Why study communication and creative industries

Collaborate with industry partners on real-life projects like music videos and art installations and bring your creative ideas to life in our cutting-edge performance and production facilities. See yourself here.

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84.3% ? Creative Arts students give us top marks for teaching - higher than national average
Cutting edge facilities Students enjoy access to industry-standard equipment and state-of-the-art training spaces, including our in-house media production and radio studios and editing suites.

About communication and creative industries

Pursuing a career in communication and creative industries is a chance to bring your boldest ideas to life. You can tailor your degree to focus on an area you’re passionate about such as digital content creation, animation, music, art, design, media, journalism, public relations and so much more. Collaborate with industry partners on real-life projects, from the production of music videos to art installations, and contribute to the new-gen thinking that will help define the 21st century.

  • Be an innovation leader - gain skills hands-on and learn how to make viable and marketable creative products.
  • Collaborate with industry partners on creative projects, from participation in concerts, exhibits, performances and development forums, through to the creation of installations or animation projects such as former Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns’ Going on 16 music video.
  • A range of creative spaces are available for you to hone your skills at NUspace, the University's landmark education precinct in the heart of Newcastle’s CBD. Create in the design studios at the recently refurbished, heritage-listed University House, Innovation Hub, art galleries, theatres and world-renowned Harold Lobb Concert Hall at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music.
  • Access strong industry ties with campus access to 2NURFM radio studios and business partnership networks with NBN Television, Newcastle Herald and ABC 1233.
  • Learn from and work with the best – including celebrated musicians, music professionals, researchers and industry leaders. Work on real-world projects like creating a music video for iconic band The Living End.

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Undergraduate communication and creative industries degrees

We understand that sometimes you don't know exactly which degree you'd like to pursue, particularly in an area as diverse as the creative industries. You might, however, know which field excites you. Use these areas of interest to narrow down your study options based on your creative interests and career goals.

All degrees

Degree name Selection rank
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Communication
Bachelor of Communication / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
Bachelor of Design (Architecture)
Bachelor of Development Studies / Bachelor of Communication
Bachelor of Music (pre 2022)
Bachelor of Music (Honours) (pre 2022)
Bachelor of Music / Bachelor of Arts (pre 2022)
Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts
Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts (Honours)
Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts / Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Psychological Science / Bachelor of Communication
Bachelor of Visual Communication Design

Architecture

Architecture is about designing buildings and spaces. Architects don’t just design and shape the physical spaces of our cities and buildings; they use architecture to stimulate the places we live and work, engage the community and improve our world. Architecture is now, more than ever, part of the public consciousness and immersed in popular culture through frequent glimpses in movies, advertising campaigns, TV shows like Grand Designs, and the rise of celebrity architects.

With new and emerging technologies, students of architecture will learn how to communicate their concepts and ideas into detailed and immersive design.

Career examples

  • Architectural Technician
  • Architect
  • Drafter
  • Designer

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Design (Architecture)

Graphic Design and Illustration

Graphic design and Illustration 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. Graphic designers and Illustrators usually work in design studios, advertising agencies or can work as in-house designers and illustrators inside other organisations. They can by represented by illustration agencies or operate independently as commissioned illustrators and freelancers.

Career examples

  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Design Production Manager
  • Creative Director

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Visual Communication Design (major in Graphic Design and Illustration)
  2. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (major in Design Technologies or minor in Graphics and Multimedia Arts)

Animation and Interaction

Animators and Interaction specialists use animation, UX design, app and game interface design and motion graphics design in the creation of digital interactive artworks, speculative design and film making. Animators and Interaction specialists often use visual language to communicate complex ideas and information. With ever-evolving digital technology being used alongside traditional techniques this is an exciting and fast-moving area to work in.

Career examples

  • 2D/3D Animator
  • User Experience (UX) designer
  • Motion Designer for broadcast, web, film, game, or app industries
  • Games Environment Designer

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Visual Communication Design (major in Animation and Interaction)

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 Information Technology (major in Interactive Media)
  2. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (major in Computer Information Systems and Software Design)

Media Arts Production

Media arts production is the process by which stories, messages, themes and ideas are created and communicated. In Media arts production you will develop skills in a range of content creation capabilities – from podcasting and drama production to documentary and television. Our Media Arts Production major provides skills and concepts that are relevant to jobs in a wide range of media arts production and communication industries.”

Career examples

  • Media Producers
  • Editors, Directors and Writers
  • Production Managers

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Communication (major in Media Arts Production or double major in Animation and Interaction and Media Arts Production)
  2. Bachelor of Arts (major in Film, Media and Cultural studies)
  3. Bachelor of Visual Communication Design (major in Animation and Interaction)

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 (major in Music Performance or Songwriting and Production)

Creative Arts

The Creative Arts major develops skills in concept development, material-based research and production, and allows students to gain industry knowledge of creative arts practice. Creative Arts majors will be prepared for occupations in the creative and commercial arts sectors, public arts, the education sector, and aligned arts areas, as well as gain expertise in a range of interdisciplinary creative practices including digital imagery and digital making, placemaking and extended reality.

Career examples

  • Artists, Curators, Arts Criticism and Arts Writing
  • Gallery Assistant

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Visual Communication Design (major in Creative Arts)

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 Communication (major in Public Relations or News Media)
  2. Bachelor of Arts (major in English and Writing or minor in Writing Studies)

Combined degrees

Studying a combined degree gives you two qualifications at once. The advantage is that you graduate with two degrees in less time than doing them separately. You may also gain a competitive edge in the employment market as employers are increasingly looking for staff with diverse skill-sets.

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  2. Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science
  3. Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
  4. Bachelor of Communication / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
  5. Bachelor of Development Studies / Bachelor of Communication
  6. Bachelor of Information Technology / Bachelor of Business
  7. Bachelor of Music / Bachelor of Arts (pre 2022)

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