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Program handbook

Description

The Master of Creative Industries provides a framework for integrating the entrepreneurial skills, production skills, and research skills required for working professionally in the creative industries. Practitioners already working in the field will be able to extend their practice, deepen their understanding of opportunities in this field, and contribute to the development of new creative practices. Those who are new to the creative industries will be introduced to a range of professional and creative practices. The program centres on creative work conceived for and applied in real-world settings, managed by students themselves in close consultation with creative industry practitioners and experts.

Specialist course options also exist across creative and performing arts, music, design, communication and information technology.


Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice
  • demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship
  • demonstrated a range of advanced skills displaying innovation and creativity and a strong business acumen in tackling complex problems working collaboratively or independently
  • demonstrated a range of techniques that are appropriate to the needs and expectations of the community
  • displayed a high level of professional proficiency in the utilisation of technology appropriate to the given context
  • applied advanced decision making skills that demonstrate an understanding of ethical, social and global issues
  • knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and or learning
  • cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship
  • cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice
  • cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level
  • communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship
  • demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning
  • demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with high level personal autonomy and accountability

Details

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Program code40132
AQF level

Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework)

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
  • Online
Duration
  • Australian students - 1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 1.5 years full-time.
Term typeTrimesters
Fees
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code096166F

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Admission information

Admission requirements

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.

 

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

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.


Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.


Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

120 units

Program duration

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

International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au

Program requirements

The Master of Creative Industries is an AQF Level 9 120 unit postgraduate Coursework program.

The structure of the Master of Creative Industries allows students to apply for credit to enter into the program by first completing the Graduate Certificate in Creative Industries (40 units) or apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

RPL will be considered for (but is not limited to) studies in advertising design, architecture, design, electronic games, fashion, film, music, performing arts, publishing, radio, television, visual arts.

Students admitted to the 80 unit program (with 40 units Credit or RPL) will complete 60 units of core courses and 20 units of directed courses.

Students admitted the 120 unit program will complete 60 units of core courses, 40 units of directed courses and 20 units of 6000 level electives.


Program plans

Download a program plan from the list below for the year/term that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

The Program Plan provides information on the structure and rules of your program. Used in conjunction with your Program Handbook, it is designed to be used as an enrolment guide.

You can track your progress by ticking off the courses you have completed and plan your current and future enrolment.


Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

Complete the following Core courses to fulfill the requirements of the program

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
CIND6001Research for the Creative Industries
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
CIND6002Innovation Lab 1 - Thinking It Through
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
CIND6003Innovation Lab 2 - Making it Happen
  • Trimester 2 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
20 units
CIND6004Innovation Lab 3 - Making it Known
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
GSBS6012Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 2 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 20 units from the following courses to fulfill the requirements of the program

Choose 40 units from the following courses to fulfill the requirements of the program. Students who qualify for the 80 unit program should choose 20 units.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
CAPA6000Contemporary Performance PracticesNot currently offered10 units
CAPA6001Contemporary Visual Art PracticesNot currently offered10 units
CIND6010Narrative Media MakingNot currently offered10 units
CIND6011Interactive Media MakingNot currently offered10 units
CMNS6040Digital Video
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
CMNS6060eCulture and Audiences
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
CMNS6070Narrative and Interactive Design
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
DESN6350Design for Digital Media
  • Trimester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
DESN6410Usability and Interaction DesignNot currently offered10 units
GSBS6005Marketing Management and Planning
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (UNCIE)
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 2 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 2 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (Sydney CBD)
10 units
GSBS6013Customer Decision Making and Behaviour
  • Trimester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 2 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
GSBS6014Digital Marketing
  • Trimester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
INFT6060The Digital Economy
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
INFT6304Project Planning and Management
  • Trimester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 2 - 2021 (Sydney CBD)
10 units
MTEC6700Applications of Music Technology
  • Trimester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units

Electives

Complete 20 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

20 units

Additional information

Through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre, students can access a free suite of NUPrep preparation courses as well as Academic Learning Support.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.


International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.


Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the College or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.

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