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CCAM pilots a project-based approach for work placement module in response to the new remote working environment

Monday, September 6, 2021

The public health restrictions and industry uncertainties of the past 18 months left the team at GMIT's Centre for Creative Art & Media (CCAM) facing the challenge of how to deliver their 'Professional Practice and Projects' work placement module.

Responding to the new remote working environment, they piloted a project-based approach and teamed up with industry partners, such as Kerry-based WAZP 3D Printing. 

Through the pilot, students benefited from industry mentorship and had the opportunity to develop their professional skills remotely.

Ainslie Peters, lecturer at CCAM, explained how the remote Professional Practice and Projects pilot worked:

'Students were divided into small design teams to conduct research and work on innovation projects with industry partners who provided weekly mentorship, workshops, and feedback. The CCAM lecturing team offered additional support by facilitating development workshops and a series of international guest speakers.'

In today's evolving employment landscape, the ability to work remotely has become a critical skill for graduates. After completing the module, students expressed increased confidence and awareness of navigating job search applications, virtual interviews, and integration into a remote team. 

Student feedback:

"I learned more about the business side of design and what to expect when I graduate. I didn't realise how fast-paced projects are and how damaging delays can be, especially when unexpected events occur like the pandemic. The biggest surprise for me was how much I learned about myself. I am more aware of my strengths and weaknesses, and that what I enjoy doing and what I am the most successful at might not be the same activity. I had a certain idea about how I work with others from sports teams, but it's different in a workplace. I feel like I am much more prepared now for life after graduation.”

"Our placement was not what I expected it to be when I started the course, but it was accurate in terms of how the industry now is. It was good to experience it first-hand and face the difficulties of it while being able to ask lecturers for help. It was also nice to talk to professional designers and hear them say they found the same things challenging that I did. I felt like I was a part of the design industry even though I was working from home."

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