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 design
Art and design focuses on design, visual arts, user experience and interactive technologies, with a commitment to social change through public art practices and interventions. Your art, your performance is powered by internationally known artists and performers.
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Communications 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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Film, animation and performing arts
Film, animation and performing arts offers advanced and professionally recognised studies in film, television, animation and performing arts, with many different opportunities to suit your special talents.
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Writing, literature and culture
Writing, literature and culture covers the study of literature and its reception, children’s literature, the practice of creative and professional writing, and gender and sexuality studies. Your passion for the power of words to change the world find their natural home with us – where you'll gain insights into the complex dimensions of gender and sexuality both as cultural phenomena and embodied experiences.
Study what matters to you
If 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).
With specialised teaching disciplines, you'll be able to specialise in your chosen area, express your individuality and create without limitations.
Cutting-edge creative arts facilities
Students and researchers in the school 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.
Our research and creative innovation
We have 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.
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.
Public relations graduate
Read more about the expert staff who make up the School of Communication and Creative Arts.
If you have any questions about studying at Deakin, we're here to support you.
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