Creative practice, communication and design units

Single-unit study

You can study individual units for personal or professional development without having to apply for a full QUT course.

If you successfully complete a unit, you may be eligible for credit if you decide to apply for a degree course in the future.

Units anyone can study

These units don’t have any requirements for previous study or background knowledge.

But if your previous studies were not in English, or were completed in a country where English is not the first language, you will need to demonstrate that you meet our English proficiency requirements when you apply.

Creative practice, communication and design


CYB103 Communication Theory and Practice

This unit introduces concepts and theories in the study of communication. It covers communication theory, textual analysis, representation, practice, and context. Drawing on examples of communication practice from contemporary society, the unit aims to develop your understanding of communication ecologies, processes, systems, and modes within the wider frame of radical changes occurring in the way texts are produced, read and circulated within our culture. It is one of four foundation units in the Bachelor of Communication program that supports learning activities in intermediate and capstone units and introduces you to individual and teamwork approaches to learning and teaching. The unit also addresses your role as a communicator in the workplace and initiates important strategies for career planning.

CYB104 Managing Social Media

This foundational unit gives an understanding of, and basic applied skills in, best practice social media management within professional communication contexts. It introduces you to the principles, tools and techniques of professional social media practice, social media presence and the development, implementation and analysis of digital communication strategies. It also provides opportunities to apply them in the ever-evolving social media landscape through industry engagement. This is one of four foundation units in year 1 and year 2 of the Bachelor of Communication program that supports learning activities in intermediate and capstone units and introduces you to individual and teamwork approaches to learning and teaching.

Creative practice

KYB101 Understanding Creative Practice

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.

KYB102 Pathways to a Creative Career

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.

KYB201 Socially Engaged Arts Practice

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.

Creative writing

KWB104 Writing the Short Story

The writing of short stories has traditionally been a starting place for writers to begin developing their craft. Via the short story, this unit explores the elements of fiction such as character, voice, setting, plot, dialogue, point of view and modulation, and helps you acquire and practice skills in creative writing. In this unit you will also learn to analyse literary writing, in particular the short story, for craft elements in a way that informs and illuminates your own work. In addition to lectures, tutorial based peer-critique workshops are a central part of this unit. Within them, in a guided and structured way, you will get and give feedback on the stories as they are being written.

KWB113 Introduction to Creative Writing

This unit provides the fundamental skills for writing fiction and poetry as well as the basic theoretical background that underpins them. It looks at the development of these literary forms as a way of understanding how a practitioner might best approach both the writing and critical analysis of them in the contemporary context. It develops a critical understanding of your own and others’ approaches to writing life. You will be encouraged to develop the skills required for professional writing through a series of tasks that introduce key concepts such as characterisation, constructing a scene, and writing dialogue.

KWB116 Creative Non-Fiction

The ability to recognise, analyse and use core types of non-fiction writing is an important part of the professional writer's practice and a highly useful aspect to develop early in a writing career. Creative non-fiction allows writers to combine real life stories with the creative writing techniques employed in fiction, and develops writing skills in a variety of non-fiction written modes and publishing contexts. These include personal essay and humorous writing, life writing and travel literature, and reviewing of books, film, music, and food. This unit encourages you to apply the creative writing techniques of these forms to your areas of interest, and has an industry focus in equipping you with practical and analytical skills in a range of non-fiction creative writing genres.

KWB117 Australian Voices: Writing and Practice

The ability to recognise, analyse and engage with key aspects of one’s national writing culture is an important part of a professional writer's practice. This unit analyses works of contemporary Australian writing focusing on how writing culture in Australia is positioned in terms of industry, genre, and changing concepts of authorship practice. This unit equips you with creative writing and analytical skills in a range of Australian contexts. It offers reading and discussion of contemporary prize-winning works and an understanding of the writing and broader cultural contexts of their publication.

KWB118 Swords and Spaceships: Writing Genre

This unit surveys current trends in genre writing and popular fiction with a focus on writing for reader engagement. You will have the opportunity to develop a piece of writing that makes use of the techniques of your chosen genre and that reflects the concerns and themes appropriate to your genre. It includes focused writing exercises that will enhance the skills needed to develop, research, and write a genre text. It also aims to help you develop an understanding of genre theory. The unit develops your critical understanding of your own and others’ approaches to the writing life, and the theories of genre that underpin those approaches.

KWB211 Creative Writing: Style and Technique

This unit is a masterclass in literary style. Each week in this unit we will look at how one writer produces a particular technique or effect well, we will unpack at a language level exactly what they are doing, and then we will use this understanding to produce a written piece for the week employing that technique. In essence, this unit provides an opportunity to develop different writing techniques through guided writing exercises and theoretical analyses of texts with an emphasis on style and effect. Here you move beyond the basic elements of fiction and develop advanced techniques in creative and professional writing at a low, language-oriented level. Intensive studio-based work, self-directed creative practice, guided critical analysis and asynchronous on-line activities characterise the teaching and learning in this unit.

KWB212 Poetry and Poetics

This unit provides important creative and critical skills in writing poetry and cultivating an understanding of how to interpret and use poetic techniques. It explores a spectrum of contemporary and traditional forms of poetry, and is designed for those who are interested in poetics and the use of words in precise, innovative, concentrated and musical ways. It equips students with knowledge of the techniques, poetic forms and modes, and the opportunity to apply this vocabulary in analysing and reading a wide range of contemporary poetry. The unit provides key creative and critical skills in writing poetry, while offering you the chance to practice in a variety of poetic forms and modes, reflectively writing about your own poetry and analytically writing about the stylistics of another person’s work. The unit occurs at the mid-point of the creative writing major, building on KWB211 Creative Writing: Style and Technique, and preparing you for the advanced work of third year.

KWB214 The Artful Life: From Memoir to Fiction

This unit examines the relationship between imaginative literature, especially the novel, and the inspiration we derive from our own lives. Memoir and fiction are major literary forms that are connected by their use of creative writing techniques and by the way they draw material from authors’ personal experiences. They also are pervasive, complex and culturally important literary forms. This unit is designed to help you examine and understand the theory and practice of memoir and long-form fiction writing; the relationship between imagination and inspiration, and the process of planning and research leading to the development of a novel or memoir proposal, including an initial chapter and synopsis. As such, the unit addresses the scope, challenges and practices of developing fiction or memoir; the standards, conventions and possibilities of fiction and memoir forms; and the development of editorial skills in collaboration with others (feedback).

KWB215 Dangerous Ideas: Contemporary Debates in Writing

This unit introduces you to the key debates and ideas animating the field of contemporary creative writing, and allows you to consider your own writing practice in the context of these debates. The unit helps you to develop a nuanced understanding of the issues preoccupying contemporary writers, to gain insight into the historical and cultural factors informing those issues, and to articulate your own perspectives via conversation and debate. You will encounter a spectrum of ideas about what it means to be a writer today as well as the historical and cultural factors informing our ideas of authorship.


KDB107 Foundations in Improvisation and Choreographic Practice

This unit introduces the fundamentals of improvisation and choreographic practice. Throughout it you will participate in a series of studio-based laboratories that seek to enliven an experiential understanding of the body in dance and explore different practices and processes that cultivate tools for dance making. The unit focuses on exploring dance through different approaches to improvisation and task-based processes. This is an opportunity to develop your foundational skills as a choreographer in dance through developing critical skills in experimentation, physical thinking, responsivity, as well as the ability to mobilise your ideas and concepts.

KDB113 Dance Studies

This unit will give you an introduction to the diverse field of dance studies. Through encountering relevant theory and reflecting on recorded dance performances, the unit will equip you with critical frameworks through which you can interrogate various aesthetic codes and relevant issues relating to dance in a variety of historical and cultural contexts. This will involve a range of perspectives including dance analysis, writing from practising choreographers and dancers, historical and cultural contextualisation, gender issues, racial diversity, and social dance. These understandings are an integral part of a wide range of pursuits within the dance industry including those of the performer, choreographer, and critic, as well as useful to other Creative Industries' disciplines.

KDB123 Dance Legacies

This unit will introduce you to the dance legacies that underscore dance practice. In the history of Western Arts, a number of key philosophies may be identified including romanticism, classicism, modernism, postmodernism and metamodernism, some of which are also evident in the arts of other cultures. In dance, they led to the formation of aesthetic codes that in some cases are still very much in operation in the dance industry. These will be further contextualised in relation to Indigenous Australian dance and the wider Asia Pacific region. Through encountering relevant theory and reflecting on live and recorded dance performances, you will be supported to critically interrogate how these legacies continue to inform current practices.

KDB222 World Dance

This unit aims to develop your sensitivity, curiosity, and knowledge of cultural diversity and protocols, through participating in dance styles from around the world and learning about their contexts. Through practical classes you will gain an experiential understanding of the dance styles, which will be contextualised through lectorials and reflective practice strategies. The new generation of twenty-first century global citizens needs to be agile in the understandings and skills necessary to negotiate cultural difference if they are to contribute to creating peaceful communities. In this unit, participating in dance styles from around the world and learning about their contexts, provides an opportunity for you to develop these attributes.


DYB122 Design Visualisations

This unit Introduces you to design visualisation practice and how to employ a variety of techniques to visualise design ideas to assist you in design thinking, research, communication and presentation.

DYB123 Emerging Design Technology

This unit introduces you to existing and emerging technology and how it applies to design. In this unit you will learn about how technology is used in the design process and to design solutions. Designers need to be familiar with technology to aid them in the design process as well as being able to create products that take advantage of emerging technologies.


KRB120 Scenography 1: Introducing Performance Design

This unit introduces students to the foundational concepts of scenography through a study of historical shifts in live performance design. 'Scenography' is the art of creating performance environments incorporating elements such as set, sound, light, new media and costume within space; driven by the performance text; and shaped by the performer and director for a live audience. This unit addresses the development of scenography for theatre, dance and opera (particularly within a broader historical discussion); and how these developments continue to influence contemporary performance design. Through this investigation, the unit covers the development of a broad range of techniques, technology and terminology used in contemporary design practice. As the first unit in the Scenography minor, this foundation unit serves as preparation for more detailed and practical investigation in subsequent units.

KTB110 Plays that Changed the World

This unit investigates theatre and performance from Greek Theatre to Postmodernism and embraces socio-cultural/political/historical perspectives. It provides foundations in academic writing skills as required in the discipline of drama. It addresses the major movements in the evolution of performance in theatrical history while encouraging critical enquiry, debate and research through study and performance of seminal plays that shaped theatre. An understanding of the evolution of the theatrical form and its relationship with contemporary contexts is vital to a sound knowledge of performance. The facility to identify inherited theatre tradition, the key junctures in the progress of content and form, and the advancement of theatre as an art-form, is foundational to the contemporary practitioner.

KTB111 The Authentic Performer

This unit surveys the theoretical and practical components of Stanislavski-based realism which strives towards authenticity. It focuses on the critical and creative theories and techniques needed to cultivate authenticity, imagination, emotion-awareness and vocal and physical technique. Authenticity is the foundation for building and portraying characters for the performing artist. A combination of exercises and scene study will deepen the understanding and playing of action in the realistic mode. Stanislavski-based realism is arguably the most dominant style of acting in twentieth and twenty-first century practice. As such, it needs to be understood in its own terms. Therefore, in this unit you will be encouraged to learn to appreciate the basic construct of the actor craft, your relationship with your emotional interior, and the key concepts and language used to create an authentic performance as the basic skills needed to develop a personal methodology for acting.

KTB120 Diverse Theatre Practice

This unit addresses artistic practices and narratives that, for historical, societal or political reasons, have struggled to find a safe place and a voice in our cultural landscape. Through direct engagement, the unit will provide foundational knowledge of the sensitivities of practice and protocols to enhance communication and appropriate professional conduct when collaborating with artists and cultures from diverse backgrounds. An appreciation of how performance and story manifest across distinct cultural boundaries and history is essential for a comprehensive understanding of theatre practice in the 21st century. Theatre practitioners require an awareness of cultural practices and protocols, and empathy for the multiplicity and complexity of a diverse, globalised world, to ensure the voice of Australian theatre reflects a true picture of contemporary society.

KTB121 The Responsive Performer

This unit engages theoretically and practically with interaction, reaction, participation and co-creation in the theatrical experience with emphasis on comedy. The critical and creative theories and techniques needed to cultivate self-awareness, other-awareness, play, improvisation and vocal and physical technique constitute the central focus of the unit. The basic premise of performance is sharing the conspiracy of theatre with the creative collaborators, fellow performers and, most importantly, the audience. Being comfortable with the uncertainty of the live act and empowered by its dynamism and ephemerality are key aspects of the development of the responsive performer. A combination of exercises and scene study will deepen the understanding and playing of action in the comedic mode. Building on the skills learned in The Authentic Performer, this unit provides you with the skills necessary for the development of a confident and versatile performer.

KTB217 Story and Performance

This unit introduces concepts and techniques needed to develop performance writing, either individually as a playwright or in collaborative and devising contexts. It develops professional dramaturgical proficiency in research, analysis, reflection and the giving and receiving of feedback. An understanding of storytelling forms and the development of performance texts are fundamental communicative tools for artists. This unit builds on the social, historical and cultural contexts of performance introduced in ‘Plays that Changed the World’ and introduces a suite of professional practice skills-sets, including dramaturgy in performance-making; understanding traditions of First Nations’ storytelling and writing for performance.

KTB225 Radical Theatre Forms

This unit develops an appreciation of theatre innovation in both historical and contemporary contexts. It addresses concepts attributed to postdramatic theatre, immersive theatre forms, theatre as a hypermedium, and audience-centred work. Throughout history theatre has responded to changes within society and has developed styles that have reinterpreted and reinvented the notions of character, tension, audience, site, time and narrative. One way to understand new and radical theatre styles is to investigate the historical and contemporary contexts that are shaping current theatrical practice. These practices give rise to theatre that is responsive to site, places the audience at the centre of the experience and engages with non-linear narrative form. Understanding this enables theatre-makers to develop informed choices about where to locate, describe and promote their practice and product. This unit explores forms that reinvent notions of audience, narrative, space and linear time.

KTB227 Leadership in Creative Contexts

This unit investigates creative roles and organisational systems towards an understanding of conventional and emerging forms of leadership. Through engagement with important practitioners and best-practice models, you will investigate the dynamics of effective collaboration within contemporary contexts, focusing on a personal point of interest. The unit addresses principles and practice of research and conceptual development, as well as the resulting plans and pitches required in professional environments. While leadership can take many forms, in this context its purpose is to achieve a unified creative vision. Whether within conventional hierarchical structures or collaborative models, delivering creative outcomes requires not only knowledge of the personal, logistical and artistic processes of creation, but also an understanding of the creative processes to safely navigate from concept to fullest expression.

Entertainment & arts management

CDB101 Managing Media and Entertainment

This unit develops a critical understanding of the social dimension of work in the media and entertainment industries. It introduces core concepts and debates, analytical frameworks, and the professional practices necessary to understand and employ effective management principles in the media and entertainment industries. The unit looks at management theories and practices, and how the often social and collaborative mode of work in the media and entertainment industries shapes managerial identities, roles and strategies. It also provides you with a broad overview of what obstacles and challenges to expect, such as managing teams and collaboration within and across diverse contexts in a rapidly evolving industry environment. Ultimately, it develops a solid theoretical foundation, essential for media and entertainment professionals that you will apply to authentic project management activities in the second and third year of the Entertainment Industries course.


DFB102 Introduction to Fashion Communication

This unit provides an introduction to some of the complexities of the global fashion system and is intended to provide foundational knowledge and skills to pursue further studies in fashion communication. It aims to develop your conceptual understanding of fashion as both an everyday cultural form and a complex global industry. Learning in this unit will be important in order to gain an appreciation of the breadth of the fashion system and fashion cultures. You will develop and practise foundational fashion communication skills alongside learning how to apply key theoretical ideas to understanding fashion. This unit will provide you with the conceptual basis to pursue further studies in fashion communication.

DFB104 Fashion Sustainability

This unit is in the developmental stage of the program and provides you with a foundational knowledge of environmental and social impacts of fashion production and consumption. Throughout the unit you will examine the environmental and social impact of different industry business models, materials and production methods in order to develop the skills and mindset to apply more sustainable practices. It also introduces fashion systems as complex supply chains spanning raw fibre through to manufacturing, design, retailing and garment use, disposal systems at end of life, fibre and textiles, industry structures, and business models grounded in sustainable and ethical practices.

DFB105 Fashion Visualisation

This unit develops your skills and knowledge in visual communication and presentation for fashion. It highlights both analogue and digital skill sets necessary for fashion industry practices. The ability to effectively communicate visual fashion ideas is a core skill in the fashion industry. You will learn both technical industry conventions and expressive creative processes required for visual communication and presentation of fashion products and ideas. This unit provides you with the opportunity to start building a portfolio of practical work to showcase your developing skills.

DFB208 Fashion Textiles and Technology

This unit provides you with knowledge and skills in applied textile design and technology exploring avenues in speculative design into textile futures. By learning about the technologies involved with textile production you will be able to understand and forecast future design and technology trends that involve textile processes in the wider spectrum. This unit will be presented in an integrated studio environment. As such, it will focus on textiles, materiality and technology. You will be given the opportunity to design experimental textiles in line with industry trends and challenges.

DFB209 Global Fashion History

This unit introduces the foundations of fashion history through a global perspective of trade, culture and style. It presents a new approach to the study of fashion history as a meeting point between Western and Eastern cultures. The unit takes a critical and interdisciplinary approach to provide you with the opportunity to build your fashion knowledge in a context of complex global cultural and commercial exchanges in fashion. In doing so it addresses fundamental knowledge of fashion history and theory through the study of global interactions of fashion cultures, styles and trade. The unit recognises the multiple sites that contributed to the emergence of fashion and the influences and impact that these global sites had on local fashion. It provides you with skills in written and oral communication, research and visual analysis; and, importantly, it will help you to identify and understand current influences and future directions in contemporary fashion design.

Film, screen & animation

KNB125 Animation History and Context

This introductory unit addresses core animation processes and theories and the key historical aspects of the field. Animation intersects a wide range of creative disciplines resulting in a vast number of diverse outcomes and methods of practice. However, animation in its truest form, no matter what the medium or purpose of its outcome, is the illusion of movement facilitated by the manipulation visual content within a frame. This knowledge will enable you to progress into units such as KNB135 Animation Aesthetics and KNB215 Animation Performance.

KNB126 Motion Design

This unit introduces aspects of visual narratives and explores the craft of expressing them in a sequential temporal format. The richly diverse field of motion design impacts a wide range of creative areas with fields such as graphic design, animation, visual effects, sequential art, film and games all offering opportunities in motion design. Motion Design has evolved to more than 'graphics presented in motion'. With the advent of technology, applications and methods for creating them rapidly expanded into a new form of visual communication, visual effects, infographics and visual artworks. The unit provides an understanding of motion design processes, theories and historical developments. It enables you to effectively design and communicate ideas using graphical and motion-based elements constructed using software and technologies common to the field of motion design.

KNB127 CGI Foundations

This unit introduces the foundations of 3D computer graphics theory and production methods. It provides a solid theoretical understanding of 3D space; the technical skills to create 3D computer-generated imagery and the ability to resolve issues that arise during 3D production. In the evolving fields of animation, games and graphical visualisation, you will require new literacies and skills to participate fully in the 3D computer graphics production process.

KNB135 Animation Aesthetics

This unit introduces basic to medium level techniques of 3D character animation by investigating the fundamental principles, concepts and approaches to body mechanics and character performance. The focus is on developing an understanding of methodology, planning and execution in order to achieve a sense of physicality and believability. When creating animated content for production, it is important to develop a solid methodology that allows an animator to work quickly and creatively while maintaining an acceptable level of quality. Being able to take direction and creatively respond to a brief while finding the best way to communicate an idea to an audience is a core skill that takes time to develop. The core communication skills of illustration, motion, blocking and layout follow industry standards in pre-production and are required for the generation and presentation of ideas, as well as the exploration of form and character.

KNB136 Visual Storytelling: Production Design

This unit introduces the drawing skills and processes employed in the visual development phase for animated and live-action films and games. It addresses covering sets, props and character model sheets for production ready designs. There are many visual conventions to consider in the conceptual development and presentation of a visual story for screen and games. A range of capabilities and technical skills (observation, description, meaning-making, recording, synthesis, interpretation and sequential representation in graphic form) are required. This unit provides a historic context for the drawing techniques and processes for concept development and production. As such, the unit is your link to pre-production and production units, such as KNB216 Visual Storytelling: Cinematic Pre-Visualisation and KNB226 Visual Storytelling: Pre-Production, as well as your final year capstone project.

KPB101 Introduction to Screen Production

This unit introduces the principles and technologies of video production for both cinema and television such as the roles and responsibilities of production teams, production management, design and practice. Lectures by experts in the areas of producing, directing, and cinematography, editing and sound will inform your practice. As the contemporary mediascape simultaneously converges and diversifies technologically and in market applications, there is a growing demand for new content with correlating skill sets in media production. Drawing on production processes and methodologies established in film, video and television, this unit will introduce you to content production both generated and outputted through new media technologies. Skills, knowledge and approaches will be drawn from the fields of scriptwriting, pre-production, production management, direction, producing, camera, sound, editing and post-production.

KPB113 Screen Text Analysis

This unit introduces different Hollywood, independent and experimental film and television text forms, the industry processes that produce such texts and the audiences that consume them. It addresses key textual analysis techniques to examine screen texts and approaches to analysing industry and audience contexts. Film and television production is an art-form and a business; and screen practitioners, critics and educators value media literacy based on critical and informed approaches to textual analysis. Films and television programs produced within varying industry contexts and for different audiences, construct values, meanings and messages. Therefore, the ability to analyse, interpret, and critique these texts is an important capability for those interested in screen content and production.

KPB116 Introduction to Screenwriting

This unit introduces various principles, elements and stages that make up the scriptwriting process for narrative production. Skills needed to generate and select ideas, write synopses, and draft scripts will be developed through studying and applying the key creative components of writing for the screen. The unit addresses principles of storytelling, industry standards and practical skills involved in developing projects for narrative productions within film, television and other media. The focus is on how to develop ideas, create engaging characters, and construct scenes for visual mediums. Writing scripts for a range of screen media formats is a learned craft and requires discipline, perseverance, and an understanding of industry practice. Possessing this key knowledge provides capabilities to develop concepts through to script stage.

KPB120 Contemporary Screen Histories

This unit engages with contemporary screen productions and the ways in which they look and sound. It aids you to develop an appreciation of the artistic and production practices of key individuals and studios. The styles of recent screen productions (how they look and sound) are the result of past and contemporary creative innovations associated with key individuals, production houses, and studios over an extended period of time. This unit considers the styles of screen productions such as movies, television shows, and video games as being the result of evolving production practices, technological developments, individual and collaborative creative endeavours, and audience expectations.

KPB121 Screen Business

This unit provides an introduction to the producing, writing and theoretical aspects of the movie, TV and new media businesses. The production and distribution of screen-based audiovisual material is a significant global industry. In order to properly understand the cultural impact of this content it is important to understand how it functions as an industry. This is important both for those who intend to work in these businesses, and for those who are interested in understanding how cultural and creative business works. Apart from introducing media business, the unit provides an understanding of the importance of researching the expectations and desires of audiences in order to create commercial products designed to entertain, inform or educate.

KPB220 Factual Screens

This unit introduces the traditions of documentary film and television production, stylistic practices in documentary and documentary scripts, and methodologies for producing ethnographic, indigenous and cross cultural documentaries. Understanding the role documentary performs in our media age provides a crucial literacy to this film forms. You will be exposed to the history and theory behind documentary, enabling you to conceptualise and plan your own documentary productions and critique the place of them alongside factual and fictional forms of filmmaking in the contemporary media landscape. The documentary filmmaking tradition has involved many crucial aesthetic, technical and ethical concerns throughout history. For film, screen and animation students, this unit aids you to integrate its contents into documentary scripts and productions, while for other disciplines' students, the unit provides the theoretical underpinnings and processes of documentary production.

Interaction design

DXB204 Design Thinking

This unit introduces you to the methods of design thinking and creative problem solving. It takes a values-based approach to design thinking and will see you apply your imagination and creativity to address a real world design challenge. In contemporary society, design thinking and creative innovation are the differentiators behind every successful venture, from the commercial success of Apple to the social innovation and real change within our local and global community. They are recognised as the key capabilities for 21st century careers. This unit looks at the fundamentals of design thinking as you develop your own self-directed project aimed for real world impact. We are calling for students who are passionate about their studies and want to become change agents, social entrepreneurs, strategists, and innovative thinkers. This unit is about disruptive transdisciplinary practices that will challenge your imagination and expectations about what university and learning is.


CJB101 Newswriting

This foundational unit provides you with the understanding and skills in journalistic ways of thought, processes and practice, focusing on processes and practices that inform effective news writing. This is the first writing/reporting unit in Journalism. By adopting a hands-on newsroom approach and industry-based assessment, this unit provides a foundation for advanced and specialised professional journalistic reporting techniques. Professional journalists require these foundational knowledge and skills in order to practice in newsrooms. The unit addresses the foundations of news reporting, focusing on identifying, researching and then structuring news reports in an evolving news environment. You will learn how to recognise the fundamental attributes of news and others journalism forms; use availabile mobile technologies, evaluate events for their potential news value, to record interviews and perform other reporting tasks, and to write socially responsible news stories.

CJB102 Visual Journalism

This unit equips you with knowledge and skills of digital photography principles and techniques and visual storytelling experience. You will learn to apply visual communication theory into your journalistic practice. Changing digital technologies now require journalism, media and communications professionals to have appropriate digital visual skills. You are increasingly expected to understand and apply digital visual principles and be able to employ and include visual elements in your work such as audio slideshows, news photography, photo-essays, and photojournalism projects. Visual journalism is a core of modern journalistic practice. This unit provides applied understanding of visual principles and processes including visual literacy and aesthetics, photo-essays, and photojournalistic practice in still and multimedia (image and audio) packages.

CJB103 Journalistic Inquiry

This unit addresses basic skills of newswriting: generating story ideas, researching, conducting interviews, finding news values and news angles and applying them in a practical context. It also advances generic newswriting skills, enhances writing competency and develops the use of social media and mobile technologies in journalism. As such, it develops media professionals who can generate accurate, interesting and insightful stories. It builds your capacity to independently examine issues and events from new angles, rather than uncritically complying with outside agendas, such as PR agencies, government or business. You develop your journalistic inquiry skills focusing on interviewing, data mining and right to information, and learn how they fit into an online environment. You are introduced to everyday journalism, rigorous deadlines, social media and mobile first technologies.

CJB201 Feature Writing

This unit provides advanced journalistic skills in feature writing, such as generating story ideas and new angles, researching and interviewing and writing interesting copy. Feature writing is a mainstay of journalism that practitioners cultivate during a career in this constantly evolving media space. The unit provides experience in the preparation of feature stories of professional quality and gives access to the benefits of reflection and a constructive critique of your research and writing. It aids you in producing credible non-fiction articles in a dynamic and appealing style, engaging skills that are transferable to areas outside journalism. It also provides awareness of the market for feature material for writers including freelance journalists. You are mentored to find publication opportunities in off-campus media.

CJB202 Production Journalism

Contemporary journalism increasingly requires multi-skilled practitioners able to engage and attract audiences through creatively and accurately edited content integrated with compelling visual design. This unit introduces you to the key functions of production journalism for print and digital media by teaching how to produce multimedia (video) and how to edit and design print and digital content prior to publication. It builds on foundation skills in journalism and engages you with the dynamics of visual design and the application of design theory to journalistic practice. You learn to develop material to the publication-ready stage and to apply theoretical concepts in practical contexts. You also gain an understanding of the role of layout and design as a communication tool in print and digital media.

KJB280 International Journalism

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.

KJB337 Investigative Reporting

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.

Media & communication

CCB101 Media Issues and Debates

This introductory unit addresses key concepts, myths, controversies and debates surrounding the relationship between media and contemporary society. The media and communication theories and ideas about the role of communication in contemporary society and culture are foundational for communication professionals. The unit aids you to critically examine topics such as the relationship between media content and violence, and how media may or may not affect social behaviours. In doing so, the unit investigates the historical foundations, cultural context and factual accuracy of a series of ‘common sense’ arguments regarding how different kinds of media have or have not affected the way our society functions. The unit provides a critical approach to media scholarship about the role of media in society that underpins more advanced units such as Social Media, Self and Society and Research Methods.

CCB102 Multi-Media Design

Visual communication techniques are essential in capturing the attention of an increasingly visually literate society. Understanding how to design well is growing in importance in a society that is time poor and overloaded with competing sources of media. You will learn how to apply design theory in a variety of visual communication contexts relevant to the journalism, media and communication industries. You will gain an understanding of the role of design as a communication tool in a variety of outputs including newspapers, magazines, online publications and other integrated communication resources. It introduces the theory of design, its formats, the use of desktop publishing software, the principles of typography and design and the development of stakeholder relationships (photographers, printers etc.).

CCB203 Strategic Speech Communication

This unit addresses the theory and practice of speech and interpersonal communication. It introduces theories of language, rhetoric and persuasion which are interrelated to promote understanding and development of your communication skills. Classroom practice in simulated work situations will enhance the leadership abilities needed to become articulate presenters in a range of contexts, including personal presentations both live and mediated. The ability to present a spoken message is a highly desirable skill in education, employment and life. Across a range of fields and professions, graduates will have many opportunities to speak a message both face-to-face and online. Taking an audience-centred approach to speaking, this unit focuses on creating and analysing persuasive messages. The unit is designed to assist you in becoming an effective oral communicator and discerning listener.

KCB105 Inquiry in Media and Communication

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.


KMB118 Musicianship 1

This unit introduces the foundational aural and analytical skills to develop your understanding of music and sound. These skills will be applied to a range of musical styles, settings and practices. The development of critical listening and analytical skills, combined with representational and demonstrational skills across a broad range of music and sound, is critical to the developing modern musician. The unit will foster a deeper understanding of music and sound to help inform and situate your creative practice. It complements other creative, practical and analytical units in the degree by fostering a deeper understanding of music and sound.

KMB119 Music Production 1

This unit introduces you to the fundamental principles of music and sound production through a mix of theory and practice. You will gain an understanding of sound recording, sound production and live sound reinforcement while developing listening skills essential for music and sound production. The unit prepares you for later music production and creation units. Understanding how to capture and manipulate sound in live and recorded domains are core skills for anyone involved in making music or in any associated creative practice that involves the use of audio. You will develop a critical and practical understanding of the physical properties of sound, how it is perceived, and how it is recorded and processed to produce a final musical outcome.

KMB129 Music Production 2

This unit builds on Music Production 1. It introduces you to sequencing, sound synthesis, and signal processing as approaches to contemporary music composition and production. You will gain an understanding of the approaches and aesthetics that underpin music production and performance in the digital domain. The unit prepares you for later music creation units.

KMB217 Music Creation 1

This unit provides skills and understanding to create new music across a range of musical practices in performance, production and composition. It introduces a range of musical contexts and concepts to help you to better understand your practice and that of your peers within a complex professional environment, and to be better positioned and equipped to respond appropriately. Successful musicians need to form and negotiate their creative practice within a complex professional environment. They need to develop critical skills to understand their music in context and how it can be connected to an audience. This unit establishes a platform for your practical skills in the creation and presentation of new music. As the first of four units in creative practice, it provides an opportunity for you to explore and present creative ideas with peers in a professionally engaged environment.

Visual arts

KVB102 Modernism in Art

This unit addresses concepts and movements that comprise early twentieth-century modernism in art and culture. It provides a coherent theoretical-historical knowledge of the period, 1900-1945, while fostering written, and oral communication skills, as well as building capabilities for visual analysis of art works across different media. Modernism is a crucial area of study for understanding twentieth century and contemporary art and visual culture. A proper comprehension of this period will assist you to become an informed practitioner in contemporary art, design, architecture and art writing.

KVB104 Photo Media and Art Practice

This unit develops an appreciation of the conceptual, cultural and historical contexts of photo media, addressing visual literacy, critical artistic enquiry, and the protocols related to ethical photo media practice. Photo media, which involves the use of diverse photographic processes, plays an important role in contemporary creative practices because of its pervasiveness and its application across a broad range of cultural and conceptual contexts. Photo imaging may also be the predominant mode of specific artists within a broader multidisciplinary approach to practice. This unit introduces a diverse range of contemporary artistic photo imaging concepts and methods as part of a trajectory of photographic history. It provides the opportunity to experiment with a variety of approaches to understand and create engaging and informed photo image portfolios.

KVB113 Australian Art and Identity

This unit introduces the history of Australian art in the 20th Century. It addresses the national, cultural and social frameworks within which this art has been produced, particularly after World War II, emphasising a number of movements and styles in Australian art and their relationship to international tendencies. The unit also considers the nature of Indigenous art and its contribution to the complexities of Australian cultural identity. All of these issues will assist in understanding that Australian art has, and has continued to be, an important expression of our cultural values. This includes the viewpoints of marginal voices from Indigenous culture and multiculturalism, and at the level of gender and sexual politics.

KVB210 Time-Based Art: Moving Images

This unit introduces the theory and practice of the moving image as an art form. It addresses ideas and languages in relation to contemporary video and filmic art and what it shares with television, cinema and other time-based media. These concepts inform the development of methods and skills in practical experience by creating moving-image artwork. The unit looks also at literacy in the meaning, formal codes and conventions of moving images in order to encourage critical and analytical thinking that can be used to effectively communicate concepts through creative practice. An expansive range of video, filmic and time-based imagery currently dominates the cultural landscape. This unit engages with the conceptual and artistic possibilities of moving images which constitute a crucial graduate capability for those committed to building a professional practice in visual meaning-making and communication.

KVB216 Post 1945 Art

This unit introduces the historical, philosophical, economic, political, social, cultural, artistic and formal issues related to art production since 1945 and into the post-modern era. It covers topics on neo-avant-garde, and art's engagement with consumerism, the philosophical underpinnings of movements such as Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptualism, Performance and Earthworks, Feminist art practice, and post-modern art and architecture. The study of these movements will assist you in understanding the history behind arts production and the styles that have been adopted by other creative industries. This unit provides a skill-base for all Creative Industries students and applies to all disciplines and cultural industries including art criticism, arts practice, architecture, landscape architecture, fashion and music. You will also increase understanding and skills that are pertinent to the study of cultural literature and visual analysis.

KVB222 Spatial Art: Object and Site

This intermediate visual art unit provides empirical and theoretical frameworks for exploring the areas of space and site thus further developing your creative practice. Through both directed and independent activities you will explore the sculptural object and its setting as interdependent aspects of spatial art practice. These practical activities will be grounded in a study of the critical-analytical background to debates and theories in the field of installation art, site-based art and public art. This unit forms part of a suite of visual arts units that aim to expand your creative skillset and visual literacy for application in the visual art studio and beyond.

KVB223 Post 1989 Art

This unit introduces key ideas and styles of art practice that have emerged since 1989 in a global economy. It develops knowledge and skills that are relevant to cultural literature and visual analysis. It furthers your expertise in problem solving, creative thinking and effective communication of knowledge in a variety of contexts and modes. As a creative industries student, it is important to possess an informed knowledge of art and culture since 1989, including the rise of the experience economy and the centrality of entertainment and post-avant-garde art in global creative industries. The concepts and knowledge gained will aid you to organise and evaluate information, synthesise research material into a coherent form, and write and verbally articulate ideas. This unit is intended to provide a foundation skill-base for you in Creative Industries and is applicable to all disciplines including art criticism, arts practice, architecture and fashion.

Units you need background knowledge to study

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