Educators collaborate on creative arts

La Trobe University and the Sunraysia Institute of TAFE (SuniTAFE) are joining forces on creative arts education in Mildura.

Both institutions have forged a new innovative agreement on sharing resources, teaching and expertise to benefit local students and the community.

Head of La Trobe's Mildura Campus Dr Deb Neal, said the new agreement would strengthen the provision of creative arts education in Mildura and cement the city's profile as a centre of artistic excellence.

"Mildura has a great reputation for the quality and standard of creative arts and this agreement will only strengthen that," she said.

"By combining resources student will have greater access to different types of learning spaces, equipment and teaching expertise that are available across both institutions. It will mean a richer and more rewarding experience for students and hopefully an even higher standard of art is produced."

Win Scott, Chief Executive Officer of SuniTAFE said the collaboration provided clear pathways to tertiary study for people of all ages.

"SuniTAFE offer certificate four's in the areas of Visual Arts, Design and Photo Imaging. All three disciplines are a direct pathway and students will be made a conditional offer into La Trobe University's Bachelor of Creative Arts."

"We want local students to have access to the very best staff and facilities right here in Mildura and to make it easier and simpler for local students to begin and continue their study locally. Also by growing our capacity, we are increasing the opportunity to increase local and international enrolments."

Professor Richard Speed, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Regional) said La Trobe University was committed to a long-term strategy of breaking down barriers between regional university campuses and TAFE's.

"It makes perfect sense for local tertiary education to work closely together to the benefit of local students," Professor Speed said.

"Mildura is the first place where we have struck this agreement and we are in active discussions with our colleagues to replicate this pioneering arrangement with TAFE providers at regional cities where our other campuses are located."

 The new arrangement was formally announced by both institutions today and will take effect immediately.

Both institutions have provided creative arts education since the late 1990s.

La Trobe University is regional Victoria's largest University educator.

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