School of Arts and Social Sciences

The School of Arts and Social Sciences is a multidisciplinary and creative learning community, providing quality teaching and focused research. The School delivers degrees spanning arts and humanities, social sciences and the creative and performing arts.

Degrees are offered on campus and online. Staff are committed to providing a supportive and nurturing learning environment to all students.

The Lismore campus is the cultural hub for studies in visual arts, media and contemporary music, in a region renowned for its dynamic arts and music scene. Students have access to purpose built facilities that include studios, performance and exhibition spaces. From 2020, students also have the opportunity to study a Bachelor of Contemporary Music or a Bachelor of Digital Media and Communications at our new Coomera location.

The degrees and units offered online include a highly interactive study experience that strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community.

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Take your passion for writing to the next level

If you have a passion for writing and you want to progress a career as a writer, the Southern Cross University Graduate Diploma of Creative Writing is the degree for you. 

This postgraduate course is designed to develop your writing across a range of genres with specific feedback from professional writers. You will undertake an extended writing project as part of your course, with a focus on publishing, editing and practical career opportunities.

Southern Cross University has strong links with the thriving Northern Rivers arts community and is the education partner of the Byron Writers Festival and Northern Rivers Performing Arts.

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Bachelor of Media graduate Emily Page

Screenworks mentoring and internship opportunities

Southern Cross University is proud to partner with Australia’s premier regional industry association Screenworks to provide mentoring and internship opportunities for our creative arts students. Students have the opportunity to learn from screen industry leaders, building the knowledge and networks they need for successful creative careers.

As part of this partnership, students can access free membership with Screenworks by going to the 'Become a Member' section at and entering the code: SCU-E73A68C966.

For Bachelor of Media (Media Design and Screen) graduate Emily Page, a membership with Screenworks presented exciting career opportunities.

“Screenworks put me in touch with many opportunities, including working on Deadlock, a five-part web drama series for ABC TV and ABC iView.  The experience helped me bridge the gap between being a student filmmaker and a professional. I now also have an industry credit to my name.”