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Boost for next wave of creative artists

Students planning to start a creative arts degree in 2021 have extra incentive to study at the University of Southern Queensland, thanks to a new Federal Government scholarship program worth $1 million.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie welcomed the new incentive for regional and remote students considering a career in creative arts. 

“The Federal Government is offering new scholarships to support the next generation of creative artists in regional Australia – $18,000 to 50 undergraduate creative arts students,” Professor Mackenzie said.

“This investment highlights the value and positive impact that creative arts have on people and communities.”

The scholarships are designed to assist students with course fees, travelling, living expenses and study materials.

“They will also enable students to gain industry experience and network with potential employers while they study, whether it’s through internships, work placements or projects,” Professor Mackenzie said.

Head of the University’s School of Creative Arts Dr Rebecca Scollen said the scholarships would provide more opportunities for students to study towards a successful career in the creative arts industry.

“The practical, hands-on nature of creative arts tuition means it is primarily taught in an on-campus environment. This means that for students in regional and remote areas of Australia they typically need to travel large distances and live away from their families to study,” Dr Scollen said.

“These scholarships will enable those who may not have thought it was possible to study creative arts to do so.”

While many universities around Australia are winding back their creative arts offerings, the University of Southern Queensland have launched seven new creative arts degrees, with applications for Semester 1, 2021 open now. They include: 

  • Bachelor of Theatre 
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Creative Arts and Community Wellbeing
  • Bachelor of Film and Screen Production
  • Bachelor of Design and Interactive Technologies
  • Bachelor of Visual Art
  • Bachelor of Television and Radio Production

“The creative arts sector was hit hard in 2020 due to the impacts of COVID-19, but at the same time it became obvious that a life without creativity and a life without community connection through live performance, exhibitions and films is a life that is pretty joyless and beige,” Dr Scollen said.

“There is no better time than now to study creative arts and to be prepared for a career in such a diverse and engaging industry.”

The new scholarships will be available in 2021. More details can be found here.

Find out more information about the University’s new Creative Arts degrees.