CATC DESIGN SCHOOL COURSE GUIDE 2014-15 4 COURSE GUIDE 2014-15 5 CATC DESIGN SCHOOL Hello... …and welcome to CATC Design School. We are really looking forward to being able to showcase what we do and why we are doing it. But first of all, we should probably begin with a brief introduction of who we are. We began teaching design 30 years ago and we love what we are doing now just as much as we did when we started. We have four campuses1 – one in Brisbane, one on the Gold Coast, one in Melbourne and one in Sydney. This adds up to a crazy number of graduates enjoying a wide range of successful careers. It also makes us one of Australia’s leading education providers in graphic design, interior design and photography. But all this is not what really excites us the most. What really excites us is what we do and why we are doing it. HELLO 1 Actually it’s five campuses with our ‘virtual campus’ for our online students. What we do What we do is provide an environment where you can learn to become the best designer or photographer you can be. We’ll give you the stepping stones to get you there. We believe studying to be a designer or a photographer is all about developing your own unique set of skills. Our job is to help you do this. It’s all about you, not us. What we also do is vocational education and training (VET). This is really important to us. Vocational education and training is skills-based and industry focussed. It’s very hands on. In some ways it’s similar to the days of masters and apprentices where you’d learn a trade and develop your skills under the watchful eye of a master craftsman. It provides an environment which encourages deliberate practice and experimentation. It’s a place where if you put the work in you can’t technically fail. It’s an environment where the worst that can happen is it might take more work to get the result you’re after2. It’s a place where it’s OK to make mistakes. In fact, we celebrate mistakes because it’s through trial and error that you’ll usually learn the most. Our students are encouraged to jump right in and actively look for ways to improve their knowledge and skills. We understand that being creative is all about original thinking and coming up with ideas. Because of this, we will teach you how to think creatively and practice constructively. 2 Vocational training doesn’t have grades. When it comes to assessments you’re either ‘competent’ or ‘not yet competent’. It’s just like the real world. When you present your ideas to your clients they won’t give you a grade. They’ll give you feedback which is something you’ll always learn from. Why we’re doing it It’s a job. Only kidding. We’re doing it because we love what we do. We all come from industry and we enjoy helping others who want to join us. We love seeing the progress our students make and we really love it when they graduate and start turning their ideas into reality. We do it because we believe in the hands-on nature of vocational education. Designers and photographers get out of bed each day because they want to create things. You probably enjoyed art and design at school – well, think of your time with us as one non-stop art class. It’s like most things in life: when you love what you do, chances are you’re going to become good at it, which in turn reaps its own rewards. Our graduates are both highly regarded and sought after. They regularly win prizes in the most prestigious design competitions, from the Design Institute of Australia (DIA), Australasian Student Design Competition and the Graduate of the Year Awards (GOTYA) to the Dulux Colour Awards and Desktop magazine’s Create Awards.