Courses for high school students


Expand your skill set and get a taste of uni life, with a short course from UC's Faculty of Arts and Design (FAD). From 3D Art to Landscape Architecture and UX/UI design, you'll have the opportunity to explore your interests while getting a glimpse into your future career as a creative professional.

Held during the school holidays over two or three days, our short courses provide hands-on learning opportunities inspired by our creative degrees. Get a sense of life at UC before you finish school. Learn from the best in the field and discover your passions here at the University of Canberra.

DiscoverFAD short courses offer a certificate upon completion, recognising students' attendance and participation. These courses focus on producing work worthy of a portfolio, which can be used to apply for your dream degree in a way that doesn't rely on your ATAR score. FAD's Portfolio Entry scheme emphasises practical experience and creativity over standardised tests, and is the perfect pathway for a range of aspiring designers, filmmakers, architects and storytellers.

Key dates

  1. April
    8 - 9 April: Story Ground short course
  2. May
    1 May: UC Creative Competition entries open
  3. July
    8 - 19 July: DiscoverFAD short courses
    10 - 12 July: Story Ground short course
  4. September
    14 September: UC Open Day
    25 September: UC Creative Competition entries close
  5. October
    2 - 4 October: Story Ground short course
  6. November
    13 November: UC Creative Competition prize ceremony
  7. December
    2 - 4 December: Story Ground short course

Why take a DiscoverFAD short course?

Our short courses are a great way to get a glimpse into what your future career could look like, and understand your study pathways to get there.

Affordable prices from $0 to $79
$20 discount when you spend $80 or more per transaction

Great school holiday activity

Explore a study area that matches your passions

Submit your finished work into UC Creative Competition or Portfolio Entry

Our Courses

Story Ground for Secondary Students

On campus


10 - 12 July 2024

10 am - 2 pm

Interested in telling your story? This short course will allow students the opportunity to be mentored by Dr. Paul Collis and Ms Andi Stapp-Gaunt in the creation of works that reflect their engagement with Aboriginal ways of thinking, knowing, being and valuing.

The Story Ground for Secondary Students short course offers multiple sessions throughout the year.

Kickstart Your 3D Art Career

On campus


8 - 10 July 2024

1 pm - 4 pm

This short course will teach you how to create and sell 3D Voxel Asset Packs on a range of digital marketplaces. This will be achieved using a range of free software packages. This course doesn’t require previous knowledge in 3D.

Landscape Architecture: Reimagining Petrie Plaza

On campus


8 - 12 July 2024

9.30 am - 12.30 pm

You will undertake a series of creative exercises, each exploring an aspect of Landscape Architecture. At the completion you will have produced your own ideas on how to improve Petrie Plaza, a pedestrian mall located in Civic, ACT.

Digital Interaction Design (UI/UX)



9, 10 & 12 July 2024

11 am - 12 pm & 1 pm - 4 pm

Digital Interaction Design is the practice of designing interactive digital products, environments, systems, services and products for use by people. This short course will introduce you to one of the fastest growing digital design careers in the world.

Careers in Museums and Heritage

On campus


8 - 10 July 2024

10 am - 1 pm

This short course will introduce you to various aspects and skills of heritage and conservation that are integral to a career in the Galleries Museums, Archives and Libraries (GLAM) and heritage sectors through a series of hands-on activities and workshops.

Architectural Space Making

On campus


10 - 11 July 2024

1 pm - 4 pm

This short course will explore creative spatial design strategies in the built environment: architecture, interior architecture and landscape architecture. We will use a combination of hand drawing and physical modelling towards the realisation of a spatial proposition.

Future Fabrications: Lighting Design with Robotic Printing

On campus


15 - 17 July 2024

9.30 am - 12.30 pm

In this course, you will be introduced to the industrial design process, professional design tools and emergent technologies (robotic 3d printing) through a real-world product design project.

The Owl College: Introduction to Online Storytelling

On campus


15 & 18 July 2024

9.30 am - 12.30 pm

Learn the basic principles of multimedia journalism and produce reporting for The Owl. Tell engaging stories by conducting interviews and taking compelling photographs.

Change the World: Facing Climate Change, Confronting Inequalities

On campus


17 - 18 July 2024

11.30 am - 2.30 pm

How does social and political change come about and what role can you play? In this course, you will learn about key drivers of conflict, change, and consensus building in contemporary climate change debates. Through investigation of the links between climate change, human rights and social inequalities, you will also deepen your knowledge of diverse cultural, political and theoretical perspectives.

Give Me A Sign! A Visual Communication Design Experience

On campus


18 - 19 July 2024

9.30 am - 12.30 pm

In this project we will walk around the UC campus and identify spaces which we think need a little help. Following the steps of Visual Communication Design practice, we will develop a sign/signs for the spaces we have identified and fabricate them to display in their allocated spaces.

Developing Creative Problem-Solving Skills

On campus


18 - 19 July 2024

2 pm - 5 pm

This short course will provide an overview of the world of creativity and branding. You will gain insight into brands and how they are managed whilst developing your design thinking and creative problem-solving skills.

Gallery of work

Visit the DiscoverFAD gallery to view images of finished work from previous courses.

For schools

Teachers and career advisors can also request a tailored workshop or information session for a whole class or school group. The Faculty of Arts and Design is always keen to grow partnerships with high schools and colleges, simply visit for schools website to see how we can help engage and inspire creativity in all students.

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Study at UC

Whether you want to chase your dream career or pursue a lifelong passion, it’s all possible at UC. Choose from more than 200 courses across a diverse range of study areas.

Portfolio Entry

Don’t let your ATAR define you. At UC, we know ATARs aren't everything. Thanks to Portfolio Entry, if you've got the will to get into university, we've got the way.

UC Creative Competition

The UC Creative Competition celebrates the creativity of Year 11 and 12 students from across Australia.

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