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G79 Bachelor of Contemporary Arts

This degree program 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.

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 program of 60 credit points and four specialised electives (60 credit points), completed in first year
  • a Major program consisting of 120 credit points in a specialised area (listed below)
  • a supplementary program consisting of 120 credit points from one of the following options:
    • a second Major from the Bachelor of Contemporary Arts or from any other program in the School of Communications & Contemporary Arts; or at ECU; or
    • a Minor study from outside the School, plus electives; or
    • an elective program of 120 credit points.



Whatever pattern students choose:

  • normally no more than 150 credit points may be studied at first year level;
  • at least  60 credit points 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
And 60 credit points of level 1 electives recommended by each major programme
Electives from outside School of Communications&Contemporary Arts (up to 30 credit points 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:

  • Contemporary Fashion
  • Contemporary Performance
  • Visual Arts
    MAAAAAContemporary Fashion Major
    MAAAABContemporary Performance Major
    MAAACYVisual Arts Major
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    Last Updated - Higher Education: 31/03/2008 VET: 31/03/2008