$5 million expansion for ECU Mt Lawley

EDITH COWAN UNIVERSITY will splash $5 million on a new communications and arts hub at its Mount Lawley campus.

New facilities, including design, visual art, fashion and animation, will be built over the next two years at a cost of $4m.

The complex will include a new art gallery where students can showcase their works and gain experience in exhibiting.

“This approach is essential to equip our graduates with the skills needed to contribute to the growing creative industries in Australia and internationally,” says Professor Clive Barstow, head of school of communications and arts.

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“From 2016 the new hub will give ECU students the opportunity to work closely with other students and researchers across a broad range of technical disciplines.”

Professor Barstow adds $1m will be invested in new technologies and software.

Mount Lawley MP Michael Sutherland says through the university’s close association with WAAPA, and the practical nature of the courses, arts graduates have a better chance of securing the small number of jobs available.

“Animation is a burgeoning industry and I think creating a new facility dedicated to that field is very forward-thinking,” he says.

“The university has a wide range of courses, including costume and set design, ensuring graduates have employment opportunities in a wide range of sectors.

“I think this investment will take the Mt Lawley campus to the next level.”

To complement the new facilities, ECU will also offer redesigned bachelor degrees in arts, design, media and communications and contemporary arts from 2016.

The new courses will have an emphasis on employment opportunities for students.

by STEPHEN POLLOCK

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