Communications & Arts
Our Communications & Arts teaching and research programs are connected to local and global communities through a range of industry projects, exhibitions, performances and creative collaborations.
This unique interaction has enabled us to establish professional affiliations with a number of partners, allowing students the opportunity to engage with industry across a range of disciplines and professions.
West Papua Online Database
Recent Communications and Arts Masters graduate Judith Reczek has created a website as a resource for young journalists writing about West Papua. After being commissioned in 2011 to write stories about the Freeport McMoran strike and the Third Papuan Congress, Judith discovered it was extremely difficult to source reliable information. Using Rudyard Kipling's "six honest serving men" who, what, where, when, why and how as her guides, Judith explored how one can use simple infographics to convey the background of a conflict zone. The result is an extremely useful online database for journalists who are unfamiliar with this particular conflict zone.
Sky's the limit for ECU writer
ECU South West PhD student and up-and-coming writer Nicole Sinclair is looking forward to a long and successful writing career after winning the national Katherine Susannah Prichard (KSP) Short Fiction Award for her short story, The Nest. Set in the south-west of WA, The Nest is about a couple who are coming to terms with infertility.
For Nicole, the win was not only about the recognition, but also about receiving encouragement and support from those in the writing industry. Nicole plans to use the money from the award to pay for a research trip for her next novel. Nicole also won the national Down South Adult Writing competition for her story Dead Ringer.
International recognition for ECU designer
Communications and Arts PhD student Andy Simionato is conducting research into the historical and cultural identities of books as a medium, their production, transmission and consumption, with the intention of understanding how the different elements within books are changing in computer mediated environments.
Andy has produced book works that are featured prominently in the Triennale Design Museum in Italy, which will be viewed by hundreds of thousands of visitors. Andy's efforts have seen him offered a residency position in Milan during 2013, where he hopes to show artworks produced during his PhD research at ECU.
"I've had to challenge my own perceptions and it's made me grow as a person.
"This course offered me freedom. I was able to choose units that reflected my interests, strengths and background, so it felt like my course.
"Being at a university where so many different schools of knowledge exist and so many activities take place, means that you can enjoy a richer uni life. And being involved with other projects has allowed me to gain more skills that are otherwise outside the scope of my degree, but make me a much more able person.
"Now I'm ready to take on almost anything!"
Master of Innovative Technology student
Specialist facilities & services
Our Communications and Arts students have access to a state of the art education environment.
There's 24x7 access to our artists' studios', edit suites, computer labs with printing facilities and latest software.
The very best digital and analogue professional video, audio and photographic equipment is also available for loan from our on-campus Media Store.
See our students' work
See our Communication & Arts students' work in our creative showcase.