Cultivating creativity

At the School of Creative Industries, we are animators, communicators, musicians, performers, artists, designers and so much more.

Our precinct in the Newcastle CBD – comprised of NUspace, the Conservatorium of Music, University House and Northumberland House (Watt Space Gallery) – provides state-of-the-art facilities to more than 2,000 students.

We deliver innovative experiences across design, filmmaking, animation, music, journalism, dance, drama, games design, and art. Our School also offers music production suites, performing arts and visual communication spaces, and cutting-edge design and creative arts facilities.

Creative Collaboration

Creative Industries students produced the official music video for The Living End’s new single ‘Not Like The Other Boys’ and have worked with BMG artists Dune Rats and Hockey Dad.

#1 in Australia ? for skills satisfaction
87% Satisfied ? with creative arts teaching quality Find out more Cutting-edge facilities ? so you graduate work-ready Find out more
#5 in Australia ? for overall postgraduate education experience

Creative showcase

School research

Research in the School of Creative Industries reflects the creative, dynamic and multimedia-oriented nature of the areas of communication, creative arts, design, music and natural history illustration.

Our researchers benefit from working across disciplines in ways that enable more complex approaches to broader areas of study and practice.

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Latest news

L-R: Ms Siobhan Curran, Senior Manager, University of Newcastle Integrated Innovation Network; Ms Valentina Misevska, COO Hunter Central Coast Development Corp., Hon. Taylor Martin, NSW MLC for the Hunter Region; Prof Alex Zelinsky, Vice Chancellor University of Newcastle; Cr Nuatali Nelmes, Lord Mayor, City of Newcastle; Prof Paul Eggelstone, Head of School of Creative Industries; Prof John Fischetti, Pro Vice Chancellor, College of Human and Social Futures; Mr Damian Burke, Capital Project Director, Q Building; Mr Jonathon Russell, Q Biulding Construction Manager, Hansen Yuncken; Mr Matt Bandy, Newcastle Business Development Manager, Hansen Yuncken; Mr Anthony Furniss, Lead Architect – Q Building, EJE Architects

News • 31 May 2021

University of Newcastle unveils its future for creative studies, innovation and entrepreneurship at Honeysuckle

The University of Newcastle will soon welcome the region’s next generation of creative artists, songwriters, animators and innovators to its Honeysuckle City Campus site - with the handover of keys on the Q Building project this week.

Professor Maynard sitting holding a book in front of a cabinet of memorabilia collected as an historian

News • 8 Mar 2021

Reclaiming History: the unconventional legacies of a leading Aboriginal historian

Emeritus Professor John Maynard’s reputation as a trailblazer is well-deserved so it is only fitting that this historian, whose journey began with researching his own family’s history, is honoured in the InauguralJohn Maynard Aboriginal History Lecture.

Professor Mario Minichiello Art

News • 24 Feb 2021

'Hardlines’: My life in bad behaviour: an exhibition by Professor Mario Minichiello

Internationally acclaimed Political Artist, Illustrator and Designer, Professor Mario Minichiello, from the School of Creative Industries is holding an exhibition of his work in early March. The exhibition presents drawings, paintings, and printmaking taken from a range of topics in a career spanning over 30 years as a professional artist.

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Upcoming events

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Event • 30 Sep 2021

Creative Ageing Symposium

The Creative Ageing Research Team at the University of Newcastle invites you to attend a one-day symposium that focusses on how engagement in creative activities can promote healthy brains and minds in older adults.

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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.