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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.

Key facts

Duration

3 years full-time

Current Deakin Students

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

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
  • 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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Course information

Award granted
Bachelor of Creative Arts
Year

2025 course information

VTAC code
1400511393 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
Deakin code
A317
CRICOS code?
109271E Burwood (Melbourne)
Level
Undergraduate
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:

  • 2 major sequences of at least 8 credit points (at least one major must be chosen from the Bachelor of Creative Arts listing)

OR

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

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.

6

Creative arts and Employability core units

16

Major or Minor units

2

Elective units

24

Total 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

    All Bachelor of Creative Arts students are required to complete at least one major sequence from the following list:

    Bachelor of Creative Arts major sequences

    Students may choose to complete a second major sequence from the following list:

    School of Communication and Creative Arts major sequences

    ^UX refers to User Experience

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

    Refer to the details of each major sequence availability and sequence notes relating to incompatibility.

    Minor sequences

    ^ UX refers to User Experience

    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.

    If you don't meet the academic entry requirements as outlined in the tabs below, or haven't completed Year 12, or don't hold any relevant qualifications, the STAT (Skills for Tertiary Admissions Test) Multiple Choice (MC) may be an option for you to meet course entry requirements.

    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

    ATAR

    • 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)

    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.

    Online 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 online. International students may undertake a maximum of up to one third (or equivalent) of their study as 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.

    Recognition of prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.

    Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the recognition of prior learning (RPL) system which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    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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    Apply through VTAC and Deakin

    If you are an international student completing an Australian Year 12 in Australia or overseas, you should also submit a separate application through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC), in addition to applying directly to Deakin through StudyLink Connect.

    Apply through Deakin

    All other international students apply 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.

    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.

    Download the course flyer

    To learn more about what a Bachelor of Creative Arts at Deakin has to offer, download our course flyer.

    Careers

    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.

    Communication

    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.

    Self-management

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

    Teamwork

    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