, Mt Gravatt. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL For more information and to register, visit tafebrisbane.edu.au/events TAFE Queensland Brisbane | 07
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