I’ve loved the fantastic travel opportunities at ACU. I’ve been lucky enough to go to Rome, and I am about to jet off to Venice. ACU makes travelling and studying readily accessible.
I hope to make an impact by entering arts management...I want to help other artists reach their full potential. I understand the ‘struggling artist’ life, and I think my skills are best suited to helping passionate and devoted artists realise their dreams.”
Creative arts & communications
Join a unique community working in a range of cutting-edge disciplines to inspire, inform and educate audiences.
Why us? Because it’s about you
We understand the importance of freedom, so you can create your own unique journey by choosing from one of our specialist arts and communications degrees.
On campus you will study in state-of-the-art facilities like arts studios, galleries, sound and video production studios, and multimedia facilities. And off-campus you’ll get hands-on experience with our work integrated learning, allowing you to connect learning with practice through industry placements, professional experience and internships.
A degree that belongs on your bucket list
Your time with us is about more than finding a career. It’s also about discovering new places and experiences. Our degrees provide opportunities to study overseas and participate in our local and international community engagement programs.
A range of opportunities
As a graduate, you will be ready to work in a range of fields including drama, creative writing, graphic design, literature, media, music, visual arts, social media, online journalism and more. If you don’t meet the state-based requirements for entry into your degree, don’t panic. There are lots of ways into arts and communications at ACU. Explore our pathways to get started.
Bachelor of Creative Arts
You can choose to specialise in drama, literature, media, music or visual arts. While studying you can enhance your professional opportunities through ACU's community engagement activities and partnerships - so you enter the workforce with documented experience and evidence of creative capabilities and achievements.
Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design
Explore a variety of media while fostering your individual abilities and talents. Throughout the course, you will obtain a balanced mix of studio-based fine art, graphic design, new media and art and design history and theory. You will be introduced to a range of opportunities in visual arts through our individually tailored internship programs to heighten workplace skills. You will also have the opportunity to study overseas in the United Kingdom, America or Italy.
Bachelor of Arts
You can choose to do a major or minors in drama, literature, media, music or visual arts, depending on your interests. This course allows you to design your own program to reflect your passions and career aspirations.
You can study Visual Arts and Design at ACU as both a dedicated Bachelor degree or in combination with other specialisations through the Bachelor of Arts or combined Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts.
The Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design (BVAD) will provide you with a broad foundation in visual arts and design, and support you in becoming a well-rounded visual arts practitioner equipped to meet the demands of the creative industries with innovative thinking and entrepreneurial flair.
At ACU we pride ourselves on creating a dynamic learning environment that is engaging, challenging and nurturing. Throughout the course, you will obtain a mix of instruction in drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, graphic design, photography and other digital media, while also studying the history of art and design in a way that enriches, extends and complements your own practice.
Each campus has a beautiful public gallery space in which you will regularly exhibit your work.
The BVAD at ACU is one of the few degrees that offers individually tailored internship programs so that you can gain valuable workplace experience while studying. We also offer a professional practice module to support you in developing the skills essential for future employment.
You can also take advantage of numerous opportunities to study abroad, either for a full semester in Europe or America, for an intensive tour to Italy for the Venice Biennale, or at the recently opened ACU Rome Study Centre.
As a Visual Arts and Design student at ACU you will benefit from being taught by respected practitioners who are highly successful in their fields, each of whom has strong connections within the creative industries both in Australia and internationally and can facilitate a range of opportunities for students.
A recent update to the Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design now makes it possible for BVAD students to undertake a minor from among the offerings in our Bachelor of Arts. Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Creative Arts students can also undertake a major or minor in the Visual Arts.
As an ACU Visual Arts and Design graduate what valued skills will you possess?
Upon completion of your specialisation, you will be able to:
- Communicate and apply your broad knowledge of visual art and design media, history and theory through artistic practice and other communication forms
- Mobilise your understanding of the interrelationship between theory and practice to solve problems and identify creative and commercial opportunities
- Contribute responsibly as a visual art and design practitioner both individually and collaboratively
- Develop awareness of cultural diversity and know how your creative skills contribute to society and the common good
Where to from ACU?
- Graduates from Visual Arts and Design go on to enjoy exciting careers as graphic, web and multimedia designers; professional artists; illustrators; professional photographers; small business operators; arts administrators; printmakers in the textile and fabric industries; event managers; etc.
- Many graduates also go on to study further in specialised areas such as art therapy and art conservation, or to undertake practice-based research at the Honours, Master’s and PhD levels
- When combined with an appropriate tertiary teaching qualification, the Visual Arts major or Bachelor degree is an enriching pathway to becoming a secondary-school Arts teacher
Studying Drama is about so much more than performance. Through the deep exploration of role and context you are given the key to understanding individuals, cultures, attitudes and opinions vastly different to your own, and a prism through which to interrogate and challenge society’s (and your own) values, motivations and judgements.
A Drama specialisation at ACU will develop your confidence, your empathy, and your ability to understand how your mental and physical postures affect the world’s understanding of you. It will give you the skills to respond in new and spontaneous ways to unexpected situations, while remaining grounded, focused and present. Whatever career you might like to pursue, a background in Drama will give you the communication, interpersonal, organisational and collaborative skills with which to thrive.
At ACU, we are committed to developing your performance skills and knowledge of theatre history in an engaging and supportive learning environment. The major sequence in Drama provides you with a solid foundation in production work through a comprehensive overview of theatrical literature.
You can choose from a range of exciting units, including: Production; Ancient Greek Theatre; Shakespeare; Australian Drama; and Modern and Postmodern theatre. Studying Drama will also provide you with opportunities to participate in full live performance events such as the Medieval Fayre and subject-specific theatrical productions (both on stage and backstage). Our campuses offer many different kinds of performance spaces to support many different styles of production.
You do not need any previous theatre experience and there are no prerequisites for studying introductory Drama at ACU.
As an ACU Drama graduate what valued skills will you possess?
Upon completion of your specialisation, you will be able to:
- Communicate effectively and confidently in both your interpersonal relationships and in public forums
- Improvise creative and imaginative responses to novel situations
- Think critically and work as part of a team to develop and realise a vision
- Contribute creatively and organisationally to the production of public performances
- Apply your performance skills directly through acting, presenting, facilitating workshops, leading group instruction, etc.
Where to from ACU?
- The study of Drama allows graduates to thrive in sectors such as the performing arts, media and public relations, human resources, administration, the public service and a great many other professions where interpersonal and communication skills are highly prized.
- When combined with an appropriate tertiary teaching qualification, the Drama major is one of the exciting pathways to becoming a secondary-school drama teacher.
The ACU Music sequence will develop your skills in composition, conducting, music technology, musicology, and music criticism and analysis.
As an ACU Music student you will engage with the fundamentals of music language as it operates in a diverse range of styles and genres, and be taught to observe, understand and apply complex music processes drawn from the music of the past and the present. Through the program you will interact with a diverse range of music, including contemporary popular music, Western classical music, film music, music theatre, and music from around the world.
You will also engage with the cultural, social, aesthetic, historical and ethical functions of music through studies in musicology.
In the first year you will consider the foundations of contemporary musical practices, located around notating, recording, understanding, contextualising and communicating musical ideas.
In the second year, you will engage in breadth studies in different repertoire areas and develop specific skill sets around music production, conducting, song writing, arrangement, and harmony.
In the third year, you will operate in a pre-professional environment and draw together the skills developed through the sequence to produce a folio of creative work and undertake an in-depth study of a practitioner, a style, a genre, or a culturally-significant work.
In 2014 Professor Timothy McKenry was awarded an Australian Government Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning for “innovative and inspiring teaching that fosters a vibrant creative culture for students of music composition”.
As an ACU Music graduate what valued skills will you possess?
Upon completion of your specialisation you will:
- Possess skills in musicianship, conducting, music composition and music technology
- Be equipped to work with the music of all styles and genres
- Have a robust grounding in the skills fundamental to being an effective educator and a capable and innovative creative practitioner
- Be able to effectively communicate and collaborate with creative artists from a range of disciplines
Where to from ACU?
- Music can lead to stimulating and rewarding work in freelance composition (for film, television, video games, and commercials); music journalism and blogging; publishing; music administration; music retail; music research; and work as an 'embedded' creative practitioner in the corporate and public sectors.
- Our Music specialisation provides a pathway for further study at the Honours, Master’s and Doctoral level
- When combined with an appropriate tertiary teaching qualification and Year 12 Music Performance or AMEB Grade 5, the Music specialisation is an enriching pathway to becoming a senior secondary-school Music teacher.
There are no postgraduate options for this discipline
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