Pumphouse is committed to being active participants in the local design community and we strongly encourage our students to make industry connections. We do this through our sponsorship and support of design events such as the MAKEit MADEit and Look Hear creative conferences, promoting the Newcastle chapter of The Design Kids, as well as involving our students in real-life client projects and networking opportunities.


Being collaborative is good for everyone: designers and creative industry practitioners, students, clients, and makers. Great design isn't exclusive—it embraces and enhances the broader community.


To encourage our students to reach out to our regional design community we connect to many local industry friends by sponsoring events, taking student groups on studio tours and industry excursions, and inviting guest speakers and teachers. We are very grateful to the following for supporting Pumphouse students with their time and expertise: