Bachelor of Communication (Advertising) students are given the opportunity to pitch and present ideas and projects to members of the advertising industry each year.
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RMIT Pitch Night
Jerry Scott [Art Director] Pitch Night, or Level Up, as we’re calling it, is a chance for third year advertising students and some really big advertising agencies from around Melbourne to get together and share some ideas.
Anastasia Charisiou [Art Director] Pitch night is basically a speed dating night between students and agencies, so you get 10 minutes to just talk about yourself, meet some really cool people and then hopefully get a job or a cool contact out of it.
Suraiya Lorenz [Art Director] Pitch night is such a great opportunity considering it’s such a social event. It’s so relaxed, you can just meet people that you would never meet otherwise.
Sam & Cam [Creative Team: DT]It’s not often that you’re going to get to meet with third year students before they enter out into the big wide world and you have to wait for their folio to come to you, so it’s nice that they’re all in one place.
Esther Clerehan [Owner & CEO: Clerehan Recruitment] The RMIT pitch night is one of the biggest nights in the Melbourne advertising calendar now. You actually get the top people in the industry coming into RMIT to see the students and to give them jobs.
Anastasia Charisiou [Art Director] I think that the best thing about this course is that I’ve gotten to meet so many agencies, work on real-life briefs, complete internships and just get that real-life world experience that I don’t think a lot of other courses offer, so in terms of graduating I feel a lot more comfortable in how I’m approaching the real world.
Jin & Omar [Creative team] RMIT and our course has a lot of connections with the industry; real-life projects, real life briefs. The really great thing about studying advertising at RMIT is that you don’t spend so much time with your head in the textbook or in stuffy lectures, so you’re not just walking away with a mark and a degree but you’re also walking away with potential internships and employment opportunities while you’re still studying.
Ben & Michelle [Creative team] RMIT has been awesome, because a lot of our past year has been campaigns which lead towards getting internships. It connects with the industry really strongly which is what you need; it is all about connections. RMIT is really good, mainly because of the wide array of advertising stuff they teach you, so you sort of learn where in the industry you want to work, and then they really help to provide the connections you need to get there.
Peter Kirwan [Senior art director: Whybin/TBWA] If you go to somewhere as good as RMIT you’ll get a clearer and a much better insight into what it’s like out in the real world.
Esther Clerehan [Owner & CEO: Clerehan Recruitment] RMIT is the school that I look for on a resume. It’s got all the training across the breadth of the industry and it drills down through the depth. The evidence is there because so many of the top people in the industry have come out of RMIT, and that’s indisputable.
Jerry Scott [Art Director] So my advice to any high school graduates would be just to be a part of any of these types of projects that come your way.
Anastasia Charisiou [Art Director] Get involved in as many things outside of the course as possible, be who you are; don’t neglect what you love just because you’ve got uni 9-5.
Yuri Loong [Art director] Keep working on your folio, keep trying to be better and good luck.
Suraiya Lorenz [Art Director] Try to execute as many things as possible because the more varied your portfolio is, the more interesting it gets.
Jin & Omar [Creative team] Pay in mind that you’re going to be with all these students that you’ve studied with throughout your working life as well, so just try to network as much as possible and be really good to them. You’re going to spend a lot of nights at uni, pulling all nighters with your peers, but the thing is you’re always doing such rewarding, valuable work, so put the time into it, put the effort into it and it’s going to be fruitful and you’re going to walk away with this awesome potential career lined up ahead of you and it’s absolutely worth it.
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