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What will I learn?

The University of Newcastle's Master of Creative Industries offers a unique degree that will engage your creativity for social and cultural innovation; and provide a platform to explore your ideas and transform your passions into viable commercial endeavours. If you define yourself as a creator, shape-shifter, or innovator; then this is the program for you.

Using first-rate facilities, you will collaborate in an interdisciplinary learning environment to transform your ideas and passions into a commercial product and learn how to expose your product to the marketplace. You will graduate with the ability to understand what industry and communities require to drive social and cultural change.

What you will study

The University of Newcastle’s Master of Creative Industries is centered on practice-based research and investigation combining practical, creative and entrepreneurial courses to align your creative skills with the most progressive industries. Our core courses focus on practical approaches to thinking about your creative processes and output. At the core of the program are three Innovation Labs designed to support the development of a single project that serves your creativity. The core innovation labs include:

Thinking it Through: explore the fundamental approaches that underpin the development of an innovation. Draw on ideas and practices such as interdisciplinary, creativity, collaboration and entrepreneurship to identify problems and opportunities that give rise to innovation.

Making It Happen: access facilities and opportunities to engage in real world or speculative creative projects that address the complexities typically encountered by creative industry professionals.

Making it Known: work closely with your academic supervisor and collaborators to realise how the outcomes of your work are presented, published and made known in the professional and academic context.

The above core courses are coupled with a broad range of exciting directed courses in your chosen field of study. You can play to your existing strengths or explore a new area of knowledge when selecting your directed courses, with the opportunity to take elective coursework in the following areas:

creative writing

creative and performing arts

music

design communication

information technology

Career opportunities

The Master of Creative Industries offers you limitless possibilities and potential to further explore concepts in your chosen practice. Our coursework will enable you to translate your passion into innovative solutions and pave careers in some of the following creative industries:

advertising and marketing

architecture and interior design

audio visual design

communication and media studies

creative arts

creative writing and publishing

digital content and software

drama and theatre studies

fine arts

graphic arts and design studies

graphic and design studies

graphic and electronic design

journalism

language and literature

music and performing arts

television, print and radio production

visual arts, film and cinematics

As the program offers you the freedom to explore and create, balanced with support and theoretical structure, you will graduate with the ability to apply your creativity in real-world settings and position yourself at the forefront of the creative industry.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Education and Arts

CRICOS

096166F

Study options

Full Time (1.5 years)

Tuition fees
A$38,075.00 (20,38,276) per year
The University of Newcastle is pleased to announce a new Study from Home Fee Waiver for commencing international students who cannot study in Australia due to border closures. Do not delay your study plans – start studying online and complete your studies in Australia when borders open. For students who commence studies online and offshore, we are offering a discount of up to 20%.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

To be confirmed

Venue

Newcastle City campus

Cnr King and Auckland Streets,

NEWCASTLE,

New South Wales,

2300, NEWCASTLE, Australia

Online/Distance (1.5 years)

Tuition fees
A$38,075.00 (20,38,276) per year
The University of Newcastle is pleased to announce a new Study from Home Fee Waiver for commencing international students who cannot study in Australia due to border closures. Do not delay your study plans – start studying online and complete your studies in Australia when borders open. For students who commence studies online and offshore, we are offering a discount of up to 20%.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

To be confirmed

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Student must have completed Bachelor Degree (different discipline) or equivalent qualification. English language requirement: TOEFL paper-based test score of 550; TOEFL internet based score of 79; IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5; PTE GSE score of 58; Cambridge English: Advanced score of 58.

For international students

The Master of Creative Industries is an 80- or 120-unit postgraduate qualification.

For admission into the 80-unit program, applicants must have one of the following qualifications or equivalent:

Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma; or

Bachelor Honours Degree; or

Bachelor’s degree in a related field plus one year’s relevant work experience; or

Diploma or Advanced Diploma plus five years' relevant work experience.

For admission into the 120-unit program, applicants must have one of the following qualifications or equivalent:

Bachelor’s degree in a related field; or

At least seven years’ relevant work experience.

Related fields and relevant work experience include advertising design, architecture, design, electronic games, fashion, film, music, performing arts, publishing, radio, television, visual arts, or equivalent.

Work experience can be identified through: certified copies of all relevant qualifications, a detailed CV, and a statement of service or signed letters from employers confirming your role, duties and period of employment.

TOEFL paper-based test score of 550; TOEFL internet-based score of 79; IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5; PTE GSE score of 58; Cambridge English: Advanced score of 58.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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