Creative arts, design and writing

International students

Whether you are a writer, artist, photographer or designer, explore the outer reaches of your imagination and gain the skills to bring your vision to life. We will teach you to master the tools of your trade and introduce you to the networks you will need to succeed in industry.


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Be mentored by world-class practising artists and authors


Graduate with a portfolio of industry-based work


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Top industry links

Benefit from our close relationship with creative industry leaders and graduate with an established network of potential employers and collaborators. Deakin is associated with a range of creative councils, including as a member of Design Institute of Australia (DIA), the International Council of Design (ICoD), and a supporter of the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA).

Professional recognition

Deakin's Bachelor of Design courses (3D animation, digital technologies and visual communication design) are industry-relevant and formally recognised by the Design Institute of Australia (DIA).

Online to on-campus pathway

Please note: students are not currently able to travel to Australia to study on campus. We encourage you to accept your offer now to start studying online, and when Australia's borders re-open, you will be able to travel to Australia to commence on-campus study. We recommend you apply for your visa as soon as we issue your confirmation of enrolment. While you hold a valid student visa, the Australian government will recognise any study undertaken online towards eligibility for post study work rights.

Learn more about Deakin's online to on-campus pathway

For more details about post-study work rights, visit the Australian Government's Post-Study Work Stream website


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.

Learn from the best

Get the best support and industry insights from experienced and high-quality teaching staff. Deakin professors and lecturers are not only talented teachers and mentors, but come from industry and remain active in their fields.

No one can teach you how to create art, because it comes from you. It is the process of creating that is essential, and the professors at Deakin will guide you towards finding your own process.

Amisha, Nepal

Master of Creative Arts

Creative writing

Explore key skills such as research, writing and editing as you collaborate with your peers and publish your work professionally.


Discover how contemporary dance can enrich individuals and communities and serve as an innovative way to think, feel and communicate.


Learn the tools, strategies and design thinking needed to be an adaptable designer in 3D animation, digital technologies or visual communication.


Explore a combination of acting, improvisation and collaborative theatre-making as you develop the skills required to forge your path in the theatre industry.


Explore your passion for photography with access to our renowned teaching staff, incredible facilities and state-of-the-art equipment.

Visual arts

Discover new and traditional visual arts practices by exploring theory, industry knowledge and specialised studio practice.

Take a tour of our photography and visual arts facilities

Take a tour of our photography and visual arts facilities at Deakin University.

Take a tour of our dance and drama facilities

Take a tour of our dance and drama facilities at Deakin University.

Deakin's industry informed design courses

Deakin speaks with industry expert Zaidee Jackson from Ball & Doggett about Deakin University’s design courses and how they prepare graduates for the jobs of the future.

How to apply: international students

Deakin University students Tatyana and Kaweesha talk through the application process at Deakin. Learn about meeting entry requirements, organising your documents and submitting your application – either directly or through a Deakin agent.

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