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

We educate the next generation of teachers by providing courses from academic foundations and initial teacher education to provide valuable professional placement experience.


Indigenous Futures

Help to ensure the advancement, transmission and preservation of Indigenous knowledge systems.


We pride ourselves in producing work-ready graduates capable of creating high-quality teaching and learning environments.

Humanities & Social Sciences

Analyse worldwide issues such as globalisation and social and political change.

Humanitarian & Disaster Resilience

Make a real difference locally and globally.

Creative Industries & Innovation

Take advantage of industry demand for graduates in the Creative Arts fields.

Message from the Dean

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

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.

Our research and teaching draw on the strength of the Northern Institute and the interdisciplinary expertise of our D-Labs.

D-Labs are multidisciplinary teams within the College primarily engaged in teaching, research, networking and business development. Together, academics, research students and industry professionals examine solutions for emerging social, cultural and economic issues in challenging contexts.

- Professor Ruth Wallace

Portrait of Professor Ruth Wallace


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Key people


Research Student Emma Barrett
We're looking for prospective students

Available Postgraduate projects

We welcome prospective research students to undertake their research journey at the College of Indigenous Futures, Education and the Arts

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News and Events

  • International students
    Casuarina campus

    CIFEA enrolment and information day

    Whether you are thinking about study or a current student planning the rest of your year, our friendly staff and lecturers are available to chat with you, answer your questions, or help you with the enrolment process for the coming semesters.

    Read more about CIFEA enrolment and information day
  • Tanya McDonald at CDU's Alice Springs campus.

    Supporting more First Nations students in the community services sector

    Proud Kirrae Whurrong, Gundijitmarra, Gunai Kurnai woman Tanya McDonald wants to improve the rates of First Nations students working in the community services sector in Alice Springs to reduce family violence.

    Read more
  • Dr Amanda Morris has been appointed to the role of Director of the Charles Darwin University’s (CDU) Academy of the Arts to shape the Academy and engage with the NT’s creative sector.

    Director appointed for CDU’s new Academy of the Arts

    A new Director has been appointed to run Charles Darwin University’s (CDU) new Academy of the Arts, to shape the direction of the academy and invigorate creative education in the Northern Territory.