Amy, by Connie Bull.
The Creative Industries Centre (Advertising & Graphic Design Program) has been designated as South Australia's first Wacom Authorised Training Centre (WATC).
Wacom produces industry-leading pen and pressure-sensitive tablets. Wacom Authorised Training Centre status is granted to established training facilities with enough Wacom products to hold a full tablet-enabled class on digital photography, graphic design, illustration or related fields.
"We feel particularly honoured that our levels of training, using this technology, has been recognised by this international supplier of the equipment used by Industry" said Marsha Wajer, lecturer in digital illustration.
There are only 12 WATCs in Australia and TAFE SA's Creative Industries Centre is the only facility in SA to be accredited.
Wacom tablet and pen products allow users to "draw" far more naturally than is possible with a mouse, with pen strokes made on the tablet, replicated on screen. Not only are the products better ergonomically, they respond to pressure and tilt of the pen by producing heavier or varied lines. This has great creative potential for students, when combined with the brush and pencil tools in programs such as Photoshop, Corel Painter, Illustrator and Flash.
The announcement comes just as Connie Bull, who graduated last year with a Diploma in Advertising and Graphic Design, has had some of her work featured digital art magazine, Imagine FX.
Connie has three images featured in the July 2011 issue; all images done using a pen and tablet. Amy (right), a final project for a digital painting class done as part of her diploma, took around 100 hours to complete.
Marsha Wajer said it was "particularly pleasing to see student works already published in such prestigious publications as Imagine FX".
Find out more about what's on offer at the Creative Industries Centre.