With over 130 years of experience in delivering vocational education and training, TAFE Queensland - Gold Coast Region is about to award the first ever Bachelor Degrees to Contemporary Music Practice and Games and Interactive Design students.
Two years ago a partnership was forged with the University of Canberra allowing students to study a Bachelor degree through TAFE Queensland. This Diploma-to-Degree pathway gives students the opportunity to complete a Diploma in their first year of study and go straight into the second year of a Bachelor degree without having to change institutions.
With only a few weeks to go in their final semester, 15 TAFE Queensland - Gold Coast Region students will be awarded with a Bachelor of Contemporary Music Practice degree.
Graduates first completed either a Diploma of Music or Diploma of Sound Production which gave them credits towards their degree and are now about to embark on a new journey as they forge careers in the music industry.
Twenty one year old student Dylan Lindquist said the experience has been so much more than he had ever imagined.
'I have been studying at TAFE Queensland's Coomera campus for the last three years and during that time I've made a lot of great friends and learned so much about the music industry, I will cherish the whole experience for a long time,' Dylan said.
'I've gone from making shabby little demo's in my bedroom to creating and releasing professional songs that have been heard by thousands of people in different venues across Brisbane and the Gold Coast.'
'I'm now in my last 2 weeks of my Bachelor Degree and I have just successfully completed my 3rd release and I am planning to release my EP at the start of next year,' he said.
Choosing to study a degree through this type of model allows students to combine uni thinking with TAFE hands-on learning. Students are encouraged to focus on building their career as they study. Many of the units in this qualification give students the opportunity to complete assessments with career-based outcomes.
Fellow classmate Navid Seisan, who is now a professional audio engineer, teacher and owner of the his own studio, Black Hertz Productions, said his decision to study this qualification was one of the biggest and best decisions of his career.
'Studying with world-class musicians and industry professionals taught me how to conduct myself in a professional working environment. I also learnt how to use industry standard equipment in a professional working environment allowing me to compose, produce and record my own music using high standard digital and analogue recording equipment,' Navid said.
'I encourage anyone wanting to get into music to study through this pathway because it opens up so many doors for you,' he said.
TAFE Queensland in partnership with the University of Canberra will also be offering the Bachelor of Media Arts and Production in 2018.
For more information on higher education at TAFE Queensland go to www.tafegoldcoast.edu.au.