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Bright start in film industry for Digital Media student

Chad Cowan is a Digital Media Technologies student with the world at his feet and an already impressive CV that would be the envy of many.

Chad, 20 years-old, was recently presented with the South West Student of the Year award which was sponsored by PrintSync Business Solutions. Chad also won the the South Regional TAFE Vocational Student of the Year award .

Since Chad completed his qualification he has been working on a variety of media projects in the South West including marketing videos for small businesses and wedding videography.

Chad's lecturers encouraged him to apply for internship work on the Australian film Go Karts.

Go Karts is a Screen West-funded production filmed in WA’s South West . For more info on this West Aussie film check out the link:


Chad assisted the production team in Busselton, including working with the camera crew and technical team.

Chad said working on the film was very exciting and a great experience despite the long days and hard work involved.

“It was very cool to work with an amazing cinematographer, director, and get an insight into the Australian film industry,” Chad said.

Digital Media Lecturer Allison Coleman said it was wonderful to see the local film industry providing opportunities for students.

“It’s great to have someone from the film industry contacting our lecturers to find students who want to be involved in Australian films,” Allison said.

“With more films being made locally, it certainly provides our students with more avenues for creative work.”

Chad also has his own video production company and YouTube Channel Chad Cowan Visuals.

“I really enjoy the creativity having my own company provides me with and I get to do a bit of everything,” Chad said.

He said the major benefits of doing the course with TAFE was learning what he needed to know to work in his own digital media business from his lecturers Allison Coleman and Jacob Edmondson.

“You learn some really valuable skills in graphic design and website development which helped me out a lot,” he said.

“I also learned how to work with clients and developed an understanding of the legal side of things such as copyright policy, ethics, and privacy.

“I think it would be really hard to learn this outside of TAFE as the legislation is always changing so you need to know what is current and relevant.”

Chad’s lecturers said he was a fantastic student who deserved the recognition for the work he had put into his training and assessments.

Chad, who was unable to attend the Awards ceremony due to work commitments, asked for a message to be read which said:

“I would like to thank my lecturer, Allison. Allison encouraged me to go into the digital media course after a false start at uni. Her passion and enthusiasm for the subject made learning enjoyable and rewarding. The course not only helped with learning the necessary skills but also provided the opportunity to build connections in the industry. Thanks again for this amazing opportunity.”

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Chad is pictured with Vocational Student of the Year Award sponsor Nikie Obal from PrintSync Business Solutions.


Page last updated June 26, 2018