AS CQ UNIVERSITY adds to its mix of study courses, Noosa's reputation as a centre of learning continues to grow.
Already home to a collection of schools, Tewantin TAFE and a university campus, Noosa's growing offering of further tertiary engagement is seen as a great fit with the traditional industries of tourism and surfing.
This year CQU's Noosaville campus bolstered its commitment to the Sunshine Coast's thriving arts community by appointing distinguished academic and author Professor Donna Lee Brien to head two new creative industries programs.
Professor Brien, who recently relocated from CQUniversity's Rockhampton campus, said Noosa's natural beauty made it an ideal location for the new programs.
"Artists have long been drawn to Noosa, and the region has a rich history of creative minds living and working together," Professor Brien said.
"It's an inspiring place to create and we aim to provide a flexible pathway to attract artists to come and develop their craft with the support and guidance of experts in their field."
The new Graduate Certificate in Creative Industries and Masters of Creative Enterprise are being offered on-campus and externally, and are designed to suit students in all art forms.
Prof Brien said the new programs focused on developing student projects.