About the Academy of the Arts
CDU’s Academy of the Arts focuses on contemporary Australian arts across creative, visual, performing and screen arts disciplines. This arts academy has a uniquely creative and educational offering inspired by the amazing country and rich culture of the Northern Territory of Australia and informed by and celebrating First Nations artists and their creative practices.
We draw on creative methodologies that are thousands of years old - tactile, embodied, sensory - as well as techniques that are future-focused and technology-based.
Join us to develop your creative practice through our campuses in Darwin and Alice Springs, studying online or in person.
Welcome from the Director
Welcome to everyone interested in studying, teaching, researching, appreciating or supporting the arts in Australia.
At CDU’s Academy of the Arts, we’re ready to support the next generation of creative practitioners and leaders. We deliver programs online and in person. We invite students from across the Northern Territory, Australia and the world to join us to develop their creativity inspired by the unique landscape and rich and diverse cultural environment of the Northern Territory of Australia.
Join us to engage in art-making and design, storytelling and creative writing, production for stage and screen, song and music-making. Develop digital, creative and collaborative skills to manage your own creative practice or to take a lead in community arts and festival programming, cultural centres, theatre venues and art galleries and the screen and digital entertainment sectors.
You’ll learn from our expert lecturers and guest artists to develop your own artistic practice in our studios and venues with opportunities to present your work to the public through our art galleries and theatre as well as online platforms. We also offer invaluable learning through field trips to engage with local festivals, the creative industries and on-country immersive arts experiences.
Check out the news and events for our current activities. We hope to welcome you to CDU’s Academy of the Arts soon.
Flexible study options
We offer flexible ways for students to engage in high-quality education and training in the arts.
Choose from online, in-person or in a hybrid mode where you attend in-person classes with support from online learning materials, either full-time or part-time. There are opportunities to study across a semester or in an intensive mode.
The arts – a lifelong study
We can help you find a pathway into a creative career from any experience level and stage of life.
Our educational programs range across:
youth and community programs
short courses offered with digital badges
vocational training at the certificate level
degree-level studies in the Bachelor of Arts
Higher Degree by Research (HDR) offerings at PhD and Master’s levels.
Maintain your skills, test creative ideas and develop new approaches in a supportive yet challenging community of practice at the Academy of the Arts.