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.
“I chose to study a Bachelor of Creative Industry majoring in Media Design at JCU because I knew it would open a lot of doors to me across a broad range of the arts. This degree has allowed me to engage and connect with a number of people already working in the industry, which has given me a head start in my field.”
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 Experience 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.