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UC Cultural Pass opens doors to Canberra’s landmark institutions

Elly Mackay


13 February 2020: Faculty of Arts and Design students commencing their studies at the University of Canberra will have access to some of Canberra’s best cultural institutions in 2020 as part of the UC Cultural Pass initiative. Launching for the first time this year, the pass will allow holders to attend exclusive events and exhibitions and expand their knowledge of Canberra’s art and history spaces.

With participating institutions including the National Gallery of Australia, National Museum of Australia, Museum of Australian Democracy, Australian War Memorial, National Portrait Gallery, and National Library of Australia, students will be able to discover much of what Canberra has to offer.

The pass will allow students studying in related areas to broaden their horizons and utilise the educational tools available in Canberra to aid their studies. With many of the included attractions located within a short drive from the campus, Canberra’s art and cultural scene is more accessible than ever.

“We’re excited about the concept of the UC Cultural pass and the opportunities it will bring for our students,” said Professor Jason Bainbridge, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Design.

“Studying within the Faculty isn’t just about being equipped with the skills, agility and resilience students need to succeed in the workforce. It’s also about learning to work closely with community, industry and government partners. The pass will allow students to do just that, and in turn become the best graduates they can be.”

More attractive than the large list of inclusions is the low-price being offered to students.

“Students from the Faculty of Arts and Design will be able to purchase the pass for just $15, which is great value for what’s included,” said Professor Bainbridge.

The collective value of all inclusions is over $350. Highlights include any-time entry to the Museum of Australian Democracy, access to study facilities at the National Museum of Australia, and invitations to free events at the National Portrait Gallery.

Professor Bainbridge says the pass is a benefit that could only be found in the Nation’s Capital.

“With Canberra being home to so many national institutions, this pass is one of the unique perks of studying here,” he said.

“Not only that, but the inclusions that we’re offering here are a national first – demonstrating again why studying arts and design at the University of Canberra is such a distinctly advantageous experience compared to studying anywhere else.”

One of the participating institutions - the National Gallery of Australia - is offering pass holders a complimentary ticket to a major exhibition, discounted tickets to all events, entry to their members lounge, and discounts in their café and shop.

“The National Gallery of Australia is proud to support the inaugural UC Cultural Pass program. We hope that by making art and artists accessible we can inspire our future cultural leaders and enrich their learning experience,” said Assistant Director, Curatorial and Programs at the National Gallery, Natasha Bullock.

With only 300 passes available, it’s anticipated they’ll disappear quickly. Eligible students wishing to purchase the pass can do so here.