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Bachelor of Creative Arts BCRA

Creative Media

This major combines new media technologies with creative arts
to ensure that when you graduate you are ready to step into the media
industry of the 21st century. Creative Media provides a unique opportunity
for new media artists and producers interested in exploring the potential
of stories within a new technology and media world. This major focuses
on providing a creative environment for those interested in the artistic
use of computer driven digital technologies, conceptualising, designing
and applying self-generated projects sustained upon a firm technological
base and professional application.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available


3 years full time, 6 years part-time

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Program aims

The program aims to produce graduates who have:

  • depth and focus in their specific discipline knowledge and skills

  • the ability to research, apply theory and develop hybrid arts
    practice among a range of creative arts disciplines that comply with
    industry best practice

  • the ability to explore materials, processes, methods and techniques
    that will contribute to a high level of conceptual, critical and
    expressive skills, perceptual awareness and independence of imagination

  • an applied awareness of professional work habits, industry networks
    and expertise in the business of managing creative arts practice

  • an appreciation of the cultural contributions offered by the
    creative arts to local and regional communities, Australian society
    and international contexts

  • the ability to activate, develop, and maintain their particular
    vocational interests.

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Program objectives

On successful completion of the program, students should be
able to demonstrate:

  • a high level of discipline-based skills and knowledge that are
    reproducible and which will enable them to contribute to the creative
    potential of their communities

  • a discriminating application of methods, concepts, techniques
    and theories in the creation of discipline-based and hybrid creative
    arts projects in professional, educational, community or commercial

  • a knowledge of the historical, ideological, critical, and ethical
    perspectives in the creative arts, in both traditional and contemporary
    cultural and social contexts

  • a rigorous evaluation of the outcomes of creative arts projects

  • genuine engagement with relevant industry bodies and networks
    that will enable them to develop the work ethic necessary for practice
    as an independent, articulate professional creative artist

  • a proficiency in the pursuit of research in creative arts to
    document, and further explore the role this plays in cultural growth
    of a nation/society.

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Program structure

The Bachelor of Creative Arts consists of 24 units. These are
broadly divided into Discipline Majors (in Music, Theatre, Creative
Media, or Visual Arts), Minors, Electives and one Core Course from
the Faculty of Arts. Each creative arts Discipline offers 16 courses
for students which is made up of 8 courses in Theory and 8 in Practice.
Students may elect to do a full Discipline Major of 16 courses in
one Discipline area or divide this into 2 Majors of 8 courses across
2 Discipline areas. Together with CMS1000 Communication and Scholarship,
students should take one of the following combinations of elements:

  • 16 unit Discipline Major + 1 Core Course + 7 unit Major in either
    another discipline in the Bachelor of Creative Arts or Faculty of
    Arts. This is the most ideal combination for students seeking to do
    the one year graduate diploma in teaching upon completion in order
    to become a secondary school teacher as it provides ample room for
    a second teaching area

  • 16 unit Discipline Major + 1 Core Course + 4 unit Minor + 3
    Electives. This combination allows flexibility in choosing the best
    possible minor suite

  • 8 unit Discipline Major (Theory) + 8 unit Discipline Major (Practice)
    + 1 Core Course + 7 unit Major in the Bachelor of Creative Arts or
    Faculty of Arts

  • 8 unit Discipline Major (Theory) + 8 unit Discipline Major (Practice)
    + 1 Core Course + 4 unit Minor + 3 Electives. This allows for maximum

Students will be advised to enrol in specific combinations of
majors, minors and electives to enhance their opportunities for employment
or further study. Further details of these combinations can be obtained
from the relevant Program Coordinator. In some instances, however,
combinations preferred by individual students may not be available
due to quota, timetable or enrolment pattern constraints.

Combination 1

On-campus students only First year level Second year level Third year level Total
Core courses 1 1
Major sequence 1 8 (Theory) 8
Major sequence 2 8 (Practice) 8
Major sequence 3 7 7

Combination 2

On-campus students only First year level Second year level Third year level Total
Core courses 1 1
Major sequence 1 8 (Theory) 8
Major sequence 2 8 (Practice) 8
Minor sequence 4 4
Elective courses 3 3

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Core courses

All students must take the core course CMS1000 Communication and Scholarship. The recommended
pattern for enrolment in this core course by full-time on-campus students
is in semester 1 year 1. This pattern should only be varied with
the permission of the Program Coordinator. There are an additional
3 School Core courses that all students undertaking the BCA are advised
to enrol in throughout the third year of their degree: BCA3000 BCA Project A BCA3001 BCA Project B BCA3002 Arts Business Practice.

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Major studies

A Major Study is a specified group of courses with a value of
eight units. A major must have courses over three levels and contain
at least two courses at third level. The following major studies are

  • Creative Media

  • Music

  • Theatre

  • Visual Arts

Majors in the Bachelor of Creative Arts from outside the Faculty
of Arts

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Arts are able
to take one major or minor/elective study from programs in other Faculties
after consultation with the Program Coordinator.

For Bachelor of Creative Arts purposes, a major in these areas
comprises seven units (7 courses + 1 Core Course = 8) of which at
least two must be at Level 3. Enrolment in these majors is subject
to pre-requisites, quota availability and timetabling constraints.

These majors may only be listed as a third major or minor/elective
study, not as a first or second major.

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Minor studies

Minor studies are designed to enable students to widen their
knowledge and perspectives. Courses must be taken over two levels
and should be in the same discipline or recognised multi-disciplinary

Students who take only two major studies must take one of the
Minors indicated in the Minor studies section of this Handbook.

. All of the Discipline areas of the Creative Arts will offer
suites of minors and electives from their existing Major course offerings.
Students should take courses to the value of at least four units in
the selected Minor Study. Choice of a Minor will depend on the availability
of the subject area, timetabling constraints, quotas and other restrictions
such as interviews in certain areas of the Creative Arts, as well
as the approval of the Program Coordinator.

There are three suites of Minors that exist specifically to
aid the delivery of performance content and outcomes for the School
of Creative Arts. These are offered to students in 2nd and 3rd years
after they have completed one full year of the BCA. These are:

  • THE2011 Acting Option 1#

  • THE2031 Acting Option 2#

  • THE3021 Acting Option 3#

  • THE3023 Acting Option 4#

  • THE2012 Stage Management Option 1#

  • THE2032 Stage Management Option 2#

  • THE3022 Stage Management Option 3#

  • THE3024 Stage Management Option 4#

into either the Acting or Stage Management minors are via an audition/interview
that takes place at the end of the first year of study with a full
major in Theatre (16 courses in Theatre).
  • MUI2041 Music Teaching 1

  • MUI2042 Music Teaching 2

  • MUI3000 Aural Skills, Arrangement and Orchestration A

  • MUI3001 Aural Skills, Arrangement and Orchestration B

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Elective courses

Elective courses are designed to enable students to further
increase their knowledge and widen their perspectives. Choice of an
elective will depend on the availability of the course(s), timetabling
constraints, quotas, and other restrictions such as auditions and
interviews in certain areas of the Arts, as well as approval by the
Program Coordinator.

Courses available for elective study are generally those found
in Minor studies and are listed in the Option studies section of this Handbook.

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