Study at Southern Cross University’s Coomera creative campus

In 2020, Southern Cross University launched its newest campus at Coomera in the northern Gold Coast. Focusing on music, digital media and communications, and information technology, the Coomera Creative Campus is an exciting development in one of the fastest growing areas of Australia's sixth largest city.

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About Coomera Creative campus

As the Northern Gold Coast continues to expand in population, business, services and education, Southern Cross University's proactive presence in Coomera responds to that growth and ensuing need.

Our creative and media courses are delivered by practising music and media professionals from 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 the Mullum Music Festival and Byron Writers Festival, which offer great opportunities for work placements and networking.

Our information technology degree is delivered by the School of Business and Tourism and combines academic rigour with contemporary industry practice, giving you the skills to succeed in complex environments.

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The Gold Coast's vibrant creative arts culture is being recognised and enhanced thanks to the launch of Southern Cross University's new campus at Coomera.

Professor Adam Shoemaker: Well we couldn't wait for this, it's been more than a year in the making and in fact today is the big day where we launch two new degrees in absolute partnership with Gold Coast TAFE, TAFE Queensland.

They're actually in Contemporary Music and the Bachelor of Digital Media and Communications. Really interesting degrees and a great place for a really go-to location.

Karen Dickinson: The facilities are fantastic, as I think Adam was saying earlier, they are really state-of-the-art facilities. There's a whole range of different production rooms, the equipment, it really is outstanding.

Professor Adam Shoemaker: I love the word creative and creativity. Creative industries as you know is one of the great 21st-century success stories. Think of film, think of the new versions of multimedia, think of streaming, think of composition in music for computer gaming, think of all the options behind in studios and consoles. This is the whole array of creativity that's here, it isn't just behind the microphone, it's the brains behind the operation and that's what we're about, degrees of the highest quality and employability.

Harry J Hart: I've loved it so far. I've just learnt so much and I've made some great friends being surrounded by like-minded people.

Melinda Rossouw: I've decided to enrol in the Southern Cross music program because I've really enjoyed working in the diploma here and it just made me realise that I want to become a live sound engineer and I've heard from many people that it's a great experience at Southern Cross University. I thought it'd be a great way to go.

Karen Dickinson: We have a large cohort of diploma students and we're providing them that opportunity to be able to study with a really reputable wonderful organisation
in Southern Cross University and they can do that study on the Gold Coast.

Row of guitar necks studio

Coomera creative campus facilities

Creativity and talent deserve the very best. Southern Cross University's students at Coomera creative campus have the very best production facilities at their disposal.

This includes information technology laboratories, four soundproofed rehearsal rooms with vocal PA and backline gear, and a live performance space with a full line array sound system and professional lighting rig.

Our main studio is a world-class recording facility with an SSL Duality mixing desk offering top quality analogue and digital recording. Digital media students access commercial-grade studios, equipment and industry-standard software with the chance to gain on-the-job experience through our strong industry connections.

Other facilities on-campus at Coomera include a café, independent learning centre, refreshment stations and student support services.

“I stepped straight out of University and into a lot of different studios in Sydney. I felt at ease because I had so much experience during my degree.”

Scott Aplin

The Voice musical director

Lifeguard tower at the Gold Coast

Explore the northern Gold Coast

Coomera is within minutes of many of the Gold Coast's biggest attractions, including Dreamworld, Wet'n'Wild, Warner Bros. Movie World and the Australian Outback Spectacular.

After all that excitement, the Coomera River is a more relaxing location, an ideal place to escape with houseboats for hire and good fishing, among other activities.

You can also visit Coomera's Gold Coast Marina – the largest in the southern hemisphere – and view the superyachts of the super-rich. For more information visit the Gold Coast Tourism website.

"It's part of the WHARVES story that we met through studying music at Southern Cross. Access to world-class knowledge and facilities really helped kickstart us."

Matt Collins

Music graduate and WHARVES singer

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