Creative & Performing Arts

A UOW creative & performing arts degree immerses you in the 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 and celebrates independent artists.

Area of interest

The study of music integrates physical, intellectual and emotional aspects, including instrumental or vocal performance, composition, music production and recording, history and theory. Studying Music at UOW will offer a deeper understanding of how music works, as well as the skills to develop as a creative practitioner and prepare for a career in the arts.

This is a versatile, hands-on discipline that prepares you for a career in the global creative industries. With a strong focus on contemporary music practice, our undergraduate degree combines performance, composition and both electronic and acoustic media so you can build your skills and expertise across three interrelated areas: music studio, audio production and critical studies in music.

Undergraduate degrees

Minors and electives

Postgraduate degrees

The Bachelor of Performance and Theatre* at UOW is a highly practical course that will prepare you for a career in the performing arts and broader creative industries. You will learn the techniques, strategies and processes of contemporary theatre-making and performance in a range of contexts.

Complementing the practical aspects of your degree, you will undertake core subjects in the history and theory of theatre, as well as core subjects including professional practice. You will also have the opportunity to undertake electives or a minor study in associated areas such as stage management and sound and lighting design, as well as creative writing, audio production or media arts among others. All students participate in producing and performing in their own productions throughout their degree, thereby gaining industry-relevant experience.

This degree offers specialisations in either Acting or Theatre.

Acting major - entry requirements

Entry into the Acting major is based on a combination of both academic results and audition scores. You will be required to audition to demonstrate your talent and potential to benefit from the course. Audition dates and information, including the registration form, are available online.

Undergraduate degrees


Postgraduate study options

Photography is a form of art and expression. It is a form of graphic communication that can be instantly understood by a global audience to showcase facts, inform, educate, entertain, reform, or share experiences. Photography will take you through visual experiences and critical thinking: your photos can tell a thousand words.

Studying photography at UOW will teach you both analogue and digital technologies across a diverse range of studio subjects, whilst developing an understanding of traditions and concepts relevant to photography in historical, theoretical and contemporary visual art contexts. You will develop your own style through creative processes, conceptual skills and applying your knowledge into practice. 

Undergraduate degrees

Electives and minors

Postgraduate degrees

Studying Visual Arts at UOW will allow you to explore diverse materials, processes and practices in an intensive, hands-on environment drawing on a range of studio practices from the established to the emerging, the analogue and the digital, from 2D to object and time-based works.

A Bachelor of Creative Arts at UOW encourages you to immerse yourself creatively, critically and practically. The Creative Industries are one of the fastest growing, most dynamic sectors in the world.

The Visual Arts major equips you with a sound knowledge of contemporary art practices and art history and theory within Australia and internationally. It also offers you the opportunity to take minors and electives that broaden your career opportunities such as, for instance, Creative Writing, Media Arts, Technical Theatre, Music Production, Photography, English Literature or languages.

Visual Arts is taught by academics who are also practising artists and scholars, and who work with you to develop your creative and critical abilities. You will work towards a major exhibition by the end of your degree, and are encouraged to participate in Student Initiated Projects (SIPS).

Undergraduate degrees

Minors and elective

Postgraduate degrees

Studying Visual Communication Design at UOW will introduce you to a range of modern design principles and practices in both a regional and global context. You will be encouraged to explore your individual creativity through typography, social impact design, spatial design and interaction design. You will learn how to apply design principles to develop creative solutions and enhance innovation. Through this major you will explore media and technology forms relevant to contemporary and emerging design practice.

Undergraduate degrees

Minors and electives

Postgraduate degrees

Number 1

UOW undergraduate Creative Arts ranked number one in Australia for skills development, and number one in NSW for learner engagement and overall educational experience, as well as receiving additional 5-star ratings for student support and teaching quality.

The Good Universities Guide 2021


UOW ranks second in NSW and the ACT for undergraduate Creative Arts.

Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) 2021