This vibrant school houses a variety of industry standard equipment and software which enable our students to gain skills and experience to graduate industry-ready. It also runs a large number of on-campus organisations including a theatre company and online publications and broadcasts a popular community radio station.

Audio-visual equipment loans facilities

The School of Media Creative Arts and Social Inquiry offers audio-visual equipment loan facilities for students.

Curtin FM

With more than 200,000 listeners every week Curtin FM, located on-campus, is the ideal training ground for you to experience broadcasting radio news bulletins in a functioning industry environment.

Curtin HIVE

Curtin HIVE (Hub for Immersive Visualisation and eResearch) is an advanced facility established by Curtin University to serve the growing demands of researchers and industry for visualisation, virtualisation and simulation capabilities in Western Australia. The HIVE is available to students who are completing their thesis or dissertation.

Drawing and painting studio

This large 250+ square metre open studio is equipped for an entire range of drawing and painting workshops. An industrial fume extraction system enables students to use all kinds of mediums and processes. The studio includes spotlights and architecturally designed natural lighting to control atmosphere, shadows, colour and light. Students have access to professional standard easels and a storeroom that includes a comprehensive range of drawing and painting materials.

The Art facilities are currently being upgraded as part of the Design and Art Relife project.

Hayman Theatre

The new Hayman Theatre is a flexible, boutique venue that will allow you to experience all aspects of professional, public theatre production. The home of theatre arts at Curtin’s Hayman Theatre Company, the venue hosts 20 to 25 productions per year, directed by staff, professional artists-in-residence and students. It houses the latest in industry standard technical equipment.

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.

Journalism 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 Adobe Premiere 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 participate in the production of TV program Noongar Dandjoo, a magazine style episodic series about the issues affecting the Noongar people of Western Australia, created by Curtin students and now in its eighth season.

Media production studio

The media production studio enables hands-on learning in a full HD, 4K-ready, digital environment. The newly refurbished control room has been outfitted with state-of-the-art technology and provides you with a true industry learning experience, including live-streaming capabilities.

You’ll have access to digital cameras, industry-standard digital systems for post-production in video and audio editing, and sound mixing, editing software with 3D capabilities, and interactive media facilities with virtual reality technology.

We regularly upgrade our fleet of high definition (HD) broadcast quality equipment, including new HD cameras and associated accessories. All the video cameras within Screen Arts are the latest generation of professional broadcast and production cameras, and all post-production (both video and audio) is done on industry standard computer-based non-linear editing system the Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) package. The Adobe CC package is available to all students on-campus throughout all stages of the course. This means that workflow is 100% digital end-to-end, modelled on industry standards. The school also has a visualisation studio, 3D capabilities (camera and editing), and interactive media facilities incorporating virtual reality.

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Multi-cam television studio

Curtin has a large on-campus multi-cam studio in which students will undertake hands-on learning, and have access for project work. Our recently refurbished high definition television studio provides students with an experience which is reflective of industry in a control room environment which is fully equipped for both broadcast and online production.

Painting area

The painting area is best thought of as the area where staff and students work, rather than as an area where any specific media must be used. Each of the professional artists teaching and working here also has experience and proficiencies in additional fields.

The area actively promotes the growth of individual initiative and the development of inventive strategies through appropriate technical skills across a broad range of related disciplines. Students in the workshops frequently combine their material technologies with those taught elsewhere in the Art discipline and the University at large. Interpretation and choice of media are open to the inventive strategies of the student. The widest possible range of options for experiment and discovery is encouraged.

Weekly workshops studios are held to cover the various technical and strategic skills most central to painting and printmaking. For example, materials and methods in painting, mark making exercises, observational skills, and colour theory.

The Art facilities are currently being upgraded as part of the Design and Art Relife project.

Print media studios

Print media occupies several studio bases. Each of these is well ventilated, lit and maintained with basic equipment and studio furniture. The larger studios are located adjacent to the central print/photo facilities and the main teaching space respectively. The latter also contains an area designed for the preparation of painting supports, spray painting and the environmentally safe disposal of waste materials. Processes which require additional ventilation or may involve potentially toxic materials are separated from others. Accessible close by are the wood and metal workshops and the skilled technicians associated with them.

Print media studios at Curtin are equipped to deal with traditional printmaking processes including; intaglio (etching, engraving, dry point and collograph). We have the largest etching press in an institution in the southern hemisphere, relief (wood and lino block), planographic (lithography and Mono print) and silk-screen printing. All print processes can be explored using both manual and photographic techniques.

There are also black and white photographic darkrooms and a computer laboratory equipped with the latest technology including a large format 1200cm x 1800cm colour printer.

The Art facilities are currently being upgraded as part of the Design and Art Relife project.

Online publications

The Western Independent is a news website produced by Curtin students. All our journalism students have the opportunity to publish news articles, audio, video and photos on the site as part of their studies. The website allows students to experience all aspects of reporting and to showcase their journalism in a public arena.

During third year, students write, produce and edit multimedia news stories to tight deadlines on assigned ‘news days’ in the Western Independent newsroom.

A number of students have won state and national awards for stories that have been published on the Western Independent.

Screen Arts 23 hour Mac labs

In addition to the dedicated editing and sound suites, students will have 23-hour access to high-speed Mac laboratories with script and special effect software.

Sculpture studios and workshops

The sculpture studios and workshops enable a contemporary approach to object making, spatial practices and industrial production. The studios are designed for hands on learning and provides construction space for large-scale works and installation space for exhibition. The workshops allow students to engage with an extensive range of materials that includes but is not limited to wood, metal, plastic, plaster and clay. The workshop facilities provide support for the making of all aspects of sculpture that include:

  • Metal workshop with extensive range of equipment including Oxy-Acetylene, Spot, MIG and TIG welding
  • Wood workshop with extensive facilities including lathes, saws and sanders, routers and other joinery equipment
  • Clay, plaster and wax area for mould making and casting
  • A foundry area with a modern induction furnace for bronze and aluminium casting
  • Access to computer numerical control CNC machines such laser cutters, routers, 3D milling and printing
  • Outdoor undercover area with blacksmith forge facilities
  • Exhibition space for review and temporary installation.

The Art facilities are currently being upgraded as part of the Design and Art Relife project.