Did you know that some of the live local events are real-world classrooms where up-and-coming creatives learn as part of their work placements for their degrees at SAE Creative Media Institute?
SAE General Manager, Dr Luke McMillan said that, ‘SAE’s partnerships with industry, and the time staff spend preparing students for work placements, sets them up for once they graduate. SAE is delighted that festivals are back on the cultural calendar for everyone to enjoy. This is especially true for our students, who are once again getting the opportunity to sharpen their skills.’
‘Last academic year, 499 SAE students successfully completed their work placements.’
From the beginning of her Bachelor of Audio degree, one of Emily Turner’s goals was to work at Bluesfest. With busy schedules supporting acts on stage, Emily said she has nothing but positive memories from what she learnt. ‘It was so exciting to be a part of. I was stimulated with new experiences and always learning. Being in that sort of atmosphere and being exposed to all these incredible professionals, like George Benson and The Wailers, it just fed my soul.’
Bachelor of Songwriting and Music Production student, Callum Peutrill got involved in production and stage management over the three day Rabbits Eat Lettuce festival.
Callum said it was a great experience because he was in a small crew with some SAE graduates, who had done their work placement at the festival last year, and they did so well they were asked back to do paid work this year. ‘I certainly think going to SAE gave me the skills and knowledge to be the best I could over the weekend.’
Bachelor of Graphic Design and Visual Communication student, Lena Rothe, who received a Destination Australia scholarship, was delighted to be able to fulfil her passion for photography at Flotsam Surf and Photography festival. ‘It was an amazing experience. Since I moved to Australia I’ve been building a reputation as a surf photographer, and to have worked at Flotsam was incredible.’
Dr McMillan said the partnerships are very valuable for students. ‘We are incredibly grateful to our industry partners; Bluesfest, Rabbits Eat Lettuce and Flotsam for providing our students with the necessary real-world experience to seamlessly transition into the workplace.’
SAE Creative Media Institute understands creators, and provides students with the experience, skills, equipment and connections to succeed in the industry.