Industry partnerships and professional experience

Our goal is to ensure a Curtin education remains relevant and valued both by students and employers. By aligning our teaching with the needs of industry, we contribute to the knowledge economy of our nation and future industry leaders.

We have partnered with business, industry organisations, government and the not-for-profit sector to develop fieldwork education opportunities. Our fieldwork partners play an integral role in our students’ education by providing quality mentoring and supervision of students.

Curtin Fashion graduates standing on stage at the BESPOKE fashion show
Photo: China Graduate Fashion Week.

School of Design and the Built Environment

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The School of Design and the Built Environment is renowned for its connections to prominent national and international industry partners, providing students with many industry-aligned opportunities. Work Integrated Learning, field work and exchange opportunities and collaboration with professionals in Australia and abroad enable students to graduate not only with relevant skills and knowledge, but also with an added insight into how their chosen profession operates.

Fashion Design and Research Hub

As the second hub of its kind in Australia, the Fashion Design and Research Hub are working on the integration of both traditional and new technologies to improve the suitability of fashion design and production systems. The Hub offers services such as seamless garment design and production to both the industry and their researchers.

For more information contact:

T: +61 8 9266 2276

Future Bayswater: ‘Bayswater Urban Regeneration Hub’

Our Master of Architecture students are working with Future Bayswater on the ‘Bayswater Regeneration Hub’ project to investigate the Bayswater town centre as a place for sustainable urbanism and transit oriented design.

Professor Reena Tiwari, who leads the project, is enthusiastic about the opportunities the students’ involvement in this significant initiative will give them to put their learning to the test in a practical manner:

“They will research a range of reports and information, as well as conduct workshop consultations with the Bayswater community to inform their findings… At the completion of the study the students will demonstrate their ideas via creative methods such as diagrams, text, video and pictures.”

Learn more: Bayswater community works with architecture students to inject life back into suburb

SANDitecture: Architecture assignments the Curtin way

Each year, teams of first year architecture and interior architecture students have the chance to build a sand sculpture inspired by a famous building as part of a 12-day course assignment.

In the lead-up to the final sculpting phase, teams are given 10 days to research the key design features of their famous building and investigate elements such as form, mass, volume, texture, pattern, repetition, scale, balance and hierarchy.

In past years, students have also taken part in a workshop with Western Australian artist and sand sculptor Tim Darby.


Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre (SBEnrc) Industry-government-research collaboration

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SBEnrc offers a unique industry-government-research collaboration to improve Australia’s built environment industry.

The SBEnrc has the broadest built environment research alliance in the country, with core members including John Holland Group, Aurecon, BGC, the Western Australian, Queensland and New South Wales Governments, Curtin University, Swinburne University and Griffith University; all of which are represented on the Centre’s Governing Board.

Learn more about SBENRC

Interior Architecture video Series: Transitioning into Practice

In this interview series, we profile local and international Interior Architects to gain insight into the life of working professionals within the industry. Listen to their hints, suggestions and reflections and gain insight into the life of a working Interior Architect.

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Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) Cooperative Cross-disciplinary collaboration and mentoring from industry

Digitisation is transforming built environment. Our School of Design and the Built Environment established the Virtual Design and Construction Cooperative to prepare students to meet the changing demands of the industry by providing mentoring opportunities from industry leaders through collaboration on high profile projects.

Learn more about VDC Cooperative

School of Education

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The School of Education’s partnerships with schools and education providers in all sectors reflect our desire to work collaboratively to develop highly sought-after graduates. The partnerships promote extended pre-service teacher contact with schools and encourage school-based professionals to coach, mentor and assess pre-service teachers.

Professional experience (Bentley and regional) Professional experience is one of the strengths of the Curtin Education degrees.

Professional experience is one of the strengths of our initial teacher education degrees. If you study with us, you can apply theory to a real-world learning environment through placements in early childhood centres, and state, catholic and independent school classrooms.

Professional Learning Hub (PLHub) Professional development for educators


Our School of Education’s innovative, practical and research-based workshops aim to build and facilitate better educational outcomes for the community by positively influencing individuals across the education system.

We engage educators by offering high quality professional learning workshops, networking sessions and presentations which are delivered by School of Education academics and a limited number of carefully chosen external providers.

Learn more about PLHub

School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry

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Curtin Razor

As a final year Screen Arts student, you will have the opportunity to write, edit and produce your own short films and showcase the final film in a theatre at the end of the year.

Students often use their professional-level shorts to form their submission to local and national industry screen awards.

Docker TV

In 2015, Curtin University signed a 20-year contract with the Fremantle Dockers, which allows Curtin students to provide media content for the club’s website. The project kicked off at the start of the year when Film & Television students enrolled in a new unit called Sports Media Production, and started recording matches played by Fremantle’s WAFL affiliate, the Peel Thunder, at various grounds across the metropolitan area.

Under the guidance of lecturers from Screen Arts, Sally Goldrick and Jemma King, the students were rostered as professional crew members. The students started the year with two cameras, eventually progressing to a four-camera multi camera production. This introduced them to multi camera editing techniques. Production roles for Film and Television students included producer, camera operator, continuity and editor.

During the second half of the year, Journalism lecturer Sean Cowan joined the team when journalism students became involved in the project. The journalism students worked closely with the film and television students to improve the quality of the scripts, voice-overs and player interviews that formed an integral part of the final TV packages. They also started producing written content, including match reports, that required a high level of pre-match research.

Over the course of 2015, the quality of the packages increased dramatically. Communication and collaboration were key elements of the project and students were encouraged to seek advice and assistance from teaching staff and from the Docker TV Producer.

Healing centres for the stolen generation survivors MOU with Southern Aboriginal Corporation (SAC) and Bringing Them Home Committee (BTHC WA)

A four-year long project is being directed by the views of the Stolen Generation survivors and their families with a goal to transform the mission sites of Carrolup-Marribank and Wandering in WA into healing spaces for Stolen Generation survivors.

In October 2016 a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Southern Aboriginal Corporation (SAC), Bringing Them Home Committee (BTHC WA) and Curtin University to provide opportunities for our students to undertake practice-based learning for credit toward their degrees at the former mission sites.

Learn more about this project

Libraries, Archives and Records industry practicum placements

Libraries, Archives, Records and Information Science (LARIS) students undertake practicums. Information and documentation related to practicum placements is available for:

  • students*
  • mentors
  • prospective students

*Students, please note that this information is relevant to both Curtin enrolled students and Open Universities Australia (OUA) enrolled students.

Learn more about industry practicum placements

Noongar Dandjoo

Noongar Dandjoo is produced by Curtin University media students in collaboration with the Curtin Centre for Aboriginal Studies and the Noongar Community. It is screened nationally on the NITV channel and is great opportunity for Screen Arts and Journalism students to gain industry experience.

Go to the Noongar Dandjoo website.

Strategic Flashlight Network Research seminar and policy workshop series

Launched in 2009, the Strategic Flashlight research seminar and policy workshop series is Perth’s premium strategy forum. Our events are hosted across Australia and cover topical and current political events and foreign policy issues with a focus on Australia’s involvement in the international realm.

The series plays an important role in providing a dedicated forum for government, defence, law enforcement, private enterprise and academia to discuss and debate issues of strategic significance for Australia and our region.

This network should be a priority for; senior representatives from defence and law enforcement, senior government administrators, strategic intelligence analysts, risk and security managers, emergency services, corporate executives, critical infrastructure owners and operators, independent consultants, academics and postgraduate students in the field of national and international security.

Go to the Strategic Flashlight blog

Enquiries and Expressions of Interest
Please contact Series Director, Dr Alexey Muraviev.
Phone: + 61 8 9266 2234
Fax: + 61 8 9226 3166