Bachelor of Creative Arts Industries

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Shape your career in Australia’s vibrant arts, cultural and entertainment industries. Australia is renowned for its creative arts and unique cultural style, and this course will build on your creativity and give you a solid grounding in the arts.

Your specialisation will enable you to focus on performance, visual arts, creative writing, music or digital media studies. Learn in teaching facilities that include high-end digital equipment, computer labs and production studios.

You can even undertake a semester overseas at one of our many partner institutes, and participate in a major project with industry or community organisations in your third year.

Specialisations:

Course essentials

Careers

With a degree in Creative Arts Industries you can become part of a dynamic world where you use your creativity to make a living.

Job titles

  • Arts manager
  • Journalist/writer/scriptwriter
  • Artist/performer
  • Musician/musical producer
  • Digital designer/producer

Organisations employing creative arts graduates

As a creative professional, you’ll be highly sought-after across all industries from small to large businesses, private and public sector, community organisations and even starting your own business.

Salaries

The average salary of journalists or other writers in Australia is A$72,800 (Job Outlook).

The average salary of artistic directors, media producers and presenters in Australia is A$91,000 (Job Outlook).

Employment rates

Worldwide, the creative industries continue to grow faster than any other sector (Queensland Government).

Dynamic learning

Students have the opportunity to participate in a major project with industry or community organisations in their final year.

Study pathways

There are recognised study pathways for this course. You may be able to complete your course faster by getting credit for previous study.

Diploma to undergraduate degree

You will get credit in the Bachelor of Creative Arts Industries (ABAI) if you have studied this undergraduate Diploma course at VU:

Diploma of Creative Industries

  • You will get a year of credit.

There are recognised study pathways for this course. You may be able to complete your course faster by getting credit for previous study.

VU TAFE to undergraduate

You can get credit in the Bachelor of Creative Arts Industries (ABAI) if you have studied one of these TAFE courses at VU:

Advanced Diploma of Music

  • You may get up to a year of credit.

Advanced Diploma of Sound Production

  • You may get up to a year of credit.

Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing

  • You may get up to a year of credit.

Transferring to VU

You can get credit in the Bachelor of Creative Arts Industries (ABAI) for study you have done at other universities. We have formal credit transfer arrangements for this course with the following universities

Kangan Batman Institute of TAFE (trading as Kangan Institute)

  • If you studied the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (IDM) you may get over a year of credit.

Kangan Batman Institute of TAFE (trading as Kangan Institute)

  • If you studied the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Film) you may get over a year of credit.

Kangan Institute

  • If you studied the Diploma of Printing and Graphic Arts you may get up to a year of credit.

Northwest University

  • If you studied the Bachelor in Digital Design you may get up to a year of credit.

KDU College, Malaysia

  • If you studied the Diploma in Computer Studies you may get up to a year of credit.

KDU College, Malaysia

  • If you studied the Diploma in Games Technologies you may get up to a year of credit.

Instituto Technologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey ITESM (Technologico de Monterrey)

  • If you studied the B.A. Animation and Digital Art you may get up to one and a half years of credit.

To find out more about the pathways available for this course, please contact the College of Arts.

Advanced Standing (previously known as Recognition of Prior Learning)

Get credit for your work, study and life experience through our Advanced Standing process.

Find out more about Advanced Standing.

Course objectives

Graduates of this course will be able to:

  1. Utilise in-depth knowledge and judgement across multiple creative arts disciplines to engage in the diversity of fields required for contemporary creative arts practitioners;
  2. Apply cognitive and creative skills in industry, community engagement and partnership contexts;
  3. Apply high level communication skills that enable the clear presentation of knowledge and ideas;
  4. Connect specific knowledge and skills in creative arts with the cultural, technological and entrepreneurial acumen required for successful participation and employment in the creative arts industries;
  5. Demonstrate critical awareness and understanding of theory, practice and research in the creative arts;
  6. Utilise a broad range of problem-solving and decision-making skills to implement emerging technologies and practices in the creative arts industries.

Units and electives

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Creative Arts Industries, students must complete two (2) from the following list of five specialisations:

  • Creative Writing;
  • Digital Media;
  • Music;
  • Performance Studies;
  • Visual Arts.

Students must complete the following to be awarded the degree:

  • 288 credit points in total (equivalent to 24 units)
  • 96 credit points (equivalent to 8 units) core units;
  • 72 credit points (equivalent to 6 units) specialisation 1 units;
  • 72 credit points (equivalent to 6 units) specialisation 2 units;
  • 48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) elective units chosen from any College of Arts Undergraduate unit. Students, please check any pre-requisite requirements prior to enrolling.

Full-time students study 48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) each semester. Students must not complete more than ten first-year units.

Year 1, Semester 1

Specialisation 1, unit 1

Specialisation 2, unit 1

Year 1, Semester 2

Specialisation 1, unit 2

Specialisation 2, unit 2

Year 2, Semester 1

Specialisation 1, unit 3

Specialisation 2, unit 3

One elective unit (12 credit points)

Year 2, Semester 2

Specialisation 1, unit 4

Specialisation 2, unit 4

One elective unit (12 credit points)

Year 3, Semester 1

Specialisation 1, unit 5

Specialisation 2, unit 5

One elective unit (12 credit points)

Year 3, Semester 2

Specialisation 1, unit 6

Specialisation 2, unit 6

One elective unit (12 credit points)

Admission information

  • TAFE: Pathways are available from a range of VET courses. Applicants with relevant VET study may also be considered
  • Year 12: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 25 in English (ESL) or 20 in any other English.
  • International: Completion of a secondary school qualification equivalent to Australia's year 12 or VCE qualification. IELTS minimum 6.0 (no band less than 6) or equivalent.
  • Mature: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience may be considered on the basis of equivalence.

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