TAFE SA’s Adelaide College of the Arts will undergo a State Government-funded $3.82 million expansion to enhance its reputation as a leading centre in Australia for the performing, visual arts, design and creative industries.
Higher Education and Skills Minister Susan Close made the funding announcement at the College’s Open Day today.
The expansion will bring into the city campus the music and sound production students from TAFE SA’s Salisbury campus, along with creative industries students studying graphic design, digital media, game art development, photo imaging and printing from the Tea Tree Gully campus.
The $3.82 million expansion will create a dynamic nexus of artistic creativity, ideas and action. It will provide for new computer, design and music suites and a remodelling of the centre to cater for more than 1400 students a year.
The building work will begin in early 2017 and will be completed in time for the Semester 2 intake in July 2017.
TAFE SA Adelaide College of the Arts, centrally located in the city at Light Square, is Australia’s only tertiary institution housing the study of performing arts, visual arts and design in one building.
The College was established in 2001 and employs a mixture of full-time and hourly paid lecturers, all with close connections to industry, to provide specialist instruction.
TAFE SA’s relocation of its music and creative industries program opens the opportunity for students to study, create and perform in one central, purpose-designed location.
The expansion also increases the opportunity for collaboration among students across different programs. For example, the relocated sound production students will be able to set up in the College’s theatres and performance spaces to assist the dance and acting programs.
TAFE SA consults with industry partners, such as special effects company Rising Sun Pictures
, on how to provide the most relevant and job-ready training for its students. Rising Sun Pictures currently employs as many as 20 TAFE SA creative industries graduates working on iconic projects such as the popular TV series Game of Thrones