2017 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Creative Arts | 2017

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Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Creative Arts



UOW Course Code:




Total Credit Points:



3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts

Intake Session(s):


Delivery Mode:


Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

Wollongong / Specified for each major

Additional Information:

Course Finder


The Bachelor of Creative Arts (BCA) is a three-year full-time course that involves study of theory and practice-based work in a major study area: Creative Writing, Graphic Design, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts or Visual Arts and Design. The main focus of the degree is artistic practice informed by history and theory subjects.

Opportunities exist for artistic collaboration, exchange and study abroad.

A Bachelor of Creative Arts degree can lead to career opportunities as an artist, graphic designer, writer, musician, performer, composer, theatre technician, director, publisher, curator, arts administrator or manager, teacher (on completion of a Master of Teaching) or to opportunities to work in the radio, television and multimedia industries.

Entry Requirements

Academic requirements and English requirements are available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Bachelor of Creative Arts will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a sound knowledge of contemporary arts, arts theory and history within Australia and in an international context;
  2. Develop, research and evaluate ideas, concepts and processes through creative, critical and reflective thinking and practice;
  3. Apply relevant skills and knowledge to produce and realise works, artefacts and forms of creative expression;
  4. Interpret communicate and present ideas, problems and arguments in modes suited to a range of audiences;
  5. Work independently and collaboratively in the Creative Arts in response to project demands;
  6. Recognise and reflect on social, cultural and ethical issues, and apply local and international perspectives to practice in the Creative Arts.

Course Structure

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Creative Arts all students must complete a minimum of 144 credit points (cp) comprised of: 

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
CACS102Critical Frameworks in Creative Practice6Autumn
CACS101Contemporary Creative Practice6Spring
Plus TWO from the following:
CACS301Professional Practice6Spring
CACS331Contemporary Theory and Research Practice6Autumn
CAGD331New Media and Visual Communication Theory6Autumn
CAMS331Music and Culture6Autumn
CAPF331Theory and Practice of Theatre in the 20th and 21st Century6Autumn
CAVA331Contemporary Artworlds6Autumn
CAGD332Advanced Graphic Design and Visual Communication Theory6Spring
CAVA332Globalisation and Contemporary Art6Spring
CAPF333Political Dramaturgy6Spring
CAVA361Curatorial Practices6Spring
Plus subjects required for each major. Refer to major pages for this information.
Plus electives to bring total number of credit points to 144.


No more than 60cp at 100 level can be counted towards the Bachelor of Creative Arts degree. Students must achieve a clear pass in the core 300-level subjects to be eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Creative Arts.


As part of their elective subjects, students are encouraged to undertake a Minor Study in order to add a multi-disciplinary aspect to their Bachelor of Creative Arts Degree.

Each minor study comprises 24 credit points. Creative Arts offers minor studies in the following areas:

  • Art History
  • Creative Arts
  • Creative Production
  • Creative Writing
  • Design
  • Design History
  • Media Arts
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Technical Theatre
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts

Students may not undertake a Major and Minor Study in the same discipline. 

Minors appear on the transcript (i.e. academic record) but do not appear on the testamur. To have a minor study recorded on their transcript, students must declare their minor study by submitting an Application to Declare or Change Intended Major/Minor.


On completion of the Bachelor of Creative Arts, high achieving students may apply to undertake an additional Honours year.

Credit Arrangements

Credit and articulation arrangements are available from the Course Finder. Refer to UOW's credit arrangements for information on how to apply for credit.

Other Information

The Faculty may impose quotas on subjects to ensure optimal class sizes.

Further information is available at:
UOW Course Finder
Email: lha-enquiries@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 19 December, 2016