guarantee graduates a place in a particular profession. You should select a course that interests you and which your research shows will give you the best chance of success in achieving your career goals. You might find that as well as undertaking your course, you will have to learn other skills on-the-job or via short courses. Professional Associations offer a range of professional development activities, which are often offered at a very reasonable cost to students. There are many different places to study, including TAFEs, universities and private colleges. You will need to do plenty of research in order to find the most appropriate course to match your learning style and career aspirations. The following list contains links to universities that offer courses in Media-Arts in Australia. Many universities offer a range of dual awards, combined degrees and distance learning options. TAFE and private colleges TAFE institutions operate around the country and offer a range of accredited and short courses in Media and the Arts. Check each state’s website for further details. Professional Associations and Support Organisations Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) was established in 2000 by the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts. With offices in every state, it promotes private sector support for the Arts. Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) keeps members abreast of technology, new equipment and ideas through meetings, seminars and demonstrations, and provides a forum for cinematographers to meet with other members of the industry to discuss and exchange ideas, promote friendship and better understanding of each others’ industry role. Australian Dance Council is a service and advocacy organisation which provides a united voice for dance in Australia and a range of professional services and programs. Australian Directors Guild (ADG) is an industry association representing the interests of film and television directors, documentary filmmakers, animators and independent producers throughout Australia. “…education is a major player in the creative industries, both directly in producing creative personnel, products and services, and indirectly, by providing employment for many who can then use that security to support their ‘creative habit’ in a multitude of different fields.” ( Source: John Hartley, keynote speaker at the Creative Citizenship Symposium (Charles Darwin University, 2006: Community, Creative Industries and the Future) – . au/newsroom/origins/edition2-2006/ origins-creative-citizenship.pdf ) graduate careers australia // 18 “Society and economy’ is changing, driven by the rise of human creativity, which becomes a key source of competitive advantage.