Communications & Arts
Our Communications & Arts teaching and research programs are connected to local and global communities through a range of industry projects, exhibitions, performances and creative collaborations.
This unique interaction has enabled us to establish professional affiliations with a number of partners, allowing students the opportunity to engage with industry across a range of disciplines and professions.
Only the best for Broadcasting students
Eight talented Broadcasting students have recently received a valuable kick-start to their media careers, receiving cash prizes and internships within newsrooms around Australia.
Joanna Crothers, one of our winning students, has been awarded the prestigious ABC News 24 Paul Lockyer Memorial Prize, which will see her travel to Sydney for a three-month paid internship with ABC News 24.
Other awards and internships presented to Broadcasting students in 2011 include:
- The Seven Productions Award (two paid internships)
- The Channel Seven Award for most potential in television
- The Commercial Radio Australia Award for most potential in commercial radio (two winners)
- The 6PR George Grjlusich Sports Broadcasting Award
- The WAtoday Award for video journalism
Sky's the limit for ECU writer
ECU South West PhD student and up-and-coming writer Nicole Sinclair is looking forward to a long and successful writing career after winning the national Katherine Susannah Prichard (KSP) Short Fiction Award for her short story, The Nest. Set in the south-west of WA, The Nest is about a couple who are coming to terms with infertility.
For Nicole, the win was not only about the recognition, but also about receiving encouragement and support from those in the writing industry. Nicole plans to use the money from the award to pay for a research trip for her next novel. Nicole also won the national Down South Adult Writing competition for her story Dead Ringer.
International recognition for ECU designer
Communications and Arts PhD student Andy Simionato is conducting research into the historical and cultural identities of books as a medium, their production, transmission and consumption, with the intention of understanding how the different elements within books are changing in computer mediated environments.
Andy has produced book works that are featured prominently in the Triennale Design Museum in Italy, which will be viewed by hundreds of thousands of visitors. Andy's efforts have seen him offered a residency position in Milan during 2013, where he hopes to show artworks produced during his PhD research at ECU.
Postgraduate Broadcasting student finalist in national award
Broadcasting postgraduate student, Ann Jones, was a finalist in the recent "United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Awards 2010", competing against some of the best in the nation.
Jones was a finalist in the Special Award Category of Promotion of Aboriginal Reconciliation, for her radio documentary "The Media and Indigenous Australians". Her fellow finalists were from the ABC and The Sydney Morning Herald.
Jones said, "To be listed as a finalist next to professional journalists from all over the country is a testament to the high quality of the broadcasting course here at WAAPA. I think being listed as a finalist is an acknowledgement of my own work, but also of the training and support of the teachers and staff at ECU."
Earlier this year, Jones was one of three finalists in the 'National Media Super Student Journalist of the Year Awards' for another radio story she produced. The winners were announced at the Awards Presentation Dinner in Melbourne hosted by ABC's Virginia Trioli.
- Stuffed, a short film by one of our Master of Professional Communications (Screen Studies) graduates, Magda Wozniak, won Best Screenplay at the WA Screen Awards, Best Tertiary Short Fiction at the Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) awards and a nomination for the Australian Writers Guild (AWGIE) awards. Magda has continued on to write for the television dramas Rescue Special Ops and Neighbours.
"I've had to challenge my own perceptions and it's made me grow as a person.
"This course offered me freedom. I was able to choose units that reflected my interests, strengths and background, so it felt like my course.
"Being at a university where so many different schools of knowledge exist and so many activities take place, means that you can enjoy a richer uni life. And being involved with other projects has allowed me to gain more skills that are otherwise outside the scope of my degree, but make me a much more able person.
"Now I'm ready to take on almost anything!"
Master of Innovative Technology student
Specialist facilities & services
Our Communications and Arts students have access to a state of the art education environment.
There's 24x7 access to our artists' studios', edit suites, computer labs with printing facilities and latest software.
The very best digital and analogue professional video, audio and photographic equipment is also available for loan from our on-campus Media Store.
See our students' work
See our Communication & Arts students' work in our creative showcase.