You'll study practical and entertaining subjects in one of Australia's leading universities, known for excellence in the creative industries throughout the world. Be immersed in hands-on studies in world-class facilities and create valuable international connections.
World-class Creative Industries Precinct
Take classes in purpose-built teaching and learning spaces, including performance spaces, visual art galleries and music studios in the world-class Creative Industries Precinct at Kelvin Grove.
Creative Industries units you can choose
Design your own creative study abroad or exchange semester by selecting individual units or a set of related units in your field of interest. Why not delve into uniquely Australian studies and gain a new perspective?
Important things to note
You should check the full unit details to make sure you meet any requirements including portfolios, auditions and physical tests you need to complete. For example, dance units require a registered physiotherapist's report confirming you have an appropriate level of physical fitness and no pre-existing issues or injuries that would prevent your safe and full participation.
All students can study these units, regardless of your academic background. These units will be approved on your QUT study plan after you apply.
The concept of culture and place are highly significant to architectural thought and production. This introductory unit surveys these concepts in the discourse and practice of architecture. It explores how culture and place are understood, interpreted and made in a range of social, historical and physical contexts. The aim of this unit is to promote your awareness of concepts of culture and place as well as learn how to interpret buildings as cultural artefacts. You will learn how to interpret and analyse architecture through socio-cultural frameworks and understand how this analysis can be applied to the process of designing buildings that support the culture for which they are produced.
This unit introduces creative industries disciplines, inter-disciplinarity and the careers of creative industries practitioners. It aids you to plan your course of study in line with your career interests and potential career opportunities. It enhances your research, written communication and critical thinking skills for various professional and academic purposes. The unit draws upon cutting edge research into the distinctive characteristics of the creative industries and the creative workforce to introduce you to study and work as an emerging inter-disciplinary creative practitioner. You will investigate creative career possibilities and opportunities and develop essential information literacy and written communication skills for both academic and professional contexts. You will envision potential creative career pathways and discover which skills and strategies you’ll need. This will help you make the most of your degree.
This unit provides competencies such as teamwork, collaboration, networking, critical thinking and enterprise skills. As such, the unit responds to opportunity identification and value creation aligned to industry and/or community-based real world needs. Whilst the value of disciplinary expertise remains constant in this changing world, many problems facing organisations and societies naturally span disciplines. Collaboration and inquiry into these real world problems require a breadth of knowledge and skills in ways that demand and reward curiosity and innovation. Being the first of three Creative Enterprise Studio units, your ability to respond to complex and unique real world problems is strengthened by learning to think and act in diverse ways and draw upon perspectives, methods and insights garnered from the multiplicity of disciplines in your unit cohort.
Culturally Safe practice is an essential element in a professional's ability to work in a holistic and accountable way with Indigenous Australian peoples and their communities. This requires deconstruction of your own cultures, values, beliefs and attitudes by taking you on a learning journey that allows you to move beyond cultural awareness and cultural sensitivity through to cultural safety.This unit will prompt you to develop your own strategies to be a culturally safe practitioner in both innovative and creative ways.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, identities, communities and cultures have been represented in a variety of mediums and artefacts since colonisation. The purpose of this unit is to deconstruct these representations from Indigenous standpoints and critically analyse how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to be positioned across multimedia. This unit facilitates informed discussions prompted by exposure to historical and contemporary constructions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from Indigenous standpoints and perspectives. This unit allows you to challenge existing perspectives of Indigenous Australia through creative and scholarly works by Indigenous artists and scholars. Engaging with this deconstruction will assist you to apply knowledge and skills of culturally safe practices within your personal and professional practices in a confident and safe manner.
This unit will provide you with an introductory knowledge of Australian Indigenous political culture, history, politics and activism through exploration of Indigenous standpoints. The ongoing history of colonial policy will be examined through Indigenous peoples’ struggle for equal rights, Indigenous rights and self-determination. Core political concepts and institutions in Australian social life such as the nation-state, sovereignty, liberalism, representation and democracy will be viewed from Indigenous perspectives and critically analysed according to their capacity to accommodate Indigenous sovereign interests including treaty and institutional reform. You will be actively involved in contemporary debates such as government policy towards Indigenous peoples and communities, the continuing struggle for land rights and Native Title, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples and other relevant issues as they arise.
This unit critically analyses and articulates culturally safe research that reflects decolonising methodologies as an underpinning framework for research regarding Indigenous Australian issues. The need for culturally safe research is supported by the obvious gaps in knowledge of the ongoing life-differentials and social determinants that impact on Indigenous Australians. Interrogation of Western research and Indigenous scholarship spanning international contexts will challenge you to critically analyse and deconstruct previously held perceptions of research conduct. Indigenous knowledges and pedagogies will facilitate a transformative learning journey in a process where students critique Western research frameworks that continue to represent the Indigenous peoples as the 'other'. The unit will engage your learning through Indigenous knowledge frameworks that facilitate the development of a decolonising research proposal which adheres to Indigenous research ethics and protocols.
This foundational unit provides the principles and skills of creative and critical literacies in creative practice. It introduces the descriptive and analytical vocabulary for your creative practice discipline. It also looks at the principles of Indigenous knowledges and to the contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists have made to creative practice across a range of disciplines. The unit emphasises the productive relationship between traditional academic communication and creative practice with student responses to creative practice exemplars provided in both written and artform-based modes. This provides opportunities to practice academic writing, peer learning, and giving and receiving feedback. The unit prepares you to synthesise practical and theoretical knowledge about creative practice.
This unit helps you develop a professional identity. It introduces the principles and skills required for professional creative practice, including tacit knowledge, education and career planning, and professional development for creative industries practitioners. As such, it addresses personal branding, communicating about your work in professional contexts, navigating ethical and regulatory questions, self-care in practice, working toward a distinctive skill set and setting career goals. Creative practitioners begin developing a professional network during the course of their studies and a foundational understanding of how to build and maintain that network.
This unit addresses principles, practices and forms of performance that privilege community and cultural democracy. By examining the key ideology and teachings and contemporary Australian practice in community and cultural development (CCD), this unit aims to make connections between creative practice, community and their concerns. It also aims to provide opportunities for you to engage positively in these contexts through your respective art form. Creative practice can reach out beyond the walls of conventional performance space and use its transformative powers to activate solidarity and agency in people and communities to facilitate social action and positive change. Knowledge of the ethos, values and processes of working with communities in a responsive and consultative fashion is an important capability for a comprehensive career in arts and provides key career opportunities for emerging artists.
News media systems are developing and changing because of new technologies, corporate change, and professional development among practitioners, who increasingly work in internationalised settings, with increased market demand from different world regions. Journalists working abroad can cultivate their strengths and respond better to new demands if they understand and are sensitive to the changing cultures and values of countries they report on. By exploring political, economic, historic and other social influences on the roles, rights and expectations of journalists in different countries, you will consider how the skills you study in an Australian context may be adapted to other circumstances.
This advanced reporting unit stresses the watchdog role of the news media using investigative reporting approaches. In order to inform prescient news features, the class will examine two news issues that are central to the current news agenda. Journalists must be able to critically analyse and report to deadline matters of public interest for publication in a range of media outlets. Such attributes are developed to an advanced level through this reporting and writing unit which couches discussion and analysis of this process in the context of understandings of journalism's role in informing discussion around major issues of public affairs.
This unit helps you apply theoretical concepts of landscape ecology and regional ecosystems to sustainable landscape design and planning approaches in combination with an understanding of geomorphological and human settlement processes. This introductory level unit builds on foundational knowledge of environmental sustainability. In conjunction with the unit DLB400, it looks at landscape ecology and regional ecosystems theory with geomorphologic and human processes in landscape formation. Landscape architects need to understand the systems that create and are created by the landscape, and so this unit enhances your ability to comprehend the interconnectedness of landscape structures, systems, processes and developments, essential to the formulation of sustainable landscape design propositions. You will apply this knowledge in a semester-long landscape study project, thus expanding your understanding of landscape from a small site to a broad and holistic level.
This unit addresses applied landscape design history, criticism and historiography. It prepares you for application in advanced-level landscape design units. As an intermediate-level unit, it builds on broad foundational design history and theoretical knowledge and critical thinking and research skills. In conjunction with DLB500, you will explore the ways history and criticism inform us about interactions between society (including culture, economy and technology) and the environment (materials, climate, landform, ecology, etc.), and the consequences for designed landscapes. You will review landscape design and criticism across world history through the lens of historiography (critical examination of history).
This unit explores how research is undertaken and applied by media industries and researchers and provides the skills to conduct qualitative and quantitative research. The research process (define problem, collect relevant information, analyse information, formulate conclusions/outcomes) underlies many decisions that confront media and communication professionals. The unit will involve qualitative and quantitative research methods including content analysis, focus groups, ethnography, interviews and survey research which are studied within the media context. You will carry out research using some of these methods, analyse the results and present your conclusions and recommendations.
This unit addresses important contemporary cultural, social and political movements through the reading of fiction and nonfiction texts. These texts include science fiction, fantasy and realist modes, as well as class ideologies and revolutionary politics from novels and poetry of the nineteenth century. They examine political and social change in Europe between 1790 and 1900, with a view to making critical links between current ideologies and literary forms and their formulation in a nineteenth century text. As such, works ranging from Frankenstein to Alice in Wonderland are deployed to consider the textual representations of important cultural, social and sexual issues. This unit assists you to gain an appreciation of important changes in the nineteenth-century in order to further your understanding of contemporary literary and cultural forms.
Units requiring approval
Students need specific academic background knowledge to study these units, so the Creative Industries Faculty will assess your eligibility and determine if you’re able to take these units after you apply. We will let you know the outcome through the application portal as soon as possible.
This unit continues the development of the visual communication skills that you have previously acquired, focusing on technical communication. Architects recognise that visualisation or communication of process, decisions and outcomes is crucial. To date, you have learnt how to effectively communicate your architectural intentions using both analogue and digital means, skills primarily intended for the communication of design. Throughout this unit you will learn the ability to communicate technical intentions, achieving an extra level of visualisation. At the end of this unit you will be able to use Building Information Modelling (BIM) software to create effective technical visual communication.
This unit offers a focused intermediate level study of design as applied to architecture. It uses developmental exercises to enhance student perceptions of the built environment in a problem-based learning environment. It addresses effective and professional communication of design intent with the aid of digitally mediated tools and methods. It touches on design theory, sustainability, sociology, history and critique as they apply to architectural design. This unit expects a level of independent research and project development aimed for a real-world design environment. It introduces architectural design as a rigorous process with measurable qualities. It builds upon design skills developed in the previous design units with emphasis on the cultural relevance of architecture in the modern age. The unit is underpinned by ethical principles of environmental and social sustainability. It focuses on heritage and sustainable architecture in a regional context.
This unit will develop greater complexity in architectural design skills in an urban context with a focus on ethical and sustainable design solutions and practice. This requires the synthesis of issues, ideas, knowledge and techniques of architectural design as a holistic practice. This unit also advances on understanding the interdependencies among social, cultural, economic and environmental dimensions at local and global levels - crucial to sustainable design for human settlement. Design is the core activity of architecture and the architectural design studio is a major component of the architecture course. This unit deals with synthesis and integration of knowledge and skills from various domains of knowledge in a major project. As part of the research and learning focus in the School of Design, emphasis will be placed on the exploration and application of concepts of sustainability in design of multi-residential housing types in international contexts.
This unit addresses the qualitative influences of structural and construction systems on the design of buildings. In particular, the possibilities and limits of building structure as related to architectural intention through the use of exemplars. The unit explains how to understand and use structural and construction systems to advance the design development of medium scale commercial and public buildings that achieve sustainable outcomes. You will become familiar with various construction systems where an emphasis is placed on the criteria to be used for the selection of appropriate building systems and their associated materials.
This unit provides a basis to create safe, functional and comfortable buildings. It looks at the principles, equipment and the architect’s role (building services procurement, consultation on design decision making, establishing selection criteria for systems and equipment, an understanding of the spatial requirements and communication systems for medium-rise buildings). In addition it focuses on the role and direction of building consultants and the legislative requirements of building services. It also looks at the skills and knowledge to transform technical design ideas into built form through construction documentation by looking at the principles and application of building services and standards. In this unit, building services, fire safety, and building code requirements are offered as drivers of architectural design. Ultimately the unit enables you to face architectural issues and meet the requirements of the Building Code of Australia for a range of user requirements.
This unit furthers your theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to develop enterprise focused creative projects. It links with work previously undertaken in KKB185 Creative Enterprise Studio 1 and prepares you for the final semester capstone unit KKB385 Creative Enterprise Studio 3. You will build upon your foundational understanding of project development gained in KKB185 and develop skills in project delivery and management through to prototyping your creative idea. The concept of iterative design is introduced through reflection on the success of the prototype and recommendations for future iterations and creative experimentation. This unit allows you to extend your project development skills including field analysis, creative experimentation, communication, problem solving and project evaluation.
During this capstone unit you will demonstrate creative leadership by initiating an industry linked creative project. It brings together the skills and knowledge acquired throughout your course, drawing specifically from KKB185 Creative Enterprise Studio 1 and KKB285 Creative Enterprise Studio 2. The unit provides you with a framework to develop a project proposal that addresses an identified opportunity. You will then initiate your project proposal, launching your career as a creative industries professional.
This practice-based unit gathers you from across the performance disciplines (dance, drama, music) to explore the relationship between body and creative impulse in a transdisciplinary creative space. It introduces a variety of philosophies exploring the psycho-social dynamics of the body in your creative practice and its place in a space. The human body is a fundamental tool and a central site of study for artists, regardless of their specialisation. Good performance techniques are reliant on an understanding of the body and its capabilities to open the imagination of the individual, the group and an audience. An understanding of the body—how it moves, how it feels and how it relates to other bodies—is crucial to build resilience, connectedness and sustainability in performance-based creative practice.
This core unit introduces you to research philosophies, methodologies and methods that have relevance in design practice. It covers the fundamentals of designing and conducting qualitative and quantitative research projects providing a foundation for higher degree research. It is project based and includes: philosophical context of research in, of and through design; qualitative research incorporating methodologies and methods of relevance to design; research rigour and ethics; developing a research plan; literature searching and review; data gathering and analysis; research dissemination and reporting. Design, by its very nature, is a complex activity. In dealing with this complexity, designers draw upon their discipline's body of knowledge. It is highly valuable for you to know how design knowledge is generated and how you can better inform your design practice through research skills which will encourage the systematic, rigorous and ethical integration of thought and action.
This unit provides advanced knowledge and skills for the theory and practice of fashion design in niche/unique contexts. The suite of Fashion Design Studio units form the spine of learning for fashion design understandings in the Bachelor of Design (Honours) Fashion program. This unit is the fifth in the series. It builds upon the understandings acquired in the unit DFB401 Fashion Design Studio 4 providing a base for understanding fashion. It also comprises practical skills and knowledge of garment construction and pattern cutting.
This unit introduces you to design methods and strategies to explore people's behaviours and the context of use of everyday products. The design approach focuses on the user experience and on developing product designs that are suitable for manufacturing. As such, the unit develops your intermediate design research skills and strategies focusing specifically on identifying new design opportunities; and strengthens your design skills to produce product designs suitable for manufacturing. A core responsibility of the Industrial Designer is the interpretation of human interactions with complex products or systems. In this unit you will experience two approaches: (a) applying design research methods to gain a detailed understanding of the product's social, cultural and technological context and (b) using design strategies to enhance use and technology aspects of products to make them more appealing and effective.
This unit provides an introduction to the concept of interaction design where product design approaches can be applied within a design studio environment. It also introduces interdisciplinary design concepts and strategies that are relevant to the design of future products and systems. In this unit you will learn a core aspect of Industrial Design - the interaction between humans and physical products. This unit extends methods and techniques gained from DNB503 Industrial Design 5 to the analysis of human experiences, and people-product interactions and behaviours in the context of use. As more products integrate digital and physical interfaces, people's experiential responses must be addressed. To achieve this, this unit advances on acquired design methods and techniques by transferring them across disciplines. Prototyping is a key aspect of this unit where the design intent must be demonstrated through the use of model-making and basic interaction technical tools.
This unit develops competency in technical communication of commercial construction and detailing of interiors in order to apply this knowledge to project work. It provides opportunities to develop your knowledge and skills of the components required to assemble a set of construction documents for a commercial interior design scenario. It links to and builds on the concepts explored in DTB202 by introducing you to the commercial sector, in particular exploring 2D and 3D digital drafting conventions, building codes, standards and basic services integration. It further develops your knowledge and skills on the techniques and conventions for digital communication of technical material. It also covers the technical knowledge required to document a commercial project to meet relevant codes and standards. These are fundamental skills required by an interior designer.
This unit further develops your knowledge, skills and application in regards to the person-environment relationship, and the implications for dual-function, sensory spatial design, as well as building on foundational design processes. As such, it aims to integrate theoretical, technological, sociological and design methods to address design problems. You will define individual tasks and research such that design theory and collaborative design process become integral to the resolution of your design. You will investigate the fundamental aspects of immersion (Space/time 4th dimension, Reverie, Presence and Phenomenology) and Interaction (Participation, Experience, Responsibility, Inclusivity and Activism) in relation to interior design practice and associated fields through explorative digital craft making and the refurbishment of an existing two-storey building with vertical circulation.
This unit provides a greater complexity in commercial interior construction and services integration while also developing your technical drawing communication skills. It is in the developmental stage of your course and provides you with opportunities to develop your knowledge of services integration, technical drawing skills and communication in a variety of commercial applications using manual and 3D CAD drafting platforms. It forms a basis for all of your core design units while directly linking to your previous studies in units DTB202 and DTB303. As such, the unit provides the necessary knowledge, skills and application required to communicate your designs through all of your core units.
This unit develops your knowledge, skills and application for interior design through project-based real world issues and contexts. Its aim is to undertake research-through-design where design is the research methodology. It requires design issues to be examined through theory and technology such that an understanding of design process and outcome is achieved. It will also foster a critical-analytic capacity that will enable you to grasp and evaluate some key presumptions of past practice. This unit is intended to advance ideas about the designed interior through the design studio. There is the opportunity to research and investigate design issues in an exploratory and experimental manner and to present findings in an innovative way. It links to the work previously undertaken in DTB401 and it builds on foundational ideas developed in previous units through consideration of more complex physical technical and cultural contexts across the field of interior design.
This unit provides theoretical and analytical resources to enable you to identify the way the designed world intersects with social life. It reviews theories and case studies to illuminate the relationships between design and everyday practice across cultures and time and provides an opportunity to apply these insights in an analysis of a contemporary designed environment. Located in the 3rd year of your course, it develops concepts and processes suited to the emphasis in the latter years of the course: problem solving, framing and conceptualisation. It follows the design psychology unit, complementing its psychological aspects of spatial experiences with knowledge of socio/cultural theory, contemporary social issues in design, and relevant conceptual frameworks and methodologies.
This unit further develops your knowledge, skills and application for interior design through more complex project-based real world issues and contexts. It links to the work previously undertaken in DTB501 and DTB502 and prepares you for the final year of the course. This unit enables you to apply your developing skills and knowledge; refine your design methods to undertake an informed and explorative design process; practise tackling problems that are ambiguous, ill-defined, and thereby, represent 'real-life' situations. You will also be given the opportunity to competently and innovatively tackle issues relevant to the contemporary and future world and develop a deeper understanding of specialised interior design environments.
This unit explores the background, skills and principles of online journalism enabling you to write and publish reports online. You will receive practical hands-on training allowing you to incorporate text, audio, video and still images into timely online news and feature reports. You will be required to consider the application other online communication tools (Blogs, wikis, YouTube etc.) in a modern journalistic environment. You will also work independently to develop individual news or feature stories highlighting the innovative possibilities of the online journalism medium. As more news and other factual material including commentary are being processed through online media, practitioners and also intending citizen journalists will benefit directly from studying the social and economic underpinnings of the format and building skills for using it.
This unit aids you to produce radio and television news and current affairs programs of broadcast standard while strengthening the reporting skills developed in KJB235. It builds understanding of, and reflection on, the social role of the broadcast journalist and the medium's impact on the message. It is intended to give you a better understanding of the nature of radio and television news and current affairs in their various forms and related issues and to further develop your understanding of newsgathering and reporting principles. It includes the philosophy and formulation of radio and television news, anchor techniques, and radio and television news production using computers. Culturally safe practice is an essential element when working as a holistic and accountable professional with Indigenous Australians and their communities. This requires deconstruction of your own cultures, values, beliefs and attitudes and the impacts on becoming culturally safe in your discipline.
This unit aids you to apply the theories of urban ecology in landscape appraisal and design development. This intermediate-level landscape design studio unit consolidates the introductory knowledge, skills and applications learnt so far. In conjunction with DLB420, you will explore design theories and processes related to urban ecology including human processes in landscape formation. You will apply these in the appraisal and design of site-based landscape propositions, including their sustainable integration into wider landscape systems such as the movement and exchange of people, capital, services, water and energy. This unit will build on your understanding of the complexities of landscape and consolidate your landscape design development and communication skills, preparing you for further expansion of your intermediate level design skills in DLB500.
This unit introduces the structural, material and legislative principles and processes of landscape design construction. It introduces basic structural theories, material properties and principles, and design and construction principles and processes. These help you analyse technical briefs and critically evaluate and select appropriate materials and construction techniques to formulate sustainable landscape design propositions and implementation strategies. This unit also introduces you to the legislative environment governing landscape construction. It extends the technical graphic design development and communication skills you developed in DLB240, and prepares you for the advanced-level unit in landscape design, technology and construction - DLH600.
This unit aids you to apply theories of socio-environmental interactions in landscape appraisal and speculative design development. This final intermediate-level landscape design studio unit builds on the knowledge, skills and applications consolidated in DLB400. In conjunction with DLB525, it explores design theories and processes related to interactions between society (including culture, economy and technology) and the environment, focusing on developing landscape speculations which address sustainability in cultural and biophysical landscape contexts. Your learning will involve the rigorous testing of design ideas against the constraints of selected landscapes and briefs. You will develop and test a philosophical basis for design exploration engaging with experimental design processes and self-directed research. This unit introduces greater design complexity and independent application and development of your communication skills.
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