2020 has seen us reinvent cross-cultural experiences through remote programs. While it has been difficult to connect physically, embracing connectivity through online platforms has increased possibilities and expanded opportunities.

We have been fortunate to host a 20 day virtual screen and design industry project program in collaboration with a number of highly respected creative partners from Japan. This year’s investigative theme is “Memory & Materiality”.

The ease of being able to connect virtually has meant we have been able to run a rich and rewarding program for selected students, connecting with a range of highly inspiring guest speakers and experienced professional workshop leaders that have guided our students through the project process.

Workshops

We were very privileged to engage four highly experienced and talented Japan-based professionals to lead our students through their projects.

While we were still in lockdown in Melbourne and unable to meet physically, our workshop leaders in Japan were facing a rise in COVID-19 cases as well and had become used to collaborating online. They held workshops with our students every second day on Zoom throughout the program, guiding them through concept and prototype development, alongside providing in-depth feedback through online critique sessions.

Design students were guided by Miho Tanaka and Alvaro Arregui, while Film, TV and animation students were guided by Sumito Sakakibara and Yusuke Horaguchi.

Guest Speakers

The Collaborative Design Project is where Deakin Design students develop real world skills working directly with real world clients to help solve tangible issues that the clients and their audiences face.

Outcomes

The Collaborative Design Project is where Deakin Design students develop real world skills working directly with real world clients to help solve tangible issues that the clients and their audiences face.

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