Congratulations to the class of 2017!
It’s not only the sheer SCOPE of this project that is so impressive: from the range of materials, methodologies and creative outcomes, to the practical, technical and logistical processes that bring this annual exhibition by graduating students together. It’s also in the way students resist categorisation, transcend studio disciplines, explore ideas, and experiment with form and process that is so exciting, and which prepares them for the realities of living and working in a world where ‘traditional’ jobs are rapidly disappearing. The need to address what seem to be intractable real-world problems, offers new opportunities for artists, makers, designers, thinkers and educators to make a difference socially, culturally and economically.
We hope that students leave us confident in the broad spectrum of practical, critical, material and creative skills acquired throughout their degree, as well as the capacity to keep on growing and evolving. STEM disciplines, while crucial, cannot provide all the answers. There are countless possibilities open to graduates equipped with the valuable skills and personal qualities developed and enhanced throughout your tertiary education, and we anticipate with pleasure your achievements in the coming years.
The students exhibiting in SCOPE are primarily drawn from the Bachelor of Creative Arts: Visual Arts, Graphic Design, and Visual Arts & Graphic Design (VAD) majors, but also include Media Arts students from the Bachelor of Digital Media and the Bachelor of Communications and Media Studies. They are supported in their endeavours by a committed team of academic, technical and professional staff, underpinned by the support of friends and/or family.
As Apple’s Steve Jobs once said, “technology alone is not enough—it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our hearts sing” (2011). On behalf of the School of the Arts, English and Media in particular, and the University of Wollongong more generally, it gives me great pleasure to congratulate you on your achievements to date, and to look forward to all you do in the future.
Head: School of the Arts, English and Media