Make this growing industry your future*
Study creative arts and media for a fulfilling career in a field you’re passionate about. Whether you’re preparing to take centre stage, direct or produce an internationally acclaimed feature film, write an award-winning play, or lead the festivals, arts, entertainment and media of the future, the opportunities are endless.
*Labour Market Information Portal, Employment Projections to May 2024
Flinders are leaders in creative arts and communications.
With an incredible breadth of creative arts, industries and media courses, partnerships with leading arts organisations, state-of-the art studio spaces and facilities, and award-winning, practising teaching staff, Flinders University is a leader of creative arts education in South Australia.
Ranked the No. 1 university in SA in creative arts for educational experience, skills development, student support and teaching quality*, and with a legacy of artistic excellence amongst our creative arts alumni, Flinders continues to produce career-ready creative arts, industries and media graduates who have an excellent reputation within the creative industries.
Get ready to join the next generation of creative arts, industries and media professionals.
*The Good Universities Guide 2021 (undergraduate), public SA-founded universities only
Fine tune your performance skills with a degree in dance, drama, or theatre and performance for a creative career. You’ll develop the creativity, strategic thinking, business capability and practical skills you’ll need for success in this competitive industry, and you’ll have access to excellent physical spaces in which to develop your talent including the Drama Centre, teaching and workshop spaces, the 425-seat Matthew Flinders Theatre, dance and voice training studios, a three-camera television studio, and a ‘black-box’ studio.
Prepare for a career in the media, communications and multimedia industries with a degree in media and communication. Developed with the industry in mind, you’ll gain the skills to research, write, design and produce content for the ever-changing media landscape.
Bring your art to life with a degree in this booming industry. You’ll get hands-on experience and learn from some of industry’s best creative artists. Explore 2D, 3D, Animation, post-production, visual effects, games development and interactive media, and acquire the skills, mindset and contacts needed to reach the top of your game in your dream career.
Offered in collaboration with TAFE SA, these industry-focused degrees combine practical skills with theoretical knowledge to prepare you for a creative career. You’ll receive rigorous training in the area of your choice
Develop the business planning, logistics and marketing skills that will enable you to thrive in the fast-paced festivals sector. Learn the essential entrepreneurial skills to ‘make it’ in the festivals and arts landscape, and tailor the degree to meet your individual goals in the creative industries. You’ll be mentored to set your own unique path long before you graduate and you’ll learn essential skills in event management, design and communication.
Get equipped with an array of skills necessary for a career in screen-based media. With the rise of streaming services, the Australian film and television industry is undergoing dramatic change at a rapid pace. You’ll be mentored by industry leading and award winning cinematographers and filmmakers, and you’ll emerge ready for a rewarding career in screen with specialised skills for associated creative areas.
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You will benefit from our strong connections to industry leaders that will provide you with practical, real-world industry experience through placements.
With a huge range of industry placement opportunities in South Australia, Australia and overseas, you’ll have the opportunity to make valuable industry connections, build practical skills and be ready to step into your career in the creative industries.
Our students and graduates are strongly supported throughout their studies and beyond, and you’ll have access to an exclusive network of Flinders alumni that will continue long into your career.
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*The Rookies, Best Creative Media & Entertainment Schools report 2017 & 2018
Research is a fundamental cornerstone of our mission as a university. You will study alongside world-renowned researchers, many of whom are also teaching staff.
With an ‘Above World Class’ reputation in research excellence in the Creative Arts*, our degrees have the latest evidence-based learning outcomes. We also work closely with industry and communities to ensure the education of our current and future workforce is meeting both industry and community needs.
Flinders is situated both at the main campus at Bedford Park in Adelaide’s south and at various campuses in the CBD.
Our Creative Arts research centre, Assemblage, is a dedicated creative arts research facility committed to improving lives and enhancing society as a whole.
*Flinders Performing Arts and Creative Writing research rated above world standard (Excellence in Research for Australia, 2018)
Choose a career you’re passionate about. A career in the creative industries is rewarding and fulfilling, with endless opportunities to specialise in your area of interest or become a well-rounded professional in a multidisciplinary team. Creative arts is a growing sector, meaning the chances of you and your peers finding a job in your chosen area are strong.
There are many career directions to explore in the creative arts, industries and media, with advances in technology, new online platforms and digital landscapes creating new employment opportunities.
There is also a growing desire by the general public to embrace the creative arts in all forms, and for different reasons… from pure entertainment to communicating important cultural messages, shedding light on our history, educating audiences and inspiring people to change the world.
Our graduates work across the globe, making films, writing books, performing on stage, designing for well-known companies or making their mark in a variety of roles. Flinders graduates can regularly be seen performing with the State Theatre Company or on the silver screen. These opportunities arise from the invaluable industry connections our students make during their time at Flinders.
When creative arts, industries and media students first start studying at Flinders, one of the things they quickly discover is how many passionate, driven and creative people are in the one place – both students and staff alike. Everyone is here because they have the desire to be part of this creative world, and for many students this is first time they find their people.
If you want an exciting creative career, where two days are never the same instead of a regular 9-5 office job, then this is the industry for you. Check out our course offerings to find the one that suits you.
Flinders’ Bachelor of Creative Arts degrees are specialised courses, focused predominantly on the major you choose (e.g. Costume Design, Screen or Drama). Which means, with a BCA, you’ll be on a direct path to a career in your chosen artistic profession. You will need to present a portfolio for entry to some Bachelor of Creative Arts degrees.
A Bachelor of Creative Industries is non-portfolio entry and is delivered in partnership with industry to give you a breadth of knowledge across your chosen major as a whole. You’ll get experience in the spotlight and behind the scenes, in the business of the industry and more. If you don’t know what specific career is right for you, but you would like to work within the creative industries, then the Bachelor of Creative Industries is for you.
You can also use credit from the Bachelor of Creative Industries to transfer into a Bachelor of Creative Arts in your second or third year of study.
During a creative arts, industries or media degree at Flinders, you’ll have the opportunity to study at the Bedford Park campus, home to South Australia’s largest motion capture and virtual reality lab: The Void, the 425 seat Matthew Flinders Theatre, and our professional level editing and production suites. You could also study in the Adelaide CBD at our Victoria Square campus, or at one of our partner institutions: CDW Studios or Adelaide College of the Arts.
You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in our Work Integrated Learning Program (WIL), where you can undertake a placement or internship, and be partnered with an organisation that meets your career aspirations.
Our degrees are delivered in close partnership with industry to give you the most up-to-date education and experience available.
actors, dancers, entertainers
arts and media professionals
authors, book and script editors
fashion, Industrial and jewellery designers
film, tv, radio and stage directors
graphic and web designers and illustrators
journalists and other writers
visual arts and crafts professionals
Our graduates are employed all over the world at companies such as Disney and Pixar; we have award-winning authors, playwrights and directors; and many of our alumni have starred on the big and silver screen.
For over 50 years Flinders has nurtured the aspirations of those who would pursue creative roles in theatre, film, writing, music and more.
Many of our alumni have established remarkable and influential creative careers. Brink Productions, The Border Project, Circus Oz, Red Shed and The Angels are amongst the many stellar success stories to emerge from Flinders.
You’ll live your dream with a Flinders creative arts degree and join our legacy of artistic excellence.
At the age of 16 Mr Hicks enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts at Flinders, where he discovered the doorway to what became his life. Hicks’ life after graduation became a shell game of money raising, film production, editing and film releases, working with his wife, fellow Flinders graduate Kerry Heysen. His film Shine (1996) was released to global acclaim.
Hannah Kent’s debut novel, Burial Rites, has taken the literary world by storm. Winning several awards and landing on shortlists for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Guardian First Book Award, it has been translated into over 20 languages and is being adapted into a feature film. Hannah is also the co-founder of Australian literary journal Kill Your Darlings.
Winner of the Patrick White Playwrights’ Award for his first play Little Borders, Phillip Kavanagh is one of Australia’s most promising emerging playwrights and dramaturgs. Works such as Deluge, Replay and Jesikah have seen Phillip earn a Colin Thiele Creative Writing Scholarship, State Theatre Company SA Flinders University Young Playwrights Award, and Jill Blewett Playwright’s Award.
He’s been Hamlet, a vampire, the Earl of Southampton, Frankenstein’s monster, and many more characters: Xavier Samuel is one of Australia’s most dynamic young actors. He performed in the State Theatre Company of South Australia’s The Seagull for the 2014 Adelaide Festival. Samuel’s film roles have included cult horror movie The Loved Ones, Fury alongside Brad Pitt, and Twilight: Eclipse.
Flinders final year creative arts students are offered a unique mentoring opportunity that connects them into a network of leading creative professionals in a wide range of fields.
The Creative Arts Student-Alumni Mentoring Program (StAMP) will allow you to build your pre-professional identity and develop professional networks, self-confidence, and career opportunities long before you graduate. You'll be matched with a personalised Flinders Alumni-mentor who has relevant industry experience and is willing to share their advice, knowledge and experiences with you.
“Being taught by industry professionals really gets the ball rolling in regard to the quality of work we’re able to produce. I’m working on my portfolio to make sure it’s industry ready. I’ve also been given the opportunity to work on my own project, which I’m taking into my honours year to develop into a product I can sell on the market, or pitch to studios.”
Anthony Robinson, Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Effects and Entertainment Design)
“Deciding where to study when you leave secondary schooling is always an important decision...The Flinders University program at Adelaide College of the Arts not only offered variance, experimentation and open collaboration but so much more. Dancing at Flinders University has given me widespread knowledge of contemporary dance, the opportunities to train and create alongside industry professionals, lecturers and teachers from the profession that are passionately involved in our growth and development and most importantly, the constant opportunity to perform.”
Alix Kuijpers, Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance)
“My degree is equipping me with the skills to follow my passions and do both theatre and film work. The knowledge I’ve developed at Flinders will allow me to carve my own career path, which is really exciting.”
Julia Vosnakis, Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama)(Honours)
“I have a passion for film and television because they are such incredible mediums for creative storytelling. You can move people, change minds, and explore new universes in a way that can be totally absorbing to your audience. I chose Flinders because I was seeking a combination of both hands-on practical production as well as theory and analysis, plus they have a reputation for producing great graduates. I'm so glad I did because I've had really great lecturers who have real experience in the industry and a commitment to adapting and updating based on current trends and technology.”
Lucy Gale, Bachelor of Creative Arts (Screen)
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