Curtin Sarawak to offer new course in partnership with Nikon School Malaysia

MIRI: Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia (Curtin Sarawak), in partnership with Nikon School Malaysia and Curtin Consultancy Services, is offering a new unit, Travel Writing & Photography, commencing July 2016.

The intensive, two-week unit is aimed at both local and international students interested in learning more about photojournalism and the art of travel writing while being immersed in the adventure, culture and nature of Sarawak.

The Travel Writing & Photography unit falls within Curtin Sarawak’s newly established Flexible Study initiative, a collection of courses from the university’s foundation and undergraduate programmes that are being offered for the first time as study abroad and intensive format products.

In these new iterations, students will follow a condensed series of lectures and seminars at Curtin Sarawak’s campus, interspersed with field trips throughout Sarawak that augment the course material and allow for practical application of knowledge gained in the classroom.

Travel Writing & Photography is the first of these new units and will teach students how to find, research and write compelling travel pieces, as well as how to take powerful images to accompany their stories. Apart from learning the hard skills and techniques associated with interviewing and photo composition, for example, students are also exposed to softer skills like ethical practices in journalism and how to embrace digital platforms to enhance the reach of their writing and photography.

According to Curtin Sarawak’s Dean of Teaching and Learning Associate Professor Dr Beena Giridharan, the partnership with Nikon School Malaysia adds great value to the course.

“Working with Nikon School Malaysia is a fantastic opportunity for students to gain exposure to the real world of professional photography. Learning from the guest presenters at Nikon, as well as Curtin’s own journalism academics provides a holistic introduction to the fields of both photojournalism and travel writing.

We’re excited about this partnership and about welcoming students to our campus in new ways. We’re particularly enthusiastic about sharing Sarawak’s incredible peoples and wildlife with inbound international students,” said Associate Professor Dr Beena.

To find out more about the Travel Writing & Photography unit or the Flexible Study initiative at Curtin Sarawak, visit

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