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Do you want to be immersed in creativity, performance, design and innovation?

The USQ School of Creative Arts or SoCA, prepares students for global engagement as practitioners, educators, creators, advocates, and patrons of the arts. We foster the development of professional skills and intellectual growth necessary for the pursuit of creative and scholarly inquiry by extending artistic traditions, while embracing a culture of innovation and change. Students benefit from an innovative and inspirational learning community. There’s never been a better time, or place, to realise your creative potential than right now!


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USQ Editing and Publishing - Graduate Certificate


Design and Interactive Systems Digital Media Major


USQ Film and Screen Production - Film Production Major


USQ Music Degree Music Practice Major


USQ Radio Production Major


USQ Bachelor of Visual Arts


USQ Bachelor of Visual Arts - Studio Practice


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SoCA Research Degrees


USQ Music Lecturer Helen Russell Performing
Theatre Lecturer Janet McDonald


Our staff are a motley crew of hard-working, enthusiastic individuals who enjoy teaching while continuing their own professional artistic practice. Collaboration is key in our School – for staff and students.

USQ Music Lecturer Singing


We provide hands-on, practical skills development underpinned by discipline-specific theory to ensure our graduates are knowledgeable and profession ready. Our graduates possess critical and creative thinking, effective communication, imagination, entrepreneurialism, a strong sense of agency, and a commitment to making a positive impact in the community.

Did you know SoCA’s creative arts programs are also not included in the Federal Government’s recent fee increases for Humanities courses which means you won’t pay higher fees for your courses.

Enrol and be part of the next generation of storytellers today!


Our students are amazing people from all walks of life who want to express themselves creatively and to create work that tells stories, connects with others, and pushes boundaries.  We come to know every student and we feel privileged to walk alongside them as they travel along their learning journey of personal and professional development.

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McGregor Retreats are an opportunity for you to immerse yourself in creativity for one to seven days! We offer multiple workshop structures, with a range of artistic workshops covering everything from watercolour to woodwork, music to creative writing and more. With a 52 year history, McGregor Retreats attract established, beginner and dabbling artists, believing everyone has the ability to create.


USQ Alumnus Film and Screen Production - Daniel Maddock

Daniel Maddock

Photographer, Filmmaker and Academic

USQ Alumnus Music - Bonnie Green

Bonnie Green

Professional Musician

USQ Alumnus Visual Art - Dan Elborne

Daniel Elborne

Practising Visual Artist

Daniel Maddock

Daniel is an award-winning cinematographer, photographer, filmmaker and academic. He has had a strong and varied career in the tertiary sector having taught at the University of Southern Queensland, Griffith Film School, JMC Academy, SAE College and the Queensland School of Film and Television. Daniel has published research in journals and books with his thesis being nominated for the Chancellor’s Medal for Excellence in PhD Research at Griffith University. Daniel’s cinematographic and photographic practice is rare and multidimensional; he has been published in almost every medium of film-making including broadcasted documentaries, television drama series, music videos, television commercials, branded content, corporate, educational and television news whilst also publishing stills in magazines, newspapers, billboards and online in the genres of architecture, fashion, food, interior design, lifestyle and advertising.

Notable Productions:
– Love Patrol [Television Series Drama – SBS] – ACS Award Winning
– Artscape: APT7 – Our Century, Our Art [Television Documentary – ABC]
– The Battle of Fire Support Base Coral [Television Documentary – History Channel]
– Calais ‘Seeing it All’ [Music Video – ABC]
– Ball Park Music ‘You Only Want Me When I’m There’ [Music Video – ABC]

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 The Space/Time website is a good go to as it has extensive behind the scenes videos….

Bonnie Green

Music has always been a part of who Bonnie is. She graduated from USQ with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) in Music and is currently completing a Doctor of Philosophy in piano pedagogy, specifically focusing on creative music-making and learning.

Pursuing tertiary studies in music at USQ has opened doors for Bonnie to work as a performer, piano teacher, accompanist and musical director. Through studying, Bonnie has also discovered her talent and passion for improvising, composing and arranging, recording her own music and helping other artists record their albums. With initial plans to study Journalism, Bonnie found her way back to music after living in Denmark as an exchange student, where her love for music was rekindled through exposure to genres such as funk, pop and jazz.

Overcoming personal challenges of self-confidence, breaking away from false humility and recognising that she is good at what she enjoys, Bonnie runs to pursue her passion as a career, continue learning and desires to share her talent and knowledge with others.

Daniel Elborne

Up to this point, the most definitive sense of purpose I’ve found is in making art. Alongside this, consuming and studying visual art dominates a great deal of my remaining time and energy. As a distinctively human enterprise, I recognise that art is an essential component to defining, shaping, and critiquing both history and culture. It is USQ where I realised this, and where I decided, with a great deal of support, to pursue life as an artist.


There’s always something new and exciting happening in the School of Creative Arts. Our SoCA Press is all about sharing our news, achievements and success stories. Come on in!

Message from Head of School – Rebecca Scollen

2021 signals a new chapter for the School of Creative Arts as we launch seven brand new undergraduate degree programs!  While some universities are actively closing down or winding back their creative arts degree offerings, we are growing ours. The University of...

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