2020 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Creative Arts – Bachelor of International Studies | 2020

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Creative Arts – Bachelor of International Studies



UOW Course Code:




Total Credit Points:



4.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

Intake Session(s):

Autumn or Spring

Delivery Mode:

On campus

Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

Wollongong / 751505


Studying a double degree combination of Bachelor of Creative Arts and Bachelor of International Studies offers a vibrant and progressive approach to learning. UOW connects hands-on studio production with critical reflection, and practice-based subjects with theoretical analysis in study areas including creative writing, music, theatre, performance, visual arts and design. You will be encouraged to undertake work experience and internships in the cultural and creative industries to help prepare you for the global workplace.

The Bachelor of Creative Arts prepares you to become part of the creative industries, one of the fastest growing sectors in the world. International Studies is the analysis, appreciation and understanding of the diversity of the global community. It examines the relationships of politics, society, culture, language, and history in a range of countries.

In Australia, over 600,000 people create a living from working in film, television and radio as well as pod and webcasting; writing and editing; recording and performing; advertising and marketing; visual arts, design and architecture; as well as in museums (art and science), galleries, theatres and arts organisations. An understanding of the creative arts in tandem with International Studies has the potential to enable graduates to understand themselves as cultural diplomats, whether seeking to enhance socio-cultural cooperation, strengthen relationships, or promote national interests and international understanding.

Entry Requirements & Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

A number of the course learning outcomes in each of these degrees complement and consolidate outcomes in the partner degree. Applied across two discipline areas, the outcomes are achieved at a broader and more comprehensive level.

The outcomes which are common and consolidated in this joint degree ensure that on successful completion of the course students will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Critically review national and international issues;
2 Apply appropriate skills to evaluate ideas, concepts and processes and apply to problems in a discipline;
3 Communicate effectively to a range of audiences.

Please refer to the Course Handbook page of each individual degree for a comprehensive list of degree course learning outcomes.

Course Structure

To qualify for the award of the Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of International Studies, students must complete a minimum of 216 credit points comprised of the following:

  1. The core subjects prescribed for the Bachelor of Creative Arts (24 credit points);
  2. One of the majors listed for the Bachelor of Creative Arts (a minimum of 72 and a maximum of 96 credit points);
  3. The core subjects prescribed for the Bachelor of International Studies (24 credit points);
  4. One of the majors listed for the Bachelor of International Studies (48 credit points);
  5. A minimum of a minor in a language other than English (students may elect to take a major in a language) (a minimum of 24 credit points);
  6. If required elective subjects to bring the total number of credit points completed to 216.
  7. No more than 90 credit points at 100 level.
  8. Students must achieve a clear pass in the core 300 level subjects to be eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Creative Arts.


Students completing this degree will complete two majors.  One chosen from the Bachelor of Creative Arts and one from the Bachelor of International Studies.

Students undertaking a major study in Visual Arts and Design may be required to complete up to 236 credit points.


Students can take a minor study as part of their degree program provided they meet the requirements set. Minor studies consist of 24 credit points of which at least 12 credit points are at 200 level or higher.

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

Information regarding minors, including which subjects to take to complete a minor, are available on the 2020 General Schedule of Minors page.

Work Integrated Learning

Undertaking a work integrated learning (WIL) experience during your university education is a significant contributor to being competitive in securing employment in your field of choice when you graduate from UOW. 

The Bachelor of Creative Arts uses as its foundation the principles of ‘embedded’ work-integrated learning: throughout their studies, students participate in a series of simulated workplaces in their chosen major, such as creative and technical studios, rehearsals and editorial workshops. In the BCA Core, students complete the subject CACS200 “Creative Communities”, which focuses on professional practice skills essential to the creative industries, including development of professional identities, and collaboration across creative disciplines. In their third year, students will undertake a major project in their chosen major continuing to build student experience, expertise and maturity, working with a range of methodologies and processes in a context that simulates professional working conditions. In their third year, students will undertake a major project in their chosen discipline continuing to build student experience, expertise and maturity, working with a range of methodologies and processes in a context that simulates professional working conditions. Through these experiences, students apply their skills to a real-world context, and gain an understanding of the professional practice and industry standards.

Bachelor of Creative Arts students may apply to enrol into the Creative Arts Internship subject, CACS302. The Faculty offers a limited number of industry placements each year. These offer students hands-on experience in cultural organisations that have agreed to partner with the Faculty on this initiative. Students are selected for this opportunity on the basis of both strong academic achievement and through application and interview. 

The internship program also provides students with other opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their degree in a workplace setting.

Students are also encouraged to consider CRLP200 (6cp) as an elective. CRLP200 includes a quality assured workplace internship or industry project to give students a competitive edge by developing professional skills through authentic learning in a real world context. Students focus on career goals and receive career direction guidance, strengthen their resume and gain skills to navigate the rapidly changing world of work, develop your communication skills and begin to build a professional network.

INDS208 Working with Indigenous Communities is an elective subject available to all students. INDS208 fosters work skills, cultural competency and develops student awareness of Indigenous knowledges and community practices.


Students who complete the double degree to the required academic standard in the relevant major are eligible to apply for either the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) or the Bachelor of International Studies (Honours)

Other Information

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

Further information is available via email: askuow@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 23 July, 2020