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Faculty of Arts and Society

Our courses equip students to navigate complex environments and make an impact locally and globally. 

  • A leader in Indigenous education

    Each year CDU teaches over 4,000 Indigenous students in over 150 locations across the NT.

  • Study the arts flexibly

    Study online, on campus, part or full time. Choose what suits you.

  • Top 10 for business and management employment outcomes

    According to the Good Universities Guide 2021

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Message from the Pro Vice-Chancellor

The Faculty of Arts and Society leads positive global change and advances social justice through our teaching, research and collaboration with industry and the community.  

The faculty brings people and places to life, and from that, our desire to think, examine, express and create grows. This drives us to act collectively for positive social change and advance inquisitive, harmonious and equitable society, particularly for those who are most vulnerable. 

We strive to prepare students to be teachers, creative thinkers and innovators in a complex changing world. We bring together expertise in education, business, law, Indigenous knowledge practices, human geography, disaster preparedness and management, languages, humanities and the creative industries.  

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Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Ruth Wallace leads the Faculty of Arts and Society

Our reputation is based on extensive partnerships with government, industry and community stakeholders to address social, cultural and economic issues in: 

  • sparsely populated regional areas, including Northern Australia 

  • developing regions, including South-East Asia - particularly China, Indonesia and Timor-Leste 

  • Indigenous knowledge, social, cultural and economic futures. 

The faculty’s research and teaching will draw on the strength of the Northern Institute, centres of excellence and multidisciplinary teams primarily engaged in teaching, research, networking and business development. Together, academics, research students and industry professionals examine and drive solutions for emerging social, cultural and economic issues in challenging contexts. 

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Northern Institute

CDU's Northern Institute is a leader in policy research which builds on the strength of its connections to remote, regional and urban contexts to produce quality analysis.

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Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP)

CDU's free Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP) is an alternative pathway into university.  With TEP, you'll have the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to succeed at university.

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Primary education
Make your skills and experience count towards a VET qualification.

Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL)

If you are an experienced vocational education and training trainer or in education support, your existing skills and experience could count as credit towards a certificate at CDU.

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Faculty News

  • A Charles Darwin University (CDU) researcher has called for changes to lengthy student placements in higher education.

    CDU researcher calls for change to lift heavy burdens of student placements

    A Charles Darwin University (CDU) researcher has called for changes to lengthy, unpaid work placements in higher education, which she says are causing students to choose between their qualifications and other life responsibilities.

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  • Darwin local and Charles Darwin University (CDU) Certificate III in Commercial Cookery student Stellio Ginis is putting his cooking skills to the test as he prepares to represent Australia at the Culinary Olympics in 2024. Pictured; Stellio Ginis CDU Senior VET Lecturer in Culinary Arts Jason Wilkes

    CDU student’s cooking skills to be put to the test at Culinary Olympics

    A Darwin student who traded a job as a roofer to study cooking has been chosen to represent Australia at the 2024 Culinary Olympics.

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  • CDU Associate Vice-Chancellor Alice Doyle at the new Nhulunbuy facility

    New CDU Nhulunbuy facility to lift remote education

    Charles Darwin University (CDU) has expanded its Northern Territory-wide presence with the purchase of a new facility in Nhulunbuy on the Gove Peninsula in East Arnhem Land.

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