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Hands-on experience on campus


From TV studios to race car workshops to hospital wards, today’s modern university now boasts a surprising range of facilities on campus.

At Edith Cowan University (ECU), you’ll have the chance to combine theory with hands-on experience using a variety of industry-standard equipment. It’s all in the name of giving students the confidence and skills to succeed after they graduate, whether that’s further study or a career.

Gallery 25 is ECU’s newest exhibition space
Gallery 25 is ECU’s newest exhibition space within the $5 million arts hub.

Collaboration is key in the arts

At the Mount Lawley Campus, a new $5 million arts hub combines photographic studios, an art gallery, animation studio and areas for fashion, print making and motion capture.

The idea is to provide students with the chance to collaborate with peers across disciplines, as is common in the creative industries.

Cutting-edge communications

For those seeking to make it in the media, students have access to the same professional television and radio broadcast equipment they’ll be using as reporters and producers. And the best way to learn is by doing, which is why students produce their own shows for Radio ECU and 89.7 Twin Cities FM.

Those with a passion for online news are also catered for, with the opportunity to produce articles, video and social media updates for the ECU Daily website.

The ECU moot court on the Joondalup Campus.
The ECU moot court on the Joondalup Campus.

Tomorrow’s lawyers gaining practical experience today

The lawyers of the future have the chance to develop their advocacy skills in ECU’s new moot court, which includes IT systems similar to those used in real courts.

It gives students the chance to practice witness examination and cross examination, as well as prepare for international mooting competitions.

Immersive 360 degree videos are helping to train teachers
Immersive 360 degree videos are helping to train teachers

Teachers turning to video

Within the School of Education, students are using immersive videos to improve their understanding of the classroom before they even step foot inside. 360 degree cameras, like those used by Google Streetview, record footage from inside three Perth school classrooms.

The footage is analysed by students, who can pan around the room and see how each student in the class responded to the teacher’s instructions.

Student race team

On the Joondalup Campus, students in ECU’s Motorsport course design and build a race car from scratch each year, utilising an engine dynamometer, cylinder head flow bench and design software in its workshop. It shows in the race teams’ recent results. They placed 10th at the Formula Student competition at Silverstone in the UK in 2016 out of more than 100 international teams and received the ‘Best Engine’ award.

A demonstration ward at the Joondalup Campus.
A demonstration ward at the Joondalup Campus.

Real life nursing experience

As the largest Nursing course in WA, ECU provides demonstration wards that allow students to apply the theory learned in the class room to real-life and emergency simulations. The wards feature a range of mannequins, including Sim-Man and Sim-Baby, giving students the chance to first practice alongside their tutor and peers before moving onto clinical placements.

And when students need a break from all this hands-on activity, there’s the option to chill out in the Library’s two sleep pods, which provide a quiet, private place to take a 20 minute power nap before being gently woken.

Learn more about the facilities at ECU’s three campuses by visiting the Future Students webpages.

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