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, planning, 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
Festivals Adelaide
Mighty Kingdom
KOJO
Channel 44
Guildhouse
Writers SA
Adelaide Film Festival
Match Studio
Government SA - Department for Innovation and Skills
Helpmann Academy
MOD.
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What's new at UniSA Creative

Community engagement

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    Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of ArtOne of South Australia’s leading creative centres, The Samstag Museum of Art aims to challenge and engage its audiences with a program of diverse and innovative contemporary art exhibitions, publications and public activities. 

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    MOD.MOD. is like no other museum experience in Australia. A futuristic museum of discovery, MOD. sits at the intersection of art and science, bringing together researchers, industries, and students to challenge, learn, and be inspired. 

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    Architecture MuseumUniSA’s Architecture Museum is a unique repository of architects’ records and a dynamic hub of research into South Australia’s architectural and built environment history. With more than 200,000 items in their collection, the Architecture Museum is an invaluable resource for all those interested in built environments and heritage.  

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    SASA GalleryThe South Australian School of Art (SASA) Gallery is a gallery and curatorial space for UniSA students, providing a platform for innovative contemporary art, architecture, design and writing practices. The SASA Gallery supports the range of creative programs taught at UniSA and offers free exhibitions, events, gallery talks and guest lectures.  

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    Match StudioMatch Studio is a dynamic research and learning space where interdisciplinary teams of students, academics and researchers solve industry problems by applying design thinking and co-design methods. 

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    UniSA Sport and Fitness FacilitiesWith gym, pool and indoor court facilities spread across our four metropolitan campuses, UniSA offers a range of affordable and convenient fitness activities. Casual visits and memberships are open to the general public, as well as to UniSA students and staff.  

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Creating a rich history

Kaurna Building City West campus

UniSA Creative is established upon the traditions of innovation, experimentation and quality of its three antecedent institutions to form a creative hub of teaching and research with strong links to industry and community.

The South Australian School of Art (SASA) is one of the oldest art schools in Australia, with its origins extending to the Adelaide School of Arts (1856). UniSA Creative’s Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art and South Australian School of Art Gallery (SASA Gallery) continue as vibrant and living legacies of the South Australian School of Art.

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, formed in 1889, 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 South Australian Institute of Technology and the South Australian College of Advanced Education merged to form the University of South Australia. The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences which included the School of Communication and Information Studies and the School of Arts, Community Development and International Studies were among the Faculties and Schools that comprised the new University. Over time, creative discipline areas developed and strengthened to form the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages which later became the School  of Creative Industries. 

Today, UniSA Creative comprises one of the most comprehensive groupings of creative programs and research concentrations in Australia, delivering teaching programs and undertaking research from its two campuses at City West and Magill.

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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
K3-21, City West 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