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Curtin continues specialist wine industry courses

Curtin University of Technology is maintaining its wine industry-orientated faculties. The Western Australian-based centre offers courses in Viticulture and Oenology, Postgraduate Oenology, Postgraduate Viticulture, and Agribusiness Viticulture.

The Bachelor of Science Viticulture and Oenology course is three years full-time, or equivalent part-time study. The second and third years of the program are run from the Margaret River Education Campus. First-year students can either study at Bentley or at the Margaret River Education Campus. Some units are available by external study.

This course provides students with a strong industry focus, taking advantage of its location within the Margaret River wine region. The course also has a solid scientific base presented in an industry context, ensuring that graduates are career-ready. The course aims to be flexible enough to allow students to obtain work in the industry during their study. On-line systems such as Web CT and i-lectures are utilised for students requiring flexible delivery, and the commencement of third year is delayed to enable students to undertake a full-time vintage.

The Agribusiness Viticulture course (Bachelor of Agribusiness) is also a three-year course full-time (equivalent part-time). It is run at the Bentley Campus, with some units available by external study mode, including web-based delivery.

This degree combines agribusiness management and marketing with the technical principles of viticulture, grape and wine production and wine evaluation. The focus is on developing skills in the management and optimisation of viticultural systems to achieve profitable and sustainable outcomes. Students study viticulture within a systems framework that considers wider national and international market issues and environmental constraints that impact on the industry.

Graduate Certificate in Oenology / Graduate Diploma in Oenology. The diploma is a one-year full-time course, while the certificate is six months full-time. Both the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available by full-time or part-time study from the Margaret River Education Campus. This course encompasses an understanding of the principles of both wine production and wine science. The Graduate Diploma in Oenology is comprised of two semesters of study and is aimed at people wanting to be employed in the wine industry requiring a sound knowledge of winemaking procedures, winery engineering, wine science and sensory evaluation. The Graduate Certificate in Oenology is a single semester with a focus on wine production, winery engineering and wine science.

It is also possible to obtain an Associate Degree in Viticulture after successfully completing a two year-full time (or equivalent part-time) course. It is run at both the Bentley Campus (first year) and Margaret River Campus (second year). It is a practically orientated course with a solid science base, providing students with an understanding of the principles of viticultural management and an introduction to wine production.

And then there is the double degree: Agribusiness Marketing and Viticulture & Oenology [Bachelor of Agribusiness (Marketing); Bachelor of Science (Viticulture and Oenology)]. The four-year full-time course is conducted at Bentley (first two years) and Margaret River (final two years). This course provides students with agribusiness management and marketing education and training combined with technical training in principles of viticulture, grape and wine production, winemaking and sensory evaluation. This double degree is an opportunity to maximise a competitive advantage.

Curtin is currently working on introducing a Viticulture and Oenology Enabling

Course scheduled to commence in 2007. This course will be an alternative entryway into the Bachelor of Science (Viticulture and Oenology) designed for students who did not complete their TEE or did not get a high enough TER for direct entry into the course. If you would like more information, please contact Mark Gibberd at the Margaret River Education Campus on (08) 9780 5830 or the Muresk Institute Academic Office on (08) 9690 1576. Alternatively you can visit the website at www.muresk.curtin.edu.au.

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