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We know the arts are integral to the cultural well-being of the community. That is why sharing our expertise with schools is an important part of what we do.

Our connection with schools brings inspiration to young people in Ballarat, Gippsland and further afield. Through tailored workshops, performances and other activities that are connected to curriculum, secondary students see first-hand that a life in the creative arts is possible in their own community.

We engage with the English, literature, performance and design curricula, to name a few. Secondary students meet with our visual arts, communication design and performing arts students to experience our unique learning environment.

Sharing our expertise

At the busy end of the secondary school curriculum each year, our staff are sought out to judge VCE art and culture prizes at local schools. These awards can have a profound effect on a student’s confidence in their artistic trajectory.

Surrounded by the school and its community, it is easy to see the generational impact our programs have on the Ballarat community. At these events, our visual and performing arts graduates are also in the roles of teacher trainees, school staff and parents, all supporting the next generation of artists.

Art and design workshops - Folio preparation

In September each year, Year 11 and VCE students in Ballarat and Gippsland who are considering a career in the creative arts have the chance to experience the tertiary art school environment.

Working with FedUni artists helps you to identify your artistic strengths and weaknesses, and supports your development of artistic concepts and language. Our academic staff also assist you in creating a quality folio of artwork to present at an interview for entry into a tertiary visual arts program the following year.

The all-day workshops are usually held in the second week of the September school holiday, and are open to anyone wishing to apply directly to art and design programs at Federation University Australia.

Learning at the Post Office Gallery

Primary to tertiary aged students are invited to the Post Office Gallery in central Ballarat to view current exhibitions and participate in guided interpretative talks and lectures.

A part of the Arts Academy’s school education program, Learning @ The Post Office includes interpretative talks, lectures about investigation and analysis, and the processes and roles involved behind the scene of an exhibition. Each of these activities are recommended for VCE art and studio art units, and can be booked for a maximum of 25 students per group. For all the details, go to the Post Office Gallery website.

If you are interested in discussing options for your school, get in touch.