In January-February 2018, ACICIS Study Indonesia was delighted to welcome 22 students on our Creative Arts and Design Professional Practicum (CADPP). These students from Australian National University, Charles Darwin University, Curtin University, Griffith University, Murdoch University, RMIT University, University of South Australia, University of Tasmania, University of Western Australia, and UNSW Australia were placed throughout Jakarta, Yogyakarta and Bandung. 20 students completed the CADPP with the assistance of a $3,000 New Colombo Plan mobility grant and one student with a $6,800 John Darling Fellowship.

CADPP participants, hosted by Atma Jaya Catholic University, undertook an academic program during the first two weeks of the program, which included language classes and a series of seminars, field trips, and workshops. The language class was led by experienced teachers at Atma Jaya’s Language Learning Center and helped prepare students for their professional placements.

Other than language classes, a day in a life of a CADPP student involved attending a series of seminars given by practitioners experienced in the field of creative arts and design in Indonesia. The seminar series covered a wide variety of topics including Australia-Indonesia creative collaborative organisations, digital and new media in Indonesia, urban and social design, arts management curatorship, and a bonus film and videography workshop by the director of “Istirahatlah Kata-Kata”, Yosep Anggi Noen and Feb Babyrose and Hebert Hans from Taromarama.

This year’s CADPP students undertook three fieldtrips. The first field trip was to Komunitas SaliharaThere, the students were welcomed with an introduction and video profile about the organisation, followed by a tour of Salihara’s studio and the opportunity to ask questions of the staff. For the second and third field trips, students visited two Indonesian museums. The first was the government owned museum, Galeri Nasional. Here the curators granted the students a tour of the gallery’s permanent collection. The final field trip was to Museum Macan, Indonesia’s first Modern and Contemporary Art Museum. This museum onced housed the famous Yayaoi Kusama’s Infinity Room.

The students then commenced their four week professional placements in their assigned host organisations in Jakarta, Bandung and Yogyakarta. In 2018, ACICIS collaborated with 21 host organisations for the 2018 Creative Arts and Design Professional Practicum. These organisations included Grafis Huru Hara, The Distillery, Go-Jek, Greeneration Foundation, Dagadu Indonesia and other organisations in animation, ceramic, film, and graphic design studios. During their four weeks placement, students learned firsthand from their mentors and gained experience in their field of study. The ACICIS CADPP Academic Program Officer, Elly Kent, also provided supervision to the students throughout the duration of the program.


We would like to congratulate all 22 students on their incredible work during 2018 Creative Arts and Design Professional Practicum. We wish all students the best for the future and hope to see them all back in Indonesia very soon!