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Disciplines - media, music and visual arts


The emergence of the digital age of communication has radically Contemporary Musicaltered the way that people all over the world make and share music. Music performance and production in the 21st century is characterised by a complex intermingling of contemporary technology and cultural diversity, evident in Australia from the rich and diverse musical heritage of Australian Indigenous peoples to the distinct music styles of the wider population. Music research can examine and promote innovations in music - as a performance/creative practice, a complex cultural text, and an interdisciplinary field of commercial and technological innovation - reflecting the constantly evolving ways that human cultures celebrate and consume music.

The Bachelor of Music includes studies in performance, songwriting/composition, music education, sound production, new media arts and screen. Visit the Contemporary Music showcase and the Women in music website.

Creative arts

The well-recognised and expanding field of creative arts industriesCreative Arts is proving to be a significant economic driver and ground-breaker in the knowledge economy. The creative arts increasingly operates in a trans-media context, in which narrative is spread across several media platforms. This trans-disciplinary space maximises opportunities for interaction and communication while encouraging cross collaboration between individuals and teams. The media and creative arts industries are increasingly engaged with diverse cultural and Indigenous perspectives in both global and local settings.

The Bachelor of Creative Arts degree enables students to focus on work-ready skills and provides opportunities for professional placement, community engagement and advanced project work. Students may elect to study in areas such as art, design, music, media and writing.

Creative writing

Stories, poetry and drama have informed culture and society Creative Writing for as long as humans have communicated, and provide pathways to understanding the world and our place in it. The study of writing has a long history and promising future. Writing as a creative pursuit and as a discipline evolves constantly to meet the demands of a changing readership who are accessing writing across many platforms and in many varied genres. The evolving readership and the continuing development of writing need an understanding of the basic skills of writing: a focus on narrative, language, description and character development. This solid background in the theoretical and practical elements of the writing craft provides specific skills in communication which can be applied to a broad range of career options.

The Associate Degree of Creative Writing offers a rich mix of writing modes including writing genre, life writing, writing for stage and screen, experimental writing, poetry and journalism. Visit the Writing showcase.

Digital media and communications

Media StudentThe study and production of media is one of the most dynamic and energetic areas today. All around us we witness the constant change and development of media technologies and practices; with the explosion of online media, social media, mobile devices and user-generated content, media are embedded in almost every aspect of our lives, both work and play. Media production and analysis feeds multi-billion dollar industries such as the television industry, the film industry, the games industry, the design and advertising industry, and broadcast and online journalism. For anyone looking to play a part in the ongoing drama of cultural and economic development, it is vital to be proficient in media, have the ability to analyse and study its effects and produce new media forms.

The Bachelor of Digital Media and Communications develops the practical and critical skills required for work in today's diverse media industries - in television, film and video production, graphic design, online media, broadcasting, journalism, advertising and public relations. Visit the Media showcase.

Visual arts

Visual Arts StudentLearning about and developing a contemporary visual art practice is one of the most dynamic and creative ways of engaging in cultural production in life. A sustainable contemporary art practice can be based on a mixture of traditional and contemporary technologies and media to suit individual talents and preferences. Students can choose to develop many pathways into visual art practice combining varied combinations of personal expression, social and cultural investigation, research into media and ideas, aesthetics, theoretical studies and much more. Education and training focus on national and global production of visual culture in a context where individual creative response and development stimulate an enduring life-long learning experience.

Students in the Bachelor of Visual Arts includes studies in curating, ceramics, digital art and design, drawing, sculpture, painting and printmaking. Visit the Visual arts showcase.

Application to the Bachelor of Visual Arts is by interview and portfolio.