UniSA Creative Workshops for Design Students

A dedicated and enthusiastic group of Year 10 and 11 Design students participated in a series of “Creative Workshops” yesterday at the University of South Australia’s Whyalla campus.

After the three-hour bus trip (which left at 6am), our students enjoyed four engaging and informative sessions throughout the day. Delivered by lecturers/staff from UniSA’s School of Art, Architecture & Design, the following practical seminars served as an introduction to the various creative disciplines that they offer:

  • Urban & Regional Planning: students worked in pairs to produce cardboard models of assorted building types before placing them strategically on a massive plan of the Whyalla area
  • Architecture: students again worked with a partner, this time to design and manufacture a bridge structure using only 30 wooden skewers and a hot glue gun; the bridges had to span a distance of 400mm and support a kilogram of weight; all twelve of our solutions were successful!
  • Interior Architecture: students completed a series of drawing and problem-solving tasks before using colour theory principles to mix and name their own (positive) colour
  • Product Design: students listened to a PowerPoint presentation about various aspects of product (industrial) design before attempting to sketch a 3D rendering of a humble product – the clothes peg

The aim of this inaugural initiative was to assist secondary students to make informed choices regarding tertiary education and career paths in creative disciplines. It also introduced university culture and the relevant study methods for these courses, which are often autonomous and project-based in studio and workshop environments.

Many thanks (and congratulations) to UniSA’s Project Liaison Officer Samantha Faehrmann and her wonderful team for delivering this opportunity to our region. We sincerely hope that this event can be replicated to accommodate more of our Design students in the future.

~ Mr Shaun Thomas (Design)