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Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of Science | 2020
Testamur Title of Degree:
Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of Science
UOW Course Code:
Total Credit Points:
Minimum 4.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
Delivery Campus / UAC Code:
Wollongong / 751504
The Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of Science combines the practical, numeracy and computer skills of science with the knowledge of contemporary arts, arts theory and history within Australia and how that fits within an international context, reflecting on social, cultural and ethical issues. Bringing together the study of a creative arts discipline with science suggests endless possibilities for interdisciplinary communication and understanding, increasingly necessary in a world confronted with many apparently intractable problems.
The Bachelor of Creative Arts prepares you to become part of the creative industries, one of the fastest growing sectors in the world. A Bachelor of Science offers you skills are becoming increasingly important in Australia with forecasted growth in the professional, scientific and technical services Industry. This means that exciting new employment opportunities and career options for graduates are being created each day.
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. Science is the search and application of information and understanding of the natural and social world using an evidence based approach. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills are becoming increasingly important in Australia with forecasted growth in the professional, scientific and technical services Industry.
Science is the search and application of information and understanding of the natural and social world using an evidence based approach. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills in Australia is becoming a fast-growing area creating new and increased job prospects. There is a forecasted growth of 12.7% in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Industry for 2017-2022 and with this brings exciting employment opportunities and career options. Source: Employment Projections.
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:
|1||Demonstrate sound discipline knowledge;|
|2||Critically and reflectively evaluate ideas, concepts and processes;|
|3||Apply relevant knowledge and technical skills to produce a disciplinary work;|
|4||Communicate effectively to a range of audiences.|
Please refer to the Undergraduate Course Handbook page of each individual degree for a comprehensive list of degree course learning outcomes.
To qualify for the award of this degree, students must complete a minimum of 216 credit points comprised of the following:
- The core subjects prescribed for the Bachelor of Creative Arts (24 credit points);
- One of the majors listed for the Bachelor of Creative Arts (a minimum of 72 and maximum of 96 credit points);
- At least 90 credit points from one of the Bachelor of Science majors, including all core subjects (Please refer to the individual major pages for information on core subjects. Note: some of the majors require the completion of additional credit points, which may extend the duration of your degree);
- If required, elective subjects to bring the total number of credit points completed to 216;
- No more than 90 credit points at 100 level;
- Students must achieve a clear pass in the core 300 level subjects to be eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Creative Arts.
Students must consult academic advisors in the relevant faculties concerning the selection of appropriate subjects.
Students completing this degree will complete at least two majors. One chosen from the Bachelor of Creative Arts, and one from the Bachelor of Science. Follow the links to each Course Handbook page for information on the majors available.
Students can take Minors as part of their degree program provided they meet the requirements set. Minor studies consist of a minimum of 24 credit points of which at least 12 credit points are completed at 200-level or higher.
Information regarding minors, including which subjects to take to complete a minor, are available on the 2020 General Schedule of Minors page.
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.
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 an additional year of study that provides training in independent research. Students who complete the double degree with the required academic standard are encouraged to proceed to the Honours degree in either the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) or Bachelor of Science (Honours). Please refer to the Course Handbook pages for further information about these degrees.
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