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Welcome to UniSA Creative

At the University of South Australia, we’re known for breaking the boundaries and working beyond limits, just as all great creative practitioners do.  

UniSA Creative, incorporating the South Australian School of Art, brings together the disciplines of architecture, art and design, journalism, communication and media, film and television and the creative industries to produce flexible graduates with multidisciplinary capabilities.

Creativity is at our core. Students learn by doing, crafting in specialist studios, constructing in purpose-built production facilities, always working with the latest technology.’

Our research explores the complexities of the world around us. We engage in future-focused, cross-disciplinary research and consultancy to produce inspired solutions that are human-centred and sustainable.  

UniSA provides a platform for emerging and established creatives in its three major galleries. Visit the Samstag Museum, SASA Gallery or MOD. to see interactive exhibitions and contemporary works by artists, researchers, storytellers and designers, both local and international.  

We’re a catalyst for brilliance. A place where you can think critically and creatively, glimpse the future and engage with true originals. 

The creative economy isn’t slowing down, and neither should you.

Read on to find out more about UniSA Creative.

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No.1 IN SA FOR GRADUATE CAREERS IN COMMUNICATIONS  

ComparED (QILT): Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-19 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

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No.1 IN SA FOR STUDENT SATISFACTION IN CREATIVE ARTS

ComparED (QILT): Course Experience Questionnaire 2018-19 – Overall Satisfaction Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

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ONLY SA UNIVERSITY RANKED FOR ART AND DESIGN

2020 QS Subject Rankings

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TOP 5 IN AUSTRALIA FOR GRADUATE SKILLS IN ARCHITECTURE AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

ComparED (QILT): Course Experience Questionnaire 2018-19 – Generic Skills Indicator (Undergraduate). Public universities only.

Career and study areas

Research and industry

At the University of South Australia, our world-class research is helping to improve the way we live, work, think and grow. Our research is inventive and adventurous, and we create new knowledge that is central to global, economic, and social prosperity. We are taking on the challenges of tomorrow, delivering innovative and sustainable solutions that respond to the most pressing needs of our world today.

Executive Education and short courses

Whether you want to learn new skills, update your qualifications, or undertake professional development training, UniSA’s Executive Education and short courses can rapidly further your knowledge and grow your business.

World-class partners

We are a globally connected university with over 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

Jam Factory
Matchbox Pictures
Rising Sun Pictures

What's new at UniSA Creative

Community engagement

Education with a rich history

Kaurna Building City West campusBorn from a history of innovative tradition, the School of Art, Architecture and Design was created in 2009 through the merger of the South Australian School of Art and the Louis Laybourne Smith School of Architecture and Design to forge a creative hub with strong links to research, industry and community.

The South Australian School of Art (SASA) is one of the oldest art schools in Australia. It was originally established as the Adelaide School of Arts in 1856 when it was inaugurated as part of the South Australian Society of Arts, an organisation that included most of the major cultural institutions now situated along Adelaide’s North Terrace: the State Library of South Australia, South Australian Museum, and Art Gallery of South Australia.

The Louis Laybourne Smith School of Architecture and Design was named for the late South Australian architect and educator who in 1906 established one of the first architectural courses at the South Australian School of Mines, later to become the South Australian Institute of Technology (SAIT). Through its history, the expansion of the School's programs embraced all major skills relevant to the built environment including Town Planning (the first course of its kind in Australia), Building Technology, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture.

In 1991, the Institute of Technology and the South Australian College of Advanced Education joined to form the University of South Australia, and the School of Art, Architecture and Design is located in the heart of Adelaide's dynamic City West creative precinct.

Student work

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Discover our local and international partnerships, thriving alumni community, and enterprising connections.

People at UniSA Creative

Executive

Joanne Cys
Executive Dean, Creative, UniSA Creative
K3-24, City West Campus
Veronika Kelly
Dean of Programs (Creative), UniSA Creative
MH2-11, Magill Campus
Susan Luckman
Dean of Research, UniSA Creative
B1-26, Magill Campus
Sam Baker
General Manager, UniSA Creative
K3-24A, City West Campus

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UniSA Creative

Location Level 3 Kaurna Building, City West campus