2020 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Creative Arts – Bachelor of Commerce | 2020

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Creative Arts – Bachelor of Commerce



UOW Course Code:




Total Credit Points:

Minimum of 216*


Minimum 4.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

Intake Session(s):

Autumn / Spring

Delivery Mode:

On Campus

Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

Wollongong / 751502

* This is a minimum and may vary depending on major.


The Bachelor of Creative Arts prepares you to become part of the creative industries, one of the fastest growing sectors in the world. The Bachelor of Commerce provides core skills in many business functions, essential to the contemporary arts and creative industries, as well as specialist knowledge in a chosen field.

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 practical in commercial, business and administrative skills, essential for a career in arts administration, publishing, musical entrepreneurship or management of performing arts centres, museums, theatres or galleries. It gives practising artists and designers a unique edge in managing their talents for professional purposes.

By expanding your specialisation, you are able to carve out a career of your choice and gain highly competitive skills in a global workplace. It also enables people pursuing careers in business to think and work creatively and apply their business skills in the creative industries.

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 Develop and apply a set of relevant professional and technical skills for professional purposes;
2 Communicate effectively orally and in writing;
3 Work collaboratively to produce project outcomes;
4 Work independently to produce project outcomes;
5 Apply ethical principles to a range of contexts.

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

Course Structure

To qualify for the award of this degree, 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 (minimum 72 and maximum 96 credit points);
  3. 102 credit points from the Bachelor of Commerce comprised of 54 credit points of core subjects (including the capstone subject), plus a 48 credit point major;
  4. If required, elective subjects to bring the total number of credit points completed to 216;
  5. No more than 90 credit points at 100-level;
  6. Students must achieve a clear pass in the core 300-level subject to be eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Creative Arts.


Students completing this degree will complete at least two majors. One chosen from the Bachelor of Creative Arts, and one from the Bachelor of Commerce.

Students undertaking a major study in Visual Arts and Design in the BCA are required to complete 222 credit points.


Students can take a minor study as part of their double degree program provided they meet the requirements set. Minor studies consist of a minimum of 24 credit points of which 12 credit points are completed 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.

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.


Honours is a fourth year of study that provides training in independent research. Students who complete the double degree with the required academic standard in the relevant major are encouraged to proceed to the Honours degree in either the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) or Bachelor of Commerce (Honours). Please refer to the handbook pages for further information about these degrees.

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