The Faculty of Information Technology at Dickson College aims to provide students with the opportunity to gain experience in a broad range of ICT skills, including programming, networking, 3D-modeling, robotics, electronics, engineering, mechatronics and website design.
All subjects taught by the Faculty of Information Technology have a rigorous academic focus as well as being vocationally based. This means that a student can gain competencies towards a nationally recognised Certificate I & II in Information, Digital Media and Technology (ICT10115 and ICT20115) while also working towards a university entrance score (ATAR) or an accredited package. Students can mix and match units from the following streams to make up a double major (7 units), major/minor (6 units) and major (4 units). The faculty has many links to industry, universities and CIT/TAFE which allow students to gain valuable on-the-job experience outside the classroom. Students also have the opportunity to participate in various prestigious competitions like the UAV Outback Challenge, Codarra Robotics Challenge and the UNSW programming competition.
Information Technology units include:
- 3D Modelling and Animation
- Digital Media
- Web Design
- Robotics and Intelligent Systems
- Autonomous Vehicles (planes and cars)
- Games Programming
- Systems Analysis and Design
- IT projects
- Oculas Rift Virtual reality glasses
- Search and Rescue Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Dickson College is a fully accredited Cisco and Microsoft Academy. Students work on the latest hardware and software platforms like Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Oculus Rift V/R glasses, Microsoft Visual Studio C# and Visual Basic, AutoCAD and Blender. We use Adobe Creative Suite in our digital media subjects, Dickson College has a range of 3-D printers and is working on building a 3-D scanning
Students participate in cutting edge special projects like the Indoor Positioning System, Recycled Raspberry Pi Video wall and search and rescue unmanned aerial vehicles where they gain real industry experience.
Our philosophy in the faculty is to make all of our software available to the students in order to complement and reinforce the work done in the labs. If this is not possible, then we try and use Open Source software to ensure equitable access for all students.