NiTRO is taking a break until March 2017 when we will return with an improved site and even more stimulating discussion about the tertiary arts world.

Call for articles from academic staff at DDCA member institutions for 2017

With research impact, ‘industry’ engagement, and potential changes to undergraduate, VET and arts funding, 2017 is shaping up as a year of challenge and change for tertiary creative arts. Our first edition for 2017 will go live in March and we are inviting staff from DDCA member institutions to contribute articles focusing on what may be ahead for tertiary creative arts in the coming year and how we might best position ourselves.
The deadline for contributions is the 15th of February 2017. Please see for further details on how to share your views and thoughts with colleagues across the sector.

Readers are also invited to send details of new books released in 2017 that may be of interest to those working across the broad creative arts disciplinary spectrum to the email address listed in the contribute section.

Most Read Articles In 2016

Reflection On NiTRO 2016

The first edition of NiTRO launched on 30 June 2016 with a focus on the ever changing policy environment for those in tertiary arts. Our following editions explored the relationships between: art and research; academia and artistic practice; and creative arts schools and programs and their local, national and international communities. Our news snippets explored the new developments, investments, closures and restructures taking place in tertiary arts in Australia and across the world and highlighted the uncertainties that remain ongoing and stressful for many of our colleagues.

In just six months, NiTRO now has a diverse readership of over 260 academics, professional staff, arts practitioners and students who have registered to have NiTRO delivered by email and over 3,800 users who access NiTRO via the web site.

We thank our 2016 contributors - over 50 tertiary arts academics and artistic researchers in Australia and overseas, Vice Chancellors, Deputy Vice Chancellors and colleagues in the media and arts sectors. The continuing and growing success of NiTRO is due to their generosity of time, effort and spirit with which they share their considered, insightful, and sometimes provocative, perspectives on our particular world.

Even better in 2017!

Our first edition for 2017 will launch at the beginning of March with a look at the reforms and changes that tertiary arts may need to grapple with as the year unfolds. 

We will continue engage colleagues in the visual and performing arts as well as our designers and creative writers with questions of artistic research, student education and teaching practice, and our evolving, and complex connections with our practices, industries and communities. We will also include special focus editions on art and technology and interdisciplinarity and on creative arts alumni.  Deadlines and publication dates for special focus features will be available on this site in early 2017.

Activate your collegial spirit in 2017!

We want to hear from creative arts academic staff in DDCA member organisataions, whether you are longstanding senior staff member with expert views on the current state of play, an early or mid career researcher with new findings to report or a sessional or associate teacher with curricula development and teaching techniques to share.  NiTRO is your community and wants to hear from you.

We look forward to including your name in our 2017 list of most read articles!


Community Connections

Creative arts has always faced outwards from academia. Its influence, whether through research or student based projects, shapes many public and specialised communities in a diversity of ways. This edition of NiTRO presents just a selection of projects to showcase the community and creative arts relationships in tertiary education.


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ArtsHub Special Offer

ArtsHub is offering an early Christmas gift worth nearly $200 for student readers of NiTRO: 

Free subscription to ArtsHub for students enrolled in creative arts degrees in Australian Universities (and our equivalent tertiary arts DDCA members NIDA, NAS and AFTRS). To apply for your free subscription register to receive NiTRO in your inbox, then follow the link in Deborah Stone's article in this edition.

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Tertiary Arts Events

Creative art schools are home to emerging artists who will become Australia’s leading performers, painters, sculptors, creative writers, filmmakers, actors and designers. Here we present over fifty upcoming events in the tertiary creative arts community that showcase their talent.

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Upcoming Tertiary Arts Community Events

Note: In addition to our regular events listings, this edition of NiTRO includes a feature on upcoming events in the tertiary arts community

Creative art schools are home to emerging artists who will become Australia’s leading performers, painters, sculptors, creative writers, filmmakers, actors and designers. Here we present over fifty upcoming events in the tertiary creative arts community that showcase their talent.

Explore The Events →


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