In 2021, the ACICIS Creative Arts and Design Professional Practicum (CADPP) will be offered virtually, with the support of the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan.
Launched in 2017, this program exposes students to the vibrancy of contemporary Indonesian arts and cultural production, combining academic elements with hands-on practical creative production experience.
Running from early January to mid-February each year, the CADPP is a six-week virtual internship program for undergraduate and postgraduate Australian and international students. The program includes intensive Indonesian language study at Atma Jaya University, industry-led English language seminars, and a supervised industry placement with a local or international firm operating in Indonesia.
The practicum placement will involve students collaborating with Indonesian peers and creative practitioners to produce work including, but not limited to: short films, animations, sound and video art, websites, online installations, blogs and social media apps.
The CADPP is designed for students who have no existing Indonesian language skills. Candidates with existing language skills are also welcome. All industry placements provide an English-language working environment.
A fabulous experience to really meet some of Australia’s closest neighbours, explore their art scene, while meeting and working with amazing and inspiring artists. ACICIS Past Participant
The two main aims of the CADPP are to:
- Provide students with a practical learning experience with a Host Organisation (or individual artist, artist collective or art/design studio) in an Indonesian creative arts and design workplace environment; and
- To enhance bilateral understanding through the creation of new partnerships between Australian and Indonesian counterparts, and to serve as a medium for the exchange of ideas in the field of creative arts and design.
The structure of the six-week program is as follows:
- 40 hours of intensive Indonesian language classes at Atma Jaya Catholic University, designed to give participants basic Indonesian language capacity;
- 30 hours of seminars, tutorials and virtual fieldtrips led by experts and practitioners from Indonesian creative arts and design organisations; and
- A 160 hour supervised practicum placement designed to give participants an English-speaking professional experience within an Indonesian or international organisation (or with an individual practitioner, artist collective or art/design studio) operating within Indonesia’s creative industries.
An Academic Program Officer (APO) is assigned for the duration of the CADPP to oversee all aspects of the program, including the supervision of its academic content. The APO also acts as the primary source of guidance and advice for students. The APO is available for student consultations on a regular schedule or by appointment. Since its’ inception in 2017, the Academic Program Officer role has been held by Elly Kent. Elly Kent is a translator, writer, artist and has obtained a PhD in art theory and practice at the ANU School of Art. She was the recipient of a Prime Minister’s Australia-Asia Postgraduate Award in 2012, and the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art’s emerging artist award in the same year. Read more about Elly here.
Participating students are also allocated a workplace mentor at their practicum host organisation who will supervise a student’s work within the organisation for the duration of the student’s practicum placement. Participants must endeavour to regularly meet with their workplacement mentor (as a guide, approximately three times a week) throughout the placement. Over the course of the program, the APO should be invited to attend at least two meetings between the student and their host organisation mentor.
All ACICIS programs operate under the direction of the ACICIS Resident Director, Dr Adrian Budiman, assisted by administrative staff in both Australia and Indonesia, assisted by administrative staff in both Australia and Indonesia. ACICIS’ administrative staff will check in with participants throughout the program and are available during business hours to assist with any concerns.
Virtual Internship Notes
- Applicants should be aware that they are applying for the program, not a specific placement. Participants must therefore accept that they may not be placed in their desired choice. In addition, all ACICIS placements with organisations depend entirely on the goodwill and preparedness of such organisations to host participants. Such organisations retain the right to withdraw from the program or vary the number of participants they host at any stage. Therefore, while acting in good faith in preparing participants for placements, ACICIS cannot guarantee any specific internship site and participants must accept this need for flexibility as a condition of participation in the Creative Arts and Design Professional Practicum.
- Program participants are required to have access to a personal laptop or computer, and a reliable internet connection throughout the duration of the program.
- Participants are encouraged to have a work-space set up with their homes, so that they are able to attend all components of the program without distraction. A comfortable space with suitable lighting is recommended.
- Participants will be conducting meetings via Zoom and other online learning platforms and are required to dress and groom themselves as they ordinarily would for university or an in-person professional placement. More information on expected dress codes will be provided in pre-program correspondence.
- Orientation is compulsory for all CADPP participants. If you cannot attend orientation then you will, unfortunately, not be able to participate in the program.