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Industry experience? No Drama for TAFE students

Thirty North Metropolitan TAFE (NMTAFE) students have been involved in the production of The Heights, a new ABC television drama which will premiere tonight on the ABC.

  • TAFE students have been involved in the production of a new TV drama
  • Industry partnership has provided students with valuable work experience, networking opportunities and employment prospects.

NMTAFE’s industry partnership with production company Matchbox Pictures and Screenwest has provided digital cinema; animation and games design; and mass communication students with world class work experience in camera, art and sound departments; post production visual effects and marketing and promotional strategies.

Harne Hennessey, 22, from Yanchep was an assistant for The Heights’ Lighting Director whilst studying Screen and Media (Digital Cinema) at NMTAFE. His involvement with The Heights has led to him obtaining further work experience as a Video Split Operator for Screen Australia’s feature film I Met A Girl. 

“Not only did I gain valuable industry experience and an understanding of how a professional, high-level series operates; I got to network with and be inspired by so many people working on-set and many of these were TAFE graduates, which was very motivating,” said Harne.

The Heights is a ‘slice of life’ drama series which centres on the inner-city neighbourhood of Arcadia Heights, exploring the relationships between the residents of the Arcadia social housing tower and the people who live in the rapidly gentrifying community that surrounds it. 

The production employed 115 local crew, 84 speaking roles and 396 extras.

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“This was a unique experience for TAFE students to be involved in the production of a national TV show, right here in Perth.

“This kind of practical experience is invaluable – it exposes students to the day-to-day workings of their chosen industry, helping ensure graduates are job ready and increasing their employability.

“It also expands their industry networks so they’re front of mind when employers look to fill positions.”

Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman

“It is wonderful to see students being given an opportunity to grow their skills and knowledge as participants in the cultural industries, which as a sector offers fantastic future job opportunities and economic development.”

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