Issue h1, term 1, 2011
Curtin Bachelor of Arts wins award
The new Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) degree has taken top prize at this year's Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence and Innovation.
Over the past two years, a team of staff has developed and implemented the course from the best parts of 12 previous degree programs.
The degree comprises 25 majors across the fields of art, design, media, writing, performance, Asian languages and social sciences.
Humanities Dean of Teaching and Learning, Professor Sue Trinidad, said the program would allow students to select either single or double majors.
Some majors are available to students off campus, with a new 'Curtin Online' curriculum that is relevant to industry and easy to use.
For more information on the Curtin Bachelor of Arts program, visit the Faculty of Humanities or to book a presentation at your school please contact Alana Joske on +61 8 266 1676 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jesper Just, Bliss and Heaven, 2004, Super 16mm film transferred to DVD, 8:30 min, (production still), image courtesy of the Artist; Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris; and Galleri Christina Wilson, Copenhagen.
The John Curtin Gallery presents film artist Jesper Just
The John Curtin Gallery starts its 2011 exhibition program with a suite of stunning video works by celebrated Danish film artist Jesper Just.
Combining high-end film production with an artist's profound insight into the human condition, Just explores gender and racial politics through the lens of cinematic convention.
A public program supports this exhibition, which will appeal to media, screen and art teachers, as well as students studying related courses in Years 10 - 12.
The exhibition runs from 11 February - 8 April and is open Monday to Friday 12 - 5pm plus the following Sundays; 13, 20 & 27 February, 6 & 27 March and 3 April 1- 4pm.
For further information visit the John Curtin Gallery website, email email@example.com or contact Samantha Smith on +61 8 9266 4155. The Gallery will consider opening for private school visits outside of normal opening hours.
Design concept helps Indigenous youth
The design of an interior space to help reconnect Indigenous teenage girls to their culture has won Curtin University student Sheridan Emby a commendation at the recent WA Design Institute of Australia Awards.
The Interior Architecture student was given a brief to design a space for former AFL Eagles player David Wirrpanda's Dare to Dream program.
The fourth year student said the interior design responded to the needs of spiritually homeless teenagers.
Professor Peter Davis, Curtin's Head of the School of Built Environment said it's great to see students getting recognised for their hard work.
The WA Design Institute of Australia Awards is an annual event which recognises and acknowledges the achievements of WA designers. Awards are given to both professional and student designers.
Student Profile- Felicity Higgs, Bachelor of Education (Primary Education)
I've certainly learnt a lot in my time at Curtin, and really enjoyed all the extracurricular activities that the Bentley campus has to offer, such as the student ambassador program, Curtin Volunteers!, and awesome guild events. I had some fantastic tutors and lecturers, which makes a huge difference to what you get out of your studies.
The opportunity to travel abroad to study is probably the most exciting part of my course, because it will allow me to apply my knowledge and skills in a very different and challenging context, which will be incredibly beneficial to me as a teacher.
The enthusiastic tutors and lecturers constantly re-ignite my passion for teaching, and their own teaching experiences are invaluable to us as teaching students.
I think teaching is a fantastic, challenging and worthwhile profession, and a fascinating field of study.
New Performance Studies Production
The first major theatre production for 2011 by Curtin's Hayman Theatre Company will be The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman.
Directed by artist-in-residence Michael McCall, The Laramie Project chronicles a year in the life of the town of Laramie, Wyoming after the 1998 murder of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard, who was killed because he was gay. The Laramie Project is a breathtaking theatrical collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.
Suitable for student groups to attend, teachers can make enquiries and bookings by calling 9266 7026. The show will run at the Hayman Theatre Upstairs at Curtin University from Friday 25 February to Saturday 5 March.
The theatre also runs Sunday night productions and has a season of one-act plays. There will be 2x one act plays every Sunday March 20, 27, April 3, 10 & 17, with the first performance beginning at 8pm. All tickets are $10 and sold at the door from 7:15p. For any enquiries, telephone +61 8 9266 2383 or email L.Brennan@curtin.edu.au for the program.
Annual English/ English Literature Conference
The Department of Communication and Cultural Studies will again present the English/ English Literature Conference at Curtin University's Bentley campus in June this year.
On each day of the conference, Curtin academic staff, alongside specialist lecturers from the secondary and tertiary education sector, present 40 lectures on 18 topics. The lectures complement the excellent work of the English secondary school teachers by reinforcing understanding of the syllabus and focusing on exam tasks and questions. They also provide a means of offering teachers and students new ways of teaching/understanding texts and genres.
Students also have the opportunity to interact with university staff and experience life on a university campus.
For more information about the English Conference please contact Leigh Brennan on +61 8 9266 7026 or L.Brennan@curtin.edu.au.
New Master of Applied Design and Art
Curtin has launched a new postgraduate program called the Master of Applied Design and Art which - for the first time - enables you to obtain a postgraduate qualification in art or design without having a Bachelor degree in these fields.
You can study any of Curtin's design or art specialisations, such as Fine Art, Textiles, Graphic Design, Digital Design or Fashion.
The course allows you to obtain a Graduate Certificate in 1 semester or a Masters degree in 3 semesters (part-time study is also available).
For more information see Humanities courses.