SEDA Program


SEDA Arts provides an engaging and industry driven learning experience. SEDA has developed a course that allows students to work with industry professionals and create pathways for employment and further education in the Arts.

The Arts Development Program offers a professional qualification for young people wishing to pursue a career in Arts and other like industries. The program links closely with government schools in the delivery of a VET/VCAL/VCE curriculum for students in Years 11 and 12.

Arena as industry partner

From 2012 - 2016 Arena partnered with SEDA to provide industry experience for this arts education program that links young people, industry and community. The focus was on engaging students in Years 10, 11 and 12 in real-life learning experiences and industry-specific training for the performing arts.  The SEDA Arts Development Program offers young people the opportunity to complete their education within the arts industry whilst forging a pathway into meaningful employment or further study.

Arena first started working with SEDA as an industry partner in 2012. The students assisted Arena in delivering its program of works, and witnessed its processes of creation. In 2013 and 2015 Arena worked with students to create an original works Detour and Common Ground. Please see below for more information.

Common Ground

A collaboration between Arena Theatre Company,SEDA Arts students and Present Tense that explored the diverse thoughts, fears and dreams of young Australians.

Emerging artists in the SEDA Arts program collaborated with Arena Theatre Company and Present Tense for 10 Fridays over Terms 3 & 4 in 2015.

The project culminated with a performance by students of their work; a mosaic of words, images, ideas and music.

The performance took place on Friday 16 October 2015 at Footscray Community Arts Centre.

Arena would like to thank Present Tense Ensemble Artists Bryce Ives and Nate Gilkes, Footscray Community Arts Centre, St Martins Youth Arts Centre and SEDA Arts for their support of the project. 

Detour - Arena with SEDA Arts

Detour is the journey of four strangers, and how their lives are playing out. Each has a choice to make that will shape who they are through parallel dimensions. Time doesn't always run in a straight line, so what if they made a different rewind, replay and relive the moment: what will they do differently?

Detour was on at La Mama courthouse from 23 - 25 October 2013.

Detour was the culmination of almost a year’s work between Arena and SEDA, where Arena’s Artistic Director Christian Leavesley mentored and advised the students to devise, write and design their own creative work for public viewing. The project has provided this group of highly motivated students with the experience of a professional theatre making process. For Arena, the project has provided the Company with some bedrock understandings which will inform its work for the young adult age group over the coming years.

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About SEDA

SEDA was established in 2006 as a provider of senior secondary education and training in partnership with schools.

The concept was established to meet the needs of young people requiring an applied learning education focus that was set in the real world. The disengagement of young people in the senior years often results in lack of attendance, motivation and reflects a lack of direction and meaning in what they are learning.

Schools and SEDA have responded to the needs of many young people through a program that engages them in their study, motivates them to challenge themselves and improves their skills.

SEDA is the first non school senior secondary provider to be registered with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA).

Is this program for me?

If you are a school leaver or about to enter Year 11 or Year 12 you can complete a Diploma in Live Production and complete year 12 through SEDA's Arts Development Programs. Courses can be completed over two or three years and offer extensive involvement in the Arts Industry with Arena Theatre Company. The program uses an applied learning model combining both classroom and practical based activities linked closely with our industry partners and the local community.

The program provides for young people who are:

To find out more

Enrolments for 2013 are not yet open. For more information contact SEDA on 03 9819 9669 or visit the SEDA website.

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