Master of Creative Industries

University of Newcastle

The Master of Creative Industries is designed to provide a framework for existing professionals and practitioners in the creative industries to acquire new entrepreneurial skills, extend their existing practice, deepen their understanding of opportunities in this field, and contribute to the development of new creative practices. The program centres on creative work conceived for and applied in real-world settings, managed by students themselves in close consultation with creative industry practitioners and experts. Specialist course options also exist across creative writing, creative and performing arts, music, design, communication and information technology.

Course Fee:

Australian: $28,718
International: $49,065

Entry Requirements:

Bachelor Degree in a discipline area with 1 year relevant work experience (complete the 80 unit Masters) OR Bachelor degree in a discipline area with no relevant work experience (complete the 120 unit Masters) OR Bachelor Honours Degree (complete the 80 unit Masters) OR Graduate Certificate (complete the 80 unit Masters) OR Diploma in a discipline area with a minimum of 5 years relevant work experience (80 unit Masters). Evidence of relevant work experience must be detailed through a statement of service and or portfolio.


This program requires students to complete between 80 - 120 units. All students complete 60 units of Core courses and 20 units of Directed courses. Students who are required to complete a 120 unit program complete a further 40 units of Directed courses.

Subjects you can Study:

Creative industries

Study Pathways:

Students apply for credit to enter into the program by first completing the Graduate Certificate in Creative Industries (40 units) or apply for Recognition of Prior Learning for work experience in a Discipline area. Discipline areas include but are not limited to: advertising design, architecture, design, electronic games, fashion, film, music, performing arts, publishing, radio, television, visual arts.

Further information:

Evidence of relevant work experience must be detailed through a statement of service and/or portfolio.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00109J

Related Careers:

Entertainer, Musician, Writer,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Newcastle City Precinct No info Yes Full time 1.5 years
Newcastle City Precinct No info Yes Online 1.5 years
Newcastle City Precinct No info Yes Part time 3 years

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