TAFE SA Adelaide College of the Arts (AC Arts) Technical Production and Design students and graduates’ are in strong demand by local and national arts, entertainment and events companies, with industry employment demands in some sectors predicted to increase by over 11% in the next 5 years. (Innovation & Business Skills Australia Environment Scan -2013 Cultural and Creative Industries)
With strong industry involvement in training and assessment through work placements, AC Arts Technical Production and Design students are frequently snapped up for employment before they finish their course in roles such as stage managers, set builders, audio/sound technicians, props makers, scenic artists, costume makers, designers, or lighting and staging technicians.
While still studying, third year Advanced Diploma of Stage Management student Alex Hayley secured a secondment with Windmill Theatre as second year Assistant Stage Manager on their production of Pinocchio
“After an exciting and intense Adelaide season they offered me a paid position for the Melbourne season, which I was obviously very thrilled to accept. I have been very fortunate to work with Windmill Theatre on various productions in Adelaide and interstate, including touring this year to the Sydney Festival. They are a wonderful company that really nurtures up and coming individuals”, Alex said.
Maxine Le Guier, Technical Production and Design Coordinator said: “We are very fortunate to have the support of many industry employers like Windmill, including the Adelaide Festival Centre, State Theatre Company and State Opera, Patch Theatre, Staging Connections and many others. It’s quite common for Technical, Production and Design students to be offered employment well before they finish their course.”
“By involving industry in training and assessment - students are assessed by industry professionals on work placements - the industry can have confidence that AC Arts students and graduates are work-ready for the practical, 'real-world', demands of the job,” Maxine said.
For Alex and her cohort the future looks bright. Soon after she finishes stage managing AC Arts current production of, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
, Alex starts work for the State Theatre Company on a show which will tour nationally for several months.
“My hopes for the future regarding my career would be to continue working with colourful and vibrant companies. To also push myself personally and professionally to build on existing abilities and skills,” Alex said. To find out more about Technical Production and Design courses at AC Arts attend Backstage Pass on 27 June 11.15 to 2pm.