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G79 Bachelor of Contemporary Arts

This degree programme is primarily designed to prepare students for a career as artists, creators, researchers, curators etc and in the teaching of the creative and performing arts.


Students will specialise in either Visual Arts, Contemporary Performance, Contemporary Fashion studies. Students combine professional education studies with specialist content studies. Graduates will have a qualification in the contemporary arts and will be a highly skilled and knowledgeable practitioners allowing them to access a wide range of career-related opportunities.


Students in Geraldton are given the opportunity to study the Visual Arts major through the Geraldton Universities Centre (GUC).


Standard University Admission requirements apply. In addition, students will be required to have a portfolio interview or audition for the Bachelor of Contemporary Arts programme.

This course is available on Mt Lawley Campus.

Visual Arts major is available at Geraldton campus.
This course is available by Full-time, or Part-time mode.
This course is available in the following mode of delivery - On-campus.

The Bachelor of Contemporary Arts degree is a 360 credit point, three year full-time award which may be studied in part-time mode.

The degree has three main components:

  • a foundation programme of four units and four specialised electives, completed in first year
  • a Major programme consisting of eight units in a specialised area (listed above)
  • a supplementary programme consisting of eight units from one of the following options:
    • a second Major from the Bachelor of Contemporary Arts or from any other programme in School of Communications & Contemporary Arts; or at ECU; or
    • a Minor study from outside the School, plus electives; or
    • an elective programme of eight units.



Whatever pattern students choose:

  • normally no more than ten of the units studied should be at first year level;
  • at least four units must be at third year level.
Students must complete the following core units:
CCA1101 Contexts of Modernity 15
CCA1102 Representation and Interpretation 15
CCA1103 Creativity: Theory, Practice and History 15
CMM1108 Communications and Digital Technology 15
Students must complete 60CP from the following elective units:
CMM1104 Writing for the Media 15
CMM1105 Study Skills 15
CMM1107 Creative Thinking 15
CMM1112 Communication Strategies 15
DEF1101 Design Foundations: Design Principle 15
DEF1103 Design Foundations: Colour 15
DEF1104 Design Foundations: Drawing 15
FAV1101 Introduction to Digital Video 15
IMM1121 Digital Photomedia 15
IMM1122 Publishing on the World Wide Web 15
MTQ1116 MIDI Applications 1 15
MTQ1117 Digital Audio and Sampling Techniques 15
PER1105 The Performer's Instrument 15
PER1106 Performance Skills 15
PHO1105 Photo Work 15
VIS1301 Introduction to Visual Praxis 15
VIS1302 Introduction to Studio Disciplines 15
VIS1303 Introduction to Drawing 15
Electives from outside School of Communications&Contemporary Arts (up to 30CP total)
In the second year, students embark on their Major programs. Major programs consist of 120CP worth of study. Students must complete one or two Major programs within School of Communications&Contemporary Arts. In the Bachelor of Contemporary Arts the following majors are available:
- Visual Arts
- Contemporary Fashion
- Contemporary Performance
MAAAAAContemporary Fashion Major
MAAAABContemporary Performance Major
MAAAADVisual Arts Major
Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)
For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes, Graduate Attributes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website:

Last Updated - Higher Education: 30/09/2006 VET: 30/09/2006