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The Good Universities Guide highlights high quality of learner engagement in CQU’s Creative Arts courses

Published:25 August 2020

CQU Bachelor of Theatre alumnus Laura Garrick is not surprised that CQU's Creative Arts courses have been acknowledged in the 2021 Good Universities Guide.

CQUniversity’s reputation for producing some of the most talented and employable graduates in the Creative Arts has been recognised by The Good Universities Guide (GUG) 2021 with five stars for learner engagement, learning resources, teaching quality, student support and overall education experience, in addition to being ranked third in Australia for learner engagement.

The news comes as no surprise to Bachelor of Theatre graduate Laura Garrick, who has been performing and teaching musical theatre in Sydney in the seven years since completing her degree.

“I think it is an absolutely incredible achievement, and well deserved. It makes me even prouder to be a CQU Graduate,” Laura said.

“I think it is vital that we acknowledge and support the Creative Arts in Australia, and I have experienced first-hand the incredible learning environment CQU creates for its students, to nurture and prepare them for a career in this field.”

Laura followed a childhood dream when she enrolled in a Bachelor of Theatre at the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music (CQCM) in Mackay in 2011.

“There were a number of factors that drew me to study my Bachelor degree at CQU - the facilities readily available to students, the course structure and material, and the musical performance opportunities integrated into the degree,” she said.

“I have always looked back at my years at CQU with sincere gratitude. I truly feel that the training I received equipped me well with the skillset I needed to professionally pursue a career in the Creative Arts.

“However, I also strongly believe that this skillset manifested with me so well because of the support and guidance I received from both my cohort and lecturers/tutors.

“When the learning environment you’re in makes you feel safe to make mistakes and ask questions, you can truly embrace every aspect of learning with an open mind, and dive head first into any challenge thrown your way; this was something I experienced every day at CQU.”

Laura now works as a Singing/Musical Theatre teacher at Sydney Vocal Academy and Ettingshausens Dance Theatre Martial Arts. She is also represented by the highly respected Jeep Management.

She’s also performed internationally and most recent played Eponine in an Australian production of Les Miserables last September.

“If you want to develop the skillset you need to pursue a successful career in the Creative Arts, learn from leading professionals who are not only extremely knowledgeable, but who also genuinely care about your personal growth and development, then CQU is the place to go,” she said.

“I will be puffing my chest out even more when people ask me – Where did you study? CQU, of course.”

Director of CQCM and Head of the College of the Arts Professor Judith Brown said “the CQCM, which sits within the School of Education and the Arts at CQUniversity has been delivering high quality Creative and Performing Arts Education for over 30 years.”

“Students love the practical nature of our courses, and the fact that there is a high level of engagement with industry professionals in all areas of music, theatre and creative arts,” she said.

Graduates from CQUniversity’s creative arts courses are now working, living and performing around Australia and across the world in UK, USA, Canada, Europe and South-East Asia.

“The training and mentoring from our highly qualified and passionate staff, and the personalised approach to performer development makes these courses stand out from all the others,” she said.

“Our courses are delivered on campus in state-of-the-art theatre and music facilities. We also have online options that allow students to pursue their passion more flexibly. I am proud of our courses and the achievements of our graduates, as they continue to be creative and make a difference in our society.”