Corporate education

Our corporate education programs are designed to help your business leverage the creative process for competitive advantage. We will show your team how to thrive in an environment of experimentation, self-assessment and creativity.

These days, businesses must think outside the box to get ahead. They must seek new ways of working where innovation, lateral thinking and creativity thrive. We can help you achieve this by sharing the secrets of the visual and performing arts through the VCA and Conservatorium corporate education programs.

Art and business – an ideal partnership

The modern artist is a thinker, pathfinder, explorer and experimenter: one who applies investigative and critical thinking in the production of creative works.

An artist’s approach – which relies upon free-thinking, role-playing, close collaboration, workshops and research – can be extrapolated to business, to foster innovation and challenge entrenched modes of thinking. Indeed, examples of artists’ collaborations, such as an orchestra or a theatre production team, are now recognised as pioneering forms of team systems and project oriented organisational structures.

Our corporate education programs are designed to help your business leverage the creative process for competitive advantage. We will show your team how to:

  • Thrive in an environment of experimentation, self-assessment and creativity
  • Push the boundaries of knowledge and innovation
  • Pursue creative originality.

About our programs

An environment where creativity in the arts can flourish requires at least three elements: paradox, complexity and volatility. And it is no different in business, where industry leaders must keep looking forward, resisting the temptation to become complacent, to maintain competitiveness in an every changing environment.

The Faculty of Fine Arts and Music has been delivering corporate education and professional development courses for ten years to clients such as the Melbourne Business School, KPMG, BHP Billiton, Simplot Australia and the Boston Consulting Group.

Examples of courses we offer are:

Confident Performance:

A workshop that introduces effective presentation skills, through practical techniques such as breathing, physical presence and storytelling. Participants find their own preferred style and will also identify opportunities for improvement.

New Ways of Seeing:

The aim of this workshop is to develop concentration skills, quick responses to visual thinking, hand and eye co-ordination, criteria for subjective and objective judgments and for the participant's collective effort in dealing with multiple opinions.

A Way with Words:

Using Shakespeare as the conduit, this workshop is designed to engage the participant with language, storytelling and finding their personal dynamic and passion in communication.

Focussing on the skills and methods of improving:

  • Speaking clearly, engaging the whole range of the voice
  • Speaking from a centre of truth, engaging emotion, passion and a desire to communicate
  • Creating an effective ‘sell’ by: being succinct, being focussed, being prepared
  • Combating nervous energy and ways of harnessing it.

Creativity and Innovation:

This workshop will reveal the key processes artists use to create and innovate. Participants will experiment with these processes, assess their own and each others results, and work towards increasing their creativity and capability to adapt and experience new ways of generating ideas.

Rhythm of Teams:

Using rhythmic music from Cuba, Puerto Rico and Brazil, the group will work with Latin American rhythms, hand and stick drumming techniques on a variety of traditional and some non-traditional instruments. The process involves timing and leadership, solo vs. ensemble playing and listening skills, all of which can be translated back into the workplace.

Our courses are taught by leading arts practitioners who have developed practical and critical exercises so as to make the creative processes used by artists clear and pertinent for business and corporate employees.

We can also tailor make programs for your desired outcomes.

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