South Bank internship fosters industry collaboration

Students at Griffith’s South Bank campus are gaining hands-on experience alongside creative arts and technology leaders, as part of a new industry internship.

Photography, design, fine art and film students from the Queensland College of Art (QCA) created a range of digital content for hub4101 – a community of creative, innovative and tech organisations based in Brisbane’s South Bank precinct.

The project has created remarkable opportunities for students at the QCA’s South Bank campus, who worked on a series of short films with key players at organisations like QPAC, PopUp Radio, Ride Free and Designworks.

A life-changing experience

Bachelor of Photography students Jason Cahill and Tim Marshall created a short film featuring QPAC Chief Executive Officer John Kotzas.

“We were incredibly lucky to have the chance to do a series of interviews with John,” Jason said.

“It was amazing to film behind the scenes at QPAC and work with someone who runs one of the biggest cultural institutions in the state.”

Jason said the internship had been a life-changing experience, opening up new career opportunities.

“I’m so glad I did this course — it has opened up a whole new pathway for me,” he said.

“I’ve now started my own video production company with Tim creating digital content for small businesses — this has given me a flying start.”

Remarkable opportunities

Queensland College of Art Director Professor Derrick Cherrie said hub4101 was a valuable way to connect students with industry innovators.

“The QCA is based in the heart of South Bank’s thriving arts and technology precinct,” he said.

“This collaboration has created remarkable opportunities for our students, who have gained hands-on experience with the city’s leading creative organisations and joined a network of collaborators and potential employers.”

Business South Bank (BSB) spokeswoman Janine Watson said theywere delighted to partner with the QCA on the video content project.

“We had more companies wanting to be involved than there were students, which provides an ideal platform for the future,” she said.

“The companies that participated were so impressed with the professionalism of the students.

“The end product was an impressive variety of videos that portrayed the 4101 precinct as a digital and creative hub.”

Connection and collaboration

Photography lecturer Peter Thiedeke oversaw the program, which resulted in a series of five short films that showcased members of the hub4101 community.

“This project has allowed our students to collaborate with the key influencers of Brisbane’s design, media, technology and creative arts sector,” he said.

“The content they have produced has provided valuable insights into the people and businesses using digital technology in interesting ways across the South Bank precinct,” he said.

“It has really driven home the message that connection and collaboration are key to success.”