The CityStudio [external link] immersive course returns to Bendigo in 2021.

What is CityStudio?

CityStudio was developed in Vancouver and was first run in Australia in Bendigo 2018. It's an immersive course that takes you outside the classroom to work with your local council, community and La Trobe University to make places more sustainable, liveable and joyful.

It brings diverse student disciplines together to combine your skills to problem solve and co-create solutions to a key sustainability question, challenge or opportunity facing the community.

What is CityStudio exploring in 2021?

In CityStudio 2021, students will explore the question of Dining Differently: What are the ingredients for a post-COVID recovery? Students from a diversity of disciplines will work with the City of Greater Bendigo to co-create responses to COVID-19, with a focus on how outdoor dining unlocks new possibilities for Bendigo’s urban space and local food economy. Students will develop and test experimental projects to engage local businesses and community around expanding outdoor dining possibilities and revitalising urban spaces. In listening to the City from multiple perspectives, students will need to think deeply and creatively around a range of issues such as placemaking and public spaces, urban revitalisation and entrepreneurship, public health and wellbeing, inclusivity and access, smart cities and Bendigo as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy.

Where and when will it take place?

CityStudio runs as an extensive block mode subject OED3CSE CityStudio and Environmental Dialogue in Bendigo during the Summer Semester (1 - 26 February 2021). It is open to students from any campus, with special Bendigo Campus accommodation rates available if you are from another campus.

What is involved?

You will develop experimental projects to engage the community around expanded outdoor dining, investigating topics such as:

  • placemaking and public spaces
  • urban revitalisation and entrepreneurship
  • public health and wellbeing
  • inclusivity and access
  • smart cities
  • Bendigo as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy

Your project findings and proposals will be showcased to local council, community and other partners in an event called the ‘Hubbub’ at the end of the program.

How can I apply?

We encourage you to apply if you are a committed, innovative and enthusiastic student who is wanting to make change in the community. OED3CSE is a select entry subject, open to applications from students from any course and campus. You must have completed 120 credit points and submit an Expression of Interest form, resume and statement of results to be considered for this subject.

Applications close on 15 December 2020, however some places may be available in a later round - contact us at

Register your interest

Contact us

If you have any questions about the course, please email our CityStudio team.