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Tertiary education’s about more than working odd hours in a bar and living on two minute noodles with minimal funds. Recent graduate Tierney White discusses tertiary opportunities right here on Darwin’s doorstep. 

If you’ve just finished school or at the end of another gap year – perhaps even had enough of your current job – you could be wondering if you should study, what you should study, and where. 

The good news is you don’t necessarily have to skip town to find your dream degree, with Charles Darwin University offering a great range of courses right here in balmy Darwin.

If you consider yourself a creative and critical mind, CDU’s School of Creative Arts and Humanities offers traditionally creative subjects such as visual arts, design, architecture and music, through to humanities-focused subjects like history, literary studies, politics, languages, new media and communications. 

In a rapidly changing world of information sharing and digital technologies, creative arts and humanities subjects have become more relevant than ever. Some School of Creative Arts and Humanities graduates have been able to establish careers in television, print media, design, politics and marketing, both locally and abroad. In fact, my communications degree from CDU helped me land my job here at Off The Leash mag – snap!

Wherever your interest lies, one of the best things about going to uni is choice, and CDU’s School of Creative Arts and Humanities is a smorgasbord offering much more than just two minute noodles.

Want a career in media or television? The new media courses provide skills to help you understand how to use media technologies. If you’ve got a taste for travel, the Indonesian, Chinese and Greek language courses offer In-Country Language Programs overseas. And each year, visual arts students present an end of year art exhibition at local galleries around Darwin, in any medium their artistic hearts desire. 

The school is headed by celebrated philosopher and Irish folk musician, Professor Brian Mooney – affectionately known as the ‘Singing Philosopher’. Professor Mooney heads a team of internationally recognised lecturers, including former Yothu Yindi lead guitarist-turned-music-lecturer,
Cal Williams.

Deciding what to study can be overwhelming, but there are lots of opportunities right here on Darwin’s doorstop. Consider it – it could change your life. 


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