Amy McMurtrie, Creative Producer (Artlife), works alongside VU students through the University’s placement partnership with Footscray Community Arts (FCA).
"VU students of Social Work and Community Development come to FCA and work with us on our ArtLife and Arts Learning initiatives, assisting with the facilitation of community engagement in visual art, performance, music, sound, digital media and music. VU students also often come to us as volunteers to assist on defined projects within the organisation.
The students we’ve had on placement have been incredibly self-directed which is important at a busy organisation such as FCA. They have also always been ready to take our feedback and direction and implement that into their practice, which is a vital quality for employees.
Something that really sets VU students apart is the amount of support and resources the University provides them to succeed on placement and beyond. VU staff are incredibly involved and dedicated to ensuring students are achieving their goals and are prepared as well as possible for the work environment."
With an array of contemporary cultural venues, an annual calendar of community arts events and festivals and a thriving independent arts industry, the range of employment opportunities for graduates of arts and community development fields are varied and exciting.