The University of Newcastle, Australia
Start dates
  • Trimester 1 - 4 Feb 2019
  • Trimester 3 - 2 Sep 2019
  • Trimester 1 - 4 Feb 2019
  • Trimester 3 - 2 Sep 2019
Mode of delivery

Face to Face, Online


1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 5 years maximum.

Start dates
  • Trimester 1 - 4 Feb 2019
  • Trimester 3 - 2 Sep 2019
  • Trimester 1 - 4 Feb 2019
  • Trimester 3 - 2 Sep 2019

$34,165 (indicative annual fee, 2019)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees


1.5 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face, Online

English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.5
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

Find out more about IELTS.

UON program code: 40132
CRICOS code: 096166F

Study Creative Industries

The University of Newcastle's Master of Creative Industries offers a unique degree that will engage your creativity for social and cultural innovation; and provide a platform to explore your ideas and transform your passions into viable commercial endeavours. If you define yourself as a creator, shape-shifter, or innovator; then this is the program for you.

Using first-rate facilities and Innovation Labs, you will collaborate in an interdisciplinary learning environment to transform your ideas and passions into a commercial product and learn how to expose your product to the marketplace. You will graduate with the ability to understand what industry and communities require to drive social and cultural change.

Why study with us?

  • Access to first-rate facilities - you will study in a creative learning environment at the University of Newcastle’s established Innovation Labs, that fosters invention and entrepreneurialism.
  • Fast-track your career - this degree will increase your professional capacity making you highly employable. According to the World Economic Forum, creative industries generate 3% of the world's GDP and provide 29.5 million jobs globally. With enhanced creative capabilities you will stand out at the forefront of the industry.
  • Work anywhere in the world - our Master of Creative Industries is recognised nationally and internationally, allowing you to capitalise on your creative knowledge globally within the professional environment.

Master of Creative Industries

#5 in Australia ? for overall postgraduate education experience
#6 in Australia ? for overall postgraduate teaching quality
#8 in Australia ? for overall postgraduate student satisfaction

What you will study

The University of Newcastle’s Master of Creative Industries is centered on practice-based research and investigation combining practical, creative and entrepreneurial courses to align your creative skills with the most progressive industries. Our core courses focus on practical approaches to thinking about your creative processes and output. At the core of the program are three Innovation Labs designed to support the development of a single project that serves your creativity. The core innovation labs include:

  • Thinking it Through: explore the fundamental approaches that underpin the development of an innovation. Draw on ideas and practices such as interdisciplinary, creativity, collaboration and entrepreneurship to identify problems and opportunities that give rise to innovation.
  • Making It Happen: access facilities and opportunities to engage in real world or speculative creative projects that address the complexities typically encountered by creative industry professionals.
  • Making it Known: work closely with your academic supervisor and collaborators to realise how the outcomes of your work are presented, published and made known in the professional and academic context.

The above core courses are coupled with a broad range of exciting directed courses in your chosen field of study. You can play to your existing strengths or explore a new area of knowledge when selecting your directed courses, with the opportunity to take elective coursework in the following areas:

  • creative writing
  • creative and performing arts
  • music
  • design communication
  • information technology

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

View the full course list

Career opportunities

The Master of Creative Industries offers you limitless possibilities and potential to further explore concepts in your chosen practice. Our coursework will enable you to translate your passion into innovative solutions and pave careers in some of the following creative industries:

  • advertising and marketing
  • creative writing and publishing
  • architecture and interior design
  • graphic and electronic design
  • visual arts, film and cinematics,
  • television, print and radio production
  • music and performing arts
  • digital content and software

As the program offers you the freedom to explore and create, balanced with support and theoretical structure, you will graduate with the ability to apply your creativity in real-world settings and position yourself at the forefront of the creative industry.