CH72 - Bachelor of Creative Arts
At a glance
The Bachelor of Creative Arts is an exciting and innovative new course with majors in acting, contemporary dance, popular music or visual arts. Your studies will combine discipline-specific skills with insider understanding of the creative industries. You will develop and polish performance skills through practical studios, industry seminars, theory studies, personal reflection, and hands-on educational opportunities.
Acting and popular music are available at CQUniversity Cairns campus. Acting and contemporary dance are available at CQUniversity Townsville campus. Visual arts is available at CQUniversity Rockhampton campus.
To gain entry into this course for acting, dance or music you will be required to audition.
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|Pre-requisites||QTAC: English (4, SA); see entry requirements tab for UAC and VTAC pre-requisites|
Acting, Contemporary Dance, Popular Music, Visual Arts
|Availability||Cairns; Rockhampton City; Rockhampton North; Townsville|
|Duration||3 years full-time, 6 years part-time|
|Intake dates||March, July|
|QTAC Code||CNS: 824102, ROK: 854102, TSV: 804102|
- Term 3 intake is only available for domestic students that have completed a Diploma or Advanced Diploma in Dance or Music Industry. This pathway is only available for entry into the Contemporary Dance or Popular Music majors.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Creative Arts can pursue careers within their specific disciplines of acting, dance, music or visual arts or more broadly within the creative and cultural resources sector that includes arts administration, tourism, festivals and events.
The Bachelor of Creative Arts is an exciting and innovative new course with majors in acting, contemporary dance, popular music or visual arts. Your studies will combine discipline-specific skills with insider understanding of the creative industries. You will develop and polish performance skills through practical studios, industry seminars, theory studies, personal reflection, and hands-on educational opportunities. This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in the competitive and exciting world of the creative arts.
Why Study at CQUniversity
Our creative and performing arts course fosters the creativity and passion needed for our students to build meaningful and successful careers in the arts locally, nationally and internationally. Delivered in a supportive and vibrant environment of practice-based tuition and coursework, you can access the right mix of practice and theory to give you the skills and knowledge to succeed in your chosen career. Our modern facilities encourage you to be innovative and visionary and provide the right environment for you to hone your craft and learn about the art form you are specialising in.
Harness your passion for acting and achieve a professional qualification by majoring in acting. Available to study on campus in Cairns and Townsville, you will gain valuable theoretical knowledge and be able to describe fundamental dramaturgy as well as contextualise the process and place of contemporary indigenous arts within the international and Australian cultural industries. You will build confidence working across a broad range of theatrical styles adopting a reflective acting practice and have the opportunity to create and lead an artistic product working in collaboration with other artists.
Contemporary dance will provide industry-relevant and practical training to assist you in pursuing a career in dance. You will create, choreograph, market, and produce a contemporary dance performance in an artistic and safe environment. The contemporary dance major is available to study on campus in Townsville and will allow you to implement theatre technology and stagecraft as well as collaborate with other artists to lead and create an artistic product. You will gain knowledge of the creative industries and arts business in Australia and overseas as well as learn to contextualise the process and place of contemporary indigenous arts within the international and Australian cultural industries.
Forge a career in the music industry by studying the popular music major where you will produce, record, perform and market popular music. You will integrate music and lyrics to create songs in a popular music style and apply the theory and history of popular music to your practice. In the popular music major you will gain an understanding of the creative industries and arts business in Australia and overseas and contextualise the process and place of contemporary indigenous arts within the international and Australian cultural industries. You will gain practical skills by taking a leadership role in an artistic production while collaborating with other artists. The Popular Music major is available to study at our Cairns campus.
Expand your talents in the visual arts by undertaking the visual arts major in the Bachelor of Creative Arts. Study on campus in Rockhampton and refine your skills and knowledge in drawing fundamentals and contemporary art practices. More information on this visual arts major is available in the handbook.
Structure and assessment
You are required to complete a total of 24 units including eight compulsory core units, eight units from your chosen major in acting, contemporary dance, popular music or visual arts and eight elective units chosen from any undergraduate course at CQUniversity.
For example units you could study as part of the Bachelor of Creative Arts course please click here.
If you have any questions regarding this program, call 13 27 86.
Credit transfer information
If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.
To successfully complete your studies, you may be required to demonstrate that you can meet course requirements associated with your course. For more information on these course requirements please view the ‘Course Requirements’ section found under the ‘What do I need to start?’ page under the ‘Getting Started’ tab of the Student Handbook . Additional information on student placements and work integrated learning can also be found in the Student Handbook, on the ‘Course Features’ page under ‘Getting Started’.
Information on the Student Profile for this course by campus as well as the OP/ATAR profile for recent school leavers is available at our future students page.
English (4, SA)
English (Standard, Band 2)
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in any English.
To gain entry into this course you will be required to audition and apply to QTAC. Midyear auditions close 8 June. Entry into the visual arts major is by portfolio and interview.
If you have English as your second language (international or domestic students born outside of Australia, Canada, NZ, UK, Ireland, South Africa or USA), you need to meet different English language proficiency requirements depending on the level of study and/or program you wish to undertake. Click here for more details.
If you are not born in Australia,Canada,New Zealand,United Kingdom,Ireland, or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Information on English Language Proficiency requirements is available here.
Fees and scholarships
Degree-level students should check their Offer Letter to confirm the type of place they have been offered as this determines which fees apply to their enrolment. Students offered
- Commonwealth supported places are liable to pay Student Contributions;
- domestic full-fee places are liable to pay Tuition Fees;
- international full-fee places are liable to pay International Tuition Fees.
In addition to these fees, degree-level students pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee. NOTE: Some students who are exempt from paying Student Contributions and Tuition Fees, e.g. Research Higher Degree candidates, will be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee.
Fees are calculated upon enrolment, and recalculated after any enrolment change made prior to census date. Fees are also recalculated after administrative changes or updates are made to a student record, e.g. changes to citizenship status or Fee Liability Category.
Once calculated, fees can be viewed by logging into MyCentre, which also allows students to view and print Fee Notices on demand. The due date for payment is detailed on the Fee Notice.
PLEASE NOTE that paper Fee Notices are not issued by CQUniversity – students must access their Fee Notices in MyCentre.
For current degree-level fee schedules and information about HELP schemes, please select from the following:
Please see our Scholarships site for scholarships that you may be interested in.
How to Apply
To gain entry into this course you will be required to audition and apply to QTAC. Click here for more information on auditions.
You've made an excellent choice. Now that you've decided to train or study at CQUniversity, the next step is to apply, and we're here to assist you every step of the way.
You can lodge your application to study at CQUniversity via one of the following Tertiary Admission Centres:
- Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC)
- South Australia Tertiary Admission Centre (SATAC)
- Universities Admission Centre (UAC)
- Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC)
- Western Australia (Apply WA).
Use the table below to find your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre depending on where you live, and where/how you wish to study:
Should you require assistance please contact our Student Advice team.
|Undergraduate||Apply through QTAC||Apply through UAC||Apply through SATAC||Apply through VTAC||Apply through Apply WA||Apply through your state tertiary admissions centre, if the program is not listed, apply through QTAC|
For more information on applying for Bachelor of Creative Arts, please click here.
For further information
If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 13 27 86.
You can also register your interest to stay up-to-date with course developments, application timelines and events happening in your area.