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.

Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent


1 year full time

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

Take your creative practice to the next level. 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 individual creative practice. 

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.

With our teachers having worked at places such as Arts Victoria, Associated Press, BBC, Fairfax, Optus, Penguin Books and Samsung, you’ll learn from leaders in the field.

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)

    Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours)

    2020 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

    Entry information

    General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate course requirements.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    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

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

    IELTS / English language requirements

    Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

    It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

    Cloud studies

    Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.

    However, international students living in Australia on a student visa, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), must enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students may undertake a maximum of up to one third (or equivalent) of their study as Cloud (online) study. Please note enrolment in one face to face unit in compulsory study periods is only allowed if the student is completing their final unit of study and will not exceed maximum one third (or equivalent) online requirement.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of 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

    If you're applying to study in Trimester 3 (November), 2019:

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.  For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.  Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    If you're applying to study in Trimester 1 (March), 2020:

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Frequently asked questions

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    How much does it cost to study at Deakin?

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    Can I speak to someone in person about my study options?

    Yes! We regularly host a range of events including 1:1 consultations and information sessions, to assist you with your study options and career planning. Check out our upcoming events or contact our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre on 1800 693 888 for more information.

    Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?

    Scholarships are available for domestic and international students at all study levels. Find a scholarship that works for you.

    Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?

    In some courses, you can reduce your overall study time and tuition cost by getting your work and previous study experience recognised as recognition of prior learning (RPL).

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    A Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) will prepare you for any career within the creative arts industry. Explore exciting opportunities relevant to your 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

    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


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