Students are proof of the world-class education RMIT offers in Media and Communication, frequently winning awards both locally and internationally.
Our students and graduates are consistently at the top of their game, representing the media and communication industry in high-profile competitions and festivals from the Journalism Walkley Awards to the Tropfest Film Festival and Advertising D&ADs.
From day one of their studies, students are encouraged to enter their work into local and international festivals and award competitions. This encourages them to aim for a high standard of work, gives them excellent exposure within industry, and allows them to receive the most useful peer and industry feedback.
Carlos Niembro, who studied Interactive Digital Media, said it was a great experience to submit work into festivals.
“It's pretty good because you are required to make things in a professional way. It's not just an assignment to get a mark – you are thinking, I'm going to show this to future employers, or maybe get it into a festival or something,” he said.
French and Media Studies student, Angeline Armstrong, was awarded the Francophonie Award from the Embassy of France and the Government of New Caledonia, in conjunction with Campus France Australia, for her video submission, L'Hexagon.
The university video competition encouraged students to submit short clips about what "Made in France" meant to them in a globalised world, and asked them to subvert the stereotypes surrounding French culture.
RMIT student and graduate journalists were finalists in the 2014 Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards. Third-year student Allison Worrall was shortlisted for her powerful feature story ‘The other road toll’, written for her Advanced Print Reporting course.
Ben Westcott, who graduated from the Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) and is now a cadet reporter at The Canberra Times, was a finalist for a series of stories on the local government referendum.
RMIT Advertising students, who seem to be winning awards all over the world in every category, have gained 3 'gold pencils' in the British D&AD student awards – one of the toughest competitions in the industry.
Screen and Media
RMIT Media graduates picked up prizes in an outstanding 3 out of 10 categories in the MY RODE REEL international short film competition.
Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media graduates Jacob Mathews, Francisco Gozon, and Gareth Openshaw won Best Cinematography for their film The Gift Horse, and were also in the top 10 finalists for the Judges’ Film Prize and Best Music Score categories, out of a total 1126 international entries from 76 countries.
Ender Baskan, a second-year Professional Writing and Editing student, was awarded a 2014 Marten Bequest travelling scholarship for his prose.
The scholarship is worth $20,000 and paid over a two-year period to support travelling activities that will further the recipient's artistic career.