Nick Cave receives honorary Monash degree


2 April 2008

Dr Nick Cave – musician, novelist, actor, screenwriter

Nick CaveMusician, novelist, actor, film score composer and screenwriter Nick Cave is presented with an honorary degree from Monash University.

The Doctor of Laws was conferred by University Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard Larkins and Chancellor Dr Alan Finkel at a ceremony in Melbourne.

Nick Cave studied for a Diploma of Art and Design (Fine Art) at the Caulfield Institute of Technology in 1977 and '78, in what is now Monash Art Design and Architecture on the Caulfield campus of Monash University. He left his studies, which were primarily in painting, to successfully pursue a music career.

Dr Cave said he was pleased and honoured to be conferred with the honorary degree. "Today I look back at my time at the arts school as one of the most important parts of my life," he said. "My time there was hugely influential; it's where many of my ideas were formed that I still hold today.”

"It was of great benefit going to an arts school. To come from a very sports-oriented school to an environment full of like-minded people was incredibly exciting.

"What I learnt during that time was enormous; I've never been in the same kind of environment since. There was a generous and diverse exchange of views between students."

Professor Larkins said Nick Cave was one of Australia's most successful and prominent artists with a near 30 year career spanning music, novel-writing, acting and screenwriting which has had a major impact on contemporary "alternative" culture.

In the 1980s, Nick Cave was one of the first Australian musicians to achieve considerable international prominence. As the front man for bands including The Birthday Party and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, he has released more than 20 albums. His unique musical style has been attributed with influencing countless other bands.

Nick CaveDean of the faculty of art and design John Redmond, congratulated Nick Cave on his honorary degree and said he was one of the most high profile students to have studied within the faculty.

"The faculty of art and design is a community that fosters student creativity and inquiry and, as Nick Cave shows, encourages experimentation and excellence in many artistic spheres. I am delighted that we can call Nick Cave a Monash graduate."