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Bachelor of Creative Arts

2018

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Overview
Location
Satac Codes
Casuarina Campus
Music 104581
Screen and New Media Production 104561
Visual Arts 104571
External Studies
Music 104581
Screen and New Media Production 104561
Visual Arts 104571
Course Duration
Full-time
3 year/s
Part-time
6 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International
Semester 1
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

WCART1

Award
Bachelor of Creative Arts
Faculty/College
College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society
Sector
HE

Ready to turn your passion for art into your career? The Bachelor of Creative Arts will help you achieve your dream.

Visual Arts

In this course, you will develop practical skills and knowledge in-studio and in key areas in painting, printmaking, digital media, sculpture and drawing, developing the critical tools and material skills necessary to build your art career.

You will learn alongside practising artists and leaders in the creative industry, plus you will be exposed to the local art community with opportunities to network with artists through the Northern Editions and the CDU Art Gallery and Collection.

The Bachelor of Creative Arts and Industries (Honours) is available for entry to suitable candidates with a Bachelor of Creative Arts with a credit average or higher to post-graduate study.

Music

You will develop skills and knowledge in musical areas such as piano, voice production and guitar in two specialised areas, classical music or contemporary music. A third study area also offers a combination of the two meaning you can experiment with both genres.

You will have opportunities to participate in community projects with our partners, the Darwin Symphony Orchestra (DSO), the Darwin Festival and the Centre for Youth and Community Music (CYCM).

The Bachelor of Creative Arts and Industries (Honours) is available for entry to suitable candidates with a Bachelor of Creative Arts with a credit average or higher to post-graduate study.

If you are interested in studying the Music major, we recommend you possess Grade 4 Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) Practical and Theory. Contact the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society after applying for auditioning.

Screen and New Media

Your studies focus on screen industry craft, knowledge and skills in film, television, digital media production and graphics/media design.

You will develop your skills and knowledge in conceptual, theoretical and historical understanding and apply it to a broad range of screen and new media design projects.

With access to digital media production hardware, facilities and the latest industry software, you are exposed to professional practices, processes and protocols. You will build a valuable portfolio of creative work and will also be encouraged to get practical industry practice, while you study.

Assumed knowledge

Grade 4 Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) Practical and Theory recommended for applicants to the Music major.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*.
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate IV level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 135 (or a score of 145 if prior to May 2010).
  • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the ACIKE Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.
  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.

* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Course fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements: (a) Australian Citizenship; (b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit. 
Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments, Student Contribution and 2018 HE Units and Fees.
 

International full fees

International course fees are provided on the International Office Fee Schedule: www.cdu.edu.au/international/future-students/courses.

International applications

StudyLink

All International applicants must apply through StudyLink unless currently studying year 12 in Australia. Only International applicants currently studying year 12 in Australia should apply via SATAC.

Career opportunities

Visual Arts

Graduating from this course may lead to career opportunities as a visual artist, curator, critic, dealer, historian, teacher, writer or exhibition coordinator.

Music

Graduating from this course may lead to career opportunities as a musician, stage manager, producer, editor, singer, music research, film and community performance.

Screen and New Media

Graduating from this course may lead to career opportunities in independent organisations, government and private companies in areas such as film production, directing, stagehand, stage manager, editing, writing, consulting or designing.

  • Pathways for VET to Higher Education
    Guaranteed credit transfer arrangements are available to students commencing a Bachelor degree at Charles Darwin University with completed Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree qualifications in the same field or discipline at Charles Darwin University. Students who hold completed qualifications should refer to the additional information provided about Advanced Standing and Credit Transfer and Pathways using the links below:


    Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

    For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

    Credit transfer

    For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

  • This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

  • This course may be deferred up to 1 year.

  • Australian qualification framework

    This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Course structure

The course structure includes a core of four units with extended majors in the discipline areas of Music, Screen and New Media
Production and Visual Arts.

Note: not all units within the Bachelor of Creative Arts are offered externally.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 240 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
Common Units
(2 units)
20cp Common units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below.

CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability (compulsory)

PLUS EITHER:

CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability (recommended for Arts majors) OR
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology (recommended for Science majors)

Select Common Units to find out more about individual units and advanced standing options.

Core Units
(4 units)
40cp Compulsory Core units totalling 40 credit points as detailed below.

PHI110 Critical and Creative Thinking
PHI120 Ethics
PHI210 Culture, Arts and Ideas 1
PHI220 Culture, Arts and Ideas 2
 

Specialist Electives
(10-12 units)
120cp

Specialist Elective units totalling 120 credit points selected from one of the Majors as detailed below. At least 30cp at 300 level must be passed to complete the Major.

MUSIC - Complete 110cp from the following units:

MUS114 Theory of Music 1
MUS115 Theory of Music 2
MUS192 Applied Music Practice (Piano, Guitar or Voice) 1 (Internal only)
MUS193 Applied Music Practice (Piano, Guitar or Voice) 2 (Internal only)
MUS214 Theory of Music 3
MUS215 Theory of Music 4
MUS292 Applied Music Practice (Piano, Guitar or Voice) 3 (Internal only)
MUS293 Applied Music Practice (Piano, Guitar or Voice) 4 (Internal only)
MUS390 Applied Music Practice (Piano, Guitar or Voice) 5 (Internal only)
MUS384 History of Music 1
MUS385 History of Music 2
And complete 10cp from the following:
MUS211 Second Instrument or Voice (repeatable) (Internal only)
MUS334 Ensemble/Choral (repeatable) (Internal only)
MUS394 Applied Music Practice (Piano, Guitar or Voice) 6 (Internal only)

SCREEN AND NEW MEDIA PRODUCTION - Complete 100cp from the following units:
SMP101 Introduction to Screen Media
SMP102 Introduction to Media Design
SMP201 Screen Production 1
SMP202 Sound Recording and Design 1 (Internal only)
SMP203 Digital Media Design Studio 1
SMP204 Digital Media Design Studio 2
SMP301 Screen Production 2
SMP302 Sound Recording and Design 2 (Internal only)
SMP303 Digital Media Project 1
SMP304 Digital Media Project 2
And complete 20cp from the following:
BCO101 Fundamentals of Marketing
HIT164 Computing Fundamentals
BIS234 Database Concepts
CAI202 Modernity
HIT226 Mobile Web Structures
MKT202 Marketing Communications
VIS260 Photography and Digital Arts
DES311 Design in Context

VISUAL ARTS - Complete 110cp from the following units:
VIS110 Visual Arts Foundation (20cp)
VIS120 Visual Arts Foundation (20cp)
VIS210 Visual Arts Intermediate Studio 1
VIS220 Visual Arts Intermediate Studio 2
VIS230 Contemporary Art 1
VIS310 Visual Arts Advanced Studio 1
VIS320 Visual Arts Advanced Studio 2
VIS330 Contemporary Art 2
VIS340 Visual Arts Project (repeatable)
And complete 10cp from the following:
VIS140 Visual Arts Methods (repeatable)
VIS200 Visual Arts Feature (repeatable)
VIS240 Printmaking (repeatable)
VIS250 Painting and Textile Arts (repeatable)
VIS260 Photography and Digital Arts (repeatable)
VIS270 Sculpture and Drawing (repeatable)

Note: not every unit is available in each semester.
 

Electives
(6 units)
60cp

Units totalling 60 credit points selected from undergraduate units offered by the University, including units from the above areas of study.

Undergraduate units are coded at 100 to 300 level, for example CAH1xx, CAH2xx and CAH3xx would be first, second and third year units respectively.
 

  240cp Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
No more than 20 credit points shall be counted with a grade of "PC" in a Bachelor AQF Level 7 course award and no more than 10 credit points at "PC" may be received at the highest level of the program of learning.

Of the total 240 credit points: (unless specified in the specific course structure above)
* not more than 100 credit points may be taken from 100 level units
* a minimum of 60 credit points must be taken from 300 level units or above

Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

 

Study plan

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:

  • ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
  • maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
  • check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the unit area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.
Legend: CU = Common Unit CO = Core Unit
  SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective


Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability CU CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU
PHI110 Critical and Creative Thinking CO PHI120 Ethics CO
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE
Year 2
PHI210 Culture, Arts and Ideas 1 CO PHI220 Culture, Arts and Ideas 2  CO
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE
Elective E Elective E
Year 3
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE
Elective E Elective E
Elective E Elective E

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Students commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:

  • ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
  • maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
  • check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the unit area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.
Legend: CU = Common Unit CO = Core Unit
  SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability CU
    CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU
    Elective E
Year 2
PHI110 Critical and Creative Thinking CO PHI120 Ethics CO
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE
    Elective E
Year 3
PHI210 Culture, Arts and Ideas 1 CO PHI220 Culture, Arts and Ideas 2 CO
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE
Elective E Elective E
Year 4
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE
Elective E Elective E

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