Bachelor of Creative Arts Industries

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Course essentials

  • Offered by:
  • Campus and study mode:

    Footscray Park
    Part Time, Full Time

  • Delivery mode:
    On campus
  • Course code:
  • Duration:
    3 years
  • Fee type:

This information is for Australian residents. View the international version of this course

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.



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.


The average salary of journalists or other writers in Australia is A$78,000 (Job Outlook).

The average salary of artistic directors, media producers and presenters in Australia is A$84,968 (Job Outlook).

Dynamic learning

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

Study pathways

If you have completed the following diploma or advanced diploma course(s) at VU, you will be guaranteed a place in this bachelor degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

Advanced Diploma of Music

You will be credited for 8 units (a year) of study.

Advanced Diploma of Sound Production

You will be credited for 8 units (a year) of study.

Diploma of Visual Arts

You will be credited for 8 units (a year) of study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Credit for skills and past study

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

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.
  • Mature: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience may be considered on the basis of equivalence.

How to apply for this course

Apply direct to VU

Direct applications close on 17 July 2015.

Before applying:

Note that campus locations may offer different options (e.g. study mode, fee type).
You may wish to read our advice to applicants which provides information about how to apply for your course and what happens when you submit your application.

Also consider whether you wish to apply for:

  • Special consideration: For people with specific life circumstances, you can request these be taken into consideration when assessing your course application.
  • Extra credit for past skills and study (this is known as Skills recognition for VE/TAFE courses and Advanced standing for HE courses).

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Transferring between VU courses

Want to swap into this course from another VU course? You can apply online at the Admissions centre .

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