“The course opened so many doors for me. I had the chance to intern at major events, connect with industry partners, who subsequently employed me.”

Kate Stroud

Bachelor of Contemporary Music graduate

We’re going to kick off with a song called “Drifting” and it’s written by a Swedish lady called Anna Begurlof.

I was born in a little town in the middle of Sweden.

My mum always listened to Pink Floyd, had Bjork like CDs and I was a big mess when it came to music.

I was enrolled in Environmental Science and during O week I realised there was a music program here and I was like ‘Oh my god’ I can’t not do it.

I think I’ve always known that I want to do music. It’s always been there but I think coming here and deciding to do music here has really been good for me. Getting more routines and actually starting to climb up to get up to a professional level.

My favourite classes is the one-on-one classes with our vocal teacher here.

Right now I am doing stage management which is making sure that everything runs smoothly and it’s on time and making sure things that are meant to be on stage are on stage.

I’m also doing more things later, working at festivals. We have really good contacts with differnt festivals around the area.

Every Wednesday I run open mike at the Unibar. If you want you can sing a song, play guitar. I am the open mike lady.

First up on stage we have my beautiful friend Dylan Pinkerton.

I go a lot to the library because they have a really good section for both music and mixing and production and they have a whole area with just CDs that you can borrow too.
It’s one of the best libraries I’ve ever been to.

What I like about Lismore is it’s a very diverse and accepting community. I’m vegan and a lot of people here really care about that and a lot of whole food shops and really nice cafes and the nature is just amazing. Just here at the campus its really nice to step outside for a bit and have a short walk, see some koalas.

I’ve really gotten the space to grow and choose my own way and always been supported all the way.

Music and Creative Arts

Degrees in music, visual arts, creative writing or even a combined Bachelor of Laws and Creative Writing at Southern Cross provide the backbone to a fulfilling career in the creative industries. Our creative arts and music degrees are delivered at the Lismore campus in the heart of the Northern Rivers, and from 2020, students can also undertake a degree in contemporary music or digital media at our Coomera campus on the Gold Coast.

Our lecturers are practising artists and students have the best of modern production facilities at their disposal. Our courses are delivered by the School of Arts and Social Sciences, a multidisciplinary and creative learning community. 

The University is a sponsor of major music and arts festivals such as Mullum Music Festival and Byron Writers Festival, which offer great opportunities for work placements and networking.

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Why choose Music and Creative Arts with Southern Cross?

Major festival connections

Such as Splendour in the Grass, Mullum Music Festival and Byron Writers Festival

Extensive facilities

Outstanding visual arts, recording and performing studios

Graduate satisfaction

85% of Southern Cross graduates rated the facilities and resources highly, well above the median national average of 79% (QILT 2020)

5-star rating

We're rated 5-stars for learning resources in creative arts (GUG 2021)

 All courses are delivered online due to COVID-19

All our courses that are shown to be at a specific campus will be temporarily delivered online with no face-to-face teaching for Session 2. This may continue longer depending on when the Government instructs us that it is safe to resume normal face-to-face classes on campus. Our normal online courses will continue unaffected.

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Our music and creative arts courses are delivered by schools on our campuses in Lismore and the Gold Coast. Many courses also offer external and flexible study options.

A creative and multidisciplinary learning community. Our students are artistic, intellectual and ready to make a difference. The School of Arts and Social Sciences offers degrees in arts and humanities, social sciences and the creative and performing arts.

From online learning to purpose-built spaces across our campuses, we offer quality teaching, support and resources for all our students. We pride ourselves on producing graduates who are ethical, reflective global citizens, committed to community engagement and lifelong learning. 

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