Let's be honest: 2020 wasn't the smoothest year for everyone. But if there's one thing that Collarts excels at, it's adapting to the times. Despite the huge roadblocks, we've managed to rise above by continuing to achieve during what was a mostly-online year. Reflecting on 2020, here are our stand-out highlights, from venturing into the live-streaming domain to translating our legendary parties online, that same bright sheen of community still included.
PIVOTING TO ONLINE STUDY
When the COVID-19 crisis ramped up in Victoria earlier this year, all Collarts campuses closed and classes were moved to the online sphere. Thanks to the innovation of our staff, we haven't lost our hands-on touch, whether that's creating media pieces remotely for Music Performance group ensemble projects, or Audio Engineering students controlling the Dolby Atmos Renderer from home. Now, many of our courses have a remote learning mode on offer, making it easier for those with a busy lifestyle, living interstate or international, to enjoy the same quality education as our Melbourne-based students.
recreating the o-week party online with cub sport
We weren't going to let online stop us from recreating one of our iconic O-Week parties. Hosted by Aunty Donna comedian Broden Kelly, the night presented a spectacular student lineup featuring Jayden Michael Dunne, Maddy Petch, Zachary Leo, Jothi, Jaypan, and Babyfat Collective, all rounded out by the indomitable Cub Sport.
OUR STUDENTS STEPPING ONTO THE GLOBAL DESIGN STAGE
Our industry partnerships prevailed during the digital period, as DENFAIR—Australia's renowned design exhibition that usually occurs face-to-face—moved virtual too. Interior Design students were given the opportunity to work closely with DENFAIR to pitch designs for their Front Centre space, and one lucky winner was chosen, and invited to speak on a panel with the featured designers: Alecia Mostert.
A SPOOKY HALLOWEEN WITH DJ SOJU GANG
It was a dark and stormy night, kicking off with a spooky makeup tutorial by Madeleine Stewart, and the Collarts Halloween Party—hosted by Aussie music icon Ella Hooper—presented student set after set to get us in the spooky mood. DJ Soju Gang finished off a night of the Rock, '70s hippie, and zombie costumes with a delicious blend of house, RnB, and a splash of Halloween creepiness.
launching A NEW CAREER RESOURCE PAGE
Tangible solutions took precedent this Mental Health Week, culminating in our Career-Ready Resource page for current Collarts students and alumni. Filled with tips on how to boost your employability, navigating the job market, and more, this free resource is designed to help our students build real pathways to career success.
CELEBRATING INDIGENOUS ACHIEVEMENT IN THE ARTS
This year's NAIDOC Week was punctuated by a daytime all-Indigenous all-female Zoom gig hosted by Triple R presenter Vanessa Morris—as the rain pattered on the windows, the soothing folk tunes of alumni Olivia Meg, singer-songwriter and student Rachael Lia, and ethereal melodies of Alice Skye were the perfect accompaniment.
STAYING industry connected WITH PRO GUEST LECTURERS
Here at Collarts, we pride ourselves on our connections to both the Entertainment and Design industries. We're friends with the best of the best, from old school legends to the future-forward up-and-comers: creatives who have worked with Disney, Grammy award-winning engineers, and comedians whose faces you recognise from cultural mainstay TV shows.
FUNDRAISING FOR THE SCENE THIS AUSMUSIC T-SHIRT DAY
The arts scene suffered a huge blow during this time, as income from gigs and shows were plucked away from them. That's why AusMusic T-Shirt Day seemed more important than ever in 2020; not only did we don our best band shirts, but Collarts raised $3198 for Support Act, matching donations dollar-for-dollar up to $1000.
WELCOMING THE NEW COLLARTS DEAN, Prof TIM MOSS
Professor Tim Moss, previously the Associate Dean of eLearning & Innovation, officially took up the Collarts Dean mantle this year, and we can't think of anyone more suited to lead us into the online sphere. Read an interview with the passionate online education advocate here.
embracing live-streaming with collarts connected
We didn't want to lose that electric connectivity in our community during lockdown, and thus Collarts Connected was born. Featuring students, alumni, staff, and industry friends, we embraced the power of live-streaming through workshops and online performances.
SPOTLIGHTING STUDENT STORIES
No matter the circumstances, Collarts students always seem to prevail and succeed in their careers. Whether it's Comedy student Jett Bond who was slated to perform at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Music Production alumni IJALE aka Jerry Agbinya grabbing the attention of Triple J, Fashion and Interior Design faculties launching their own Instagrams, or Digital & Social Media students having their photos plastered on Broadsheet and Time Out.