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Creative Industries

Interested in Creative Industries?

Launch your career as a leader in the Creative Industries. The Creative Industries is a collective of cultural sectors encompassing the visual and performing arts; digital media and multi-media including film and television, social media, computer animation and web design; festival and event management; and writing and publishing.

In an era when many traditional jobs are heading towards automation, the Creative Industries are thriving. Creative Industries are distinguished from other fields in that creativity is used to create value for consumers. It is one of the fastest developing employment areas in Australia, growing 40 per cent faster than the economy.1 The Creative Industries create jobs and contribute to economic growth on a massive scale, employing over one per cent of the world’s working population – a staggering 29.5 million jobs globally.2

In fact, all sectors including health, manufacturing, finance and engineering also rely on employing people who can think differently, communicate effectively and lead innovation.

We are leveraging this boom, offering students a highly connected study environment at the cutting-edge of creative work. Our distinctive Bachelor of Creative Industries combines creativity, the arts, technology, innovation, enterprise and business.

With world-renowned industry partners and influential connections, the University of South Australia will support and challenge you as you strive towards your career in the Creative Industries and beyond.

The Bachelor of Creative Industries program allows you to choose one Industry Major and pair it with either a second Major or two Minors, so you can build your own customised degree.

Industry Majors include:

1Australian Creative Economy Report Card 2013, ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI).
2Bokova I.G., 2015, Cultural times: the first global map of cultural and creative industries

Key features

  • Prepare for a career in the growing creative industries.
  • Study a degree delivered in collaboration with leading industry partners.
  • Choose from 12 Industry Majors and explore your creativity in an area that interests you most.
  • Select a second Major or two Minors across a range of creative and business areas.
  • Engage with industry from day one as you develop your creative practice while gaining professional knowledge and skills.
  • Work on real-world projects, and build your own portfolio of work.
  • You will also study core courses in business, design and entrepreneurship, providing you with a highly practical and transferable skill set to give your career a competitive head-start.
  • Go on an international exchange with one of our partners across 24 countries, and
  • Study either a project, placement or start-up/entrepreneurship stream in your final year.

Why UniSA?

Building your career is our business – and we are very good at it. We're ranked in the top 10 in Australia for employer satisfaction1

Your qualification has been developed in consultation with industry, and with access to industry partners from day one, you will have unprecedented access and networking opportunities with some of Australia’s most prestigious and influential creative organisations.

Our partners include:

  • Adelaide Film Festival
  • Channel 44
  • Festivals Adelaide
  • Government of South Australia’s Department for Innovation and Skills
  • Guildhouse
  • KOJO
  • Mighty Kingdom
  • Opinion Media
  • Rising Sun Pictures
  • Writers SA

Working with these partners on real-life projects, while also accessing the industry-standard facilities UniSA has on offer, ensures you graduate with the skills and networks to kick start your career in your chosen area across range of industries.

1 QILT: 2018 Employer Satisfaction Survey, Overall Satisfaction Indicator – National Report

UniSA offers 4 Creative Industries degrees

Choose your level of study

World-class partners for a world-class university

We are a globally connected university with over 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

Your career

Creatives are essential in every organisation and the Creative Industries contribute to economic growth on a massive scale. As an indication of size, the Creative Industries employ more people globally than the car industries of Europe, Japan and the USA combined1.

Career destinations for graduates will depend on the industry-majors and discipline areas selected. 

Careers include:

  • actor
  • app designer
  • artist
  • comic artist
  • content creator and writer
  • digital project manager
  • digital marketing officer
  • digital and social media manager
  • digital/web designer
  • director
  • event programmer
  • festival director
  • festival program manager
  • film critic
  • film distributor
  • game designer
  • digital designer
  • illustrator
  • media advisor
  • producer
  • publisher
  • strategic communication manager
  • storyteller and writer
  • visual effects animator

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Your Career

Global networks

We are a globally connected university, our staff and students come from over 90 countries. 

We have more than 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

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Why study at UniSA?

As one of the most innovative universities in Australia and Asia, there are many reasons to study with us. Here are just three:

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Accessible, helpful and flexible

We have six campuses, a 24/7 online learning environment, and we offer flexible study options like online and evening courses.

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Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*QILT: Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-18 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

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A five star university

Five stars for research, teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, social responsibility and inclusiveness.*
*QS Stars rankings 2017