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College of Indigenous Futures, Education and the Arts


The College of Indigenous Futures Education and the Arts partners with organisations, industry and government to build more sustainable and resilient communities. Collaborating with our College provides the opportunity to have impact and contribute to the social, cultural and economic well-being of Indigenous people and communities around the world.

To find out more about how we can work with you contact:

College Dean
Professor Ruth Wallace
Ph: 08 8946 6806

College Manager 
Rayleen Hinchcliffe
Ph: 08 8946 7492

  • CYCM ensemble

    Centre for Youth and Community Music

    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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  • Chinese Garden

    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.

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  • Indigenous woman explaining a figure drawn in the dirt to a man who is sitting with her and listening

    Batchelor Institute

    We collaborate with the Batchelor Institute, a unique educational facility that caters specifically for the needs of Indigenous people. Under its both-ways philosophy, the Institute provides an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lens to a mainstream education system.

    Through our partnership with the Batchelor Institute, Indigenous students can access specialist support in a culturally safe environment.

    Courses available are the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Teaching, Primary or Secondary) or Bachelor of Educational Studies.

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 Growing Our Own

Growing Our Own is a joint project between CDU and Catholic Education, Northern Territory (CENT). Our vision is to graduate qualified Indigenous teachers for remote Indigenous schools whilst maintaining the intercultural aspirations of Indigenous communities in the NT.

Since its inception in 2009, Growing Our Own has offered significant research and professional development opportunities around best practices in both-ways teaching and learning.

We utilise a holistic approach to Initial Teacher Education (ITE) along with a unique blend of pastoral and academic case management and a place-based emphasis, whereby pre-service teachers study in situ in their home communities while working as assistant teachers.

Growing Our Own is a clear success story. Between 2009 - 2016 the program saw 54 students from remote Indigenous communities commence study, with 74% retention and 90% employment rates; considerably higher than national standards.

Indigenous language researchers

Contact Growing Our Own

Cris Edmonds-Wathen
Growing Our Own Coordinator
T: (08) 8946 7739

Amanda Sandery
Project Officer
T: (08) 8946 7072