USQ’s Bachelor of Creative Arts and Wellbeing will grow your creativity, your facilitation and leadership skills, and your understanding of the needs of community care and development. Specialise in either Music, Theatre, or Visual Art and learn how your creative practice can engage positively with communities to build resilience, capacity, and cohesion. All three Majors are underpinned by foundational Human Services courses to equip you with the necessary knowledge to apply your creative processes in/with/and for diverse communities to assist individuals and groups to be happier and healthier. Graduates of this degree will have the necessary skills to work in the Creative Industries along with the added employability to bring benefit to other sectors like Community Services (youth, indigenous, aged, refugee, homeless, unemployed, disability), Hospitals/Allied Health, Correctional Services, Local Government, and Charity Organisations.
DOCTOR OF CREATIVE ARTS (DCAR)
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PhD)
DOCTOR OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES (DPRS)
DCAR, PhD or DPRS?
The difference between a PhD and Doctor of Creative Arts program lies in the PhD offering a traditional thesis-based model that is centred on the theorisation of a central premise with a smaller creative component that serves to support the central theoretical premise to lead to new knowledge. A Doctor of Creative Art program is practice-centred, exploring the creative practitioner’s positioning as well as its anchoring and innovation within broader social, historical and cultural discourses. The centre of its enquiry encompasses a performativity or studio-oriented emphasis that is supported by an exegetical exploration of historical and contemporary creative artists and theorists to uncover new knowledge. It involves a rigorous practice-led methodology that develops the idea of performativity as part of the project’s theorisation of practice within the exegesis. The DPRS program is mostsuitable for candidates seeking to combine professional work with study and obtain a doctoral degree based entirely on the
candidate’s practice (work or community of practice).
Our researchers and students can access a wide range of technologies, studios and creative spaces that help drive new discoveries and creative arts innovations.
The School of Creative Arts is a community of artists, scholars and researchers who seek to lead and inspire students and the community through collaboration and innovation. We enable and encourage creative and informed student reflection, critique, the formation and production of creative outcomes and patterns of life-long learning and curiosity.
OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
The School of Creative Arts is proud of the strong partnerships we have forged with local community. Many of these partnerships have been in place for years and have yielded incredible success. With engagement being one of the School’s core values, we have cultivated these partnerships to not only benefit our students and staff, but also to ensure we are central in our regions’ cultural growth and prosperity.
Artist & Academic
Artist & Academic
Courtney has always been immersed in the creative arts and with family ties to the university, embarking on her Doctor of Philosophy in Contemporary Voice program at USQ was a ‘no-brainer’.
Having already completed her undergraduate degree and honours in the Bachelor of Creative Arts program, Courtney is a successful ‘portfolio’ musician. She performs, educates, researches, collaborates, advocates, and inspires others to continue to pursue their goals.
A self-proclaimed go-getter, Courtney says it’s always been about the journey. Working consistently as a music teacher and accompanist, as well as directing her own music studio, she sustained her work throughout the duration of her studies and still does to this day.
Courtney’s journey has not been without challenges however, as she experienced the tremendous grief of the sudden passing of her father whilst studying and working full-time. Her capacity to handle stressful situations was tried and tested, and the pursuit to achieve well in her assignments and exams challenged. It was, however, the support received during this time that has forever impacted her life.
Along with giving Courtney with the tools needed to pursue her goals, USQ became her second home throughout her degree; a home where she is constantly surrounded by acceptance, value and the creative freedom to pursue her own unique identity.
After floating between jobs and feeling a lack of direction, Dan began his journey at USQ studying what he is most passionate about – art. He has graduated from USQ with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) and a Doctor of Philosophy.
An artist with a practice based in ceramics, Dan has been able to travel, exhibit and teach extensively throughout Australia and abroad. He has also worked as a Visual Arts Technician and Ceramics
Lecturer at USQ, with plans to move to Melbourne to continue his practice there.
Dan’s motivation as an artist stems from the inevitability of death, which puts a profound imperative on life. His creative and professional trajectory – formed by his studies at USQ – allowed him to
approach his practice with passion and overcome the rejection and recognition-based challenges of the art industry.
‘The short time we have here motivates me to try and make a difference, try and have meaningful and productive interactions, and to try and leave things better than I found them.’
My time as a visual art student at USQ was a personally, professionally and creatively transformative process, and a driving factor in my subsequent career choices. I found myself simultaneously challenged and supported, which led to confidence in creative growth, the development of practical skills and an involvement in numerous exhibitions and other industry outcomes. I have retained a lasting sense of creative and collaborative community, which continues to form the basis for many subsequent art exhibitions, projects and events.