TAFE Queensland has played a leading role in the establishment of the first Film and Arts College in Brunei Darussalam, a tiny nation on the island of Borneo.

The Mahakarya Institute of the Arts Asia will open its doors next month in Bandar Seri Bagawan. It's the first time any Australian Registered Training Organisation will deliver a diploma course in the country.

TAFE Queensland Director of Faculty Creative Industries, Richard Barrett, recently returned from Brunei where he toured the campus as well as attended the 2018 Brunei Film Blitz.

“The facilities for the Mahakarya students are equivalent to the top-of-the-line facilities in film training organisations in Australia,” said Mr Barratt.

“The partnership between TAFE Queensland and Mahakarya Institute will include teacher and student exchanges as well as offering future pathways for the Bruneian students to further articulate their studies on the Gold Coast,” he said.

“In addition, we will also set up Australian industry experiences and opportunities for selected students so that they get the workplace learning.”

TAFE Queensland designed the two year diploma course based on feedback from Mahakarya Institute of the Arts Asia and local industry.

“The students will graduate with a TAFE Queensland qualification and they will also be exposed to hands-on, skills based education that will allow them to pursue a content creator career upon completion,” said Mr Barrett.

“It is good to see this nation pave their own filmmaking careers and be self-reliant once they complete their studies.”

The Mahakarya Institute will offer two intakes of 15 places per annum to ensure the market isn’t saturated but aims to drive better training and standards in the local film industry with content that will be “undeniably Bruneian” stated Director and Founder of the College, Siti Kamaluddin.



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