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How Do They Do That?

Activity code: DES-03
Year level: 9, 10
Target audience: School groups
Venue: School or Regional Centre
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This activity will unlock some of the secrets and demonstrate some of the skills Designers use to create their ideas.

Your students will learn about the design profession, the skills that are required for a career in design and how to reach their goal. 

Students will try out some of the practical designing skills that are used in a range of the design professions. The presenters will help them to develop confidence in their ability, so that they can seriously consider a professional design career and start researching options for design studies at university. 

Special themed events

LEAP into...Design will schedule themed events featuring special guests. Look for these in listed Upcoming events below.

For more information contact the LEAP Team.

Careers Curriculum Framework learning outcomes

 Year 9: 4, 6
 Year 10: 4, 6

Curriculum links

AusVELS
Interdisciplinary Learning: Design, Creativity and Technology - Level 10
The Arts: Creating and Making- Level 10

Check out more information on this website about the design profession. Discover the skills needed, learn about making the leap to university, read stories from recent graduates and more...

LEAP learning outcomes: Understanding Professions
Duration: 1.5hrs - 5hrs
How to participate: Negotiated with school
Max numbers: 30
Min numbers: 15

Upcoming events

  • 27 July 2017 – Bendigo Art Gallery and La Trobe Art Institute

Signage and the City

Activity code: DES-05
Year level: 7, 8, 9
Target audience: School groups
Venue: Melbourne CBD, Ballarat (limited availability)
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Students walking though MelbourneThis activity will challenge and extend your students to solve design problems and possibly unlock their inner typographer. They will gain a new perspective on how design professionals use typography. 

First, students will take a stroll through the streets of the City finding examples of typography. From old tiled letters to gleaming new signs, they will see how type and fonts are a designer's tools and inspiration. Just by looking around them, students will discover how design professionals use typography to promote and communicate with an audience.

The second part of the activity will expand students' perspective of the field of typography by exploring the way it is used in a variety of design professions to market an idea and target an audience.

This workshop will provide an insight into the role of a Graphic Designer and how typography is paramount to effective design. 

Students will see first-hand how study at university can translate into great career opportunities.

For more information contact the LEAP Team.

Careers Curriculum Framework learning outcomes

Year 7: 4
Year 8: 5
Year 9: 4, 6

Curriculum links

Aus VELS
Interdisciplinary Learning: Design, Creativity and Technology- Level 7, 8 and 10
Physical, Personal and Social Learning: Interpersonal Development, SWL (Structured Workplace Learning)

Check out more information on this website about the design profession. Discover the skills needed, learn about making the leap to university, read stories from recent graduates and more...

LEAP learning outcomes: Understanding Professions
Duration: 2.5hrs - 5hrs
How to participate: Negotiated with school
Max numbers: 25
Min numbers: 10
School Application

If you/your school need support for travel costs to join in this activity,
please read about LEAP travel support before registering.

Mystery Challenge - Design

Activity code: DES-08
Year level: 7, 8, 9, 10
Target audience: School groups
Venue: School (also available via PolyCom)
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In this activity, your students will experience the challenge of responding to a client's design brief.

Working in teams, students will be given a box of mystery contents to be opened, along with a design challenge. Within set time constraints they will work together to solve a design problem and respond to the design challenge by using the contents of the box.

After a shared presentations by the teams of their design solutions, the activity will conclude with additional information on careers and diversity within the profession, so that students considering a professional design career can start researching options for design studies at university.

For more information contact the LEAP Team.

Careers Curriculum Framework learning outcomes

Year 7: 4
Year 8: 5
Year 9: 4, 6
Year 10: 2, 4, 6

Curriculum links

AusVELS
Interdisciplinary Learning: Design, Creativity and Technology- Level 10
Physical, Personal and Social Learning: Interpersonal Development

Check out more information on this website about the design profession. Discover the skills needed, learn about making the leap to university, read stories from recent graduates and more...

LEAP learning outcomes: Understanding the Profession
Duration: 1.5hrs - 4hrs
How to participate: Negotiated with school
Max numbers: 25
Min numbers: 15
School Application

If you/your school need support for travel costs to join in this activity,
please read about LEAP travel support before registering.

Thinking Outside the Box

Activity code: DES-11
Year level: 9
Target audience: School groups
Venue: School
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Architects have long been visionary thinkers. They create designs that respond to their environment and impact the way we live. A focus on innovative designs of the past provide inspiration for students to re-imagine a city of the future.

This hands on workshop will challenge students to think outside the box.

This activity explores how architects might solve problems and address issues in and around their world. Your students will be given a challenge that is then a starting point for the creation of a cityscape in both 2D and/or 3D.

The activities will link to the fields of Architecture and Interior Design to help inspire your students' responses and they will see first-hand how study at university can translate into great career opportunities.

For more information contact the LEAP Team.

Careers Curriculum Framework learning outcomes

 Year 9: 6, 4

Curriculum links

 AusVELS
 Interdisciplinary Learning: Design, Creativity and Technology Level 10
 Physical, Personal and Social Learning: Interpersonal Development
 SWL (Structured Workplace Learning) 

Check out more information on this website about the design profession. Discover the skills needed, learn about making the leap to university, read stories from recent graduates and more...

LEAP learning outcomes: Understanding Professions
Duration: 1.5hrs - 3hrs
How to participate: Negotiated with school
Max numbers: 25
Min numbers: 15
School Application

If you/your school need support for travel costs to join in this activity,
please read about LEAP travel support before registering.

Interdisciplinary Drawing Workshop - Holiday Program

Activity code: DES-07
Year level: 10, 11, 12
Target audience: Individual students
Venue: University campus
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Students doing charcoal sketchingIf you’re a Year 10, 11 or 12 student and you're thinking seriously about studying at uni for a career in art, design or architecture, this workshop is for you. It's an opportunity to get hands-on, explore and discuss techniques and understand what university study is about.

Experience how brainstorming and experimental drawing processes generate exciting new ideas. The workshops do not solely see drawing as a skill that needs a pencil or pen but also can be done with some string, some cardboard boxes and a digital interface.

You will also be introduced to how these processes are used by professionals in the creative sector.

The skills you gain can be used to enhance your VCE Art; Design & Technology; Studio Arts; and Visual Communication units and folios. The workshops will also give you valuable insights into the type of practical work required to gain entry to art, design or architecture studies at university.

For more information contact the LEAP Team.

Careers Curriculum Framework learning outcomes

Year 10: 4, 6, 7, 9
Year 11: 4, 7, 8
Year 12: 3, 4, 6

Curriculum links

AusVELS
Interdisciplinary Learning: Design, Creativity and Technology- Level 10
The Arts: Creating and Making- Level 10

Check out more information on this website about the design profession. Discover the skills needed, learn about making the leap to university, read stories from recent graduates and more...

LEAP learning outcomes: Making it Happen
Duration: Multiple consecutive days
How to participate: Date specific (see 'Upcoming events' below)
Max numbers: 25
Min numbers: 15

Upcoming events

There are no upcoming events for this activity.

What Designers Actually Do

Activity code: DES-09
Year level: 10, 11, 12
Target audience: School groups
Venue: School plus Metro and regional venues
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Bring your students inside the creative world of the design professions via these workshops, lectures and tours. 

For Year 10, 11 or 12 students who have decided design is the profession for them, or are thinking seriously about studying at uni for a career in art, design or architecture, this is a chance to find out just what a Designer actually does.

Industry professionals will provide real insights, through their own experiences, to build students' knowledge of the design professions and the role of a professional Designer. Students will see first-hand how further study in in art, design or architecture at university can translate into great career opportunities.

This series of workshops will assist your students to set and reach their goals for a design career.  

For more information contact the LEAP Team.

Careers Curriculum Framework learning outcomes

 Year 10: 4, 6, 8, 9
 Year 11: 7
 Year 12: 3, 4

Curriculum links

AusVELS
Interdisciplinary Learning: Design, Creativity and Technology- Level 10

Check out more information on this website about the design profession. Discover the skills needed, learn about making the leap to university, read stories from recent graduates and more...

LEAP learning outcomes: Making it Happen
Duration: 1.5hrs - 4hrs
How to participate: Date specific (see 'Upcoming events' below)
Max numbers: 25
Min numbers: 15

Upcoming events

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