Bright futures ahead for Durack’s art graduates

03 December 2015

On Friday night Durack celebrated the graduation of students in its Diploma of Visual Arts qualification. The program, in its second year of delivery in Geraldton, has now seen 17 students graduate.

A showcase of selected works from the 2015 graduating class is now on display at the Aboriginal Learning Centre at Durack’s Fitzgerald Street campus.

Enjoy this short promotional video about our graduating students...


Durack’s Managing Director, Bill Swetman, said the wonderful work on display was a testament to the hard working visionary creatives who commenced their Diploma journey in February this year.

“The eight individuals have covered a lot of technical and theoretical areas, much of which I imagine was enjoyable, however some challenging as well.”

“The wonderful efforts of the students should be acknowledged, the works showcased in the exhibition are finished to a professional level," Mr Swetman said.

Durack Visual Arts Coordinator Lexie Lazenby explained that the graduation event and exhibition was named Illuminarty - The Grad Show by the student group because it is a celebration of the 12 month journey of artistic practice and hard work.

“This qualification has given the students a chance to study across a wide range of disciplines including theory, photomedia, sculpture, textiles and environmental art, whilst preparing them for entry into work at a professional level.” 

“The artwork on show is polished, innovative and offers a glimpse into the professional future for this year’s eight graduates,' Ms Lazenby said.


Diploma of Visual Arts 2015 Graduates 

Photography courtesy of Durack Lecturer - Peta Riley.

Durack’s Diploma of Visual Arts qualification allows local students to commence a study pathway and progress to further learning in vocational and higher education in Advanced Diploma or Degree qualifications. As a result, Durack’s graduating Diploma students can articulate directly into the second year of a university Visual Arts Degree. 

Fenella Bryant, 2015 graduate, said she has grown both personally and professionally while completing the course.

“This week I was accepted into the Australian National University School of Art as an undergraduate in a Visual Arts Degree! I couldn’t have achieved this without accomplishing the Diploma of Visual Arts at Durack Institute of Technology.” 

“Attending Durack this year has not only fulfilled a life-long ambition, but it has been a truly life changing experience.  I discovered parts of myself I had hidden for years and exposing them through the techniques I learned has not only been a very positive experience, I gained confidence to apply for east coast art schools.  I cannot recommend the course and tutors highly enough.”

Over 80 guests enjoyed the graduation celebration with many works being sold to local arts enthusiasts.

The exhibition is free to attend and will be open to the public from Friday 27 November until Friday 4 December.

For information about the Diploma of Visual Arts and the 2016 intake, visit our course information section.


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