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School of Communication and Creative Arts

Our expertise

The School of Communication and Creative Arts (SCCA) is home to world-leading academics across many domains, with a strong ethic of critical and creative inquiry, balanced by a deep appreciation of the power of practice and professional application. Whether you join us as a student, or a new colleague or partner in our work, we welcome you, and ask you to add your rich abilities and inspirations to our community.

You will find a home to nurture your talent, challenge you to be better, and the opportunity to make life-long connections with fellow students who share your passion and energy. Come and join SCCA, where we strive, make and tell stories that change the world.

Our focus areas

SCCA covers all of the key disciplines, professions and creative practices you need to be successful in the creative and communicative future.

Art and performance focuses on dance, drama, photography and visual arts, with a commitment to social change through public art practices and interventions. Your art, your performance is powered by internationally known artists and performers.

Find out more about art and performance

Communication includes advertising, digital and social media, journalism and public relations, taught by researchers and industry experts and focused on the way your future careers cover all these areas of expertise.

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Screen and design offers advanced and professionally recognised studies in film, television, animation and performing arts, with many different opportunities to suit your special talents.

Find out more about screen and design

Writing, literature and culture combines the study of literature, for all ages, with the practice of creative writing; you also can choose to focus on the key questions of gender and sexuality. Your passion for literature, and the power of words to change the world find their natural home with us.

Find out more about writing, literature and culture

Study what matters to you

You have the passion and the ability: we have the courses for you. When you study in SCCA you get a deep exposure to the essential skills and knowledge you need, and support to become a graduate ready for success in the world beyond the university.

Students in our courses experience creative programs in the visual and performing arts, communication, film and digital media, journalism and public relations, media, writing and literature that synthesise industry experience, research and innovation.

Our Communication and Creative Arts undergraduate courses include:

  • Bachelor of Communication
    (specialisations in advertising, journalism, public relations, professional writing or online media)
  • Bachelor of Creative Arts
    (specialisations in drama, photography, publishing, visual arts or writing)
  • Bachelor of Design
    (specialisations in communication design or interactive and UX design)
  • Bachelor of Film, Television, and Animation (specialisations in animation, producing screen content or screen production).

The flexible and dynamic Bachelor of Arts enables students to personalise their degree by combining over 30 subjects from professional and creative disciplines.

We have highly regarded postgraduate courses in communication and creative arts.

Learn more about our courses

Cutting-edge facilities

Students and researchers in SCCA have access to state-of-the-art equipment and resources backed by a dedicated team of technical staff.

We have advanced digital imaging facilities, darkrooms, film and TV production and edit suites, a newsroom, performance studios and dedicated computer labs, as well as Deakin's advanced motion capture facility. In 2023 Deakin will have a new state-of-the-art virtual film production studio, establishing Deakin as the biggest university virtual production studio in Australia.

We also have a large array of industry-leading equipment and all the software you'll need.

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Our research and creative innovation

SCCA has a strong research program that asks how media, communication, art, literature, writing and performance make our world, through stories and action. We reflect on the role of contemporary publics in making, receiving and sharing culture, and ask how we create publics through our critical and creative engagement.

Key research innovations include:

  • The Public Art Commission: making public art that makes public space better
  • Creative Applications Network: interdisciplinary computing, engineering and design
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies Research Network.

Learn more about our research

Read more about becoming a research student at the school

Graduate profile

Emma Pyers, multi-award-winning practitioner and National Disability Insurance Agency director of transition communications, is a Deakin public relations graduate. She says studying PR at Deakin was one of the best decisions she's ever made.

The creative environment, paired with access to inspirational lecturers, provided a learning experience that went beyond the theory.

Emma Pyers

Public relations graduate

Our staff

Read more about the expert staff who make up the School of Communication and Creative Arts.

Meet the school's staff

Contact us

School of Communication and Creative Arts

+613 924 45585
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Student and enrolment enquiries

Melbourne Burwood Campus
+61 3 9246 8100

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus and Cloud Campus (online study)
+61 3 5227 1359

Warrnambool Campus
+61 3 5563 3489