Queensland Academy for Creative Industries

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Queensland Academy for Creative Industries
Qacilogo.jpg
Latin: Volamos Juntos
Flew Together
Location
Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Coordinates 27°27′09.65″S 153°00′53.20″E / 27.4526806°S 153.0147778°E / -27.4526806; 153.0147778Coordinates: 27°27′09.65″S 153°00′53.20″E / 27.4526806°S 153.0147778°E / -27.4526806; 153.0147778
Information
Type Public (selective)
Established 2007
Principal John Jose
Enrolment 450
Campus Kelvin Grove
Colour(s) White, Charcoal, Silver, Blue                 
Website

The Queensland Academy for Creative Industries (QACI) is a selective senior high school in Queensland, Australia which offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. The school aims to provide a platform for students intending to pursue careers in the fields of film and television, music, visual art, and the performing arts. Students are selected through a process of testing, interviews and auditions to ensure that they are suited to the demands of the academy.

History[edit]

The creation of the Queensland Academies was announced by Premier Peter Beattie on 17 April 2005 as part of the Queensland Government's Smart State Strategy - a policy designed to foster knowledge, creativity and innovation within the state.[1] The Queensland Academy for Creative Industries subsequently opened in 2007 in partnership with the Queensland University of Technology.

Principals[edit]

  • Founding Principal: John Jose (2007-present)

Facilities[edit]

QACI is Queensland's only high rise high school. It has 7 levels and features an industry standard art gallery, recording studio, film and broadcasting studio, specialised art studios, music studios, specialist theatre studios and a 450 seat performance theatre. The whole building is air conditioned. The refectory on level 4 has fridges, microwaves and hot water to accommodate students during lunch as well as two outdoor courtyards and a beanbag lounge. The academy has 4 elevators to assist with traveling around the school as well as a swipe card system to ensure student safety. The academy's Information Research Centre has a range of IB subject specific books. In addition to this, students are also able to have access to the library at the nearby QUT Kelvin Grove campus.

Technology[edit]

All students who enter the school are required to obtain an Apple Macbook Pro for use in their classes, and subsequently the majority of the work conducted is able to be completed digitally utilising software such as the Adobe Creative Suite. Additionally, classrooms contain interactive whiteboards and the entire campus features wireless internet access. Each classroom is equipped with apple TV.

Curriculum[edit]

Because of the selective nature of student entry, the two-year International Baccalaureate courses studied at the school is fast-tracked. Year 10 students at the Academy study an accelerated version of the IB Middle Years Program and begin their Year 11 education in Term 4. Additionally, Business and Management, Maths Studies and Environmental Systems and Societies are able to be anticipated by Year 11 students, allowing them to complete the normal two-year course in one-year. This is intended to allows students more time to complete other requirements of the International Baccalaureate program and focus on their selected art subject. A student may do two Group 6 subjects instead of a science but is required to study Environmental Systems and Societies as their Group 3 subject.

Group Available Subjects
Group 1 (Primary Language) English
Group 2 (Secondary Language) French, Spanish, Mandarin
Group 3 (Individuals and Society) Environmental Systems and Societies, Business and Management
Group 4 (Experimental Science) Design Technology, Chemistry, Biology
Group 5 (Mathematics) Mathematics
Group 6 (Arts and Elective) Music, Visual Art, Theatre, Film

House System[edit]

QACI has 3 Houses, each name represents a different cultural or language group thus reflecting QACI's global outlook.

These three houses are:

  • E'vellier (Green) - meaning awakened in French
  • Matjin (Red) - meaning create in Australian Aboriginal
  • Vivezza (Orange) - meaning liveliness in Italian

Partnerships[edit]

The Queensland Academy for Creative Industries seeks to build partnerships with leading artistic leaders and organizations. The Academy currently is the Brisbane base for NIDA workshops and lessons. The Carbon Copies program is run with Carbon Media in which students are able to take on multi-media roles under the guidance of people in the industry.[2] The theatre and gallery spaces are commonly used by world renowned artists and performers to exhibit their work, intended to expose students to the potential of their art subject.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [Queensland Academies History Accessed 22 March 2008
  2. ^ "carbon copies fire up!". Carbon Media. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 

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