Now, the final of our three special reports, on QUT’s new Creative Industries Precinct. We look at how the space measures up for those who use it every day the students and teachers.
Adriana Mageros reports.
Three separate faculties have now become one with drama, dance and music under the same roof for the first time.
Professor Phil Graham, Head of Music QUT: “It’s probably the best facility of its kind in the world. I don’t think there’s anything like it anywhere else.”
Music facilities, once spread across the university and Newstead, are now all on the same floor.
Staff welcome the fact that the new facilities allow them to innovate in terms of curriculum.
Drama facilities were also scattered, at Kelvin Grove and the Gardens Point campuses.
Associate Professor Sandra Gattenhof, Head of Drama QUT: “We’ve always worked in kind of band-aided facilities before where people have created rooms for us, but they were not rooms in which we could teach our art form.”
The open-plan design of CIP-2 is creating stronger working connections between them and their students.
Associate Professor Gene Moyle, Head of Dance QUT: “I think that now it really lifts the benchmark of international world-class facilities.”
And it has staff and students leaping with excitement.
Associate Professor Gene Moyle, Head of Dance QUT: “It was like, ‘Yay! Hallelujah! We’re finally, we’re finally in the new building!’ It’s an amazing, really an amazing space and we’re very grateful to be in such a world-class facility.”
Each faculty had input into CIP-2’s final design, from the bar design in the studios to the texture of the floors.
Professor Phil Graham, Head of Music QUT: “The studios are currently being connected by Ethernet. It’s a huge amount of e-Connectivity and options to record very large ensembles.”
This new level of technology and connectivity means I would be playing the piano here in this studio, while Alicia accompanies me here in this studio.
These new facilities are music to the student’s ears.
Vox 1: “It’s amazing! So the studio floors, they’re sprung so they’re really good for absorbing our jumps and things so they’re good for our bodies.”
Vox 2: “It’s just really nice being in a professional environment and being a professional student is really exciting.”
Vox 3: “They’re private, they’re beautifully acoustic. They’re just a breeze!”
CIP-2 reunites once three separate hubs of learning into one big, creative community.
Adriana Mageros, QUT News.