Welcome to Creative Arts at Flinders and to our vibrant community of artistic and creative excellence. Our teaching staff – poets, directors, dancers, novelists, film-makers, producers, artists, dramaturges, cinematographers, actors, digital media experts and more – understand creative practice and are committed to the individual achievement of every creative arts student across all the programs we offer.
In our creative arts courses you will be challenged to experiment, take risks, and produce your very best, but you will be doing so in an atmosphere of strong support, respect and intensive academic and practice-based training with your peers. Our creative arts expertise is there to guide you on your unique creative arts journey at Flinders. Our offerings encompass drama theory and production, including training actors and directors for stage and screen; dance and visual arts (in conjunction with the Adelaide College of the Arts); creative writing; screen and media studies and production courses for TV, film, and digital media with an emerging focus on 3D.
Staff in our School are passionate about the creative arts and we are proud of the sustained excellence of our national and international profile. Our graduates are prepared for industry and can apply their knowledge, skills and resilience in a variety of real-life situations. We look forward to celebrating and sharing with you our academic and artistic inventiveness, flair, curiosity and award-winning teaching practices.
Professor Diana Glenn
Dean, Humanities and Creative Arts
Welcome! Flinders University offers a wonderful range of industry-ready creative arts topics in drama, creative writing, screen and digital media. To this list we have recently added dance and the visual arts. We boast some of the best professional training in the country, and our staff are experts in a wide range of practical skills and approaches. What distinguishes Flinders is the cooperative relationship between staff and students, creating a shared environment in which we advance our knowledge of the creative arts on both practical and scholarly fronts.
At Flinders, the Creative Arts area sits within the School of Humanities and Creative Arts. That means our academic focus is also strong. The days are long gone when creative artists learnt no more than they needed to practise their art. Different technologies, different markets, and an increasingly interconnected and sophisticated cultural sector mean that arts training is now intellectually demanding. We aim to graduate the modern arts practitioner, someone historically knowledgeable and theoretically aware, equipped to deal with all the demands of contemporary cultural production.
The Creative Arts is a highly motivated area. The challenge we put to you – and to ourselves – is not only to acquire new skills and knowledge, but to increase your own creative capacity: to become the artists you want and need to be.
Professor Julian Meyrick
Strategic Professor of Creative Arts
The Bachelor of Creative Arts is a unique course for students who want to fill key creative roles in the publishing, communication, theatre, film, television or digital media industries, as writers, researchers, editors, actors, directors or producers.
By choosing to study Creative Arts you will combine practical knowledge with high quality education and theory. Your practical skills will be complemented by such skills as independent thinking, critical evaluation and research abilities that will widen your employment prospects in the arts and communication industries.
To find out more, check the information featured on each of the four streams available here, or contact us for more information.
The BA Bulletin Board, which students may find useful, can be found at http://www.flinders.edu.au/ba/index.html
The Graduate Certificate in Creative Arts (Visual Effects) (VFX) aims to provide a high quality work-integrated postgraduate program in which students can enhance their creative and practical skills within a framework of academic study. It fulfils the need for professional studies in VFX at postgraduate level. The course is taught in partnership with Rising Sun Pictures Pty Ltd.
The Graduate Diploma in Creative Arts and the Master of Creative Arts aims to provide writers, actors, directors and producers with the opportunity of enhancing their creative and practical skills in a framework of high quality academic study. It fulfils the need for professional studies in creative writing, drama and screen production at postgraduate level.
Photo above right: Sam Oster