RMIT art and photography students have fostered an array of skills and knowledge in a global environment on a study tour to Shanghai.
The Shanghai Photo Imaging Study Tour allowed students to work collaboratively, creatively and cross-culturally with students from the East China Normal University (ECNU) and Limelight Studio, a full-service commercial photography and video studio in Shanghai.
Film and images created on the study tour will be exhibited at the RMIT Design Hub from 9 to 16 October.
The laboratory style workshop, called Shanghai SkypeLab: Transcontinental Faces and Spaces, explored the nature of a "portrait of identity" defined by an urbanised and digital world, using transcontinental SkypeLabs, blind contour drawing and right side of the brain drawing techniques.
Photo Imaging students were responsible for documenting the SkypeLab project, with their final images and footage to be displayed in Skypetrait at Staedtische Galerie in Germany in 2016.
The students also had the chance to work on a project brief set by Limelight Studio's Executive Director, Scott Wright, exploring the juxtaposition between Old and New Shanghai.
Kim Wright, School of Media and Communication Program Support Officer, said the study tour was a resounding success.
"The tour placed students in a challenging cultural situation where they successfully overcame language and aesthetic barriers in order to produce outstanding work for the clients," Ms Wright said.
"The work completed with Limelight Studio has secured the students a contact in Shanghai, with a number of students already discussing further work opportunities upon graduation"
RMIT students gain insight on working in an international studio with Limelight Studio director, Scott Wright.
Photo Imaging students also teamed up with ECNU students on a project entitled Tasting Shanghai, investigating the diversity of old and new food brands in Shanghai.
The culmination of the project saw RMIT students exhibit their posters to a local and international audience as part of the 8th Time-honoured Brand and Famous Brand Expo at the Shanghai World Exhibition Centre.
Photo Imaging student Jean-Louis Kocher said the study tour opened his eyes culturally and professionally, informing him of international employment possibilities.
"The trip was fantastic and an opportunity of a lifetime. The group really bonded, which has fostered prospects of working together in the future," Mr Kocher said.
Alice Hutchison, a Photo Imaging student, said the chance to collaborate with and present to an international studio was extremely beneficial.
"(Limelight's) Scott Wright was really honest with feedback on individual work and gave good insight on what it was like to work in an international environment," she said.
The study tour was led by industry-trained Photo Imaging Program Coordinator and Selection Officer, Eddie Javier, who previously worked at Limelight before joining RMIT.
This was the second year that the tour has been held, with funding secured and planning underway for a third Shanghai study tour in 2015.