Bachelor of Creative Arts

Craft a more interesting world

Creative artists are performers, designers, writers, animators, curators and directors. They keep the world of art and culture spinning. They make people think, laugh and feel.

Studying creative arts means practising new ways of making while learning from those who’ve inspired and entertained throughout history.

What will you do?

Our Bachelor of Creative Arts develops individual creativity and knowledge. You will:

  • choose from production courses like creative writing, music and media techniques
  • study theory in your areas of interest, from philosophy and ethics to art history and visual cultures
  • gain valuable work experience within the creative arts industry
  • attend masterclasses with visiting international academics
  • go behind the scenes of a major arts festival through our partnership with the Adelaide Festival
  • network with leaders and artists at the field’s cutting edge.

You can also pursue your creative interests overseas with optional exchanges and study tours.

Where could it take you?

Creative Arts graduates follow and fashion all sorts of exciting career pathways. You could exhibit your work in national galleries or spotlight new creative talent. You might publish fiction, biographies or reviews for film festivals. Perhaps you’ll nurture creativity in young people through music programs.

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 334661
2019 CSP ATAR 66.4
2019 CSP IB 24
Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 70
Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 24
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
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2019 Admissions Data for school leavers
ATAR
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 55.85
Median ATAR to receive an offer 77.85
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 92.8
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 66.4
Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 82.45
Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 95.85
Minimum eligibility score 65
Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
Selection Criteria
Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Vocational Education and Training (VET) study You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2020. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2020 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2019 or 2018), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2018). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Other Entry Pathways
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 334661

Student Profile
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
<5 N/A
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study N/A N/A
(C) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
<5 N/A
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
    (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
11 73.3%
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
    (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
N/A N/A
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
    (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
N/A N/A
International students <5 N/A
All students 15 100.0%

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place: $6,810

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Scholarships

These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Careers

Industry Placement

All Bachelor of Creative Arts students have the opportunity to take part in a creative arts industry placement through the elective course Creative Arts Internship. This path is highly recommended for those who wish to enter the industry directly after completion of their undergraduate degree.

The placement allows students to gain meaningful work experience by contributing toward a host organisation project.  Students are given the opportunity to negotiate their own placements with organisations of their choice, after discussion with the Convenor of Creative Arts Internships. The student needs to ensure that their industry placement does not clash with their other courses.

Potential careers

Animator, Author, Music Technologist, Musical Theatre Performer, Musician / Singer, Composer, Recording Artist / Musician, Research and Education, Designer, Producer, Art Director, Arts Administrator, Music Journalist / Music Critic, Curator, Production Assistant, Publishing, Entertainment Industry, Entrepreneur, Film Critic, Film Director, Set Designer, Writer, ...

Degree Structure

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

Example Study Plan

Study plans are available on the Faculty of Arts website.

Testimonial

I chose to study Creative Arts because I feel that the degree connects the closest to what I want to do in my life. I like to create things and to critique. The courses offered in the Creative Arts degree cultivate imaginations and foster flexible and inventive thinkers.

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Last updated: Sunday, 26 Apr 2020