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Bachelor of Creative Arts

2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

About this course

The Bachelor of Creative Arts provides students with a set of overarching skills that are readily transferable across the creative arts industries such as art, design, media, music and writing.

Students are engaged in inter-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary learning and develop skills relevant to the contemporary, converged and increasingly online media and arts industries while also developing creative production skills.

The degree has strong links to the vibrant creative industries of the NSW North Coast and south-east QLD.

Core units focus on work-ready skills and provide opportunities for professional placement, community engagement and advanced project work. Students will be expected to accumulate examples of work in an e-portfolio as part of their studies. This e-portfolio, aligned with workplace-focused units, provides an essential tool for their transition into relevant workplaces and vocations. The course articulates with a range of VET awards.

Career opportunities

In the creative and cultural industries, community arts, arts management and administration, festival management, cultural policy, curating, advertising and multimedia design.

Professional placement

Professional placement provides students with the opportunity to gain experience in the workplace and to establish contacts. Students can undertake learning opportunities in the community through a number of units and through assessment opportunities. 

Major areas of study

Art and Design includes units that focus on art and design for publication, graphic design, digital art, curating, painting and photography outputs. (Lismore campus only)

Music includes studies in contemporary music theory and styles, music technology and the internet, songwriting, sound theory and recording technique, and global perspectives in music. (Lismore campus only)

Media Studies has a strong emphasis on digital media production and analysis for screen, print and online environments, and equips students with a range of practical skills appropriate to an increasingly technological world. (Lismore, Distance education).

Writing enables students to pursue their passion for writing in a supportive, inter-disciplinary environment. Students acquire skills in writing genres including novels, short stories, writing for performance, feature and investigative journalism and essay writing. (Lismore, Distance education).

Students can also select elective units from across the University to complement their areas of specialisation.

University-wide majors are also available in this course.

Please note that some majors and units may not be available at each location.

Assessment methods

Assessment tasks may include essays, research projects, reports, take-home exams, media monitoring, weblogs, wikis, discussion board postings, production assignments, reflective logbooks, tutorial and critical presentations, and creative projects across a range of media and creative arts disciplines.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including face-to-face lectures and tutorials. Some units offer online activities, classes, pre-recorded and/or live lectures. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

The distance education study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive online pre-recorded and/or live lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Advanced standing

Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.

  • Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
    Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.
  • Recognition of informal learning
    Credit may be awarded on the basis of current informal learning (that takes place through work, social, family or leisure activities).

To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.

An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.

 Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.

Learning support

Learning resources

MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.

The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.

Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.

The SCU Library provides a wide range of services that include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources. To find out more, see the Library Toolbox.

The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, email, phone, and one-on-one support.

Equipment and facilities

Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes. All studios are purpose-designed, well equipped and fitted with appropriate ventilation.

Course structure

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Table of contents

Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Creative Arts degree a candidate shall successfully complete not less than twenty-four (24) units (288 credit points) comprising:
    1. all eight (8) core units listed in Part A; and
    2. (a) two (2), eight (8) unit majors from Part B; or
      (b) one (1), eight (8) unit major from Part B  PLUS eight (8) electives chosen from any undergraduate degree offered by the University, or
      (c)  one (1), eight (8) unit major from Part B PLUS any eight (8) unit University-wide major.
  2. To be eligible for the Award of the Associate Degree of Creative Arts a candidate shall successfully complete not less than sixteen (16) units (162 credit points) comprising:
    1. any four (4) units listed in Part A; and
    2. any twelve (12) units listed in Part B
  3. No unit will be credited to more than one major.
  4. A candidate who while enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Arts has completed the requirements of the Associate Degree of Creative Arts may elect to be awarded the Associate Degree of Creative Arts following withdrawal from candidature from the Bachelor Degree.

Schedule of units


How to apply

Domestic students


On-campus applications for this course are made through the NSW Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

Distance education (external)

Applications for this course to study by distance education are made directly to SCU via our online application service.

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