Master of Creative Industries

Create a product and create the future

“The purpose of creativity in all its forms is to inspire, inform and change our world in meaningful ways. The Master of Creative Industries will prepare you to do just that – to take your ideas and passions to the next level so you can make real impact.” - Jacob Cass

Is It For You?

If you define yourself as a creator, shape-shifter, innovator; the University of Newcastle offers a unique degree that will engage your creativity for social and cultural innovation. The Master of Creative Industries is the platform to explore ideas and transform your passions into viable commercial endeavours.

The University of Newcastle’s Master of Creative Industries offers students:

  • First-rate facilities to create and learn. The University of Newcastle has established Innovation Labs, that fosters invention and entrepreneurialism.
  • An interdisciplinary learning environment that directs students to shape concepts into productive solutions for a variety of markets
  • Lessons and mentoring from industry experts across creative disciplines – take part in truly inspiring engagement opportunities to explore ideas and examine creative solutions
  • The freedom to explore and create, balanced with support and theoretical structure to apply your creativity in real-world settings.

Domestic Student Program and Fee Summary
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Program Intake
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Location

Newcastle (Callaghan)
Online
On Campus + Online

Tuition Fees
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Number of Courses
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Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.

8

Program Code

40018

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International Student Program and Fee Summary
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Note: This Program and Fee Summary is intended to provide an overview of the Program Requirements. It is the prospective student’s responsibility to investigate the Program and Enrolment Terms and Conditions carefully prior to applying.

Program Intake
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Location

Newcastle (Callaghan)
Online
On Campus + Online

Tuition Fees
?

Note: Fees are indicative and may be subject to annual increase. Overall program fee may vary based on course selection.

Please click here to view the indicative one year program fees.

Number of Courses
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Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.

8
CRICOS

090823D

Program Code

40018

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Overview

The Master of Creative Industries is a combination of practical, creative and entrepreneurial courses designed to align your creative skills with the most progressive industries. Using first-rate facilities and Innovation Labs, you will collaborate in an interdisciplinary learning environment to transform your ideas and passions into a commercial product. You will also learn how to expose your product to the market place. One of the most valued learning outcomes in the program is the ability to understand what industry and communities require to drive social and cultural change.

You have the freedom to take elective coursework in the following areas:

  • Creative Writing
  • Creative and Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Design Communication
  • Information Technology.


The Master of Creative Industries is a degree that enables you the freedom to choose from a variety of courses, to determine your own direction. Our coursework will enable you to translate your passion into innovative solutions for business, society, the environment - your world.

Admission into the Master of Creative Industries is based on your existing undergraduate qualifications in a related discipline area. There are a number of recognised prior learning and experience opportunities to discuss on application. Discuss your options with the friendly admissions team.

What Will You Learn

The University of Newcastle has developed this Masters Program to provide the perfect balance of creative freedom and educational support to:

Be analytical – in a way that allows you to assess the magnitude of opportunities that come your way upon graduating from the Master of Creative Industries.
Be brave – by engaging the leadership qualities instilled in you at the University of Newcastle to drive and nurture your talent and recognise this in others.
Be dedicated – because if you’re doing what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life, right?

The University of Newcastle approach will ensure your learning experience provides practical, industry-relevant learning outcomes in a personally meaningful way. At the core of the program are three Innovation Lab courses, which are designed to support the development of a single project that serves your creativity. These core innovation labs are:

  • Thinking it Through: Explore the fundamental approaches that underpin the making and development of an innovation. Draw on ideas and practices such as – interdisciplinarity, creativity, collaboration and entrepreneurship to identify problems and opportunities that give rise to innovation. 
  • Making It Happen:  Develop and demonstrate a high level of creative, professional and entrepreneurial expertise within your chosen creative practice/s. The Lab and studios will provide you with facilities and opportunities to engage in real world or speculative creative projects that address the complexities typically encountered by expert creative industries professionals.
  • Making it Known: Work closely with your academic supervisor and collaborators to realise how the outcomes of your work are presented, published and made known in the professional and academic context of the Creative Industries. Presentations could include live, virtual, mediated or text-based formats

You will have access to cutting-edge technologies in your chosen discipline and be supported by highly trained technical staff. You will be mentored by world-class researchers and business people who will provide you with the theoretical know-how to strengthen your project management and entrepreneurial approach in the real world.

Our Staff and Students

Simon Weaving

"Being successful in a field built on passion has always been complex. What excites me about the Masters of Creative Industries at UON is how it helps you build a unique, holistic view of your creative or commercial idea and gives you a framework to make it happen.” 

Simon Weaving is a Lecturer in Communication and Media at the University of Newcastle. His research interests include film production and distribution, narrative theory, screenwriting, and Australian cinema.

A filmmaker, writer, festival director, film critic and commentator, Simon was Director of the Canberra International Film Festival from 2009-2012, Founder and Co-Director of the Stronger Than Fiction Documentary Film Festival held annually in Australia’s National Capital each July, and currently curates the Winter Film Series at the National Gallery of Australia. 

Simon has made a number of award-winning short films, including Waiting For Robbo (2011) that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012 and also won Best Film at the Canberra Short Film Festival the same year. Twice a Tropfest finalist, and runner-up in AD:05 (the national Art of Documentary competition), Simon wrote and directed the feature film The Competition in 2014.

Read more about Simon here:
http://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/simon-weaving

Kathryn Sinclair

“The MCI at UON offers a great opportunity to broaden your skill set and your innovation, and helps you to become successful in your chosen field.” 

Kathryn has a Certificate IV in Music Theatre from the Actors College of Theatre and Television, Sydney, and a Bachelor of Music (Hons First Class), from the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Kathryn now resides in the UK where she works as an actor, musical theatre performer and singer. Her theatre roles include: ensemble member in Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Adelphi Theatre, London; ‘Lili Vanessi’ (understudy) in Kiss Me Kate in a tour of China for the Heibei Silang Performance Agency, ‘Cinderella’ in Into The Woods for Pantseat Productions; ‘Paquette’ in Candide, ‘Casilda’ in The Gondoliers and ‘Polly Peachum’ The Threepenny Opera with Newcastle Festival Opera.

Kathryn has also made numerous television and Film appearances that include: Energy Australia advert campaign; Careless Love (Antidote Films- Directed by John Duigan); Angels in NY (SBS); Carols in the Domain (7 Network); Skins Sportswear advert campaign.

Jacob Cass

Jacob Cass holds a Bachelor of Visual Communication Design with a major in Graphic Design from The University of Newcastle.

Since graduating he has gone on to establish his own award winning graphic design & branding firm called ‘Just Creative’ which also doubles as one of the world’s most visited design blogs; having been visited over 3 billion times.

Jason has dedicated his life to studying and practicing graphic design and has chosen to specialise in his most passionate areas; interactive design, logo design and branding.

His knowledge and outstanding achievements in these areas is reflected by the high quality of work he produces, and the diverse range of clients he has served, including the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, Nintendo, Disney, Nike, Red Bull, VitaminWater, Powerade and OMEGA just to name a few.

Read more about Jacob here:
http://justcreative.com/

Where Will It Take You?

The outcomes of this masters program are as flexible as the learning experience. The Master of Creative Industries enables you to focus on your goals, whether that is to learn to build a project from scratch, upskilling in new creative directions, hothousing a project to present it to stakeholders or investors. What do you want? The options are limitless:

“The products of the creative sector touch the lives of almost every single Australian every day of the year. They are all around us – in our media, banking, health industries, in our work and recreation.” So says Peter Higgs, Senior Research Fellow at the Arc Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI)

Use this advice and apply it to “traditional” creative industries like advertising and marketing, creative writing and publishing, architecture and interior design, graphic and electronic design, visual arts, film and cinematics, production (TV newspapers and radio), music, performing arts and the ever-evolving world of digital content and software…..or explore the myriad new avenues.

Entry Criteria

The University of Newcastle’s GradSchool application process is designed to be easy. Most of your application can be processed online, and for the rest, we are here to assist you to get yourself enrolled and ready to build yourself up to the next level as seamlessly as possible. Below is an overview of what is required and what should be uploaded as part of your application.

Admission to the Master of Creative Industries will be based on a completed Bachelor Degree in a discipline area* with 1 year relevant work experience OR Bachelor Honours Degree OR Graduate Certificate OR Diploma in a discipline area* with a minimum of 5 years relevant work experience. Evidence of relevant work experience must be detailed through a statement of service and or portfolio. Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students.

If you have any questions, or want to discuss prior learning, the best thing to do is give us a call or email.

*Discipline areas include but are not limited to:

  • Advertising design
  • Architecture design
  • Electronic games
  • Fashion
  • Film
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Publishing
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Visual arts

International Scholarship

High-achieving international students have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship into the Master of Creative Industries. The scholarship will cover the cost of tuition fees for one, full-time year of the program. For more details please click here.

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Courses and Details

Program Code 40018
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
  • On Campus + Online
  • Online
CRICOS Code 090823D
Contributing Schools and Faculties
Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Combination of Online and Face to Face + Face to Face + Online
Program Plans

Description

The Master of Creative Industries is designed to provide a framework for existing professionals and practitioners in the creative industries to acquire new entrepreneurial skills, extend their existing practice, deepen their understanding of opportunities in this field, and contribute to the development of new creative practices. The program centres on creative work conceived for and applied in real-world settings, managed by students themselves in close consultation with creative industry practitioners and experts.

Specialist course options also exist across creative writing, creative and performing arts, music, design, communication and information technology.

Admission Requirements

The Master of Creative Industries is an 80 unit postgraduate qualification.

Discipline areas include but are not limited to: advertising design, architecture, design, electronic games, fashion, film, music, performing arts, publishing, radio, television, visual arts.

Admission to the Master of Creative Industries will be based on a completed;

Bachelor Degree in a discipline area with 1 year relevant work experience; or

Bachelor Honours Degree; or

Graduate Certificate; or

Diploma in a discipline area with a minimum of 5 years relevant work experience

Evidence of relevant work experience must be detailed through a statement of service and or portfolio.

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit https://gradschool.edu.au/future-students/how-to-apply

 

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Requirements and Structure

The Master of Creative Industries is an AQF Level 9 Masters Coursework qualification.  To qualify for the Master of Creative Industries  students must successfully complete 80 units of study consisting of a combination of 60 units of core courses, and 20 units of selected courses from the directed list.

Course Information

Master of Creative Industries

Core Courses: Choose 60 units from Core Courses.

Code Name Availability Units
CIND6002 Innovation Lab 1 - Thinking It Through Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units
CIND6003 Innovation Lab 2 - Making it Happen Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
20 units
CIND6004 Innovation Lab 3 - Making it Known Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units
GSBS6012 Entrepreneurship and Innovation Trimester 1 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
10 units
INFT6304 Project Planning and Management Trimester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units

Directed Courses: Choose 20 units of Directed Courses from the following list of courses..

Code Name Availability Units
CAPA6000 Contemporary Performance Practices Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
CAPA6001 Contemporary Visual Art Practices Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
CMNS6060 eCulture and Audiences Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units
CMNS6070 Narrative and Interactive Design Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units
DESN6350 Design for Digital Media Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units
DESN6410 Usability and Interaction Design Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units
ENGL6004 Creative Nonfiction Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
ENGL6005 The Art of the Novel Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
GSBS6005 Marketing Management and Planning Trimester 1 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units
GSBS6013 Customer Decision Making and Behaviour Trimester 1 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
10 units
GSBS6014 Digital Marketing Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units
INFT6060 The Digital Economy Trimester 3 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units
INFT6300 Computer Games Design Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units
MTEC6700 Applications of Music Technology Not currently offered 10 units
MTEC6705 Music and Digital Media Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will have a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice
  • Students will have demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship
  • Students will have demonstrated a range of advanced skills displaying innovation and creativity and a strong business acumen in tackling complex problems working collaboratively or independently.
  • Students will have demonstrated a range of techniques that are appropriate to the needs and expectations of the community.
  • Students will have displayed a high level of professional proficiency in the utilisation of technology appropriate to the given context.
  • Students will have applied advanced decision making skills that demonstrate an understanding of ethical, social and global issues.
  • Students will have knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and or learning.
  • Students will have cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship
  • Study will have cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice
  • Students will have cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level
  • Students will have communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Students will have technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship
  • Students will have demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning
  • Students will have demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with high level personal autonomy and accountability

Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

International Students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Special Needs

Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit ESOS@newcastle.edu.au.

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