Arts and Design

Townsville campus is about to get creative

CQUniversity’s Townsville campus continues to grow and in 2018 a new degree for aspiring actors, dancers and musicians will be offered on-campus.

From Term 1 (March, 2018), the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Acting or Contemporary Dance) and Bachelor of Music (Performance Specialisation) degrees will become available with the first lot of auditions set to take place.

The courses will be the only of their kind in the region meaning aspiring performing artists won’t need to leave Townsville to complete their dream degrees.

Bachelor of Creative Arts Associate Professor David Cashman said he had received renewed calls for a performing arts degree from the community so a decision was made to deliver it.

“With no tertiary opportunities to study acting or dance, Townsville has seen a drain of its extraordinary young people southward for years,” Associate Professor Cashman said.

“CQUniversity aims to address this by bringing our successful Bachelor of Creative Arts to the area. It will prepare our future creatives with the high-level artistic and entrepreneurial skills that are needed to forge sustainable and successful careers in the creative industries.”

Associate Professor Cashman said he had already received significant interest in the course since word had got out about its delivery in Townsville.

“Mayor Cr Jenny Hill and the Townsville City Council have been incredibly supportive in the preparation and the high schools that we’ve spoken to are also very excited. Teachers have been waiting for a course like this to arrive in Townsville for a long time,” Associate Professor Cashman said.

The practical elements of the Bachelor of Creative Arts will be taught out of the Townsville Civic Theatre, thanks to a partnership with CQUni and Townsville City Council.

Bachelor of Music (Performance) Head of Course Professor Judith Brown said she was excited to be able to offer the degree in Townsville.

“The CQ Conservatorium of Music has been offering high quality music degrees for over 25 years, and now with the aid of high-tech digital technologies, talented students will be able to study with the best in the country,” Professor Brown said.

Professor Brown added that graduates from the Bachelor of Music degree are already making their mark around Australia in a wide range of music professions.

“The Bachelor of Music degree is a well-respected degree that can really take you places in a diverse range of music genres.

“With the support of our experienced teachers, you will be able to achieve your goals in music performance,” Professor Brown said.

Auditions for the Creative Arts degree will be held at the Townsville Civic Theatre on Thursday, 19 October 2017 and Tuesday, 14 November 2017 while Bachelor of Music auditions will be held at the CQUni Townsville Campus on Tuesday, 14 November 2017.

Source: CQU

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