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The School of Communications and Arts is for students who want to discover and pursue their true passion.

We have a diverse range of programs in communications, media, design, arts and the humanities. As a result, we are one of the largest and most comprehensive schools of this kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

We aim to maximise your employability by giving you hands-on skills, professional placement experiences, and a solid theoretical background. Multi-skilling is expected in many arts and communications industries and our course structures allow you to gain expertise in multiple areas.

Student testimonials

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"It's so much more than fashion; it's everything that supports the industry too."

Emma Brankovic

Contemporary Fashion student

Research activity

The School of Communications and Arts actively participates in a range of research projects dedicated to collaborating with the media, communications, technology and creative industries to local community, government and industry groups.

Our current research projects include;

News & events

ECU Adjunct Professor Ed Jaggard's research details how the surf lifesaving movement saw a decline in member numbers when Australians were introduced to the malibu surfboard. Thumbnail

Riding a wave of popularity

The surf lifesaving movement sowed the seeds of its own decline in influence over Australia’s beaches when it invited American and Hawaiian lifeguards to compete in a Torquay carnival in 1956.

Dr Donell Holloway discusses the increase in toddlers using touch screens and the associated techno-guilt parents experience. Thumbnail

Toddlers and tablets: Parents' techno-guilt

ECU researcher Dr Donell Holloway considers the growing trend of parents who use their touch screen devices to entertain their young children and the techno-guilt associated with this practice.

Associate Professor Mark McMahon said Xbox One and Playstation 4 will continue to be popular purchases this Christmas. Thumbnail

Technology and toys this Christmas

Choosing the right game for the kids to open on Christmas morning can be a daunting task for parents, but ECU’s gaming expert has some advice on what’s hot and what's not in 2014.

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