"The most important personal characteristics for a successful career in media are resilience and passion. You have to be ready to adapt."

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Producer at Triple J and ABC Radio
Bachelor of Media graduate

Discover Arts and Social Sciences at Southern Cross University

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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.

Southern Cross University students get exposure to one of the most creative regions and develop connections with an array of arts, music and writing festivals.

You can hone your craft under the guidance of practising professionals in our world-class facilities.

We empower our graduates to pursue what matters.

What we offer our students

Industry engaged learning

Professional placements and internships are core elements of our degrees; plus visiting musicians and writers

Major festival connections

Splendour in the Grass, Byron Writers Festival, Mullum Music Festival, Bello Winter Fest, Lismore Lantern Parade

Overseas study

Exchange and Study Abroad with Pratt Institute (US), Universitat de Barcelona (Spain), Kansai Gaidai University (Japan) and more

Screenworks membership

Learn from screen industry leaders; attend professional events; mentoring opportunities and more.

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Meet the staff in the School of Arts and Social Sciences

Our teaching staff are practising artists, musicians, social scientists and professionals in social welfare. Like Associate Professor Grayson Cooke, an award-winning multimedia artist who exhibits his work in galleries all around the world. Dr Barry Hill is the driving force behind the  solar-powered audio-visual production system. Associate Professor Adele Wessell is an expert on the history of food and our eating habits. Dr Sandy Darab and Dr Yvonne Hartman’s important research into the ever-growing issue of homelessness faced by older women is recognised nationally.

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Explore the facilities and resources

If only the walls could talk. For more than a quarter of a century, musicians, sound engineers, artists and journalists have spent hundreds of thousands of hours honing their skills in the University’s studios and performance spaces.

Graduates like Scott Aplin, The Voice Australia’s music director and pianist, who accessed the Studio One29 Performance Space and Contemporary Music Studios. Internationally-renowned large-scale muralist Guido van Helten developed his artistic skills across several mediums in the Art and Design Studios. Katie Brown, co-host of Inside the NRL on NRL.com discovered her talent for journalism in the Digital Media Suites.

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Arts and Social Sciences alumni changing the world

Our graduates are leaders and change-makers across the nation and around the world.
People like Adopt Change ambassador Jules Allen, American Country Music #1 hit songwriter Phil Barton, large-scale muralist Guido van Helten and acclaimed writer Jessie Cole.
Elsewhere our graduates are forging careers that matter in their own communities. Like filmmaker Eden Crawford-Harriman ’s celebration of the unique artists of regional Australia; and artist Paulette Hayes’s determination to honour women killed by domestic violence.

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Contact the School of Arts and Social Sciences

Dean and Head of School

T: +61 7 5589 3169

E: sasshos@scu.edu.au

Assistant to Head of School

T: +61 2 6620 3136

E: leanne.brown@scu.edu.au

Deputy Dean and Director (Research)

T: +61 2 6620 3839

E: grayson.cooke@scu.edu.au