- Academic excellence
- International opportunities
- Teaching and research environment
- Career opportunities
We have a long established reputation for excellence in teaching and for the cutting edge contribution of our research units. We have an international profile as an important seat of progressive thought and practice, across the domains of literary, creative and cultural arts.
Many of our academics are world-renowned experts with impressive profiles and publication histories. They work at the cutting edge of contemporary thinking – applied to emerging literary, social, cultural and creative trends – duly grounded within classic and contemporary theoretical frameworks and modes of practice.
Our scholars participate in local, national and international academic activities, and host a robust annual calendar of conferences, symposia, seminars and workshops. They provide expert commentary – across both traditional and emerging media – on matters as diverse as the rise of blogs and the future of the book, the role of cinematic conventions, theatrical and performance practice, and the role of literary and cultural texts in contemporary and historical contexts.
Our School is an active international player in various fields of scholarship and research endeavour.
We have well-established links with major academic institutions in the United Kingdom, United States, Europe, and East Asia, and growing ties with universities across the rest of the developed and developing world.
Students and researchers wishing to pursue overseas opportunities will find both the structure and support in our school to aid their efforts. For example, we currently offer three units of study at our Prato campus in Italy that are open to students enrolled in our majors.
Our students acquire highly competitive skills that can be utilised in communications, creative and media institutions across the globe.
Teaching and research environment
Students and researchers in our school consistently refer to our friendly, intellectually stimulating and supportive environment.
We understand that a strong community is crucial to academic achievement. We know that the university experience is greatly enriched by the existence of a lively, communal atmosphere and that career success can be significantly aided by good social networks, as well as by industry and international linkages. We go out of our way to make these connections happen for all our students and researchers.
Each year, we organise a wide variety of academic conferences and symposia, seminars and panel discussions, workshops and moderated debates.
We host frequent visits from major scholars and creative practitioners, both national and international. We also support activities such live theatre and dance performances, concerts, film screenings, and media events. Informal lunchtime forums, regular guest speakers from industry and academe, creative teaching techniques and creative team work complement the School’s strong heritage of traditional academic methods.
We teach and research at both Monash University’s Clayton and Caulfield campuses. The Clayton Menzies Building refurbishment will deliver state-of-the-art facilities to the School.
Monash University has a theatre, gallery, rehearsal spaces and cinema, as well as a large number of virtual spaces, which are all put to good use by our students.
In the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies, students learn:
- critical analysis,
- creative thinking,
- argument construction,
- writing and editing,
- lateral and logical thinking, and
- cross-disciplinary collaboration.
Our students develop and utilise opportunities to participate in the creative arts, as writers, performers and practitioners. They also highly transferable skills, such as those listed above, that are valued by employers.
They forge successful careers in the arts, business, the community sector, government, and academia. They become writers, editors and journalists, media commentators, music, film and arts critics, communications strategists, lobbyists and fundraisers, policy practitioners and government advisors, publishers and senior public servants.
Our graduates work in cultural development and international diplomacy, in advertising and emerging media. They join national and international creative communities – as writers and literary critics, directors and producers, as playwrights, actors, artists and musicians.
They become academics of national and international standing.