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The College of Indigenous Futures, Arts & Society are committed to developing vibrant and dynamic interdisciplinary communities including academics, arts practitioners and industry leaders.

We aim to enhance the student experience through meaningful dialogue about challenging local, regional and global issues and opportunities.


We aim to prepare our graduates to be creative thinkers and innovators in a complex changing world. To do this, we draw on the research and teaching strengths of the Northern Institute as well as the interdisciplinary expertise of our D-Labs to examine solutions for emerging social, cultural and economic issues in challenging contexts.

We have three D-Labs:

Centre for Youth and Community Music (CYCM) 

The Centre for Youth and Community Music offers affordable music instruction for students of all ages - children and adults. We provide instrumental, vocal and theory tuition as well as a diverse and exciting range of ensemble programs.

Students work with local music professionals and leading visiting musicians, all of whom are committed to sharing their musical knowledge and experience.

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Confucius Institute 

CDU's Confucius Institute focuses on teaching Chinese language and culture through innovative new media and creative arts technologies. We utilise online flexible learning technologies as well as traditional face-to-face classrooms.