Former students say art courses needed

HIGH PRAISE: Graphic design teacher Michele Hoffman (front) with Darren John Pope (left), Sarah Mathias, Emily Perri and Cassandra Pollock have nothing but high praise for GOTAFE Wangaratta. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

FORMER students of GOTAFE Wangaratta campus fear the number of local artists will diminish if courses stop locally.

They have aired their concerns following Monday’s Wangaratta Chronicle story in which GOTAFE management confirmed student enrolments need to increase to safeguard arts courses’ viability.

Four former students told the Chronicle local businesses that use graphic and visual artists will lose out if courses are axed, as future cohorts leave Wangaratta to study in Melbourne or Sydney, taking skill bases away from the region.

And they believe people looking to build their skills will be left without options for future employment.

Emily Perri studied a two year diploma in graphic design and thinks it would be a shame if people miss out on arts courses because they can’t afford to go to university, or want to live locally and still study.

“You can get the same diploma locally than what you would if you went to the city,” she said.

“If I had studied in Melbourne I would have to move, find a job there, whereby staying in Wangaratta I lived at home and had two jobs.”

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