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

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.

Benjamin Crocker Big Kids

News • 18 Dec 2020

University of Newcastle design students win big at national awards

University of Newcastle students have been recognised nationally for their brilliant graphic design skills, taking out more wins than ever before in the national AGDA 2020 Design Awards.

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Upcoming events

Ableton

Event • 20 Apr 2021 from 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Introduction to Ableton - 5 week short course

This course is designed for high school students aged 12-17 years. No experience is necessary, just a love of electronic music and a keenness to learn!

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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.