The Creative Outlet: Professional Development for the Inspired Mind

Join some of Murdoch University’s most inspiring academics for a day of professional development in creative arts and communication.

Now running in its sixth year, the Creative Outlet offers a range of workshops for teachers who want to take their learning to the next level in subject areas including graphic design, photography, screen production, journalism and more.

Why attend?

By attending this event, you’ll:

  • Participate in expert-led technical workshops.
  • Learn new and engaging hands-on skills that you can use in the classroom.
  • Take home a USB with support materials from your workshops.
  • Receive a Certificate of Participation as proof of Professional Development.


$50, which includes morning tea, lunch and support materials.


9.00am – 9.30am: Registration and morning tea

9.30am – 11.30am: Workshop 1 (select from list below)

11.30am – 12.15pm: Lunch

12.15pm – 1.00pm: Media Portfolio and Outreach information session

1.00pm – 3.00pm: Workshop 2 (select from list below)

3.00pm – 3.15pm: Final goodbye and questions

Morning workshop options

Please choose one workshop from the below options for your 9.30am - 11.30am session. Each workshop has limited capacity so get in early to secure your spot.


Sound for Screen: Post-Production

In post-production, we can reimagine, augment or even replace sound that was captured during production. This workshop will identify and practically explore the following processes of sound in the post-production process: ADR; Sound Effects; Foley; and Dubbing.


Introduction to Studio Photography 101

In this workshop, participants will learn about basic studio techniques, various equipment, flash options, lighting modifiers, set-up, quality of light and photographing models in a studio. Participants will also learn basic camera and flash operation in a studio environment.

Strategic Communication

Social Media for Entrepreneurship and Marketing Ideas

This hands-on workshop will look at how social media is now used by individuals and organisations, large and small, to market brands and ideas. The workshop will invite participants to consider the huge impact social media has had on day-to-day life, business and society. The seven steps to social media strategy for organisations (and personal branding) will be taught.

Graphic Design

Ideation – How to Generate World-Changing Ideas

Ideation is the design process of developing project concepts using creative methods such as sketching, prototyping, brainstorming and many other thought provoking strategies. During this workshop, participants will engage in creative techniques for producing bold, innovative ideas that can literally change the world!

Theatre and Drama

Making Shakespeare Relevant

Study of Shakespeare in school curriculums has been a staple in Western Australia. Questions have been asked about how a series of over-400 year old plays can still be relevant in the 21st century. Today, Shakespeare can be seen as daunting, high-cultured, inaccessible, dead language-filled plays. However, there is a reason that these plays have still been studied, performed and enjoyed throughout the ages. This workshop will explore techniques to help participants unlock Shakespeare, allowing them to gain a stronger ownership of the text and to pass this confidence on to their students.

Afternoon workshop options

Please choose one workshop from the below options for your 1.00pm - 3.00pm session. Each workshop has limited capacity so get in early to secure your spot.


Photoshop Editing : Studio Portraits

As a follow on from the morning photography workshop, this session will delve into work flow and how to best set-up a photography assignment. Participants will also learn best practices and portrait editing, which covers intermediate and advanced skin retouching.


News Storytelling

The world will always need storytellers and in this session, participants will learn how to craft news stories. Each journalistic form uses unique techniques and we will introduce you to the process of finding a story and examine the principles of news, opinion and feature writing. This workshop will reveal some tricks of the trade and provide a hands-on experience at writing news.

Screen Production

Digital Set Extensions

More than ever, emerging filmmakers appreciate the creative potential of digital compositing through applications such as Adobe After Effects, which can be particularly useful in digital mise en scene manipulation. In this session, we will explore how to create a digital set extension – including learning the important concepts/practices of pre-visualisation and motion tracking.

Graphic Design

Deep Diving into Design Problems

Design thinking is a practice which involves rethinking how we approach problems of any kind, for any project. It focuses on exploring the underlying core issues of project problems through creative and game-oriented methods. Participants in this session will be introduced to design methods involving play to investigate, redefine and understand how problems are generated and therefore, learn how to approach them effectively. Big business, government and socially driven organisations are applying these radical techniques to rethink how we might improve the way we live around the globe.

Theatre and Drama

Theatre Lighting and Sound

This workshop will utilise Murdoch’s Nexus Theatre and will involve exploring how a modern theatre space operates. Participants will have the opportunity to see what current technology is common in the realms of lighting and sound to help prepare students for working with theatre spaces post-high school.

Need more information?

For further information, please contact Outreach Officer Becca Scollay on 08 9360 6706 or

Registrations close on Monday 30 November.

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Date & time

Friday, 04 Dec 2020
9:00AM - 3:15PM (AWST) Add to calendar


Murdoch University
90 South Street
Murdoch WA 6150

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Get in touch

For further information, please contact Outreach Officer Becca Scollay on 9360 6706 or
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