Students interested in game design and development are set to be given a kick-start into the industry, thanks to an innovative collaboration between South West TAFE and Swinburne University.
Next year, through the VET in schools program SW TAFE will offer Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology, introducing students to the games industry and providing a pathway to Swinburne. The course will cover IT hardware, digital imaging, animation and principles of game design. It counts towards a student’s VCE/VCAL qualification and will operate via group workshops, online collaboration utilising video/desktop sharing and mentoring. This will be a shift from the traditional approach, with both institutions co-delivering varying aspects of the qualification.
The project aligns to Swinburne and SW TAFE’s objectives to increase collaboration between training organisations and provide greater sharing of knowledge between regional and metropolitan providers.
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“Our partnership with South West TAFE is all about capacity building and sharing our experience, resources and knowledge with other TAFEs so that we all can provide the best opportunity to students, the community and industry,” said Andrew Roadknight, manager of Information and Communication Technology at Swinburne. “Both organisations understand the role we play in the community and we need to keep looking into new ways, new opportunities to help give students the kick-start they need to study and to work.”
Participation in the program will allow Swinburne and SW TAFE staff to enhance their training capabilities by using technology to interact with remote learners, while also mentoring and distributing course materials. The aim is also to strengthen ties between SW TAFE and Swinburne University to begin a collaborative delivery of Vocational Education and Training in 2018.
Interested students in Year 9 should attend the Try a Career Day on May 26 and 29, while in June there will be a presentation from Swinburne about the industry at participating schools. For more information, contact your school VET coordinator or call Susan Pettigrew at SW TAFE on 5564 8829.