Course summary

The Bachelor of Creative Arts provides students with a set of overarching skills that are readily transferable across the creative arts industries such as art, design, media, music and writing.

Students are engaged in inter-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary learning and develop skills relevant to the contemporary, converged and increasingly online media and arts industries while also developing creative production skills.

The degree has strong links to the vibrant creative industries of northern NSW and southeast QLD.

Core units focus on work-ready skills and provide opportunities for professional placement, community engagement and advanced project work. Students will be expected to accumulate examples of work in an e-portfolio as part of their studies. This e-portfolio, aligned with workplace-focused units, provides an essential tool for their transition into relevant workplaces and vocations. The course articulates with a range of VET awards. 

The Bachelor of Creative Arts provides students with a set of overarching skills that are readily transferable across the creative arts industries such as art, design, media, music and writing.

Students are engaged in inter-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary learning and develop skills relevant to the contemporary, converged and increasingly online media and arts industries while also developing creative production skills.

The degree has strong links to the vibrant creative industries of northern NSW and southeast QLD.

Core units focus on work-ready skills and provide opportunities for professional placement, community engagement and advanced project work. Students will be expected to accumulate examples of work in an e-portfolio as part of their studies. This e-portfolio, aligned with workplace-focused units, provides an essential tool for their transition into relevant workplaces and vocations. The course articulates with a range of VET awards. 

Art and Design includes units that focus on art and design for publication, graphic design, digital art and photography. (Lismore campus and some units also available by distance education)

Contemporary Music includes studies in contemporary music theory and styles, music technology and the internet, songwriting, sound theory and recording technique, and global perspectives in music. (Lismore campus only) 

Media Studies has a strong emphasis on digital media production and analysis for screen, print and online environments, and equips students with a range of practical skills appropriate to an increasingly technological world.

Writing enables students to pursue their passion for writing in a supportive, inter-disciplinary environment which promotes the type of creative learning needed by cutting-edge writers. Students acquire skills in writing genres including novels, short stories, writing for performance, feature and investigative journalism and essay writing as well as editing and publishing.

Students can also select elective units from across the University to complement their areas of specialisation.

University-wide majors are also available in this course.

Please note that some majors and units may not be available at each location.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Creatively and critically analyse a broad range of socio-cultural issues relevant to arts practices, using persuasive argumentation that is historically informed.

Creativity

Challenge and reinvent pre-existing methodologies relevant to national and global arts industries.

Ethical practice

Demonstrate an understanding of cross-cultural difference and the presence of ethical standards in the arts and social sciences.

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate a broad knowledge of arts industries/creative practices and their associated social and theoretical contexts.

Lifelong learning

Demonstrate the ability to self-direct and evaluate learning, and to negotiate the social demands of professional life.

Communication and social skills

Demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly, and a willingness to collaborate with a range of professionals, institutions and the general public.

Cultural competence

Demonstrate critical multi-cultural perspectives, and an ability to reflect upon indigenous/non-indigenous and local/international methods of cultural production.

Professional placement provides students with the opportunity to gain experience in the workplace and to establish contacts. Students can undertake learning opportunities in the community through a number of units and through assessment opportunities. 


Course overview

Course code

3007288

Course abbreviation

BCA

Credit points

288

Equivalent units

24

Duration

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

Duration

3 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Lismore Session 1 333104 053311
Online Session 1 N/A N/A

Fee information

Commonwealth supported


Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

  1. To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Creative Arts degree a candidate shall successfully complete not less than twenty-four [24] units comprising:
    1. all eight [8] core units listed in Part A ; AND
    2. (a) two [2], eight [8] unit majors from Part B; OR
      (b) one [1], eight [8] unit major from Part B  PLUS eight [8] electives chosen from any undergraduate degree offered by the University, OR 
      (c)  one [1], eight [8] unit major from Part B PLUS any eight [8] unit University-wide major.
  2. To be eligible for the Award of the Associate Degree of Creative Arts a candidate shall successfully complete not less than sixteen (16) units comprising:
    1. any four (4) units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules; AND
    2. any twelve (12) units listed in Part B of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules.
  3. No unit will be credited to more than one major.
  4. A candidate who while enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Arts has completed the requirements of the Associate Degree of Creative Arts may elect to be awarded the Associate Degree of Creative Arts following withdrawal from candidature from the Bachelor Degree.

Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Part A

COM10295 - Written Communication Introductory
CUL00412 - Indigenous Ways of Cultural Expression Introductory
CAR10001 - Creativity and Arts Industries Introductory
COM20001 - Sensory Cultures Intermediate Note 1
SOY10114 - Independent Project Advanced
CAR10503 - Arts Industry Studies Intermediate
CUR30001 - Curating Contemporary Culture Advanced
COM00471 - Professional Placement Advanced

Part B

Note 2

Course progressions

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. Assistance on how to enrol can be accessed here.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Browse uni-wide elective units by selecting Uni-wide elective in the advanced filter of the Unit search

Browse shared majors and their units at Shared majors

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 1
CAR10001 - Creativity and Arts Industries Introductory
CUL00412 - Indigenous Ways of Cultural Expression Introductory
Choose 1 unit from: FIRST PART B MAJOR
Choose 1 unit from:
SECOND PART B MAJOR OR
ELECTIVES OR
University-wide majors
PART-TIME STUDY - students should complete CAR10001 and CUL00412 of this course progression for Year 1, Session 1
Year 1, Session 2
COM10295 - Written Communication Introductory
COM20001 - Sensory Cultures Intermediate
Choose 1 unit from:
FIRST PART B MAJOR
Choose 1 unit from:
SECOND PART B MAJOR OR
ELECTIVES OR
University-wide majors
PART-TIME STUDY - students should complete COM10295 and COM20001 of this course progression for Year 1, Session 2
Year 2, Session 1
Choose 2 units from First Part B major
Choose 2 units from:
Second Part B major OR
Electives OR
University-wide majors
Year 2, Session 2
Choose 2 units from FIRST PART B MAJOR
Choose 2 units from:
SECOND PART B MAJOR OR
ELECTIVES OR
University-wide majors
Year 3, Session 1
COM00471 - Professional Placement Advanced
CAR10503 - Arts Industry Studies Intermediate
Choose 1 unit from FIRST PART B MAJOR
Choose 1 unit from:
SECOND PART B MAJOR OR
ELECTIVES OR
University-wide majors
Year 3, Session 2
CUR30001 - Curating Contemporary Culture Advanced
SOY10114 - Independent Project Advanced
Choose 1 unit from FIRST PART B MAJOR
Choose 1 unit from:
SECOND PART B MAJOR OR
ELECTIVES OR
University-wide majors

Title Level of learning Note
Session 1
CAR10001 - Creativity and Arts Industries Introductory
CUL00412 - Indigenous Ways of Cultural Expression Introductory
Choose 1 unit from: FIRST PART B MAJOR
Choose 1 unit from:
SECOND PART B MAJOR OR
ELECTIVES OR
University-wide majors
Session 2
COM10295 - Written Communication Introductory
COM20001 - Sensory Cultures Intermediate
Choose 1 unit from:
FIRST PART B MAJOR
Choose 1 unit from:
SECOND PART B MAJOR OR
ELECTIVES OR
University-wide majors
PART-TIME STUDY - SESSION 1 - students should complete CAR10001 and CUL00412,
PART-TIME STUDY - SESSION 2 - students should complete COM10295 and COM20001.

Notes

Note 1: COM20001 Sensory Cultures is currently delivered biannually.
Note 2: ART & DESIGN MAJOR - units ART00621 Visual Arts Studio Studies I and ART00622 Visual Arts Studio Studies II are double-weighted units [equal to 2 units].