The School of Arts and Social Sciences connects to all major festivals in the region: Splendour, Byron Writers Festival, Mullum Music Festival and more.


Study in Australia’s most creative region.

Develop connections to major arts and cultural festivals.

Splendour in the Grass

Byron Writers Festival

Lismore Lantern Parade

Mullum Music Festival

Learn and explore through socially engaged teaching and research with an environmental focus.

Hone your craft under the guidance of practising professionals in our world-class facilities.

We empower our graduates to pursue what matters.

Welcome to the School of Arts and Social Sciences.

Welcome to the School of Arts and Social Sciences

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A degree from the School of Arts and Social Sciences delivers the professional skills and critical thinking so you can create a future that matters.

Curious. Creative. Connected.

Explore what it is to be human. The School’s degrees span Humanities and Social Sciences, Social Work and Community Welfare, and Music and Creative Arts.

Question everything.

Learn from globally recognised artists, leading researchers and respected professional practitioners who will support you to push the boundaries.

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Why study Arts and Social Sciences at Southern Cross University?

Welcome to the School of Arts and Social Sciences where you'll discover flexible modes of study; a diverse academic program; approachable teachers and a strong sense of community engagement and social and environmental justice.

Our degrees are recognised internationally as among the best. Social Science is ranked in the top 5% in the world by Times

Higher Education. Students rate our learning resources #1 in Australia for Humanities, Culture and Social Sciences.

One of the great things about studying here is the sheer breadth of knowledge and experience at your fingertips. Our teaching staff are eager to guide and mentor you. Plus, you’ll get to learn, experiment and collaborate with students from all walks of life.

Extensive facilities and studio spaces are available (during and outside of class time) for art and design, recording and performing, video-making and creating podcasts, so you get to practise and hone your craft. Along the way you’ll get to perform or exhibit to real audiences and get on-the-job experience through professional placements and internships.

Want to study Arts or Social Sciences, but you’re also passionate about other interest areas like global environmental challenges or creative urban renewal? Southern Cross is developing exciting shared majors to allow greater flexibility in designing your degree. Plus, you can study double degrees in Social Sciences and Laws, or Arts and Laws.

Discover more about us

Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Global top 5%

in Social Sciences (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019)

Good Universities Guide 2020

#1 in Australia

for Learning Resources in Humanities and Social Sciences (Good Universities Guide 2020)

"I was really impressed with the students’ original music. I could feel their respect for music lecturer Dr Leigh Carriage and the music faculty."

Katie Noonan, singer songwriter

Learn more about the APRA AMCOS Songwriting Workshop

What’s on

Each year, the School of Arts and Social Sciences hosts events aimed at engaging audiences and communities about topics that matter. From research seminars, artist talks, community workshops to student performances and exhibitions, the School invites community members to engage in contemporary debates and experience new perspectives.

Staff in the School are regularly active in a large number of forums, from panel discussions at the Byron Writers Festival to performances at Mullum Music Festival and in-depth discussion at Thursday Night Live at the Lismore Regional Gallery. Click below for more details about upcoming events in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.

See the list of upcoming events

List of events

11 June Thursday Night Live! Provocations, dialogue, exchanges
5 Sept History Week 2020
14 Nov  Lismore Lantern Parade
TBA  Sonic Treats Music Showcase
TBA  Graduate Art Exhibition 2020


Contact the School of Arts and Social Sciences

Dean and Head of School

T: +61 7 5589 3169


Assistant to Head of School

T: +61 2 6620 3136


Deputy Dean and Director (Research)

T: +61 2 6620 3839