Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Students will analyse competing theoretical frameworks and study various individual and collective creative practices as well as discuss methods of enhancing creativity. They will examine and analyse the issues associated with creativity and cultural production such as originality and authenticity, the notion of individual genius, and possible limitations placed upon creative freedom by culture industries. Students will gain an understanding of creativity as it applies to professional careers in radio, film and television, journalism, audio and other spheres of cultural production.

Availability2021 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2021

PSB Singapore

  • Trimester 2 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (Singapore)

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a competent level of familiarity with the theoretical positions on creativity and cultural production;

2. Examine and analyse the issues associated with creativity and cultural production and study the constraining and enabling factors that provide predispositions for creative action;

3. Understand creativity in practical careers in radio, film, journalism, photography, sound production, television and other spheres of cultural production.


The course will examine:

  1. Theories on creativity and cultural production
  2. Approaches to creativity from different disciplinary perspectives including psychology, sociology and post-structuralist
  3. Current perspectives on creativity and cultural production
  4. The debates surrounding these positions and the conceptual and practical production strategies in the creation of radio drama and features, video projects, music recordings, journalism, photographic works and other forms of cultural production.
  5. Creativity and authenticity, copyright and authorship, the relationship between art and craft, auteur theory, structure and agency, and freedom and constraints in creative practice.

The syllabus provides opportunity for students to develop skills in critical analysis as a means of enhancing their creativity.

Assumed knowledge

60 units at 2000 level

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assignment - Research Exercise (25%)

In Term Test: Examination: Class (25%)

Essay: Major Essay (50%)

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct and PSB Singapore


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

Weeks 1-12


Face to Face On Campus 15 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 2

2 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks (Wks 6-9) 1 hour)s) per Week for 7 Weeks (Wks 2-5 + Wks 10-12)

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.