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Communication and Cultural Studies

Hayman Theatre

Curtin’s on-campus Theatre provides a showcase for students studying within the Theatre Arts major. Students in this course  are given many opportunities to audition for and participate in public theatre productions with the on-campus Hayman Theatre Company.  Each year ends with a major production of a new play by a Western Australian playwright that provides students with the opportunity to work with three professional artists-in-residence (a director, a playwright and a designer) on the production in a professional venue. In addition to these major productions students also present and manage weekly Lunchtime and Sunday Night Theatre programs.


The Curtin Journalism course emphasises strong practical skills and provides students with ample opportunity to have their work published using a range of platforms listed below.

Curtin FM

Curtin has a community radio station called Curtin FM located on-campus. Curtin FM broadcasts to the Perth metropolitan area, and provides an opportunity for our Journalism students to experience broadcasting radio news bulletins in an actual functioning industry environment.

Industry standard software and facilities

Journalism students will use industry-standard equipment and software in their classes. Students will have the opportunity to use digital editing systems such as Final Cut Pro, NewsBoss digital editing systems and Adobe’s InDesign publishing software. Curtin has introduced the latest digital still and video cameras into our photojournalism and television units. With this equipment, students are able to produce TV documentaries like Noongar Dandjoo, the four part series about the issues affecting the Noongar people of Western Australia, created by Curtin students.

Print publications

The Western Independent is Curtin’s on-campus newspaper that is sourced, researched, written, edited, and published entirely by our Journalism students. It is produced monthly during semester and distributed on campus. The paper allows students to experience all aspects of newspaper publishing in a real setting, and what is involved in being a print media journalist It also gives students the opportunity to graduate with a portfolio of published work.

Web publications

The InkWire website is also produced by the Journalism students, and gives them a forum in which they can showcase the work they produce during their studies.

Screen Arts

Multi-cam studio

Curtin has a large on-campus multi-cam studio (the largest in Western Australia outside the broadcast TV studios) in which students will undertake hands-on learning, and have access for project work. Our television studio features pedestal-mounted cameras with a fully equipped control room supported by a digital server.

Industry standard equipment and software

The Department of Film and TV regularly upgrade its fleet of high definition (HD) broadcast quality equipment, including new HD cameras and associated apparatus. All the video cameras at Curtin capture their images digitally, and all post-production (editing and sound mixing) is done on industry standard computer-based digital systems – the Adobe Creative Cloud package is available to all students on-campus throughout all stages of the course. Our students also have access to the latest Pro-tools HD11 digital editing and sound mixing system. This means that workflow is 100% digital end-to-end, modelled on industry standards. The department also has a virtual studio, 3D capabilities (camera and editing), and interactive media facilities incorporating virtual reality.

24 hour Mac labs

In addition to the dedicated editing and sound suites, students will have 24-hour access to high-speed Mac laboratories with script and special effect software.