RMIT student Brandon Tan is pursuing his dreams of working in the live event production and audio-visual industry through practical work experience.
Tan is currently studying the Certificate IV in Live Production and Technical Services, a yearlong program designed to equip students with a broad range of practical skills.
From AV equipment set-up operation to TV production and system design, the industry-based program provides students with highly practical live production, audio-visual skills and networking opportunities.
Tan said he chose to study the Certificate IV not only to secure a future position in the workforce, but to network with likeminded students and industry professionals.
“I’m doing this program because it offers TV and video production, allowing me to gain new knowledge,” he said.
“I love everything we are doing in class at the moment, especially the hands-on learning – which is a great way for students to gain technical skills.”
Tan has also taken part in industry based work experience at the Basin Music Festival.
Three years ago, he was given the opportunity to supply a lighting system each year at the local music festival.
This role has allowed Tan to design the look of each lighting rig, as well as provide him with the opportunity to operate the rig during the event.
Simon Embury, Certificate IV and Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services Program Coordinator, said the program delivers a practical and industry based approach to learning.
“Our students fully investigate the various ins and outs of the live events industry, giving them very valuable, skills-based knowledge,” Embury said.
“Brandon is another example of a student who has taken his education outside of the classroom to enhance his technical competencies.”
In the future, Tan hopes to start his own business and carve a name for himself in the event production field.
“I see myself working for a variety of production companies across various events, as well as running my own professional audio-visual business” Tan said.