ADERG Course Guide 2013 eBook Now Available

New eBook: What to Study. Where to Study.

Deciding what to study and where to study just got easier with the publication of the first edition of the ADERG Course Guide. And it’s free!

The ADERG Course Guide is a digital extension of the annual print edition of the Art & Design Education Resource Guide, providing an interactive resource to assist in your search to find a creative course.

The ADERG Course Guide contains comprehensive information to creative courses at universities, TAFE/VET and private colleges in Australia. You’ll find everything you’ll need to assist in your search for a course in: Graphic Design; Digital Media; Animation; Performing Arts; Music; Photography; Industrial Design; Fashion Design; Ceramics; Film/Television/Audio; Illustration; Built Environment; Interior Design; Fine Arts, and more.

One click takes you to an institution’s website. No more hunting around too many websites than you have time to explore. It’s all here; in one place.
The index provides rapid access to all of the institutions in the ADERG Course Guide. The addendum in the last pages connects you to a wide range of professional associations and industry organisations.

Download the ADERG Course Guide 2013 here: (8.2mb)

Charles Blackman: A family affair

Schoolgirl with Cat, 1953, Oil on Board

Schoolgirl with Cat, 1953, Oil on Board

Charles Blackman: A family affair
Artists: Charles Blackman, Bertie Blackman, Felix Blackman, Genevieve de Couvreur
Exhibition open: Monday 23 September – Friday 1 November 2013
Location: Academy Gallery, Tasmanian College of the Arts, Academy of the Arts, Inveresk, Launceston, University of Tasmania
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Charles Blackman is one of Australia’s most important figurative artists, renowned for his evocative images that move between the dark and light of the imagination. Charles Blackman: A family affair will inform and educate on the untold story of this great Australian artists life as the partner of Genevieve de Couvreur, and father of Bertie and Felix Blackman. These largely unseen works will be loaned from the private collection of Genevieve de Couvreur who was married to Blackman from 1978 to 1987.


Charles Blackman: A family affair will include paintings by Genevieve and artworks, music and design by Bertie and Felix who have established successful art careers, Bertie in the music industry and Felix as an emerging architect. Charles Blackman: A family affair celebrates the dynastic influence of Blackman and de Courvreur upon this significant Australian creative family.
Charles Blackman: A family affair is presented as part of the Academy Gallery Mini Blockbuster (MB) series. The MB Series aims to promote and educate the contemporary arts as accessible cultural enjoyment.
image credit: Alice & Rabbit, 1981, water colour on paper

More information at the University of Tasmania

Academy of Design – Creative Careers Day


Sunday 15 September
220 Ingles Street, Port Melbourne

Secondary students interested in pursuing a creative career are invited to come and meet current practitioners in the fields of art and design and hear their stories about how they progressed in a creative industry.
Speakers from the fields of fashion design, photography, filmmaking and graphic design will feature.

Snapshot of Featured Presentations

Graphic Design – Leisha Muraki
After completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design, Leisha has worked as a designer in Europe, the United States and is currently a freelancer in Melbourne. She previously worked for 1000 £ Bend, an art gallery in the CBD and as a designer for Just Another Agency, a creative representation firm. She has collaborated with the United Nations AIDS Foundation, the National Gallery of Victoria and Mag Nation to name a few. Along with being an AGDA councilor for the state of Victoria, Leisha has helped with Positive Posters and most recently a graphic design conference titled Sex, Drugs and Helvetica.

New Careers in Graphic Design – Gerard Brennan
Learn how new technology in graphic design is shaping career opportunities. Melbourne Graphic Designer Gerard Brennan discusses how relevant print technology based design is and how it still accounts for the majority of design positions but notes the main strong growth area is in FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods). In conjunction with the requirement to understand new technology is a growing interest in “old school activities’ in particular Letterpress printing which has gained wide spread support in England and Europe both in education and as a design tool, there are now quite a few specialist design studios based on letterpress disciplines in Melbourne.

Copyright and the Designer – Jane Brown
Jane is the owner and principal of ChoyBrown, a boutique firm practicing exclusively within intellectual property law. She works closely with membersof the advertising and design industries in the protection of intellectual property. Topics covered include, what copyright is, what can be protected in relation to creative work, who owns copyright and what ownership means in terms of what can be done with the creative work, particularly creative material on the internet.

Milliner – Richard Nylon
Richard is an award winning milliner, who specialises in couture millinery and bridal headpieces. President of the Millinery Association of Australia since 2008, Richard is a highly respected member of the millinery community. He is known for his unique approach, using both traditional and non-traditional millinery methods. Throughout his career, Richard Nylon’s pieces have been featured atop the heads of A-list celebrities including Kate Bosworth,J Alexander, Dame Edna and Jennifer Hawkins.

Fashion Designer in Melbourne – Alexi Freeman
Having launched the ALEXI FREEMAN brand (est. 2006), Freeman’s fierce determination and creative energy combined with his nous for business have created a strong platform from which his brand continues to grow. Significant recent accomplishments include: Selection to represent Melbourne designers at London Fashion Week, Finalist in The Powerhouse Museum International Lace Award, Selection for the Signature Style touring exhibition curated by Craft Victoria, Costume Design commission for The Australian Ballet and numerous exhibited collaborations with jeweller Tessa Blazey. The work of the ALEXI FREEMAN brand has been featured by international cult blogs Style Bubble, Kingdom of Style, Taistoisoisbeau and Fashionising. Freeman has now completed thirteen ready-to-wear collections, selling to clients in Australia and internationally.

So you want to be a Visual Artist? – Michael Peck
Michael is a Melbourne based artist whose artistic practice is concerned with the sensation of disorientation and dislocation that is often felt within the post modern world. Michael has been a finalist in the Dobell Drawing Prize, the Archibald Prize Salon Des Refuse, the Metro 5 Award, the City of Hobart Art Prize and received the National Gallery of Victoria Trustees Award. Michael discusses his journey as a successful artist in Melbourne.

Freelance Photography – My Story – Alexandrena Parker
Alex was told on a regular basis ‘never work with kids or animals’ however this idea baffled her because she actually couldn’t think of anything better! She decided to begin photographing children’s advertising and editorials when she had to pick a particular niche of photography to focus on for her third year folio at university. Alex is currently completing her Grad Dip in Education Middle Years Teaching as well as working as a freelance photographer.

Filmmaking – Tips & Traps – Andrew McKenzie
Andrew has worked in creative industries for over twenty years. He is a writer, a director and a content creator, working in film, television and digital media. Most recently he wrote the original screenplay for Sweetwater which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival starring January Jones, Ed Harris and Jason Issacs. He is currently in post production on a tv series pilot titled Solace. The pathway to making a living being a creative is not an easy journey, to which Andrew can attest. He will discuss the rewarding yet potentially hazardous journey that lies ahead!

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Wired for Melbourne sound at the NGV


From 28 September, NGV Studio will be transformed into a fully functioning recording studio where a specially formed group of Melbourne musicians, named Batman Park, will take over the space to write, record and produce an EP as part of the Wired for Melbourne Sound exhibition.

“Melbourne has long been recognised for its diverse independent music scene and a major strength is the relationship between local musicians and visual artists, with many working across both platforms. Wired for Melbourne sound will explore the creativity that exists within the music scene and will provide an insight into this vibrant aspect of the cultural life of Melbourne. ” – Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV

Led by Alex Badham from Aleks and the Ramps and Magic Hands, Batman Park will feature talented musicians from Melbourne bands and solo outfits including Jess Cornelius (Teeth & Tongue), Evelyn Morris (Pikelet), Thomas Mendelovits (Milk Teddy), Lachlan Denton (Ocean Party) and Pascal Barbare (Pascal Barbare).

The band will collaborate on the writing, recording and production of an EP and video clips which will be launched as a limited edition compact cassette tape with digital download, with an album cover designed by Rick Milovanovic of Twerps and Boomgates fame.

Beckett Rozentals, Assistant Curator, Australian Art, NGV, and curator of Wired for Melbourne Sound, said in conjunction with the recording studio, there will be an exhibition component focusing on the recent history of Melbourne’s independent music scene including documentary photography and a salon hang of recent vinyl cover art.

Wired for Melbourne sound
28 September to 27 October 2013 at NGV Studio, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square
Open daily 10am–5pm
Free entry

 More info at the NGV

CATC Design School – Open Day


CATC Sydney will open its doors on Saturday, 14 September

Come and explore the campus, meet teachers, view student work and get hands-on with fun creative activities.

CATC Open Day is a great opportunity to get a true insight into creative industries learning, unique CATC culture, and a pathway to a creative career.

Learn all about CATC’s flexible, one year Diploma pathway courses in Graphic Design, Interior Design and Photography.

Bring your family and enjoy a day out in the vibrant and inspiring The Rocks.


Event Details:
When: Saturday, 14 September 2013
10.30am > Registrations for 11am start
Where: CATC Design School, Sydney campus 1-5 Hickson Rd, The Rocks RSVP: or

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Billy Blue – Open Day


Explore your study options at the Billy Blue Open Day and gain insight into creative industries career pathways.

Immerse yourself within the Billy Blue community, experience the purpose built campus facilities and studio spaces, talk with current students, view interesting design projects and get hands on with a variety of fun and challenging creative activities.

Lecturers and friendly Course and Careers Advisors will also be available for any study experience, application or enrolment questions you may have.

Bring your family and friends and experience Communication Design, Branded Fashion, Digital Media Design and Commercial and Residential Interior Design first hand.

Event Details:
When: Saturday 21 September, 2013, 11am (registrations open 10:30am)
Where: Billy Blue Sydney Campus, Level 9, 171 Pacific Highway
North Sydney NSW

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PIC Open Day

Learn the techniques to produce eye-catching photography

Photographic Imaging College (PIC) has been running as a highly regarded industry and educational institution since 1982, and on Sunday 25 August it will be conducting an Open Day at its campus in Burgess Street, Hawthorn East.

The Open Day is a good opportunity for prospective students to meet the staff, ask questions, and see the state of the art photographic studios, analog darkrooms and digital studios facilities.

Photo by Emma Sword, PIC student

PIC has consistently been the place to learn and experience all aspects of Photo Imaging, and the course reveals that photography is about more than just using hardware or software. It is about seeing, perceiving, communicating and being professional in technique, approach and creative ideas.

Event Details:
What: Photographic Imaging College Open Day
When: Sunday 25 August 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Where: Burgess Street, Hawthorn East, VIC

For more information, visit the PIC website or phone 03 9804 6341.

Box Hill Open Weekend

Ring by Rebecca Thorpe

Box Hill and the CAE are holding an Open Weekend on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August.

Students are welcome to check out the facilities, talk to course experts, find out about pathways to degrees, get free career advice, participate in fun activities, watch demonstrations or just take a look around.

Rings by Zvia Ben-Rahamim

At Box Hill there will be a free shuttle bus to help prospective students get around between campuses. If you need help with directions, parking or where to start, you can ‘Ask Annie’. Annie is Box Hill Institute’s online help desk and can be accessed via the Ask Annie website form or through Facebook. During the Open Weekend the Team Open Day crew will be on site to provide assistance, and can be easily recognised by their Team Open Day t-shirts.

Ring by Sarah Blundell

15 Minute Career Appointments
Book a free one on one appointment with a career advisor for Saturday 24 August (CBD) or Sunday 25 August (Box Hill). Register now for your free career appointment.

Interior design by Aimee Russouw

How to Get the Most Out of Open Weekend
Download the Open Weekend Program to get the most out of Open Weekend. Find out what’s on and when, how to get to the campuses, demonstration and session times, plus lots more.

Interior design by Aimee Groves

Event Details:
What: Box Hill and CAE Open Weekend
When: Saturday 24 August 10:00am – 3:00pm (CAE campus) and Sunday 25 August 10:00am – 3:00pm (Box Hill campuses)
Where: CAE: 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Vic 3000. Box Hill: Elgar, Whitehorse, Nelson campuses.
More information: Visit the Box Hill Institute website for details.

Monash University: Reinventing the Wheel

Visit the ‘Reinventing the Wheel’ exhibition at MUMA

Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) – in association with Melbourne Festival – is bringing together works by over 40 artists spanning a century of practice in a new exhibition that pays homage to Marcel Duchamp’s first readymade, ‘Bicycle wheel’ (1913).

‘Reinventing the Wheel’ includes key historical works by Duchamp, Man Ray, Andy Warhol, Meret Oppenheim, and John Cage, as well as explorations of the readymade by younger generations of artists including Martin Creed, Simon Denny, Matthew Griffin, Ricky Swallow and many more.

The exhibition traces some of the ways the readymade has been reinterpreted by subsequent artists in acts of homage to Duchamp or further expanding the possibilities the readymade has unfurled.

‘Reinventing the Wheel’ is a one-of-a-kind salute to an idea that continues to define the very nature of contemporary art.

Event Details:
What: ‘Reinventing the Wheel: The Readymade Century’
When: 3 October – 14 December 2013, Tuesday to Friday 10:00am – 5:00pm, and Saturday 12:00pm – 5:00pm.
Where: Monash University Museum of Art, Monash University, Caulfield campus Building F, 900 Dandenong Road Caulfield East, VIC 3145
Further information: Free entry

Visit the Monash University website

NIDA Info Night

Find out about Performing Arts courses at the NIDA Information Night

NIDA is holding an Info Night to give prospective students the chance to find all about studying at Australia’s leading dramatic arts institute.

Academic staff will give presentations about the application and audition/interview processes, course content and NIDA’s unique approach to education. Discover more about the NIDA student experience and graduate opportunities. Alumni will share insights into their experiences training at NIDA and working in the industry.

Find out more about NIDA’s undergraduate courses in:
- Acting
- Music Theatre
- Costume
- Design
- Production
- Properties
- Staging

Event Details:
What: NIDA Info Night
When: Thursday 22 August, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: NIDA, 215 Anzac Parade, Kensington NSW

Visit the NIDA website for more information.

DCA Information Evening

Work by student of Design College Australia

Design College Australia holds information evenings to give prospective students an overview of current courses, entry requirements and the chance to ask some questions.

Year 10 to 12 students will have the opportunity to get answers to questions about the programs on offer at the College, in both the VET sector, and post-Year 12 programs.

Work by student of Design College Australia

The staff will also be available to assist Year 10 and 11 students with subject choices for the graphic design and photography industries, and provide insight into how they can kick start their career with VET programs in 2014.

For school leavers, staff will be sharing information about post-Year 12 options and how DCA can interview and offer students a place before QTAC offers are released. Design College Australia is a portfolio-based College rather than an Overall Position-based institution.

Video filmed and edited by Noel Smyth, a former photography student at Design College Australia.

If unable to attend the event, or for a schedule of upcoming evenings, contact DCA’s administration to arrange an appointment to come in and speak with staff.

Work by student of Design College Australia

Event Details:
What: Design College Australia Information Evening
When: Wednesday 28 August, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Where: 200 Barry Parade, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane QLD
Further information: Phone 07 3257 3499, or visit the DCA website