Elizabeth Woolley chose to study a Bachelor of Creative Industry (now called a Bachelor of Creative Media) with a major in Media Design at James Cook University (JCU) because of the professional edge it would give her.
She says the chance to visit the campus and meet face to face with staff and students at JCU’s Open Day gave her a personal experience which helped to finalise her decision.
“Through talking to people, I knew that this degree would grow, change and evolve – and that really excited me. Everything about it made sense. I saw what was available, how approachable people were and how understanding and accessible the staff were.”
Elizabeth feels that the course’s coverage of industry relevant skills, including practical training in a range of software, has helped her to be job ready and has given her confidence to engage in the degree’s Work Integrated Learning opportunities.
“I’m currently doing a placement with the Cairns Regional Council’s Cultural Services Unit. I feel confident to connect with employers and I think that if I hadn’t done this degree, I wouldn’t feel as ready for the workforce as I am now.”
As well as local work placements, Elizabeth was able to take advantage of one of JCU’s Global Mobility programs and spend three weeks studying at a university in Germany.
“I also had the opportunity to participate in a Summer School Program in Würzburg where I studied photography and history economics. The tour was really good and gave me an insight into two diverse fields of study, as well as gaining a valuable cultural experience.”
When she finishes her studies, Elizabeth plans to find herself working in one of the creative industry’s many diverse sectors.
“I see myself possibly as a project manager or in media design, but I also see myself helping people.
I am lucky enough to be engaged in volunteer work with a number of organisations where I have been able to utilise my creative skills to problem solve and be a useful member of the project management team.
Elizabeth’s advice to anyone looking at undertaking a Creative Media course at JCU is to take advantage of everything they offer and don’t underestimate your opportunities.