DDCA holds regular conferences and co-hosts other events in collaboration with member institutions and peak bodies. Details of these events, presentations and papers can be accessed below.


2019 Leadership Forum and Tertiary Leaders Round Table

The Australian Council of Deans and Directors of Creative Arts invites you to help shape the future of our creative arts sector.

Over the past decade we have seen creative arts disciplines fall to the periphery when research and graduate education issues are raised. This is despite the fact that many in industry are reinforcing the importance of the creative thinking that arts study embodies and the emergence of AI is stressing the need for arts to be included in STEM innovation.

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Beyond Research: Creative arts in the impact, engagement and innovation agenda. 2017.

The conference featured presentations and Q & A panel discussions with experts who each brought their own perspective to the question of how tertiary creative arts can showcase their contribution to the research, engagement and innovation agenda beyond the research definitions and metrics that have been much of the focus of tertiary artists to date.  

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Students In Creative Arts Research (DDCA & University Of Newcastle. 2016)

This DDCA and University of Newcastle event focused on students in creative arts research, exploring models for the creative thesis and showcasing the research of creative arts students across the country. The Keynote speaker was Professor Stephen Goss (University of Surrey, UK).

The presentations exemplified the diversity in research currently taking place across the sector, featuring  explorations of screenwriting; effects of choral singing on stroke recovery, digital arts aesthetics , comic book creativity and contemporary arts in lived Australian culture. The event attracted over 50 attendees including many current postgraduate students which provided an opportunity for timely feedback and advice to improve theses.

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The Outstanding Field: Artistic Research Emerging from the Academy. 2015

The Outstanding Field: Artistic Research Emerging from the Academy was the first symposium of its kind to foreground practice-led research and showcase some of the most outstanding practice-led PhD projects to have emerged out of Creative Arts programs in Australia and New Zealand over the last decade. The symposium represented a “coming of age” for the creative arts PhD and offers the opportunity to evaluate how we stand up as a research discipline in the broader research environment. 

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DDCA Annual Conference 2015

DDCA’s 2015 conference included discussion on cultural values; on disciplinary innovation in music at three universities; and strategic directions to improve creative arts connections with research peer review, HERDC performance; the teaching-research and graduate destination data collection.  As part of the conference round up, the board produced a ‘Communique’ which reflected the common perspectives resulting from the conference and suggested future initiatives that would improve the position of creative arts in higher education.

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DDCA Inaugural Conference 2014

DDCA’s inaugural conference brought together national and international perspectives on learning, teaching and research to consider the question ‘Where are we now and what lies ahead for the creative arts in higher education in Australia? It was held as part of Creative Arts Leadership Week which included the ACUADS 2014 conference  and 2 book launches : Staging Ideas: Set and costume design for theatre by Australian performance designer and author Stephen Curtis and Material Inventions: Applying Creative Arts Research by Estelle Barrett and Barbara Bolt. 

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