Take your creative practice to the next level. Build your current skills, critical engagement and depth of knowledge, by undertaking advanced creative projects and research through Deakin's Creative Arts (Honours) course. Find out more about the course online and apply today.
The Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) has a deliberately inter-disciplinary focus, allowing students from all seven creative arts disciplines Animation and Motion Capture, Dance, Drama, Film and Television, Photography, Visual Communication Design, and Visual Arts to enter a single degree and receive collective learning experiences in creative arts practice and research.
Honours is a fourth year of an undergraduate degree. The Honours year provides a dynamic environment of cross fertilisation and learning from each other. The programme enables you to take your knowledge and your creative practice to the next level. You will be treated as an independent practitioner and your experience will be quite different than it has been so far as an undergraduate.
Honours allows you the time to closely focus on, and grow your creative practice.
The Honours programme at Deakin involves creative practice and traditional scholarly research. We teach you the fundamental skills of traditional scholarly research so that you can successfully locate your creative practice in the field and critically engage with the work of others.
An Honours year also grants you increased access to leaders in the field outside of the confines of the university. We have established formal connections with several professional and government run Creative Arts organisations so that you can make meaningful connections and form ongoing relationships with key people in your creative areas.
Upon completion of your Honours year you can apply for direct entry into second year of the Masters of Creative Arts by coursework or you can choose to undertake a Masters of Arts by Research. You might decide to go on to a PhD, which is a high-level research degree.
Whether you are individual creative practitioners or working in creative teams, you will emerge from the Honours programme as a critically engaged and highly skilled practitioner and researcher.
To qualify for the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) students must complete 8 credit points of core units at level 4 and
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
- Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).
Additional course information
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Entry will be based on performance in:
- a Bachelor degree or major in a related discipline with a WAM (Weighted Average Mark) of at least 65% in all level 3 and level 4 units (for Deakin awards) or final year units (for awards from other providers) OR
- other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.
Applicants are also advised to read further information and complete requirements – see Information and Application form
Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.
Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).
You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.
Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our Trimester 1 2017 cohort of students (PDF, 657.3KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees.
The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.
Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.
You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
The Australian Government recently announced proposed increases to tuition fees for students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP). It is proposed that CSP fees will increase by 1.8% in 2018 and continue to rise to a total of 7.5% by 2021. The fee rates for 2018 will be available later in the year once the Government has confirmed the 2018 student contribution rates.
Learn more about fees and available payment options.
A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships
The structure, content and assessment in the degree are designed to support the development of creative arts practitioners who are also able to undertake research in creative arts. The course will produce graduates who are critical and creative thinkers; are able to work autonomously and collaboratively; and are effective communicators (orally and in writing). The degree provides a pathway for further learning and for practice within creative arts and cultural industries and graduates will be ready to adapt and adjust to changing career opportunities in creative arts industries.
For more information go to DeakinTALENT
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities
Demonstrate the Knowledge and skills to undertake reflective practice-led research within a creative arts context. This includes:
Evidence and articulate a coherent and systematic engagement with key ideas in relation to contemporary art discourse.
Undertake practice-led research which includes the ability to:
To formulate and present a proposal and written discussions of artworks, decision-making processes and relevant contemporary ideas in art and culture
Ability to undertake and oversee documentation of creative work for presentation in digital formats
Understanding of web platforms sufficient to engage with and or produce work for distribution on the web to arts audiences
Identify and investigate ideas and issues relevant to art and culture
Evaluate the selection of ideas and issues focused through a creative arts project
Articulate the relationship of creative practice to the ideas and issues identified in the honours level project
Identify, evaluate and select the methods, techniques and processes to best complete proposed creative arts project
Adjustment to logistics as process unfolds
Devise individual creative projects and manage the time and use of resources necessary to complete the project.
Communicate with supervisors, technical staff, and any collaborators involved in the production and presentation of creative work relevant to the completion of the project.
Devise and implement communication and collaborative working skills required for the production of creative projects outside the scope of individual practice.
|Work independently and collaboratively in the Creative and Performing Arts Discipline in response to project demands.|
Identify the relevance of the ideas and issues under investigation in a creative arts project for community and culture.
Ability to articulate that relevance in the public presentation of creative work and in written discourse related to the project
Approved by Faculty Board June 2014
How to apply
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Faculty contact information
Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries
Tel 03 9246 8100