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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Over the course of our 55-year history, more than 148,000 students have called Newcastle their home. And why wouldn't you want to? Our laid-back lifestyle, picture perfect beaches and thriving arts scene are just some of the reasons to love Newy.
Are you keen to take your studies around the world? There are opportunities for international experiences across every area of study, whether it’s an overseas exchange program, study tour or work placement.