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School of Literature, Art and Media

Exploring the full spectrum of human expression and creativity
We make sense of how people see the world and express themselves. Our enquiry extends across time and culture, and the literary, verbal, visual, digital and performative modes humans use to create and communicate.

We combine scholarly and creative disciplines to form one of Australia's most active departments of the arts and humanities. Our multidisciplinary nature fosters a vibrant culture that values diversity of thought, rigorous analysis and the creative process.

With nationally and internationally recognised research strengths in literary studies, visual arts, Indigenous studies, linguistics, communication and media practice, we embrace opportunities for interdisciplinary work and innovate in applying digital technology to the humanities. 

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We offer one of the largest internship programs in the university, giving students the opportunity to enhance their academic studies by engaging with professional organisations and practitioners. Placements are available in Sydney and overseas, with affiliated galleries, media outlets, public relations firms and theatre companies. Learn more about our internships and placements.

Prizes open to the public

The Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest Award is open to Australian women poets over the age of 18.

We invite women poets to submit a collection of poems between 50 to 80 pages to the award. The unpublished manuscript should broadly deal with Australian culture in some way; otherwise there are no restrictions on subject matter.

The winner will receive $40,000 and publication of their manuscript with Vagabond Press.

Entries for the 2021 Award will open on 20 May. Find out more and enter the competition

The David Harold Tribe Fiction Prize has been made possible by a generous gift to the university by David Harold Tribe, author and humanist, to promote interest in Australian fiction and to encourage the writing of fiction in Australia.

The prize of $12,000 is for an original unpublished work of fiction on any theme, between 3000–5000 words in length. The prize is open to anyone normally resident in Australia.

The prize will be awarded again in 2024.

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Head of School

Associate Professor Ian Maxwell

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