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  • 24th August, 2017

From the Careers Desk

Course and Institution Updates

Griffith University Updates

B Engineering (Honours) Major in Civil and Architectural Engineering - This new major will combine civil and structural engineering with the creative design and environmental sustainability aspects of architecture.  It will be offered at the Gold Coast campus, commencing in 2018.  See the Griffith website for details.

B Computer Science – This course will be offered at the Nathan campus, as well as on the Gold Coast in 2018.  It is designed to prepare students to work on the cutting edge of technology, creating the future rather than just applying existing information technology solutions to business needs or building websites.  Read about the course here.

New STEM double degrees – The following double degrees will be offered in 2018:

On-campus accommodation at Griffith – The residential colleges located on the Nathan and Mt Gravatt campuses are available for students attending Nathan, Mt Gravatt and South Bank campuses.  Accommodation at the Gold Coast campus is operated by Griffith University Village. The accommodation website provides information about accommodation scholarships, living on campus, and the support provided.

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Important reminder - The due date to register for auditions and submit portfolios for Creative Industries’ courses that have additional entry requirements is 5pm Friday, 15 September 2017.  This is the last date to register for auditions for acting, dance, dance performance and music; and the last date to register and submit portfolios for fashion and visual arts, and business/visual arts double degrees.  Visit the Additional entry requirements webpage to access more information and to register.

Changes to the Elite Athlete admission process - Applicants can now apply for the QUT’s Elite Athlete entry scheme through QTAC.  QTAC will assess eligibility for the scheme and request supporting documentation directly from applicants.  Where applicable, QTAC will obtain supporting evidence directly from the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS), if the applicant is with the QAS or the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).  Applicants can nominate themselves as an Elite Athlete at any time.   QTAC documentation due dates, however, will apply (see p. 21 of the 2018 Year 12 Guide).  QUT will inform successful elite athlete applicants on their bonus outcomes and QUT's supporting services.  Information regarding eligibility and how to apply for the scheme is now available on the QUT Elite Athlete Special Entry Scheme page.

Creative Industries Experience Days for Communication, Design and Creative Practice - These experience days are hands-on workshops in creative practice, communication and design.  During the following workshops, you can engage with lecturers, mix with current students and participate in curriculum-based activities that will enhance your academic skills.

  • Experience Design – 9am – 12 noon on Saturday, 9 September 2017 at J Block, Level 2, QUT Gardens Point Campus.
  • Experience Creative Practice – 9am – 12 noon on Sunday, 10 September 2017 at the QUT Creative Industries Precinct, Kelvin Grove Campus.
  • Experience Communication - 9am – 12 noon on Friday, 6 October 2017 at the QUT Creative Industries Precinct, Kelvin Grove Campus.

Click here for more information and to register.

Holiday campus tours – High school students and their parents are invited to come and have a look around the QUT campuses during the September school holidays.  Take a guided tour of our Gardens Point or Kelvin Grove campuses; tour the Creative Industries Precinct at Kelvin Grove, and hear from current students about their life at university.  Visit the QUT website for more information.

University of New England’s (UNE) Early Entry Program – A Reminder

UNE 2018 Early Entry applications will close on Friday, 29 September 2017.  The Early Entry program enables Year 12 students to be considered for entry to UNE courses before their final Year 12 results are available.  Applicants are selected based on information from their school, rather than an OP.  Successful applicants receive an offer directly from UNE in early November.  Visit the Early Entry website for details of the application process.

University of Queensland (UQ)

Applications now open for the Enhanced Studies Program (ESP) – High achieving Year 11 students are invited to apply for this program.  ESP provides students with an opportunity to study a UQ subject in Semester 1 of Year 12.  Over 40 subjects are available in a range of study areas.  Applications close 31 October 2017.  Visit the ESP website for details.

Bonus ranks for regional and remote students applying for UQ Health courses – These students may be eligible for an additional two bonus ranks for a range of UQ courses under the Rural Access Scheme.  Courses include:

Visit the Rural Access Scheme website for more information.  Note that at UQ you can receive only a maximum of five bonus ranks over all bonus schemes.

New B Advanced Business (Honours) in 2018 – This four-year course will be limited to a small, highly motivated and high-achieving group of students aspiring to leadership roles in business, the community, or academia.  The prerequisites are English and Maths B or C (or a combination of both).  Read about the course here.

2018 Courses at the Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC)

2018 courses at QATC are now open for enrolment.  The colleges, located in Emerald, Longreach and training hubs across Queensland, offer:

  • Nationally accredited diploma courses in Agriculture, Agribusiness Management, Conservation and Land Management and Veterinary Nursing.
  • QATC Access Ag – and alternative pathway to employment or university studies
  • Practical skill development through vocational training
  • Short courses.

Depending on the course, you may have the option to study face-to-face on campus or via distance education.  Visit the website to download the 2018 Course Guide.  If you are not sure of the area you wish to study, use the Course Finder on the website to narrow your options.

Auditions Open for 2018 Courses at the Jazz Music Institute (JMI)

JMI offers a B Music in Jazz Performance and Certificates III and IV in Music Industry (Performance).  Auditions are available by appointment from September 2017.  To learn more about JMI, its courses and how to apply for them, visit the How to Apply page on the JMI website.

Billy Blue College of Design Higher Education Diplomas

Billy Blue is a THINK Education college.  It has partnered with Torrens University Australia to offer the following higher education diplomas:

As these are higher education diplomas, eligible students can apply for FEE-HELP loans to fund their studies.  If you study the D Interior Design and Decoration, or the D of Graphic Design, you will get credit points towards the relevant Bachelor Degree at Billy Blue.

Billy Blue will hold an Info Night, starting at 6pm on Wednesday 23 August 2017.  Visit the website for details and to register.

JMC Academy September High School Workshops

Interested in a creative career?  These workshops will give you an opportunity to test drive several creative areas.  They will be held on Wednesday 20 and Thursday, 21 September 2017 (during the school holidays).  The workshops are designed for students in Years 9 – 12 and are interactive and hands-on.  The cost for each workshop ranges from $30 - $50.  Register now and use the code 'MAKEIT25' to get 25% off the workshop ticket price.  This offer expires on 31 August 2017.  The workshops offered are:

  • Ableton Live High School Workshop – introduction to electronic music concepts
  • Pro Tools High School Workshop – introduction to sound recording and engineering
  • Animation and Game Development Workshop
  • Music, Audio & Entertainment High School Workshop.

Visit the JMC website for details and to register.

Queensland School of Film and Television (QSFT) School Holiday Boot Camps

QSFT is offering the following two-day boot camps for students in Years 9 – 12 at its Annerley campus during the coming September school holidays:

  • Acting Boot Camp – 20 and 21 September 2017
  • Filmmaker Boot Camp – 27 and 28 September 2017.

You can pre-register your interest in a boot camp here.  For more information, contact the school on telephone 3392 7788, or email info@qsft.qld.edu.au.

Want to join the circus?

Applications are now open for the B Circus Arts at the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA).  Entry into NICA is by audition, interview and successful completion of a medical assessment.  Applicants must apply to audition.  Applicants are expected to have a background in areas such as performing arts, physical theatre, youth circus, dance, martial arts, acrobatic sports or gymnastics.  Auditions for Queensland applicants will be held on 1 October 2017 at Flipside Circus, Alderley.  Visit the website for more information, to download the Fitness Preparation Guide, and to view a short video about NICA that explains the audition process.

Jeanette Maxwell - Careers and Guidance Counsellor

(Source:  Options Career Information)

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