About Communication and Creative Industries

Studying a degree in communication and the creative industries is your chance to learn more about your talents and ideas in your work, your way. There has never been a better time to join this thriving industry. The Australian Government’s National Cultural Policy - Creative Australia and NSW Government’s Creative Industries Action Plan ensures there is strong support and heavy investment in this important area in years to come.

Communication and the creative industries encompass vibrant and dynamic sectors, where innovation and business fuse together to drive change that will help define the 21st Century.

Why study communication and creative industries at UON?

  • 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. Create in the only university on-site foundry, on-campus printing presses, paint studios, animation and illustration labs, photomedia facilities, media and music production suites, Innovation Hub, art galleries, theatres and world-renowned Harold Lobb Concert Hall at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music.
  • Stand out with unique qualifications - we're home to Australia’s only National History Illustration degree.

Communication and Creative Industries scholarships
Find out more about our scholarships for domestic and international students

40% ? higher career growth in Creative Industries than growth of working population
$30 Billion ? Creative Industries contribution to Australia's economy

What you can study

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.

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.


  • Architectural Technician
  • Architect
  • Drafter
  • Designer


  1. Bachelor of Design (Architecture)

Graphic 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. Graphic 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.


  • Graphic Designer
  • Creative Director
  • Design Manager
  • Multimedia Designer


  1. Bachelor of Creative Industries (major in Design) 
  2. Bachelor of Visual Communication Design
  3. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (major in Design Technologies)
  4. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (minor in Graphics and Multimedia Arts)

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.


  • Animator
  • Cartoonist
  • Illustrator
  • Special Effects Technician


  1. Bachelor of Creative Industries (major in Design)
  2. Bachelor of Visual Communication Design
  3. Bachelor of Natural History Illustration

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.


  • Web Developer
  • Games Developer
  • Web and Multimedia Producer
  • Futurist


  1. Bachelor of Creative Industries (major in Information Technology)
  2. Bachelor of Information Technology (major in Interactive Media)
  3. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (major in Computer Technology)

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.


  • Audiovisual Technician
  • Media Production Editor
  • Web Developer
  • Digital Producer


  1. Bachelor of Creative Industries (major in Communication and Media)
  2. Bachelor of Communication (major in Media Production)
  3. Bachelor of Information Technology (major in Interactive Media)
  4. Bachelor of Visual Communication Design

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.


  • Conductor
  • Musician
  • Music Producer
  • Vocal Coach


  1. Bachelor of Creative Industries (major in Music)
  2. Bachelor of Music

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.


  • Artist-in-Residence
  • Art Dealer
  • Photographer
  • Set Designer


  1. Bachelor of Creative Industries (major in Visual Art: Imaging Technologies)
  2. Bachelor of Creative Industries (major in Visual Art: Studio Practices)
  3. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (major in Visual Arts)
  4. Bachelor of Education (Primary)

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.


  • Actor
  • Casting Director
  • Creative Director
  • Screenwriter


  1. Bachelor of Creative Industries (major in Creative and Performing Arts)
  2. Bachelor of Arts (major in Creative and Performing Arts)
  3. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (major in Drama)

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.


  • Copywriter
  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Speechwriter


  1. Bachelor of Creative Industries (major in Writing and Publishing)
  2. Bachelor of Communication (major in Journalism)
  3. Bachelor of Arts (major in English and Writing)
  4. Bachelor of Communication (major in Public Relations)

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.


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

Postgraduate degrees

Postgraduate degrees are a higher level of study that clarify and redefine your new. In most cases, but not all, you would usually complete a postgraduate qualification after your undergraduate degree.

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PhD and Research Masters

Higher degrees in research are centred on defining your new through research and discovery. Research PhDs or Masters can only be completed after the Honours component of your undergraduate degree.

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Student work

6 AIA gold medallists ? on hand to mentor you
'at world standard' ? for Performing Arts and Creative Writing
World top 200 ? English language and literature


Bachelor of Communication - Emily

Emily discusses her experiences at the University of Newcastle, where she is completing a Bachelor of Communication.

Bachelor of Natural History Illustration - Esther

You begin with the basics of design, illustration and observing the field around you, all the way through to the fundamental skills needed to become a professional illustrator - Esther

Our students in the community

In partnership with UrbanGrowth, our students worked as sketch facilitators to help the local community express their vision for Newcastle’s future.