Bachelor of Creative Arts

Undergraduate degree

Immerse yourself in your creative practice and join a vibrant community of like-minded creatives, as you build a thriving arts career doing what you love.


60 ATAR lowest selection rank ?

Student access and equity

55 Deakin guaranteed ATAR ?

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3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Course overview

Express your individuality, challenge the norm and create without limitations under the guidance of experienced industry professionals in Deakin's Bachelor of Creative Arts. Immerse yourself in your creative practice and develop the adaptable critical skills necessary to become an agile and versatile creative with a sustainable career in the arts sector.

Get amongst the next generation of dynamic practising creatives when you major in one of the following specialist areas:

- dance
- photography
- publishing
- theatre
- visual arts
- writing.

Along with your major, you will personalise your degree with minors in complementary study areas, like scriptwriting, 2D and 3D practices, theatre production, Indigenous studies and more. Each day you will delve into new creative mediums and experiment in areas that develop your interests and unique talents.

Want to build a sustained arts career doing what you love?

Realise your creative dreams when you study a Bachelor of Creative Arts at Deakin. You will dedicate yourself to mastering your creative practice and spend your days exploring fresh perspectives through your craft.

Explore a diverse range of creative mediums to tell captivating stories through your craft, in a flexible and supportive environment. You will have the scope to expand your creative practice beyond what you’ve ever imagined, preparing you to thrive in the contemporary arts world.

From day one, you will connect and collaborate with a vibrant community of creatives and makers who share the same passions as you. Our accomplished academics and practising creative professionals will support you along your journey, challenging you to reach your full potential. You’ll create in our specialty learning spaces – including studios, gallery spaces and theatres – and utilise the latest technology to enhance your creative vision.

Over the course of the degree, you will develop an entrepreneurial mindset and the leadership skills needed to keep pace in the fast-moving creative industries. Beyond your creative practice, you will develop real-world skills and form connections with the arts industry through programs, internships, and volunteering opportunities.

By the time you graduate, you will have the foundations to work across the arts and entertainment industries in anything from live theatre and dance, film and television to media and communications, or develop an independent freelance career working towards exhibitions, publications, festivals and community productions and events.

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Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 2 2024 close 23 June 2024

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Award granted
Bachelor of Creative Arts

2024 course information

VTAC code

Creative Arts: 1400511391 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Creative Arts (Dance major): 1400511471 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Creative Arts (Theatre major): 1400511481 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Creative Arts (Photography major): 1400511491 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Creative Arts (Publishing major): 1400511501 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Creative Arts (Visual Arts major): 1400511511 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Creative Arts (Writing major): 1400511521 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)

Deakin code
CRICOS code?
109271E Burwood (Melbourne)
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7

Course structure

To complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Creative Arts, students must complete 24 credit points including:

  • 3 credit points of creative arts thematic core units
  • 3 credit points of employability sequence units

Plus either:


Remaining credit points may be used to undertake elective units or to undertake an additional minor sequence.

One major must be taken from the majors offered in the degree in which you are enrolled. The other major or minor sequences may be taken from Bachelor of Communication, Bachelor of Design or Bachelor of Film Television and Animation major or minor sequences.

Students must also ensure that they have met the following course rules to be eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Creative Arts:

  • a maximum of 10 credit points at level 1
  • a minimum of 6 credit points at level 3
  • Academic Integrity Module DAI001
  • Academic Integrity Module (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

A major or minor sequence is a group of units in a particular area of study taken over the three levels of your course. Each unit is usually worth 1 credit point.

A major sequence is made up of 8 credit points, and a minor sequence is made of 4 credit points.

Students are advised to refer to the details of each major or minor sequence for availability as some may be offered in campus and/or online mode only.


Creative arts and Employability core units


Major or Minor units


Elective units



Creative Arts Thematic Core

  • Creativity: Thinking Through Doing
  • Freelancing in the Arts
  • Critical Writing for Creative Practice
  • Employability sequence

  • Your Future Direction
  • Plus 1 credit point from:

  • Leadership and Transformation
  • Communication and Persuasive Presentation
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • Expand Your Experience
  • Plus 1 credit point from:

  • Internship
  • Enhance Your Experience
  • Your Professional Story
  • Major sequences

    Please check the rules of each major sequence to see which units you need to complete to achieve the required credit points.

    Students are advised to refer to the details of each major or minor sequence for availability as some may be offered in campus and/or online mode only.

    Minor sequences

    * available via Online study only

    Please check the rules of each minor sequence to see which units you need to complete to achieve the required credit points.

    Students are advised to refer to the details of each major or minor sequence for availability as some may be offered in campus and/or online mode only.

    Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)

    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

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Typically 150-hours of learning and assessment activities per Deakin credit point.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. More information available at Disability support services.

    Work experience

    Prepare for your future by getting real world experience and the employability skills to succeed, while completing your degree. The Employability Stream is tailored to support you to be future ready. Deakin’s suite of Work Integrated Learning programs can connect you with internships, social impact programs and opportunities to extend your skills in settings across the globe.

    Elective units may also provide additional opportunities for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

    Entry requirements

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum academic and English language proficiency requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Academic requirements

    Current or recent secondary education

    If you’re currently studying Year 12, or completed Year 12 in the last two years, you will need to meet all the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    Year 12 prerequisite subjects

    • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an Additional Language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL


    • Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with an unadjusted ATAR of at least 50 or equivalent

    Higher education

    If you have undertaken higher education studies after secondary schooling, you will need to meet all the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    • successful completion of at least two bachelor level or above units (AQF Level 7 or equivalent)

    Vocational education

    If you have undertaken any Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, you will need to meet at least one of following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    • completion of a certificate IV or higher in a related discipline
    • completion of a diploma or higher in any discipline
    • at least 50% completion of a diploma or higher in a related discipline

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago, or did not finish Year 12, and have not undertaken any further study, you may be considered for admission to this degree based on your work, volunteer and/or life experience.

    Submit a personal statement outlining your motivation to study, previous education and employment history, and how this course can assist your career aspirations or progression. Think of it as a job application cover letter – it should be relevant and demonstrate your commitment and interest in this course or study area.

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) English Units 3 and 4: Study score of 25 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or 20 in any other English
    • IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with no band score less than 6.0) or equivalent
    • other evidence of English language proficiency (learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements)

    Selection adjustments

    Subject Adjustments

    A study score of 30 in Art Creative Practice, Dance, Drama, Media, any Music, Art Making and Exhibiting, Theatre Studies or Visual Communication Design equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.

    Access and equity

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you’re from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

    Admissions information

    Learn more about Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning. We're also committed to admissions transparency. Read about our first intake of 2024 students (PDF, 793KB) – their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Not sure if you can get into Deakin? Discover the different entry pathways we offer and study options available to you, no matter your ATAR or education history.

    Recognition of prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. 

    You can also refer to the Recognition of prior learning system which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $11,793 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    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 Recognition of 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 on our Current students fees website.

    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

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    Entry pathways

    View pathways into the Bachelor of Creative Arts with our pathways finder.

    Contact information

    Our friendly advisers are available to speak to you one-on-one about your study options, support services and how we can help you further your career.


    Career outcomes

    You will have the freedom to experiment with creative art forms and explore a diverse range of majors and minors, allowing you to become a dynamic creative with a range of in-demand practical skills.

    Our work-integrated learning opportunities ensure that you will graduate with the professional network and practical skills needed to lead you to your future career in the arts, whether you decide to work in an arts organisation, or pursue your goals as an entrepreneurial freelancer.

    You will be able to take your degree into a range of careers, including:

    • acting
    • administration
    • art therapies
    • arts administration and curation
    • commercial art direction, design, or illustration
    • community art practice
    • community theatre
    • copywriting and technical writing
    • dance
    • drama
    • editing
    • education
    • event, festival and production management
    • experimental art practices
    • gallery curation
    • photography
    • professional and creative writing
    • publishing
    • research
    • stage management
    • theatre directing
    • visual arts
    • visual communication

    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

    Interpret and apply conceptual, theoretical and technical skills in the analysis and presentation of a range of artistic artefacts within areas of specialisation and across multidisciplinary contexts.


    Articulate critical engagement with a variety of mediums, methods, techniques and strategies to present ideas, exhibitions, performances and/or practical work.

    Digital literacy

    Critically evaluate and apply a range of information technologies, digital tools, devices and environments to support and develop ideas and creative expression.

    Critical thinking

    Analyse and synthesize research materials through multiple sources and mediums to generate original and innovative ideas about creative work in diverse cultural settings.

    Problem solving

    Identify, explore and generate solutions to creative arts problems grounded in theory and/or practice.


    Develop, manage and critically reflect upon the production and presentation of creative works in accordance with industry standards and personal learning goals.


    Contribute in a constructive, ethical and respectful way to the collaborative production of creative outcomes.

    Global citizenship

    Apply critical knowledge and awareness of diverse social and cultural contexts when engaging in creative arts practice.

    Approved at Faculty Board February 2022