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Creative and Performing Arts

We need your creativity, intellect and vision to make the world a better place. Join us to study a creative or performing arts course online or on campus, part-time or full-time.

You make CDU.

Welcome to Inspirational Territory

We’d like to welcome you, to be inspired by our unique country, our diverse peoples, and the rich culture of our home, the Northern Territory.

We believe we're made bolder and richer by your unique experiences, perspectives and opinions. And we'd like you to be part of our creative community where we not only teach but learn from you. We'll work together to create a path to turn your creative passion into a profession and unlock a new world of opportunities for you with our connections to local industries, government, and communities.

Benefit from our deep knowledge and understanding of First Nations arts and cultural practices and draw inspiration from the world’s oldest living culture and heritage listed Kakadu National Park on your doorstep.

So join us, in Inspirational Territory

Choose CDU for creative and performing arts courses

  • #1 in Australia for creative arts starting salary

    According to the Good Universities Guide 2023

  • 100% flexible to study however it suits you

    Choose to study online or on campus, part-time or full-time

  • Study a capstone unit to graduate industry ready

    Study a capstone unit to gain hands-on experience before entering the workforce or starting postgraduate study.

Featured majors in creative and performing arts

To enhance your learning experience, our courses provide you with invaluable opportunities to engage with a vibrant arts community. You will nurture techniques through workshops, studio and practice-based learning environments, guest speakers, events and seminars, open forums, performances, student and professional exhibitions, and practical and in-country placements.

Creative Arts at CDU

Bachelor of Arts (Creative and Digital Arts)

Complete a range of creative studio projects using new and emerging design technologies. Learn about creative theory and business practices.

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Bachelor of Arts (Music Making, Production and Performance)

Using an instrument of your choice, combine theory and hands-on learning to master new and emerging music technologies. You will also have the opportunity to gain industry experience through community-based projects work integrated learning.

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Explore creative and performing arts courses and degrees

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Undergraduate
Course Name
Duration
Locations
Shortlist

2023

3 year/s Full-time
6 year/s Part-time
3 year/s Full-time
Casuarina campus, Online
Casuarina campus
1 year/s Full-time
2 year/s Part-time
1 year/s Full-time
Casuarina campus, Online
Casuarina campus
1 year/s Full-time
2 year/s Part-time
1 year/s Full-time
Casuarina campus, Online
Casuarina campus
Course Name
Duration
Locations
Shortlist

2023

0.5 year/s Full-time
1 year/s Part-time
0.5 year/s Full-time
Casuarina campus, Online
Casuarina campus
2 year/s Full-time
4 year/s Part-time
2 year/s Full-time
Casuarina campus, Online
Casuarina campus
Course Name
Duration
Locations
Shortlist

2023

0.5 year/s Full-time
Not available to international students.
Casuarina campus
Not available to international students.
0.5 year/s Full-time
Not available to international students.
Online
Not available to international students.
0.5 year/s Full-time
1 year/s Part-time
Not available to international students.
Alice Springs campus, CDU Sydney, Casuarina campus, Online
Not available to international students.
Course Name
Duration
Locations
Shortlist

2022

1.5 year/s
Not available to international students.
Alice Springs
Not available to international students.
1 year/s
Not available to international students.
Alice Springs
Not available to international students.
1 year/s
Not available to international students.
Casuarina
Not available to international students.
1 year/s
Not available to international students.
Casuarina
Not available to international students.
1 year/s
Not available to international students.
Casuarina
Not available to international students.
1 year/s
Not available to international students.
Alice Springs, Casuarina
Not available to international students.

2023

1 year/s
Not available to international students.
Alice Springs, Casuarina
Not available to international students.
2 year/s
Not available to international students.
Alice Springs
Not available to international students.
1 year/s
Not available to international students.
Casuarina
Not available to international students.
1 year/s
Not available to international students.
Casuarina
Not available to international students.
1 year/s
Not available to international students.
Alice Springs, Casuarina
Not available to international students.
1 year/s
Not available to international students.
Alice Springs, Casuarina
Not available to international students.
Course Name
Duration
Locations
Shortlist

2022

0.5 year/s
Not available to international students.
Casuarina
Not available to international students.
0.5 year/s
Not available to international students.
Casuarina
Not available to international students.

2023

0.5 year/s
Not available to international students.
Casuarina
Not available to international students.
0.5 year/s
Not available to international students.
Casuarina
Not available to international students.
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Meet our students

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    Where art and environmental activism intersect: Ally's story

    When asked to describe herself, creative student Ally Pecket digs deep: “I’m a passionate interdisciplinary eco-feminist artist who connects aesthetic creativity and narratives about social and environmental themes.” 

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    Luci’s art trail from Hong Kong to Darwin

    As a life-long creative, Luci has always had a passion for arts, finding her professional creative outlet as a graphic designer. Following her own art trail has brought her all the way from the bustle of Hong Kong to CDU’s laid-back Casuarina campus in Darwin to study a creative arts course.

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