NiTRO Creative Matters

Perspectives on creative arts in higher education


By Professor Kit Wise — ACUADS, The Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools is the national peak body for the university visual arts, crafts and design disciplines. ACUADS represents over 20 Australian university art and design faculties, schools and departments and other academic units offering university degrees at

The 2021 ACUADS Conference was developed in partnership with the DDCA to deliberately explore the theme of networks and their possibilities in response to the challenges and future agendas of the Tertiary Art, Design and Creative Arts sector. This partnership was itself a merging of networks, building upon many

During the session ‘Ecosystems & Posthuman Networks’ ACUADS 2021 Kit Wise asked one of my panel peers: “The Makers Movement is such a powerful force, outside the academy. Do you see new opportunities for HE through a more porous approach to collaborative education? And has COVID impacted the

DDCA and ACUADS responded to the government’s proposed changes, including new fee structures, contained in the Job-ready Graduates Package released on 11 August for public consultation. The consultation period closed on 17 August 2020. The proposed legislation included changes to student fees related to subject clusters. Details on the proposed legislation

The Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools (ACUADS) has complied resources and guidance to assist with art and design studio teaching, practice and lab based assessment while off campus learning protocols are in place. Anyone wanting to learn more or share their own resources across the art and

What does the ARC Engagement and Impact framework have in common with the Bauhaus? This was the framing question of Engagement, this year’s ACUADS Conference, offering a productive way to contextualise social, intellectual and political engagement within the most impactful creative legacy the world has ever known.

Congratulations to DDCA President Clive Barstow who was awarded the Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools (ACUADS) Lifelong Fellowship for his achievement and work in art and design.

How can learning to make things in glass assist a student’s broader creative and social development? Can glass working foster social awareness?

There are two significant factors that combine to undermine creative outputs being classified as new research internally in many Australian universities … These two issues, complexity of creative research methodologies and research staff turn-over, can result in creative academics feeling undervalued and sometimes under siege.

The Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools (ACUADS) has issued a reminder about its upcoming deadlines: Early Bird Registration for 2019 Conference: 7 October 2019. ACUADS 2019 conference, with the theme of Engagement, will take place in Melbourne on 31 October and 1 November Applications for grants (round