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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 or Contemporary Fashion studies, or may elect to complete a Double Major in Contemporary Performance and Theatre 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.



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.
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 four core units (two compulsory and two chosen) and four electives related to a specialised area (60 credit points)
  • a Major program consisting of 120 credit points in a specialised area (listed below)
  • a supplementary program consisting of 120 credit points comprising:
    • a second Major from the Bachelor of Contemporary Arts or from elsewhere within the School or outside the School; or
    • a Minor study (90 credit points), plus two electives (30 credit points); or
    • an elective program of 120 credit points.
  • As an alternative to the Major and supplementary programs outlined above (points 2 and 3), students may choose to complete the Double Major in Contemporary Performance and Theatre Studies, which totals 240 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 two compulsory core units (30 credit points):
CCA1102 Representation and Interpretation 15
CMM1108 Communications and Digital Technology 15
Plus students should select a further 30 credit points from the following:
CCA1101 Contexts of Modernity 15
CCA1103 Creativity: Theory, Practice and History 15
CMM1101 Reading Media Texts 15
CMM1107 Creative Thinking 15
CMM1109 Cyberculture Studies 15
CMM1113 Media and Social Context 15
HMN1101 Home and Away: Introducing the Humanities 15
HMN1102 What is Knowledge? 15
Students must select 60 credit points (four units) of electives. Please refer to each Major for recommended electives.
It is recommended that students intending to study the Double Major in Contemporary Performance and Theatre Studies complete PER1105 as an elective in the foundation year (Year One).
Students completing the Double major MUST complete PAM1002 as an elective.
Students embark on their Major programs in the first year of study. Major programs consist of 120 credit points worth of study, and 240 credit points for the Double Major. Students must complete one or two Major programs within the School of Communications&Arts, or they may elect to complete the Double Major. In the Bachelor of Contemporary Arts the following majors are available:

  • Contemporary Fashion
  • Contemporary Performance
  • Visual Arts
  • Contemporary Performance and Theatre Studies (Double Major)
    MAAAAAContemporary Fashion Major
    MAAAABContemporary Performance Major
    MAAACYVisual Arts Major
    DMAAAGContemporary Performance and Theatre Studies Double Major
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    Last Updated - Higher Education: 31/03/2010 VET: 31/03/2010