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Short Courses for Credit Program

ECU’s School of Arts and Humanities invites you to join our Short Courses for Credit Program. These FREE courses are designed to introduce high school students to university life, offer an engaging, hands-on experience in a discipline of their choice and give them a head start at university. Our short courses are aimed at motivated year 11 and 12 students who have an existing interest and passion for the Arts and/or Media. These week-long specialist courses cover areas of study offered at ECU, promoting aspirations for tertiary education. Students gain a deeper understanding of the way university works, helping them to overcome any anxiety they might have about higher education.

Students develop self-confidence and public speaking skills, team work and group collaboration techniques and produce high quality written and digital works. They expand on skills that support their school work and come to discover that university is an option they might not have considered before. Importantly, students who pass the requirements of these courses will receive Advanced Standing (credit transfer) for a first/second year unit, once gaining successful admission to an applicable ECU undergraduate course. This means students will save time and money before even commencing their university studies.

Available short courses

This short course is intended for motivated year 11 and 12 students with a passion for comics and telling stories. It doesn't matter what type of comics you like or want to make: superheroes, Vikings, monsters, high school kids, funny animals, sea creatures, aliens or yourself! Action, speculative fiction, autobiographical, historical, funny or serious, we have you covered.

This course will introduce comics as a narrative/story telling activity with an emphasis on communicating with pictures: showing rather than telling. You will learn all the basic tools and techniques of making comics with the goal of making a short comic that a) can be exhibited in the Spectrum Gallery as part of the Perth Comic Arts Festival (PCAF); b) can be printed and sold on PCAF festival and market day: Saturday, July 6, 2019.

Students will also:

  • Develop characters through which to tell your story
  • Write a short story for your characters
  • Learn how to do comics layouts and tell your story visually
  • Get drawing tips, tricks, getting the best out of penciling, inking, colouring and lettering
  • Develop your own short comic, which can be printed, bound and sold at the PCAF market fair on Saturday, July 6, 2019

Details

Dates: Monday, 1 - Friday, 5 July 2019
Times: 9.00am - 3.00pm daily

This course encourages an exploration into design for the body and garment and is designed for motivated 11 and 12 students who have an existing interest in Fashion. Students will use traditional and contemporary processes to investigate ideas around the body/object/image and the relationships between them. The aim is to develop basic design ideas through a variety of practical projects.

Students will also:

  • Create a range of design possibilities by manipulating materials and processes
  • Generate and develop ideas through visual research methods like drawing and collage
  • Work creatively to solve design problems through material manipulation and construction approaches
  • Explore historical and contemporary silhouette and design qualities through garment investigation
  • Participate in group discussions and collaborate in team work activities

Details

Dates: Monday, 1 - Friday, 5 July 2019
Times: 9.00am - 4.00pm daily

This course will give year 11 and 12 students who have a passion for photography, an existing skill with cameras and an eye for detail, the opportunity to extend their skills and immerse themselves in a creative and professional environment.

Students will also:

  • Learn to operate single lens reflex digital cameras
  • Develop skills in the creative management of light
  • Learn the principles used in Photomedia production
  • Work in a professional studio and on location
  • Produce imaginative and engaging imagery
  • Work with lecturers, tutors and mentors who are industry professionals

Details

Dates: Monday, 1 - Friday, 5 July 2019
Times: 9.00am - 3.00pm daily

This course is aimed at motivated year 11 and 12 students who have an existing interest in media studies and public relations, specifically events management.  Students will develop the skills to design, stage and publicise a special event. Looking at events as a public relations tool, students will work on campaigns that cover media relations, marketing, government relations, communications and issue management.

Students will also:

  • Learn about all aspects of event execution including writing a strategy, logistics, budgeting, sponsorship, risk management and stakeholder relations
  • Develop publicity, marketing and communication strategies, including use of internet and mobile technology
  • Plan and execute a media relations program
  • Look at real-life case studies
  • Evaluate the value of special events, including sustainability and cultural/social factors
  • Work collaboratively as part of a team

Details

Dates: Monday, 1 - Friday, 5 July 2019
Times: 9.00am - 3.00pm daily

The best movies all start with a great screenplay, and the best screenwriters combine unique, creative writing with the limitless, visual world of filmmaking. Writing scripts can be bold, challenging, and lots of fun! This scriptwriting course is specially designed for motivated year 11 and 12 students with a passion for the screen. Meet with other creative film lovers, share ideas and engage with the art and craft of contemporary screenwriting, while planning and completing a short script to a professional industry standard.

Students will also:

  • Learn to recognise the distinctive characteristics of screen stories and how these influence script organisation and preparation
  • Develop research skills and apply them to the preparation of scripts
  • Analyse the elements of dramatic writing, particularly the development of dialogue, character plot and visual storytelling
  • Produce scripts for a short drama

Details

Dates: Monday, 1 - Friday, 5 July 2019
Times: 9.00am - 3.30pm daily

This course will give year 11 and 12 students who have a passion for Visual Arts the opportunity to develop their existing interest in drawing. Students will experience a range of problem solving projects and be introduced to the analytical and expressive approach to drawing.

Students will also:

  • Produce drawings using traditional and contemporary materials and processes
  • Develop observational drawing, expressionist and gestural language techniques
  • Experience materials demonstrations, illustrated lectures and work on studio projects
  • Work creativity and collaboratively as part of a team
  • Receive tuition and guidance from a practising contemporary artist and university lecturer

Details

Dates: Monday, 1 - Friday, 5 July 2019
Times: 9.00am - 3.00pm daily

This course is designed for motivated year 11 and 12 students interested in the web design elements of Games Development. Student are introduced to design and building websites. Students will learn to design basic websites following the conventions of web standards. It focuses on front-end of web design exploring design principles and development strategies for interface and visual communication appropriate for online delivery. Students will gain a solid foundation of web design skills.

Students will also:

  • Learn all the basics of HTML and CSS to gain front-end web design skills
  • Understand web standards including usability and accessibility to create effective websites
  • Explore the user experience design to design enjoyable online experiences
  • Develop your own website which can be published on the Web to showcase your web design skills

Details

Dates: Monday, 1 - Friday, 5 July 2019
Times: 9.00am - 3.30pm daily

This course is designed for motivated year 11 and 12 students keen to pursue a qualification in the arts with an existing interest in creative writing. Students will engage with the art and craft of contemporary fiction writing, and complete a short story to a professional standard.

Students will also:

  • Analyse the elements of fiction writing, particularly the development of character, narrative structure and language
  • Produce a creative text in response to a literary work
  • Critically reflect on your own writing
  • Receive tuition and guidance from a practising creative writer and university lecturer
  • Work creatively and collaboratively with peers to read and review short fiction

Details

Dates: Monday, 1 - Friday, 5 July 2019
Times: 8.30am - 3.00pm daily

Registration

Registrations for our 2019 Short Courses for Credit Program have now closed.


If you require any further information or to express your interest for our next season of short courses, please:

Contact

School of Arts and Humanities
Administration Office
Email: admin.sah@ecu.edu.au

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