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Duration1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 5 years maximum.1.5 years full-time.
Mode of deliveryFace to Face, Online
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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 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, that fosters innovation and entrepreneurship. Plus you'll have access to an expanding suite of cutting-edge communication, creative arts, design and music facilities.
  • Learn from industry experts - students will be taught and mentored by industry experts across creative disciplines and take part in inspiring engagement opportunities exploring ideas and examining creative solutions.
  • 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.
  • Our interdisciplinary focus - you will learn in an interdisciplinary environment that directs students to shape concepts into productive solutions for a variety of markets. Choose complementary courses to graduate with a diverse skill set, including electives from across the university.

Master of Creative Industries

#5 in Australia ? for overall postgraduate education experience
#6 in Australia ? for overall postgraduate teaching quality
#7 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


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
  • architecture and interior design
  • audio visual design
  • communication and media studies
  • creative arts
  • creative writing and publishing
  • digital content and software
  • drama and theatre studies
  • fine arts
  • graphic arts and design studies
  • graphic and design studies
  • graphic and electronic design
  • journalism
  • language and literature
  • music and performing arts
  • television, print and radio production
  • visual arts, film and cinematics

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.

How to apply

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Before you get started

To ensure that the process goes smoothly for you, you should complete the following steps before applying:

  1. Review the program that you wish to apply for. Note the admission criteria, admission instructions, requirements & structure and any additional information listed.
  2. Review the program fees and costs.
  3. Check whether your postgraduate program has a Semester or a Trimester closing date. Please view the application closing date.
  4. If you are from a non-English-speaking background, you need to satisfy the University's English language requirements and ensure that you can provide evidence of your English proficiency if required.

You will be considered for entry based on criteria such as your undergraduate studies and/or equivalent prior learning and/or relevant work experience.

Postgraduate application process

Other things to consider

Make sure you double check the special entry requirements, assumed knowledge or recommended studies for the degree:

The Master of Creative Industries is an 80 or 120 unit postgraduate qualification.

For admission into the 80-unit program, applicants must have one of the following qualifications or equivalent:

  • Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma; or
  • Bachelor Honours Degree; or
  • Bachelor Degree in a related field plus one year’s relevant work experience; or
  • Diploma or Advanced Diploma plus five years' relevant work experience. 

For admission into the 120-unit program, applicants must have one of the following qualifications or equivalent:

  • Bachelor Degree in a related field; or
  • At least seven years’ relevant work experience.

Related fields and relevant work experience includes advertising design, architecture, design, electronic games, fashion, film, music, performing arts, publishing, radio, television, visual arts, or equivalent.

Work experience can be identified through: certified copies of all relevant qualifications, a detailed CV, and a statement of service or signed letters from employers confirming your role, duties and period of employment.


All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 6.5 with no subtest result below 6.0.

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