Bachelor of Creative Arts

Course information for - 2024 entry

Offered at 3 locations

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time
QTAC code
58.50 for Brisbane
Fees (first year)*

$12632 CSP

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Not available
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: Beginning July 2024
Applications open April 2024


A Bachelor of Creative Arts from ACU will inspire you to become a versatile and agile innovator while developing the skills and experience needed to adapt to an ever-changing creative landscape.

You don’t need an extensive portfolio to apply or undergo a gruelling audition process. Instead, be ready to immerse yourself in a range of creative arts that foster flexible and innovative thinking, be prepared to offer out-of-the-box creative solutions, dive into self-expression without limitations and get primed to thrive.

Throughout your degree you’ll have the opportunity to explore a diverse range of creative mediums and develop your creative specialisation while learning real-world skills alongside world-class academics and practicing technicians.

You will benefit from hands-on, project-based learning and exhibit your skills to the public through exhibitions, publications, and performances.

You will also have exceptional global opportunities to join our exciting overseas study experiences in locations such as New York and Rome and build international networks and cross-cultural agility.

Then in your final year, you’ll complete a major creative project in your chosen art form, whether it’s communication, creative writing, design and technologies, drama, music, graphic design, media, or visual arts.

Professional experience

You will have the option to either complete up to 50 –70 hours of Community Engagement placement or to complete the Big Ideas Social Enterprise and Innovation unit.

The Community Engagement placement gives you the opportunity to use your creativity, skills and initiative working on projects run by community groups, government, not-for-profit, social enterprise or otherwise ethically-focussed organisations.

The Big Ideas Social Enterprise asks you to work with your peers to develop a social enterprise or business concept that meets the needs of a specific area of disadvantage in the community. You’ll hear from experts already doing this work out in the world to help spark your creativity and innovative ideas and ground them in the practical knowledge you’ll need to make them reality.


Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • arts administration
  • communications
  • museum and galleries
  • careers in theatre
  • careers involving writing
  • editorial careers in publishing
  • public relations
  • industrial design
  • community arts
  • community organisations
  • teaching (with further study)

Course details

Course structure

Course map

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Please note: Course maps are subject to change.

Two Majors - Commencing Semester 1

  • Majors Major 1 Unit 1 (100 level unit)10 cp
  • MajorsMajor 2 Unit 1 (100 level unit)10 cp
  • Electives Units Elective Unit 110 cp
  • Electives Units Elective Unit 210 cp
  • MajorsMajor 1 Unit 2 (100/200 level unit)10 cp
  • MajorsMajor 2 Unit 2 (100/200 level unit)10 cp
  • Core Curriculum Units Core Curriculum Unit 1See the ACU Core Curriculum page for details 10 cp
  • Electives Units Elective Unit 310 cp

Two Majors - Commencing Semester 2

One Major, Two Minors - Commencing Semester 1

One Major, Two Minors - Commencing Semester 2

Graduate statement


As an ACU graduate you have personal insight founded on an understanding of who you are as a professional, a citizen and a scholar. You embrace change and growth through critical self-awareness and learning autonomy. You are empowered to seek truth and meaning, drawing on the principles of justice, equity, and the dignity of all human beings.


As an ACU graduate you value human dignity and diversity. This appreciation is founded on deep reflection, and empathy. You have experience of Indigenous Knowings and perspectives and can engage respectfully when working alongside Australia's First Peoples. You can connect with people and cultures and work with community in ways that recognise the dignity of the human person and all cultures


As an ACU graduate you utilise imagination and innovation to solve problems. You critically analyse information from a range of sources to creatively solve practical problems and use critical thinking to make decisions and advance the common good. You appreciate the role of innovation and creative thinking in developing a better future for each person and community.


As an ACU graduate you recognise your responsibility to work for social justice and a sustainable world founded on a commitment to human dignity and the common good. You lead change through respectful collaboration and effective communication of ideas to diverse peoples, groups and communities in local and global contexts. You are empowered to positively impact your profession and the community.

AQF framework

Bachelor - AQF Level 7

Exit Points

Students who have met the requirements of the Diploma in Creative Arts or Diploma in Liberal Arts can exit with this award.

Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy that includes meeting a minimum ATAR requirement.

International students must meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12, or equivalent:



English (Units 3 & 4, C).

New South Wales

Assumed knowledge: 2 units of English (any) (Band 3)


Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2024 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

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Applicants with recent secondary education

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.  

If your school result was affected by circumstances outside of your control, such as financial hardship, illness, disability or a challenging home environment, you may qualify for an access scheme. You can apply through your TAC as part of your application process.  

Learn more about access schemes 

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course. 

For current year 12 students 

If you’re a current Year 12 applicant you can be given a selection rank separate from, and in addition to, your ATAR if you’ve completed a competency-based and graded AQF Certificate III or above. 

For non-school leavers 

If you’ve completed, or are completing a competency-based AQF Certificate IV or AQF diploma you will be assigned a selection rank by your local Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC). This is an entry score based on your individual qualifications and achievements. 

ACU has partnerships with TAFE and many private education providers. If you have completed a qualification with one of these partners or with ACU College, you may be eligible for guaranteed entry and/or credit into a related ACU degree. Please apply through your local TAC and then submit a credit application for your previous study.

Applicants with higher education study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course. 

If you have completed at least two units of AQF-recognised study at bachelor level or above, you’ll be assigned a selection rank based on your study level, duration and grade point average that will be applied during the admission process. 

If your previous study has equipped you with knowledge, skills or experiences that align with the learning outcomes of units in your new course you may be able to apply for recognition of prior learning and you may be able to complete your course sooner. 

Learn more about recognition of prior learning 

Applicants with work and life experience

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.

If you have no formal education qualifications you may be eligible for a selection rank based on your work, life or service experience.

  • If you’ve been in paid employment, relevant to the course you’re applying for, for a minimum of six months full-time (or equivalent), this work may be assessed for your selection rank.
  • If you’re 21 years or older you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) through your local TAC.
  • You can apply for an ACU bridging course. Our bridging courses allow you to transition back into studying and can give you a head start on the relevant undergraduate degree.
  • If you have served in the defence force, your rank and time in service may contribute to your selection rank.

Find your path into study

English language requirements

Overall score of 6.0. Individual score of 6.0 in writing and speaking, and 5.5 in listening and reading.

Adjustment factors

If you’re currently completing Year 12 you may be eligible for adjustment factors that can boost your rank and help you get into your desired course.

Adjustment factors may be applied to your TAC application if you study particular subjects, attend schools geographically close to our campuses or in certain regional areas, apply as an elite athlete or performer or meet certain other criteria.

Learn more about adjustment factors

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you


Pathways into course for current or recent Year 12 students

If you can’t meet the ATAR requirement for your choice of course and you’re currently completing Year 12 or finished Year 12 in the two years previously, we have entry programs to get you where you want to be. 

Alternatively, you may be able to complete a diploma or bridging course relevant to your desired course: 

Understand your pathway options 

Pathways into course for applicants with previous study and/or life experience

Are you applying to ACU as a non-school leaver? 

By that we mean, you’re not currently completing Year 12 and haven’t completed it in the two years previously. If the answer is yes and your selection rank isn’t enough to meet the requirements for your desired course you still have a number of options to help you achieve your study goals. 

If you’re over 21, you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) , or you can complete a diploma or bridging course relevant to your desired course. 

  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Work experience - A selection rank can be calculated based on your work experience - you need to document all of your experience and provide supporting documentation.

Explore the pathways to your future 

Further study

Diploma in Languages; and Bachelor of Arts (Honours). Or our education courses; Master of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary); Master of Teaching (Primary); Master of Teaching (Secondary).


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$12632 CSP

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support. 

Explore your options


You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

Search our scholarships

How to apply

Domestic applicants


Apply through QTAC

QTAC code 112911

Direct application

Apply now


Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

Staff Profile

Dr Delyse Ryan

Deputy Head of School of Arts QLD (Creative Arts), National School of Arts and Humanities

Dr Delyse Ryan is the Deputy Head of the School of Arts (Creative Arts) and course coordinator for the Bachelor of Arts in Queensland. She has lectured in Drama and English at ACU since 1995 and has directed over 130 student theatre performances. Interested in developing new ways of performing classic texts for contemporary audiences, Dr Ryan's PhD study focused on Brisbane’s theatre history while her most recent research interests include theatre history and the teaching of drama within a higher education context. She has received an ACU Excellence in Teaching Award and an ACU Citation for her teaching. Delyse regularly takes performances into schools and childcare centres as a part of her community engagement. She has developed significant relationships with schools from low-socioeconomic areas and this work is designed to be presented to children who might not otherwise have an opportunity to participate in the arts.

Assoc. Prof. Catherine Bell

Lecturer in Visual Arts and Gallery Director, School of Arts and Humanities

Associate Professor Catherine Bell is a lecturer in visual art in the Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design degree in the School of Arts (VIC) and Gallery Director at the Australian Catholic University, Melbourne. A multi-disciplinary artist and curator, Assoc. Prof. Bell’s creative-led research is focused on the role of the artist in the archive and healthcare setting, neurodiverse/neurotypical inclusive practice, art on the margins, socially engaged, participatory and relational approaches to art practices, redefining and repositioning the female in contemporary society, care ethics in collaborative practice and challenging taboos surrounding death and dying. 


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