Screen and media students from TAFE Queensland had a rare opportunity to be part of the production crew that produced the Eurovision: Australia Decides 2020 event.

Taking place at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, the event featured 10 of the country’s most celebrated musical performers including Casey Donovan, Vanessa Amorosi and Montaigne who won with her song ‘Don’t Break Me’.

Over six days, 18 TAFE Queensland students from the Coomera Creative campus gained invaluable hands-on experience at the prestigious event which was broadcast live on SBS and streamed globally on social media.

Students got to work in roles such as camera operators, camera assistants, sound assistants, runners and much more.

TAFE Queensland screen and media graduate Amy Walsh spent more than 50 hours on-set and said she got to experience various roles from filming to helping backstage.

“I assisted with filming each artist’s interview before their performance which was really interesting and extremely rewarding to know that what we were doing would be playing on national television,” she said


Amy Walsh with artist Jordan Ravi


“Interestingly though my favourite role was simply holding the curtains open for when the singers, dancers and hosts entered and exited the stage as it gave me the chance to observe how tech assistants, camera crews and stage hands worked behind the scenes.”

The 19-year-old from Upper Coomera said TAFE Queensland helped prepare her for the Eurovision opportunity by providing a holistic course that gave her both the hands-on skills and theory-based knowledge to walk straight onto set with confidence.

TAFE Queensland General Manager, Karen Dickinson said it was a phenomenal opportunity for students to be producing a global-scale production.

“Our students are continually building on their industry experience while studying at TAFE Queensland which makes them highly sought after by future employers,” she said.

“TAFE Queensland’s approach to learning is to develop practical skills that are underpinned by theory and to ensure our students learn relevant and usable skills for their industries."

This unique opportunity was thanks to Screen Queensland who continue to work closely with TAFE Queensland to provide students with local industry experiences.


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