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Creative arts

Our creative arts courses offer a fresh, exciting opportunity for you to reach your creative potential. You can choose to specialise in animation and motion capture, contemporary dance, drama and performance, film and television, photography, visual arts or visual communication design.

You will graduate with the skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed in creative professions, mixing your talents with the clever knowledge of professional success we help you to learn. As well as our existing, high-quality bachelors' degrees, we also launch in 2015 our Master of Creative Arts - a chance to work with some of the most talented creative artists in Australian universities on your advanced skills and knowledge.


Why study Creative Arts at Deakin?

Prized facilities

Students work in an array of industry-standard production and performance studios, with dedicated spaces for dance, drama, visual arts, design, animation, motion capture, television and film.

There are also screening rooms, mixing facilities, digital video editing and animation suites, computer labs, darkrooms and digital imaging studios, and collaborative spaces for hybrid art forms.

The Deakin Motion.Lab - one of the most technologically advanced motion capture facilities in Australia – is a centrepiece of our facilities, as is the innovative Phoenix Gallery for mixed-media and popup installations.

Creative community

Our creative arts academics are not just teachers – they are practitioners of their creative disciplines and have many years of experience in all of the disciplines we teach.

You will be welcomed into the creative community that sees you as just as much of a creative practitioner as the people you learn with. Students create works, whether performances, films, designs or visual artworks, and these are shown publicly. You are already a creative professional when you graduate.

And, at Masters level, you will work intensively alongside the artists, designers, film makers and producers who we have on staff.

Flexibility and choice

In our Bachelor of Creative Arts degrees you are not locked in to one area only. You will focus on one subject, completing two-thirds of your studies in that area along with some common units in creativity and freelancing. The remaining one-third of your study is for you to choose – add visual design to your film-making; branch out from drama into creative writing; add animation to design to be multi-skilled and more employable.

And, if you prefer to study at the dynamic Waterfront campus in Geelong, visual arts, photography and design are all available there, helping you to choose what suits you best.


What can I study?

You can choose one of seven separate Bachelor of Creative Arts degrees focusing on the specific areas of animation and motion capture, dance, drama, film and television, photography, visual arts or visual communication design. In each case you will study mainly in this area, especially as you move through your degree from first year to third year. But you have the choice to add units to your program that make the degree right for you and your creative abilities. We emphasise important professional skills in our common units as well.

You are then encouraged to apply for the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours), as your fourth year to build even more skills and knowledge, working intensively on advanced creative projects.

In our Master of Creative Arts, new in 2015, we offer a concentrated program of practical creative work leading towards a creative research project in your second year, along with innovative study of contemporary creative arts, censorship, enterprise and all the ideas and concepts needed to intertwine practice and research.

Undergraduate (Bachelor) degrees
Bachelor of Creative Arts (Animation and Motion Capture)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of Creative Arts (Film and Television)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of Creative Arts (Photography)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Communication Design)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of ArtsCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Postgraduate degrees
Master of Creative ArtsCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Graduate Diploma of Creative ArtsCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Graduate Certificate of Creative ArtsCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Research degree - Doctor of PhilosophyCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Research degree - Master of ArtsCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students

Career opportunities for graduates

  • Advertising agencies
  • Art galleries
  • Contemporary performance companies
  • Creative digital industries
  • Dance associations
  • Film production companies
  • Freelance choreography
  • Graphic design businesses
  • Marketing consultancies
  • Multimedia businesses
  • Museums
  • Performing arts centres
  • Television corporations
  • Video and film businesses
  • Web development companies

Dance students and staff talk about the culture and study of Dance at Deakin.

Behind the Scenes making of 'Free Range Bread'.

Behind the Scenes making of 'Free Range Bread'. - TVC for Abbott's Village Bakery is another great project from the Deakin Motion.Lab and Alt.vfx. The concept for this campaign called for realistic quadruped movement in the shape of loaves of bread. 'We decided to motion capture a dog to provide the motion data and eventually settled on a sausage dog for the similarity in size and proportion to the target rig'.


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