Bachelor of Creative Industries

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  • Are an Australian or New Zealand citizen; or
  • Are an Australian permanent resident; or
  • Hold a permanent Australian humanitarian visa
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Course essentials

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.

You will have the opportunity to express your professional identity with reference to contemporary interdisciplinary creative arts practices of local and international industries. 

You will take twelve core units of study that include practical studio-based creative incubators, theoretically-oriented units and professional practice units.

You can also take eight core units of study a major specialisation in Creative WritingMusic or Visual Arts, or units in minor specialisations including Digital Media, Kyinandoo and the Arts, Popular Music Studies, Visual Art or Writing.

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.

A central focus of the Bachelor of Creative Industries course is the development of scholarly practices of relevance for the creative arts. You will engage with methodologies that enable you to reflect upon and critique practices and to develop original ideas, concepts and processes.

Students studying this course work both independently and collaboratively.


With a degree in Creative 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
  • Project Manager
  • Curator.

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.

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.

CUS60109 - Advanced Diploma of Music

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

CUV50111 - 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. Articulate and exemplify skills and knowledge of the practices, languages, forms, materials, technologies and techniques in the Creative Arts.
  2. Research and evaluate ideas, concepts and processes through creative, critical and reflective thinking and practice.
  3. Exemplify and apply relevant skills and knowledge to produce and realise works, artefacts and forms of creative expression.
  4. Interpret, adapt and present ideas, problems and arguments in modes suited to a range of audiences.
  5. Exemplify independence and collaboration working in the Creative Industries in response to project demands.
  6. Reflect upon social, cultural and ethical issues, and adapt to local and international perspectives in the practice of the Creative Industries.

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Creative Industries students will be required to complete 288 credit points (equivalent to 24 units) in total, consisting of:

  • 48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) College Core studies;
  • 144 credit points (equivalent to 12 units) Professional Core studies including 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) of Capstone studies;
  • 96 credit points (equivalent to 8 units) from Major studies listed below; OR
  • 2 x 48 credit points from Minor studies listed below.

Year 1

Year 2


48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) from Minor 1 studies listed

Year 3


Capstone Units


48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) to complete a Major or Minor 2 studies listed



Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • TAFE: Successful completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent) will be granted advanced standing of a maximum 96 credit points (Diploma) or 144 credit points (Advanced Diploma).
    Successful completion of a non-cognate (not similar) Australian (or equivalent) Diploma or Advanced Diploma will be granted advanced standing on a case by case basis.
  • Year 12: Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.
  • International: Successful completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) OR
    Successful completion of an Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent)
    IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score of 6 with no band less than 6.0.
  • Mature: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience will be considered for admission to the course.

How to apply for this course

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Secondary school students

Apply via VTAC

VTAC applications due 4 November 2016.

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Direct applications due 30 November 2016.

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