Study with us

At the School of Creative Industries, our commitment to providing students with hands-on learning means ongoing opportunities to collaborate with industry partners, and the creative community locally, nationally and overseas.

Our staff are world-class artisans, musicians, and established specialists actively practising their craft.

Meanwhile, our state-of-the-art facilities provide the ideal platform to explore new ways of learning, ensuring your students are work-ready when they graduate.

Study options

Communication and public relations

Similar to marketing, public relations or PR is about working with customers and stakeholders to build and maintain an organisation’s brand and reputation. Unlike marketing, this area is not directly focused on revenue and selling a particular product.

Career examples

  • Media officer
  • PR consultant
  • Political advisor
  • Community liaison officer

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Communication
  2. Bachelor of Communication (Honours)
  3. Bachelor of Psychological Science / Bachelor of Communication

Creative and performing arts

Performing arts form an essential part of the way in which we understand ourselves and the world we live in. Whether your study focuses on screenwriting or drama, you will learn the value of thinking through making. The study of performing arts explores the role of the body in creative expression and what it means to think in a different way.

Career examples

  • Actor
  • Casting director
  • Creative director
  • Screenwriter

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Arts
  2. Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  3. Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science
  4. Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
  5. Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
  6. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (Honours)
  7. Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts
  8. Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts / Bachelor of Arts
  9. Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts (Honours)
  10. Bachelor of Music / Bachelor of Arts (pre 2022)
  11. Bachelor of Music (Honours) (pre 2022)
  12. Bachelor of Music (pre 2022)

Design

Design is essentially art with a purpose. It involves learning how to create visual and textual content which can be physical or virtual, and may include images, words or graphic forms. Designers usually work within an organisation or in a creative agency designing and developing brands and the architecture surrounding brands, as well as promotional material like websites, brochures and signage.

Career examples

  • Graphic designer
  • Creative director
  • Design manager
  • Multimedia designer

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Communication
  2. Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
  3. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (Honours)
  4. Bachelor of Social Science (Honours)
  5. Bachelor of Visual Communication Design
  6. Bachelor of Visual Communication Design (Honours)
  7. Graduate Certificate in Creative Industries
  8. Graduate Certificate in Digital Media
  9. Master of Creative Industries
  10. Master of Digital Media

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship is at the forefront of economic growth both domestically and internationally. Graduates with entrepreneurial thinking and the ability to devise innovative solutions to common problems are increasingly being sought after. By focusing on entrepreneurship you will be able to think distinctively, creatively and critically in a business environment. You may see yourself developing your own ideas into successful new ventures or working within an existing business in a different way.

Career examples

  • Business owner
  • Business development officer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Account manager

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  2. Graduate Certificate in Creative Industries
  3. Master of Creative Industries

Illustration and animation

Illustrators and animators use drawing or digital techniques to create sequential narratives that can range from simplistic comics to an animated movie blockbuster. We often use visual language to communicate complex ideas and information and, with ever-evolving digital technology being used alongside traditional techniques, this is an exciting and fast-moving area to work in. As organisations are increasingly trying to get cut-through and produce something that stands out from competitors there is a growing need for artists who can produce innovative, eye-catching visual content.

Career examples

  • Animator
  • Cartoonist
  • Illustrator
  • Special effects technician

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Communication
  2. Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts
  3. Bachelor of Music (pre 2022)
  4. Bachelor of Natural History Illustration (Honours)
  5. Bachelor of Visual Communication Design
  6. Graduate Certificate in Creative Industries
  7. Graduate Certificate in Digital Media
  8. Master of Creative Industries
  9. Master of Digital Media

Information technology

Information Technology (IT) is increasingly being used to support the creative process. In your degree you will learn how the use of apps, digital entertainment and virtualisation is skyrocketing and requires professionals with creative flair and training in IT to bring them to life. This unique combination of abilities is highly attractive to employers across a wide range of industries and starting salaries reflect this demand.

Career examples

  • Web developer
  • Games developer
  • Web and multimedia producer
  • Futurist

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Arts
  2. Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  3. Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science
  4. Bachelor of Computing (Honours)
  5. Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
  6. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (Honours)
  7. Bachelor of Global Indigenous Studies
  8. Bachelor of Information Technology
  9. Bachelor of Information Technology / Bachelor of Business
  10. Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts / Bachelor of Arts
  11. Bachelor of Music / Bachelor of Arts (pre 2022)
  12. Graduate Certificate in Information Technology
  13. Master of Information Technology (MIT)
  14. Undergraduate Certificate in Information Technology

Interaction design and UX

The Interaction and UX Design Major has been designed for students who wish to learn about and/or follow a career path in the areas of Interaction Design, User Experience, or Game Art & Design. Transferable skills in this major can inform careers in game design, pre-visualisation, animation design or service design, or can be applied experimentally in the creation of digital interactive artwork. This major emphasises broad creative skills such as storytelling and visual narrative in conjunction with an emphasis on visualisation and human-centred design.

Career examples

  • User experience designer
  • Web designer
  • User interface designer
  • Information architect
  • Concept artist
  • 3D visualiser
  • Modeler
  • Interaction designer
  • Usability specialist
  • Games UX designer

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Communication
  2. Bachelor of Visual Communication Design

Media production

In Media production you will learn how to create professional media content. This could be in a more conventional media space such as photomedia and traditional media like video, television and radio; or in the virtual space with websites and associated online multimedia. Digital and online media jobs have become more prevalent in recent years as internet and web-based media production work has increased.

Career examples

  • Audiovisual technician
  • Media production editor
  • Web developer
  • Digital producer

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Communication
  2. Bachelor of Visual Communication Design
  3. Graduate Certificate in Creative Industries
  4. Graduate Certificate in Digital Media
  5. Master of Creative Industries
  6. Master of Digital Media

Music

Music professionals write, arrange, orchestrate, conduct and perform musical compositions. Not only will you learn strong technical skills, but you will study how to fuse entrepreneurial and creative applications of music technologies. This area is broad and varied and you can study areas such as performance (instrumental or voice), composition, creative production, song writing or teaching.

Career examples

  • Conductor
  • Musician
  • Music producer
  • Vocal coach

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts
  2. Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts / Bachelor of Arts
  3. Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts (Honours)
  4. Bachelor of Music / Bachelor of Arts (pre 2022)
  5. Bachelor of Music (Honours) (pre 2022)
  6. Bachelor of Music (pre 2022)
  7. Graduate Certificate in Creative Industries
  8. Graduate Certificate in Digital Media
  9. Master of Creative Industries
  10. Master of Digital Media

News and digital media

As a News and Digital Media student at the University of Newcastle, you will learn to plan, develop, write, record and edit stories across a variety of media platforms. The News and Digital Media major provides students with the opportunity to develop practical skills and knowledge that is relevant to the contemporary journalism landscape.

This major will prepare you to work in journalism whether you want to work for news organisations, new online media outlets, as freelancers, in other media businesses or as embedded creatives in other industries. You will learn to produce media for video, audio, mobile, print and online platforms.

Career examples

  • Media officers
  • Publishers
  • Editors
  • Speechwriters for government officials, politicians and executives
  • Corporate communicators

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Communication

Visual arts

Visual arts are creations we can look at and usually involve ceramics, drawing, painting, photomedia and sculpture. In visual arts you will learn to experiment with materials, technologies and contexts, studying how professional visual artists use their creative skills and entrepreneurial flair to innovate and create with purpose.

Career examples

  • Artist-in-residence
  • Art dealer
  • Photographer
  • Set designer

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
  2. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (Honours)
  3. Graduate Certificate in Creative Industries
  4. Master of Creative Industries

Writing and publishing

This study area involves the creation and distribution of literature and information. You can learn about creative and professional writing such as journalism, fiction, creative non-fiction, feature writing and poetry. Professionals in this area have a strong understanding of audiences and contexts and can carefully craft appropriate messages.

Career examples

  • Copywriter
  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Speechwriter

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Arts
  2. Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  3. Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science
  4. Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
  5. Bachelor of Communication
  6. Bachelor of Global Indigenous Studies
  7. Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts / Bachelor of Arts
  8. Bachelor of Music / Bachelor of Arts (pre 2022)
  9. Graduate Certificate in Creative Industries
  10. Master of Creative Industries

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