Foundation Studies, Certificate IV in Visual Arts
“I had cancer. I felt like I didn’t have much of a reason to get out of bed,” she says. “The SPLICE program helped me believe in myself and my skills. It brought me happiness, and it helped me through all stages of recovery. I started SPLICE while I was undergoing treatment and I was still participating when I was told I was in remission.”
Julia received a SPLICE scholarship to study the Certificate IV in Visual Arts at Box Hill Institute. It inspired her to move forward with her art. “I had the chance to develop my skills, and I felt validated in my work,” she says. “At Box Hill, my art skills increased dramatically. I’ve grown in my talents and in my understanding of how to use different mediums.”
When Julia finishes her Certificate IV, she plans to use it as a pathway into a diploma or bachelor. “Depending on how confident I feel in my abilities, skills and talents, I would like to study art therapy,” she says. “I’d really like to give back what I have been given. I can highly recommend art therapy to anyone. It’s the most beautiful and peaceful activity that you can ever do.”
The SPLICE program is a creative industries program for adolescent and young adults who have experienced cancer. The program helps them to develop skills and prepare for pathways into further education and work. SPLICE is a joint initiative between ONTrac at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and the Centre for Adult Education. It is supported by the Victorian Government.