University of South Australia

Creative Industries

Interested in Creative Industries?

Launch your career as a leader in the Creative Industries and join one of Australia’s most connected creative universities, with big name industry collaborators and partnerships across all major creative sectors.

Creative Industries isn’t a new term, but one that may need some further exploration. The creative Industries are distinguished from other fields in that creativity is used to create value for consumers.

The creative industries includes:

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

As we see a shift to many traditional jobs heading towards automation, the Creative Industries are bucking the trend and thriving. 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 We are leveraging this boom, offering students a highly connected study environment at the cutting-edge of creative work across our range of creative degrees.

Our industry collaborators include:

With world-renowned industry collaborators 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.

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

  • #1 in SA for campus facilities in Creative Arts1
  • Prepare for a career in the growing creative industries with a highly connected university.

  • Study a degree designed and delivered in collaboration with leading industry collaborators.

  • Explore your creativity in an area that interests you most.

  • Engage with industry from day one as you develop your creative practice while gaining professional knowledge and skills.

  • Gain practical experience through placements and internships and work on real-world projects as you build your own portfolio of work.

  • Go on an international exchange with one of our partners across 24 countries.

  • Work on real-world projects and build your own portfolio of work.
  • Study a curriculum informed by world-class research in Cultural Studies and Linguistics, Sociology, Creative Arts and Writing, Language, Communication and Culture2.
  • Access custom-built spaces and industry-standard facilities including our on-campus TV, radio and sound studios.
  • Access the Samstag Museum of Art.

1ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2019-20 – Learning Resources Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

2 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Why UniSA?

Building your career is our business – and we are very good at it. 

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

Working with our industry-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 a range of industries.

UniSA offers the following Creative Industries degrees

Choose your level of study

World-class partners

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

Unreal Engine
Jam Factory
Matchbox Pictures
Rising Sun Pictures
Festivals Adelaide
Mighty Kingdom
We Made A Thing Studios Logo
Channel 44
Writers SA
Adelaide Film Festival
Match Studio
Government SA - Department for Innovation and Skills
Helpmann Academy

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.

Depending on what you study, creative careers include:

  • 3D modeler

  • actor

  • advertising manager

  • animator

  • app designer

  • artist

  • author

  • coder 

  • comic artist

  • communications manager 

  • content creator and writer

  • curator

  • designer

  • digital project manager

  • digital marketing officer

  • digital and social media manager

  • digital/web designer

  • director

  • editor

  • entrepreneur

  • event manager

  • event programmer

  • festival director

  • festival program manager

  • film distributor

  • film maker

  • game designer

  • graphic designer

  • digital designer

  • illustrator

  • marketing manager

  • media advisor

  • media planner

  • musician

  • online developer

  • photographer  

  • producer

  • public relations manager

  • publisher

  • radio technician

  • strategic communication manager

  • storyteller and writer

  • social media manager

  • TV producer

  • visual effects animator

  • virtual reality developer

  • web developer

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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.

UniSA's leading art museums and galleries

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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:


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.


Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.


A five star university

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