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Open Day attracts aspiring filmmakers (2019)

Mahakarya Institute of the Arts Asia Dean Dr Alexander J Fischer speaks to attendees during the Open Day. – PHOTO: AZIZ IDRIS

BY Aziz Idris

MAHAKARYA Institute of the Arts Asia, Brunei Darussalam’s first film-making college, organised an Open Day for potential applicants wanting to train for a career in the film and visual arts industries.

The one-day event was held at the institute’s top-level facility at Plaza Athirah in Jalan Tutong on Thursday.

Attendees had the opportunity to meet with Mahakarya’s team, speak to students about their experience and discuss about enrolment with support staff.

Mahakarya Institute of the Arts Asia Dean Dr Alex J Fischer delivered talks about Mahakarya, career pathways and opportunities, as well as the course offered.

The course offered is Diploma in Screen and Media. Applicants must have at least four ‘O’ levels (including English) for entry requirements. It is quality assured and meets the educational standards of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) regulators.

Mahakarya partnered with TAFE Queensland to help design the diploma programme, based on feedback from a variety of companies in the film industry. It represents a comprehensive training package designed to educate individuals in the area of per-production and post- production.

Graduates of the diploma programme can also choose to continue their education overseas (in Australia), where they can enter a degree programme at partner universities. The course will be divided into four semesters, with different focus and delivery methods to ensure maximum coverage and experience.

According to Dr Alex, the course offer hands-on experience, in line with the TAFE teaching model, with 90 per cent being practical. Students will also learn workplace safety and etiquette, and get the chance to work on real film set.

The team behind Mahakarya hopes to create a new generation of talents in the local creative industries in Brunei, whilst at the same time give a breath of fresh air to Bruneian films.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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