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Some patrons wait for the official announcement of the partnership between the Medicine Hat College and the University of Lethbridge arts departments. Here, there's a joint exhibition from senior students of both institutions. Some patrons wait for the official announcement of the partnership between the Medicine Hat College and the University of Lethbridge arts departments. Here, there's a joint exhibition from senior students of both institutions. Photo by Ryan Dahlman

A healthy throng of people walked around the One on One Gallery in the Medicine Hat College’s Cultural Centre March 4 anticipating a combining of creative energy and students.


Looking through a joint exhibit put on by students of both arts programs called Special Delivery: Media through Time and Space, the March 4 evening had patrons looking at a combined total of 63 photos, paintings, ceramics and other different works described as a collaborative exhibition between MHC’s Bachelor of Applied Visual Arts (Visual Communications) and the University of Lethbridge (U of L) Art and New Media students.
It was the appropriate and symbolic setting of a new agreement signed between the two post secondary institutions’ arts programs. The new agreement will make it easier for new MHC students to get into the University of Lethbridge’s arts faculty and a university degree — if they so choose.
 Ed Jurkowski, University of Lethbridge’s dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts, was on hand and seemed pleased with the new agreement.
“It's an exciting day for southern Alberta," Jurkowski said at the March 4 reception. "We want to celebrate this exciting partnership between the Medicine Hat College and the University of Lethbridge.
“By creating the seamless transition, between the two institutions, today’s announcement creates opportunities for students that can create community partners, activities and awareness of the fantastic creative activities in this area. We’re proud to partner with the Medicine Hat College.”
Jurkowski was pleased to give the students more chances to learn and congratulated all of those involved with the behind-the-scenes negotiating.
MHC Visual Communications coordinator Dean Smale says opportunities for students has been increased with the dual admission policy.
“You can go from here into Lethbridge without having to go through a (complicated) registering process,” said Smale moments following the brief presentation by Gillespie and Jurkowski. “Hopefully, that’s the point, this exhibition (Special Delivery) is part of that...there is that element.”
According to a press release, it is the applicable for the dual admission program for the Fine Arts (University Studies) and Visual Communications (Bachelor of Applied Arts) at Medicine Hat College who have completed up to 20 transferable courses. Up to 10 students per year will be able to continue their studies at the U of L in a Bachelor of Fine Arts (New Media) or a pre-Bachelor of Fine Arts (New Media)/Bachelor of Education. The agreement may be expanded to include other programs at both institutions in future years.
Students accepted into the program will be admitted at both MHC and the U of L initially, allowing them to register for courses early as a continuing U of L student, receive academic advising at both institutions, access early application processing for Campus Housing, be eligible for scholarships at both institutions, and participate in co-op work terms the semester after they complete their studies at MHC. 
Smale says the partnership can work as the two institutions combined for a successful exhibition with Special Delivery.
The organization, coordination and planning between Medicine Hat and Lethbridge for the exhibition went well.
“It’s gone really smoothly actually,” explained Smale. “We’ve never had this with Lethbridge and getting to know their instructors and them knowing us — it was actually a friendly process. I think it’s good. I think time will tell all the positives of it. All I can say is we’ll see down the road.”
Smale explained that a year ago, the collaborative exhibition was proposed, when it was mentioned at the beginning of this academic year, the ball got rolling.
While the signing took place, there will be a further celebration of the deal at the University of Lethbridge on April 1.

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