ACU gives future students a taste of university life

Friday, 5 October 2007

5 October 2007: Australian Catholic University (ACU) has given future tertiary students from across Queensland a glimpse into university life, through an arts immersion program held at its Brisbane Campus (McAuley at Banyo) last week.

The Queensland Faculty of Arts-organised Arts Enrichment Program, held from Monday 24 to Tuesday 25 of October, allowed senior high school students to sample the university experience by engaging in drama, multimedia, visual arts and music classes.

Students from as far away as Mt. Isa and Emerald participated in the two-day program, which culminated in a homelessness-themed dramatic and musical performance titled ‘The Big Issue’.

Head of Bachelor of Arts and program co-ordinator Dr Tracey Sanders said she was delighted with the quality of work that the students produced.

“It was fantastic to see the students create such a spectacular final production after two intensive days of work. The fact that a number of students travelled such great distances to participate in the program made the end result all the more special,”Dr Sanders said.

Mt. Isa resident and Good Shepherd Catholic College student Sam De Berg said he enjoyed the opportunity to use his musical and dramatic skills in the final performance.

“It was a great opportunity to also have another look at the difference in the homeless situation between Mt Isa and a larger city like Brisbane”, he said.

Australian Catholic University (ACU) – established as Australia’s only Catholic, national, publicly funded university – is open to all. The University empowers its students and staff with a strong sense of social responsibility and concern for the moral and ethical dimensions of their study and their professional and personal lives.