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Posted on 25 May 2015 in

- Student Profile of Anna Dueck

Anna Dueck talks about making the most of her university experience. She's a student in the School for the Contemporary Arts (SCA) working towards a Major in Dance, who understands the importance of getting involved. 

Interview courtesy of the FCAT blog.

In your own words, how would you describe the Contemporary Arts?

Contemporary Arts as a genre is a categorization of different forms of expression through music, theatre, dance or anything that can would be classified as art. In regards to Contemporary Arts as an area within FCAT I would say it encompasses all the student and staff interest in the fine arts. It is a place and learning space in which we are welcomed to explore and discover new ways of creating and practicing.

As a student in the Dance Major, what do you love most about the program?

What I love most about the program is having the ability to guide the way in which one would like to pursue the dance program. As the program continues into 3rd and 4th year, it is easier to concentrate on performance, choreographer, teaching, etc., to further support the path one wants to pursue after graduation. Professors are supportive of students wanting to pursue projects by finding ways in which the school can support the students to succeed.

Currently you are interning at The Dance Centre, what has the experience taught you, and what is your role at the center?

My role at The Dance Centre was an Administrative Assistant under the supervision of the Member Services Coordinator. My role had a variety of jobs ranging from archiving the video library, adjusting information in the database to developing outreach opportunities for the marketing manager. This experience has taught me largely on what opportunities are available within arts administration and what I may want to pursue after school.

Would you recommend that other SCA students pursue internships, and if so why? 

I would highly recommend other SCA students to pursue internships enhance their experience not only as an aspiring artist but accessing all opportunities available as a student of SFU. It allows students to use the skills they developed in the classroom outside of SFU in an active working artist community. As well, each internship is very individualized. Depending on what the company or organization you may be working on, the previous student’s internship responsibilities may be completely different than the current one.

What do you love most about FCAT?

What I love most about FCAT is how small of a faculty we are, but how unique our programs are. To think FCAT includes Contemporary Arts, SIAT and Communications that encompasses such a wide range of students pursuing degrees that are less prominent. Many courses within FCAT are cohort based, and it has allows students to become more familiar with one another and build stronger relationships.

You moved here from Calgary to attend SFU, what was that transition like, and can you give any advice to students who are experiencing the same transition? 

Moving to Vancouver to attend SFU was a chance for me to experience being on my own while pursuing my passion for dance. That being said, being on my own has been one of the most rewarding but toughest parts of my life. I have had to adapt to situations on my own and rely on myself when things don’t go the way I had planned them to. My advice to other students, find friends in the same transition period so you can rely on one another when experiencing situations you were used to having your family to rely on. 

Tell us about your most engaged moment here at SFU.

My most engaged moment was most recently at the banquet for scholarships recipients for the Fall 2015 term. This event left me overwhelmed with pride to be an SFU student because of all the possibilities we have for students to learn and develop their own research. The speakers also talked about SFU’s motto of ‘Engaging the World’ and I realized there are ways I can apply the education I have received into the broader world. 

How do you find balance between student, intern, and personal time?

I found balancing my time between these three aspects of my life to be manageable because I treated the internship as another class. In total I was enrolled in 4 courses, and one of them I considered FPA 406, the internship course. Although the hours required each week for FPA 406 were above the average course load time, it was compromised having no work to be completed outside the office. This allowed my time outside the office to be focused on my other studies or personal time.

What has been your most memorable experience relating to something outside FCAT?

My most memorable experience was organizing and attending SFU’s Relay For Life in March of 2014. I was the Team Development Chair for the event encouraging students, Greek life and varsity athletes to come together for a night of fundraising for the Canadian Cancer Society. This is memorable for me because there was over 350 students gathered in one area for the same reason. It gave me pride in the SFU student body and what is possible when there is a larger group of people. 

Posted on 21 May 2015 in

- A career path all stitched up

Andy Chen interns with Bard on the Beach

Fourth-year Production and Design student, Andy Chen, is keeping busy in his summer term completing an internship with Bard on the Beach, Vancouver's summer Shakespeare festival. 

The festival runs its costuming and prop shop at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts as well as using rehearsal space here, so it's very handy for Andy to learn new practical skills to complement his school courses. 

Andy hand stitches a costume to re-enforce the outfit for the stresses of the stage.

Andy works in the converted Visual Arts studio with a team of costuming and prop-making professionals. 

All the best for opening night, Andy!

Including Andy, there are 16 SCA students currently working on diverse summer term internship placements with over 100 students participating in the program over the past year.

 It's not too early to consider applying for a Fall internship. Please contact Chelsea Hunter for more info and opportunities and check out the Internship page:

Posted on 19 May 2015 in

- Study in Ireland

Bridge Education Abroad Institute (BEAI) plans short programs all across the world, to provide students with unique opportunities to experience different political cultures while strengthening their leadership and diplomacy skills. The programs draw a diverse group of students together from all over the world to discuss pressing global issues while exchange cultural values. 

For the summer of 2015, BEAI have a program in Dublin, Ireland in late July and August. This program will include lectures from experienced professors and guest speakers from all over the globe. 

Professors include:

Prof. Dr. Timoey Agarin - Prof. at the school of politics and international studies at Queens University Belfast.
Director of the Centre for the study of Ethnic Conflict
Co-founder of the collaborative research network “Romanis in Europe: probing the limits of integration”

Prof. Dr. Rory Costello - Course Director for European Studies at theUniversity of Limerick.
PhD from Trinity College Dublin
Previously worked at the University of Twente in the Netherlands and at the London School of Economics.

The students will enrich their knowledge of Ireland’s history, international politics, and economics while also enjoying travel to famous and historic places. We also encourage students to get to know one another and share cultural values through planned social events.


Posted on 04 May 2015 in

- Summer Workshops available now

Student Learn Commons offers an array of classes

Student Learning Commons (SLC) is offering with a wide range of academic writing, learning, and study strategies with its Summer Workshops 2015 program running throughout May and June. The goal is to provide students with resources and tools for academic success. The SLC encourages collaboration, discussion, and peer learning.

These workshops are held at the Burnaby, Surrey and Vancouver campuses and online registration is now open: Search for workshops