Students from Hume Central College are getting in touch with their creative side with the help of RMIT University.

The students recently took part in a day-long arts program, known as SmArts, with university staff and the Smith Family.

The hands-on program, which also runs in Wyndham, encourages year 9 and 10 students to study arts and design at university, and pursue a career in arts professions.

The Smith Family’s Victorian general manager Anton Leschen said the program aimed to help students recognise their potential.

“For the past six years, SmArts has allowed hundreds of students from Hume and Wyndham to get a better understanding of university life, cultivate their creative skills and plan for further study,” Mr Leschen said.

“Programs such as SmArts help students overcome the idea that university is out of reach, and inspires them to see themselves as future creators and leaders.”

RMIT equity and diversity unit manager Lara Rafferty said students could also create art works, which would be displayed at the university’s city campus in August.

“It gives students not only a great insight into career opportunities in the creative industries, but also an understanding of what it is like to be a university of vocational education student,” she said.