Students’ Skill-Sharing on Show

James Cook University's third year Creative Media Arts students will present their creative collaboration projects at Umbrella Studio this Friday night. IMAGE: Supplied

Final year JCU Creative Media Arts students will present the series of creative projects they’ve assisted with across the course of this semester at Umbrella Studio contemporary arts this Friday night.

The projects utilise the students’ skills to assist local not-for-profits with design and promotion. President of JCU Creative Media Arts, Mathew Currie, said the experience offered to students through the projects was invaluable.

“Over the past semester, final year students at JCU have had real-world experience working with clients around Townsville,” Mathew said.

“These clients have included Jimirara Wildlife Conservation and Research Centre, Townsville City Council, North Queensland Conservation Council, Umbrella Studio contemporary arts and La Luna Youth Arts.

“At Jimirara, students developed a marketing plan and assisted in applying for grants to fix enclosures following February’s weather event; at Townsville City Council, they have assisted with public art documentation – so have been creating resources promoting the latest additions to the Street Art Walking Trail and filming the latest ones which have been created.

“Students collaborated with the North Queensland Conservation Council to highlight climate change and its impact within the NQ region through animation and posters which will also assist NQCC with fundraising; a group have been creating a behind-the-scenes documentary of Umbrella Studio contemporary arts’ upcoming Legacy project; and another group have assisted La Luna in promoting their school holiday program in their new home at Castletown.”

The current cohort of students will be the final to collaborate on community projects – and will host the final JCU Graduate Exhibition next semester.

“There won’t be a steady stream of New Media Arts students in Townsville from JCU after next year, which is a bit frightening – it’s weird to think that our exhibition next semester will be the very last one.

“This Friday’s event is a showcase of the work we’ve done over the course of the semester for these organisations, and showing the community what we’re capable of. These projects are all students doing real-world work to get real-world money for not-for-profits. It’s been a really good career builder, and you’ll find a lot of us will use this to build our resumes.

“The groups of students assisting each organisation consisted of an even split of skills: so videographers, photographers, designers, animators – pretty much someone skilled in all of the new media arts within each group and on call so when clients came to us with whatever they were asking for, we were able to supply it. It has really taught us to work well in a team and a lot of students probably haven’t worked with a real client before, so it’s giving us all that career experience too.”

Catch the Creative Collaboration Projects launch by 2019 JCU Creative Media Arts students at Umbrella Studio contemporary arts this Friday from 6pm. For more information, click here. 

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