For Federation University's graduating arts students, their creativity and technique has been tested through almost two years of lockdowns and remote learning.
But their artistic skills have still blossomed, and for the next week will be on display to the public at the Ballarat Mining Exchange as part of Federation University's annual End of Year Exhibition.
The exhibition, showcasing the works of 32 graduating students, will feature paintings, drawings, ceramics, digital art and graphic design.
It is an opportunity for students to curate works under the guidance of their lecturers and present it in a professional setting.
"EYE celebrates the work of our graduating students across five programs in a range of media and is a highlight of our annual public events program at the Arts Academy," said Arts Academy director Associate Professor Richard Chew.
"In 2021, we have continued to adapt to the challenges of living, working, and learning with extended lockdowns and changing restrictions.
"Many of the students represented in this exhibition have spent the greater part of two years studying online and their achievement is testimony to their creativity, resilience and courage."
The exhibition features works from students graduating from Federation's Diploma of Graphic Design, Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design, Bachelor of Visual Arts, Bachelor of Communication Design, Graduate Diploma of Ceramics, Bachelor of Arts (Creative Arts) (Honours).
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"Throughout my course at the Federation University Arts Academy I've managed to learn skills that will not only help me as a designer in the industry, but also as an individual," said Bachelor of Communication Design student Zainab Zaidi.
"Our instructors have gone above and beyond to make this journey a successful and smooth one, something that we can take on and remember for the rest of our lives."
The exhibition is open to the public at the Ballarat Mining Exchange until December 5.
It can also be viewed online.
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