About the Department

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The Department of Creative Arts and English comprises award-winning writers and film-makers, cutting-edge theatre directors, visual artists specialising in photography, painting, sculpture and drawing, and experts in the scholarship of literature, language and culture, theatre and drama, screen studies and the visual.

La Trobe ranks in the top 20 universities in Australia and in the top 300 universities in the world for its English Language and Literature subjects (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016).

La Trobe’s research in Cultural Studies, Literary Studies and Performing Arts and Creative Studies ranks ‘at world standard’ (ERA 2015-2016 assessment).

In addition to our disciplinary areas of English, Screen Studies, Theatre and Drama, and Visual Arts, the Department offers a range of trans-disciplinary studies. In these subjects, the literary, media, visual and dramatic arts are brought together in exciting ways. A first year subject, Moving Text, for example, examines a range of texts across history on the page, screen and stage and invites students to make their own written, filmed or staged contributions to this ongoing textual conversation.


English at La Trobe brings together distinguished literary critical scholars and award-winning novelists and short-story writers, offering innovative approaches to the study of literary forms, creative writing and reading, literary history, and theoretical questions, and supporting one of Australia's largest undergraduate English cohorts.

Screen Studies

Screen Studies offers a forward-looking approach to the converging fields of film, television and new media. Screen Studies at La Trobe is distinctive in that it draws on and contributes to the international field of screen studies with a particular focus on emerging screen cultures and the creative potential of new media technologies.

Theatre and Drama

Theatre and Drama at La Trobe is practice-led. We study the history, theories and practices of theatre from Ancient Greece to the present and we make this theatre in short scenes, performance events, musical extravaganzas and full productions open to the public.

Visual Arts

Visual Arts will equip you to become a practising artist, offering intensive training, guidance and support in the areas of painting, drawing, sculpture, print-making, video-making and digital imaging. Graduates have progressed to become directors of major galleries, art curators, and practising artists.