UWS Design students 'Infused' with fresh ideas

Date: 21/11/2002

Fourth year Design students are about to make a bold entrance into the job market, in a new exhibition at the University of Western Sydney's Werrington South campus.

More than 50 Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) students will showcase selections of their work to industry leaders and the public from this Friday night, in an exhibition titled Infuse.

Senior lecturer, Ellen Young, says it's a chance for graduates to impress potential employers, as well as show the community and potential students the quality of the course.

"The exhibit includes a range of different media, including animation, digital media, graphic design, illustrations, photo media and other visual communication," Ms Young says.

"A selection of our second and third year students have organised and designed this exhibition for the fourth year students, and have incorporated the theme Infuse into the entire exhibit to provoke a sensory and emotional response."

Ms Young says the works on display demonstrate the range and flexibility of the Design degree at UWS, and show employers what the students are capable of producing.

"Unlike many other institutions, the UWS Design course runs for four years, not three. This extra year's study makes our graduates 'job ready'- they don't need much additional training and can 'hit the ground running' in the workplace," she says.

"Our graduates are also up-to-date with recent software innovations, and have developed time management and communication skills."

Ms Young says the exhibition is also a great opportunity for prospective students who are considering a career in design or media to look at what UWS has to offer.

"There's a significant degree of flexibility within the School of Communication, Design and Media. Students aren't bound by traditional course structures and can add subjects from other areas into their degrees, to give them a more varied and fulfilling academic experience," she says.

"There's also a strong focus within the teaching staff on industry experience Our staff come from a variety of design and related fields, providing a wealth of diverse expertise and commitment to the students' experience.

"The result of our course flexibility and academic resources can be seen in the high quality work that the students are producing. Their skills give them a distinct edge in the marketplace, and I'm sure they'll develop successful careers," Ms Young says.

The Infuse exhibit will be launched this Friday night, November 22 at 6pm. It will be open to the public from 9am-5pm from November 25-29 in Level 2, Building BJ, UWS (Werrington South campus). Admission is free.

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