Professor Jennie Shaw, Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Adelaide (left) and students.

The University of Adelaide has a major sponsorship agreement with Adelaide Festival that connects creative arts students with some of the world’s most renowned performances.

The two-year agreement builds on historic connections between the University and the Adelaide Festival.

The Executive Dean of the University’s Faculty of Arts, Professor Jennie Shaw, says the partnership will benefit undergraduate students studying Creative Arts and other students in the Faculty, by offering them a variety of internships during the Festival.

“The University has a long history of training the next generation of creative arts professionals,” says Professor Shaw.

“Internships during the Festival will partner students with specific productions giving them an immersive experience of how the arts world works behind-the-scenes.

“First-hand experience of working with the arts industry to deliver world-class productions is of immense value to students.

“A university course will teach students about the theory behind the performing arts, but the value that exposure to the hands-on world of delivering productions and performances, is beyond measure,” she says.

Festival of Arts and Fringe

The Adelaide Festival of Arts and the Adelaide Fringe are annual open-access arts festivals run over four weeks in Adelaide during February and March. Together they combine to make one of the largest, most popular and diverse arts Festivals in Australia. Thousands of artists from around Australia and across the globe participate alongside home-grown talent, in art forms spanning cabaret, comedy, circus & physical theatre, dance, film, theatre, music, visual art and design.

Students from the University of Adelaide are able to find placements and internships across all departments at the Adelaide Festival and the Adelaide Fringe assisting in the day to day management of administration, media, marketing, creative and visual arts, music and the technical aspects of producing the events and shows associated with the Festivals, as well as having the opportunity to work in various departments on specific projects and tasks.

Students who undertake such placements and internships are able to have this unique experience count as an elective course in their degree by enrolling in the appropriate Festival of Arts Internship course, which runs over the summer.

There’s a specific course which connects students to the Adelaide Festival of Arts.

CRARTS 2002 – Creativity and the Adelaide Festival of Arts

This course is run in partnership with the Adelaide Festival of Arts, which will provide students with discounted tickets to selected productions, including Indigenous, theatrical and musical performances and visual art exhibitions, and students will also attend sessions at Adelaide Writers’ Week. Depending on availability, they may also attend special events such as dress rehearsals and Festival Forums. Students will research the origins of a selected work, touching on its relation to conventions of genre, its performance history, the creative decisions that underpin its current iteration, collaborative inputs, and so forth. Students will also be asked to respond to the artwork in their chosen creative form. With input from Festival staff, we will go on to consider the role of the Festival itself, developing an understanding of the curatorial and commissioning roles of festivals in the broader arts ecology, and the current funding landscape of the arts in Australia.