The modern classroom is barely recognisable when compared with its one-dimensional predecessors. Global access at the touch of a button; multi-media learning channels, work experience, corporate partnerships and school-based traineeships are just a few examples of the opportunities that avail themselves to the 21st Century student. An education in 2010 has to keep pace with the world in which students live and in which they will, one day, forge a career.
One of the more recent evolutionary processes in education is the commencement of University study at school, before the student has even graduated. Previously, students have had to travel to Universities to benefit from programs that allow for the early commencement of credits towards a degree. Sheldon College brings a new angle to Griffith University’s GUESTS Early Entry program with Redlands students being able to access University subjects on-site at Sheldon College, rather than travelling to the University campus. Thanks to extensive industry experience and expertise, Mr Murray James, Sheldon College’s Media, Film and Television teacher, has been given the rare honour of being approved by Griffith University to deliver a University Media course to OP eligible students. The course, which is part of the Bachelor of Film and Screen Media Production, will be delivered on the Sheldon Campus on a Wednesday afternoon, and is open to any student from across the Redlands, and beyond, who meets the Griffith University entry requirements (HA in Year 11 Film and Media related subject and HA in Year 11 English).
The tuition for the degree course is offered free-of-charge and high quality industry-standard equipment will be available for hire. The subject offered in Semester 1, 2010 is Digital Production 1. Students, who successfully complete their GUESTS course, are eligible to apply for a Guaranteed Offer of Entry into selected degree courses. The top three students, by academic results for Digital Production 1, will be offered a place in the Bachelor of Film and Screen Media Production, South Bank. All other students will be automatically offered a guaranteed place in the Bachelor of Digital Media, Gold Coast. This advanced course goes beyond the scope and depth of what is considered senior secondary school and provides credit towards a student’s Queensland Certificate of Education.
“The career journey begins at College, not the day our graduates leave College. The sooner our Seniors can work towards their chosen career paths – whether via further education or work experience - the better.” Director of Senior Schooling, Mrs Diane Vandermeer
The Founder and Principal of Sheldon College, Dr Lyn Bishop, is a strong advocate for providing every opportunity possible for young people, as they traverse the final years of Senior Schooling into their chosen career paths. “Our ability to offer University subjects to Year 12 students, including the GUESTS participants from other schools in the region, is an exciting development in meeting the needs of our aspiring young people in the Redlands. It is also testament to the quality of our teachers to meet the standards required to deliver a University subject.”