Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours)



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.


Key facts


1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Trimester 1

  • 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).

Key information

Award granted

Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours)


2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

Not applicable

Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)

$6,349 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Learn more about fees.

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Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Entry requirements

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.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

In order to be considered for admission to an honours degree, applicants must have completed a Bachelor degree in the same discipline with a weighted average mark (WAM) in all level 3 units of:

  • 70% or greater


  • 65 – 69% if the student can demonstrate the capability to successfully complete the course via a submission to the course director.

Applicants are also advised to read further information and complete requirements – see Information and Application form

Career outcomes

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 My Course My Career

Course learning outcomes

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:

  • Demonstrated ability to situate the creative self within a history and traditions of a creative discipline and the wider cultural and social context that shapes identity and creative practice.
  • Analyse and interpret one’s own creative output mediated by self-critique integrated into creative process.
  • Identify the skills and knowledge necessary to undertake creative work making appropriate responses to a specific project.

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:

  • Understand the relationship of practical creative processes to the discipline specific and interdisciplinary ideas and issues.
  • To formulate and present oral discussion of artwork, decision-making processes and relevant contemporary ideas in art and culture.

To formulate and present a proposal and written discussions of artworks, decision-making processes and relevant contemporary ideas in art and culture

Digital literacy

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

Critical thinking

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

Problem solving

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. 

Global citizenship

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


Course Structure

To qualify for the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) students must complete 8 credit points of core units at level 4.

How to apply

Apply direct to Deakin

Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Apply through Deakin

Need more information on how to apply?

For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.

How to apply

Register your interest to study at Deakin

Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.

Faculty contact information

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries
Tel 03 9246 8100 

Fee information

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.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Scholarship 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

Offered campuses


Just 30 minutes from the city centre, the Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin's thriving metropolitan campus.

Geelong Waterfront

Geelong Waterfront Campus is located in the central business district of Geelong, about an hour from Melbourne.

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