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Undergraduate majors

  • Explore the concepts and theories of architectural design, focusing on Australia's north, the tropics and South-East Asia. Learn how to represent your ideas, understand space and the built form, and use industry-standard tools, technologies and architectural techniques.

  • Explore how the digital age is changing communication, interaction and the way information is shared. Learn about social media, media ethics, creative and professional writing, and multi-screen communication.

  • Gain the skills and knowledge to work with Indigenous cultures and communities in a culturally-competent way. This major focuses on developing your inter-cultural practice, with an emphasis on the role of Indigenous languages, cultural sites, land rights and resources, community engagement and advocacy.

  • Gain the skills, knowledge and portfolio to succeed in the creative and digital arts industries. Learn about creative theory and business practices and complete a range of creative projects using new and emerging design technologies.

  • Examine the impact of today's digital environment on politics, public policy and government decision making in Australia and South-East Asia, and understand how lessons learned from the past can inform the government decisions of the future.

  • Develop the knowledge and skills to develop meaningful policy and implement change for Australia's Indigenous peoples. You'll learn about the sociological, economic, historical and cultural drivers that impact Australia's Indigenous policy making and governance.

  • Learn a new language and examine the role of language and linguistics in our communities - Chinese, Greek, Indonesian or one of three Indigenous languages (Yolngu, Arrernte or Bininj Kunwok). Explore how languages are written and preserved, and offers opportunities to advance your language skills with an in-country study program.

  • Learn to make, produce and perform music using an instrument of your choice. You'll complete a combination of theory-based and hands-on subjects using new and emerging technologies, and gain industry experience through community-based projects.

  • Learn how philosophy, sociology and Indigenous perspectives influence the way we think about the world and make decisions. You'll explore the social issues facing Northern Australia and Southeast Asia and the cultural drivers that impact change.

Postgraduate specialisations

  • Learn to apply systematic research structures to explore a problem or topic of your choice. Your topic must align with one of the following areas of study:

    • Architectural Design
    • Communications, Literature and Digital Media
    • Contemporary Indigenous Australia
    • Creative and Digital Arts
    • Global Humanities in a Digital Age
    • Indigenous Governance and Policy
    • Languages and Linguistics
    • Music Making, Production and Performance
    • Society and Culture

    See undergraduate majors for more information on these study areas.

  • Develop your knowledge and skills to effectively and respectfully engage with people in Indigenous contexts. You’ll explore and analyse the historical and contemporary contexts of interactions between Indigenous and non-indigenous people and develop skills to establish, maintain and promote respectful, professional interactions and partnerships.

  • Draw on your professional knowledge, experience and further research to develop your understanding of Indigenous economic and policy development in modern Australia. You will examine key issues of Indigenous policy development and implementation, economic development and participation, traditional and modern governance structures, and intellectual and cultural property rights in current social and political contexts. During your studies, you’ll develop a foundation for respectful and accountable engagement with Indigenous people, as well as the social and political issues they face in Australia and internationally.

  • See first-hand how your research contributions can create positive change and support equitable and meaningful engagement with Indigenous Australians. You’ll develop a deep understanding of the epistemological foundations of Indigenous research methodologies and analyse alternative paradigms. These paradigms will be used to inform your research practice, as well as equip you to engage with Indigenous people in a culturally-informed and respectful manner.

  • Explore the life and languages of the Yolngu people in North-East Arnhem Land and gain invaluable insight into the complexity of Indigenous societies found elsewhere in Australia. The focus will be on Yolngu Matha (Yolngu language) forms of Dhuwala. You’ll learn the basics for everyday conversation and build on your grammar and basic vocabulary. This will help if you decide to continue learning other Yolngu languages. Attention will also be given to exploring Moiety systems, various aspects of kinship, Yolngu life, creation stories, songs, art and ceremonies and how they are related.

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Batchelor, Casuarina Campus, Online
Batchelor, Casuarina Campus, Online
1 year/s Full-time
2 year/s Part-time
1 year/s Full-time
2 year/s Part-time
Casuarina Campus, Online
Casuarina Campus, Online
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Casuarina Campus, Online
Casuarina Campus, Online
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0.5 year/s Full-time
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Casuarina Campus, Online
Casuarina Campus, Online
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4 year/s Part-time
2 year/s Full-time
4 year/s Part-time
Casuarina Campus, Online
Casuarina Campus, Online
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Alice Springs Campus, CDU Sydney, Casuarina Campus, Online
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2 year/s Part-time
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Casuarina Campus, DPC Alice Springs (Desert Peoples Centre)
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1 year/s Part-time
Not available to international students.
Casuarina Campus, DPC Alice Springs (Desert Peoples Centre)
Not available to international students.

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