Graduates today will need the resilience and competencies to communicate and compete in a rapidly changing, complex global workforce, and world.
- UK Higher Education Academy, Internationalising the Curriculum
At the National School of Arts we are committed to developing students with global perspectives and cross-cultural skills so that they can become responsible and successful global citizens.
Study abroad is an integral part of our internationalised curriculum. Every Arts student has the opportunity to study overseas during their degree. Study abroad can be for several months at one of ACU's many international partner universities, or for just a few weeks in, for example, a School-led overseas study or immersion program or the ACU International Core.
International opportunities are also available in the form of immersion experience programs and international internships - associated with specific courses of study - and opportunities to complete community engagement units or volunteer overseas.
All Arts students have the opportunity to study abroad during their degree program at one of ACU's partner universities around the world. Students can spend one semester or an entire academic year overseas and, as long as approved units are studied, gain credit towards their Arts degrees. Students remain enrolled at ACU while studying overseas and accumulate HECS debt just as they would if studying in Australia. Financial support is available from the University.
The National School of Arts runs short international study programs to Venice, Rome and New York.
The Venice Biennale, one of the oldest, largest and most important arts festivals in the world. In June 2015 50 ACU Bachelor of Visual Arts and Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts students participated in the 14-day program, along with Lecturers Lachlan Warner, Dr Victoria Carruthers and Dr Penelope Trotter. You can read about their experiences and glean some more details of the program in the article, Immersed in Art at Venice Biennale.
The School offers two short international study programs based at ACU's new state-of-the-art Rome Centre, located on the beautiful Janiculum Hill overlooking the Italian capital. Students have the unique opportunity to study first-hand the history, geography and artistic heritage of this remarkable city, and to meet and learn alongside students from ACU's Rome partner the Catholic University of America.
History and Geography of Ancient and Modern Rome (HUMA317)
HUMA317 is a unique interdisciplinary unit with classes delivered in the streets of Rome - students will discover firsthand how the changing geography of Rome has shaped the city's ancient and modern history, and how human activity in both the ancient and modern eras has reshaped the city's physical environment.open to students who have completed at least one unit of Ancient History, Modern History and Geography at second-year level or higher.
Art, Politics and Society in Renaissance and Baroque Rome (HUMA252)
HUMA252 takes students out on to the streets and into the churches, galleries and museums of Rome to examine how art practice was influenced by the beliefs and politics of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, and the ways in which classical iconography was transformed by Renaissance and Baroque artists - open to students who have completed at least one unit of Art History, History, Theological Studies, Studies of Religion and Philosophy.
New York is a hub for American theatre performance and an important centre and setting for American writing. Students have the opportunity to read novels, attend performances and immerse themselves in the locations that gave birth to these texts and to the cultural sites (theatres, art galleries and museums) that provided the creative impetus to these works.
Arts students can opt to study the university core unit UNCC300: Understanding Self and Society at one of ACU's partner universities in Paris, Florence, Milan, London and Beijing. The unit is also being offered at the new ACU Study Centre in Rome.
Beginning with questions of personal identity and values, in this unit students consider various questions of human existence, meaning and purpose as they arise in the contemporary world. How we answer such questions shapes all our interactions personal and professional and governs our responses to the situations we encounter.
Students enrolled in the Bachelor of International Development Studies (BIDS) undertake a four-week Immersion Experience Program in either Cambodia, Thailand or Timor Leste as part of their degree. The program gives students the opportunity to reflect on and apply the knowledge they have acquired in the classroom to real-world situations in a developing country.
Instead of attending lectures, tutorials and trying to write essays, this next month the students of International Development at the Australian Catholic University will be spread out throughout South East Asia participating in an Immersion Program. Not knowing what to expect from this course or where it will take us upon completion, we ended up finding complete passion and intrigue in everything that we have learned. Read more.
- Sara, Hayley and Kaitlin, blogging about their IEP
Global Studies students spend the second semester of their third year either at one of ACU's international partner universities or on a 10-12 week international internship. The School offers up to 20 bespoke international internships a year through its partnership with Challenges Abroad Australia, in locations such as Cambodia, Thailand and Nepal.
School of Arts students also have the opportunity to complete HUMA247 Community Engagement and the Civic Professional by participating in the two-week community engagement program 'Live, Give, Learn' in either Thailand or Cambodia.
These programs are supported by a partnership between ACU's Institute of Advanced Community Engagement (IACE) and Challenges Abroad Australia (CAA).
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