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Why study at UOW

A UOW Creative & Performing Arts degree immerses you in creative industries and equips you with practical experience to be cutting-edge in a fast growing creative economy.

Experimenting with different art forms and mastering your craft will help you build your skills and cultivate your own creative identity. Be inspired to do your best at a university that understands what it means to be creative.

Study with the best

  • UOW ranks in the world's top 200 universities (2021 QS World University Rankings).
  • The 2020 federal government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) ranked UOW the best university in New South Wales and the ACT for undergraduate Creative Arts.
  • The 2019 QILT Employer Satisfaction Survey ranked employers’ overall satisfaction with UOW graduates at 89.6% (84.3% national average), placing UOW 1st among NSW universities and 2nd nationally among public universities.
  • In the 2020 Good Universities Guide, UOW Creative Arts ranked first in Australia for learner engagement, overall quality of educational experience, skills development and teaching quality. UOW also received 5-star ratings for learning resources and student support in the study area of Creative Arts.


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Ryan studied a double degree with a Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies. He searches for the pure inspiration that can solve a problem.

Why study Creative Arts


  • The Bachelor of Creative Arts will give you the right balance of doing and thinking. We give you plenty of time in the studio to create and refine your technique, while exploring the theory, history and meaning of your chosen discipline in the classroom. 
  • Choose your specialisation by taking a major in one of the following areas;
  • You will learn from professional artists, published authors, respected playwrights, performers, actors, musicians and designers: people who are successful creatives in their own right. They will mentor you as you push yourself creatively, help you develop your craft and open doors for your career. 
  • You will be exposed to a variety of areas within Creative Arts and be equipped with essential skills such as graphic design, audio production, stagecraft, visual arts, acting, voice, singing, movement, writing and visual arts. 
  • Our technical facilities and studio-based practice will encourage you to carve out your own creative niche. You will work alongside exceptional artists, exploring new genres and forms in the creative industries and the impact these have on our cultural landscape. You will join a collaborative community of like-minded students and staff who are passionate about the Arts, building the foundations for strong future connections across a wide variety of disciplines.
  • Showcase your work at end of year Graduate Exhibitions and Performances. This is an opportunity for students to collaborate with peers, artists and academics to produce a unique piece of work to add to their professional portfolio. 
  • You can take part in an international exchange program or internship program through our global network of over 140 partner universities and organisations. 


Why study Performance & Theatre


  • The Bachelor of Performance & Theatre is a specialist course that will develop you as a self-reliant, highly skilled performing artist or theatre professional through a practice-based program.
  • You will learn to apply practical skills and theoretical knowledge to contemporary performance and theatre, as well as learn the techniques, strategies and processes of modern theatre-making in a range of contexts, whether in regional or metropolitan settings, or for children, young people and adults.
  • You will cover traditional interpretive actor training, develop your skills in acting, voice, singing and movement. You will also study theatre-making with an emphasis on collaboration and ensemble practice. Subjects also cover the history and theory of theatre and professional practice. 
  • You will participate in productions each semester of your degree equipping you with the skills to break into the performing arts industry. You can view past performances here. 
  • Entry into the Bachelor of Performance & Theatre (Acting) is based on a combination of both academic results and audition scores. For information about the audition process and how to apply, you can refer to the audition page
  • Entry into the Bachelor of Performance & Theatre (Theatre) is based on ATAR and academic performance.


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Overview of careers

The creative industries employ more than 611,000 people in Australia - that’s 6.2% of the total workforce. Employment in creative industries is growing 40% faster than the Australian economy as a whole. There are literally thousands of creative careers waiting for people with the right mix of skills and experience.

  • Copywriter
  • Novelist
  • Feature Writer
  • Screen Writer
  • Editor
  • Creative Director
  • Photographer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Fine Artist
  • Sculptor
  • Musician
  • Actor
  • Theatre Performer
  • Theatre Director
  • Dancer
  • Curator
  • Museum Manager
  • Digital Media Manager
  • Digital Game Designer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Stage Manager
  • Film and Television Producer

UOW is consistently rated in the top 200 universities in the world for the quality of our graduates. (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020)

CF Testimonial - Creative Arts Aug 2017

I chose Creative Arts mainly for the theatre aspect, I wanted to get into acting and I wanted to figure out what it was like to share stories and learn empathy through other people’s stories as well. My passion is to empower other younger Indigenous students and enable a stronger platform so they can feel strength in their identity. 

Sara Khan
Bachelor of Creative Arts (Theatre) - Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies

Conor Teevan

I have learnt so much in this degree it’s hard to pin-point specific lessons. In my first year I learnt the foundations, in second year I learnt about myself as a person and in third year I learnt about myself as a professional. I learnt the drive and commitment needed to make my passion a reality and as a result I have grown as a practicing artist. 

Conor Teevan
Bachelor of Performance

Steph Hazelton

I look at graphic design as a tool to bridge the gap between things happening in the world and the way they're communicated. Simple words paired with the correct visual language have an incredible amount of power, especially in social advocacy design. By connecting with an audience, provoking thought and stimulating conversation, design can bring forth issues in the world and ultimately make it a better place.

Stephanie Hazelton
Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts and Design)

Alex Herbert

Throughout my degree I've been able to work on real pitches with real companies. I've collaborated with peers to challenge myself and develop my skills as a designer and artist. I'm currently a freelance designer and I love the freedom of my job. It's pretty easy when you get along with your boss!

Alex Herbert
Bachelor of Creative Arts (Graphic Design), 2018


Writing was always a novelty, I didn’t realise it was a possible career for me until I went to UOW.  During my degree we published a literary journal, TIDE. This practical publishing and editing experience helped me land my first job.

Bettina Tyrrell
Bachelor of Creative Arts (Creative Writing), 2011
Junior Sub-Editor/Feature Writer, Home Beautiful, Pacific Magazines


Undertaking a Creative Arts degree is an opportunity to stretch yourself. You don’t just learn how to be an artist, you learn how to think creatively and analytically, which is something that should be respected and has uses in the world outside of art.

Aaron Seeto
Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) majoring in Visual Arts 2001
Curatorial Manager, Asian and Pacific Art at the Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art

Terumi headshot

My teaching areas include composition, performance, aural skills, music theory, non-Western music as well as computer music. I have recently been working on a project working on 3D printing flutes. We are custom designing flutes to play microtonal scales, scales that cannot be produced from regular manufactured flutes. 

Dr Terumi Narushima
Senior Lecturer in Music