Victoria University has been a long-time partner and champion of our work at Footscray Community Arts. Through our partnership, we seek to amplify the impact of art, community and education in the West. Each year, we host a number of VU students from a range of disciplines.
We took the opportunity to interview VU student Sam Woodberry about his Work Integrated Learning experience at Footscray Community Arts.
What are you currently studying?
I have just finished studying a Bachelor of Education Studies and am currently applying for a Masters in Secondary Education. In the future, I would love to teach Media within a rural community.
How was your university experience impacted by the pandemic?
For a good part of two years, my three-year bachelor degree was based online. This required me to quickly adapt to new models of communication within learning, and to allow myself to reflect upon new ideas of teaching that we may see in the future of education.
Tell us about your experience of doing your placement at Footscray Community Arts
I had a great experience throughout my placement. Unfortunately, I was only able to attend the site for one day due to lockdown restrictions, but for the time I was there I was lucky enough to experience the Toddler Jam workshop and the ArtLife (Digital Arts) workshop. It was amazing to see such a strong level of engagement and community within the facilities. Everyone was very welcoming and displayed such a fun and interactive approach to learning in the workshops.
Has undertaking a work placement had any unexpected benefits?
Yes, I was lucky enough to be offered a position as an engagement worker in the Digital Arts ArtLife workshop. I have been with Footscray Community Arts for almost two months now and have loved every bit of it.
Image: Supplied by Sam Woodberry