NiTRO Creative Matters

Perspectives on creative arts in higher education


The impact of the pandemic on music … has been immense. COVID-19 has expanded our repertoire of catastrophic synonyms as they are now the new vocabulary. The response to the pandemic by some musicians and educators was swift, decisive and efficient while others have floundered.

During early February 2020, Thailand was among the early countries that encountered the COVID-19 epidemic. Personal and social health protection and prevention has risen to the new social normal, wearing sanitary masks, social and physical distancing. Certainly, the field of art and design are being affected and starting to

For creative disciplines like fine art, it is often thought that the move to online teaching has been the biggest challenge in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since Curtin University stopped face-to-face teaching on 23 March, numerous colleagues from other disciplines in the university, as well as family

The rhetoric of fighting a war against an invisible coronavirus enemy has been invoked, perhaps too blithely, by politicians. However, the parallel between global pandemics and sites of conflict are worth reflecting on, as they create an understanding of human experience in extremis.

As a creative arts institution spanning art, design, media, performance, film and music, LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore transitioned to partial online teaching in early February 2020 before closing its campuses and going fully online by the end of March 2020. Each discipline required a calibrated way

We are training artists-in-the-making, and unforeseen challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic might give birth to some wonderful opportunities, despite the pressure and the rush into semi-lockdown from the top. If we were going to make this work for us, it was up to us to come up with new

How are University Art Museums coping with the closures and social distancing requirements brought about by COVID? In a fascinating piece in ArtsHub, Ted Snell explores how different Uni Art Museums have reinvented their offerings from digitised collections and Zoom symposia to 360 degree camera “walk throughs”.

Screen Australia has released new guidelines to assist COVID safe production. Produced by a taskforce that includes the Australian Film Television & Radio School (AFTRS), Screen Australia, the Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA), Screen Producers Australia (SPA), State and Territory agencies, Guilds, ABC, SBS, Ausfilm and major production companies,

With recent reports estimating that 3 out of 4 employed in the creative and performing arts sector facing job losses, Jo Caust’s recent article in The Conversation provides a timely consideration of how governments in Australia and internationally are seeking to ameliorate these losses. In the UK, A$319 million has

In the wake of COVID limitations, Art Schools in California are looking to introduce a ‘hybrid’ approach to art instruction for the next semester. University of California, Berkeley and California College of the Arts are considering the practicalities of combining online and lab-based attendance with other schools such as Cal