These videos have generated much interest in The Belonging Project since their launch online in 2012.
They demonstrate the success of The Belonging Project’s Phase One initiatives in the School of Media and Communication. These initiatives were first implemented in 2012 and have been continued as core business practice in the School ever since.
School orientation 2012
After conducting focus group research with staff and students in the School of Media and Communication in 2011, The Belonging Project worked with staff and students in the School to reframe orientation from a one-off event to a series of coordinated, purposeful transition activities supporting students through each program intake over the 2012 academic year.
Specifically, this initiative strove to respond to students who said that during transition to RMIT they needed:
- further assistance to make early social connections with their peers
- early information, feedback and advice from program peers in second and third years of their home program
- orientation sessions that mixed social activities with workshop-style collaborative academic tasks.
This video evaluates the success of this initiative via a series of short interviews with students in the School immediately after the School Welcome Session in February 2012.
School welcome promotional video
This video was produced by The Belonging Project team to open the School Welcome Session for commencing students in February 2012. The video was designed to:
- showcase student work across a variety of professional disciplines
- increase student awareness of the range of programs offered by the School
- increase student awareness of interdisciplinary connections and opportunities through curricular and extra-curricular projects.
Student Atelier refurbishment
Discussions with students in the School of Media and Communication identified that they required more support to transition both socially and academically. Students suggested that access to more informal spaces, particularly for group work, would help them to establish cross-discipline connections with their peers. On the basis of this feedback, The Belonging Project decided to revamp the School’s main student common room, the Student Atelier.
In 2012, an Interior Design graduate was commissioned to work with third-year Communication Design students to refurbish this space through a temporary spatial installation. The brief: turn an empty, white box that nobody visited into a visually dynamic, comforting and fun space that aesthetically reflected the diverse talents and personalities of the School’s students. Equally important was ensuring the space catered for a variety of uses.
This video documents student responses to the refurbishment of the Student Atelier space throughout the 2012 academic year.