Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours)

Undergraduate degree

The Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) allows you to build upon your current skills and knowledge by undertaking advanced creative projects.

Access dedicated studios to create and experiment

Connect with creative arts organisations

Be mentored by world-class creative arts practitioners

Key facts


1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2021 close 21 February 2021

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

Explore advanced creative projects and research through a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours). You’ll build your skills, critical engagement and depth of knowledge, and be treated as an independent practitioner exploring your creative practice. 

Honours is an optional year of specialised study that allows you to combine the theory and practical skills gained throughout your undergraduate degree. 

It’s an opportunity to showcase your knowledge in a field you’re passionate about and to develop invaluable research and life skills that will stay with you throughout your career. 

Do you want to find your creative practice in the field and critically engage with the work of your contemporaries? 

With a strong interdisciplinary focus, this course enables students from all creative arts disciplines – dance; drama; film, television and animation; photography; design; and visual arts – to learn from each other and develop their creative arts practice and scholarly research skills.

You’ll form ongoing relationships with practitioners and peers in your creative areas through industry connections with several professional and government-run creative arts organisations.

Whether you choose to work in industry as an individual practitioner, or within a creative team, this honours program will help you develop as a critically engaged thinker and highly skilled practitioner and researcher.

After graduating, you can further your studies in research or professional practice by applying for direct entry into second year of the Master of Creative Arts by coursework, a Master of Arts by Research, or you could pursue a PhD.

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Course structure

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

  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)


  • Creative Studio A
  • Research Project 1
  • Research Project 2
  • Research Project 3
  • Contemporary Debates in the Creative Arts
  • Methods and Design for Creative Arts Research
  • Transgressive Acts in Cinema, Art, Performance
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours)

    2021 course information

    Deakin code
    CRICOS code?
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

    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)
      • Waterfront (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.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

    Entry requirements

    Higher education experience

    If you have successfully completed your higher education program, your selection is based on the following.

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.


    • 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

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.


    Applicants are also advised to read further information and complete requirements outlined in Information and Application form.  These requirements may include work experience, reasons for undertaking the course, previous academic information and your research proposal. 

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Admissions information

    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 ComparED website.

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enables Deakin to consider disadvantageous circumstances you may have experienced and their 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.

    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 first intake of 2020 students (PDF, 581.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    The estimated tuition fee for this course is not currently available due to pending Government legislation.
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    The estimated tuition fee for this course is not currently available due to pending Government legislation.
    Learn more about fees.

    The estimated tuition fee for Commonwealth supported places (CSP) is not currently available due to the Job-ready Graduates Package – higher education reforms recently announced by the Australian Government.

    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.

    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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    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.

    Contact information

    Prospective Student Enquiry Centre

    1800 693 888

    Why choose Deakin

    Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

    Access purpose-built studios and cutting-edge equipment

    #1 university in Victoria for student satisfaction*

    Learn from experienced industry professionals

    Borrow professional equipment from our dedicated media centres

    Career outcomes

    The Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) supports your development as a creative arts practitioner and builds your research skills. Graduates are critical and creative thinkers; are able to work autonomously and collaboratively; and are effective communicators. The degree provides a pathway for further learning and for practice within creative arts and cultural industries.

    Graduates are ready to adapt and adjust to changing career opportunities relevant to their specialisation in:

    • animation
    • dance
    • design
    • drama
    • film and television
    • photography
    • visual arts.

    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

    Identify and apply reflective creative practice research within a creative arts context that incorporates non-traditional research and relevant traditional research that critically engages with histories, traditions and contemporary ideas within art and performance and situates the creative practice in the relevant field.


    Articulate the relationship between practical creative processes and discipline specific and interdisciplinary ideas to inform discussions of creative practice, decision-making processes and relevant contemporary ideas in art and performance.

    Digital literacy

    Critically integrate digital strategies in creative practice inquiry and engage with and apply digital technologies that actualize an emerging professional identity.

    Critical thinking

    Investigate, describe and synthesize ideas within art and performance discourse in order to establish the relationship of a selection of ideas focused through a creative arts project.

    Problem solving

    Identify, evaluate and select the methods, techniques and processes to best investigate proposed creative arts project; and engage with discovery and ambiguity characteristic of creative practice.


    Communicate with supervisors, technical staff, and collaborators and develop a responsive approach to critical feedback in the context of practice-led research.


    Contribute to the critical culture of creative practice through peer feedback, group critique and participation in industry standard forums
    *This Course Learning Outcome is not explicitly assessed

    Global citizenship

    Establish ethical approaches that recognise the value of art and performance in diverse communities and cultures and transfer 
    creative practice outcomes into real world contexts. 

    Approved by Faculty Board September 2019


    *Year on year, our undergraduate students are the most-satisfied students of all Victorian universities. Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2019 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)