Bachelor of Creative Arts

Choose Creative Arts at La Trobe

Australia’s creative industries are fast-growing, dynamic and challenging. As a creative professional you’ll join a unique community working across all mediums to inform, educate and inspire diverse audiences. La Trobe will provide the platforms to try, test, and exhibit your work and you’ll graduate with a defined and well-rounded creative practice.

Through shared core subjects you’ll undertake foundational studies in critical theory and learn to interpret, communicate and present complex ideas. You’ll explore your specific interests through one of four specialisations:

  • Screen – understand how moving images change the world.
  • Writing – gain the skills to write persuasive and intriguing narratives.
  • Theatre – explore the history of theatre through performance and production.
  • Visual Arts – learn the conceptual and technical skills to produce works that respond to the world around you.

You can then increase your employability through a second major from within the Creative Arts discipline or throughout the University.

You’ll have access to flexible learning spaces, world-class computer laboratories, video and editing suites, a range of video and audio recording equipment, and a multi-camera television studio. Depending on your major, you’ll also make use of four radically different theatre spaces including:

  • a 35-seat studio black box
  • a 100-seat conventional theatre
  • a flexible 150-200-seat large black box
  • a newly-refurbished 400-seat outdoor amphitheatre, which is home to an annual theatre festival.

Part of the brand new theatre village is a series of rehearsal rooms, set and costume construction spaces, dressing rooms and music practice spaces.

Career opportunities in Creative Arts

Depending on your major you’ll graduate as a:

  • writer
  • actor
  • director
  • visual artist
  • screen/script writer.

You may choose to practice in your own studio, or in a gallery or artist collective. You might work in a government, not-for-profit or council organisation; for a television or theatre company; or in a film production company.

You’ll also have the opportunity to continue your studies with a focus on education or creative and practice-led postgraduate research.

Course info

Location

You can study at the following campuses:

  • Melbourne (Screen, Theatre, Writing)
  • Bendigo (Writing, Visual Arts)
  • Mildura (Visual Arts)

Length of course

Three years full time or part time equivalent.

Cost

  • Calculate the cost of your subjects with our Fee Calculator.
  • Additional costs to cover art supplies.

Selection criteria

Year 12 results (within five years of finishing)

You will be selected based on your ATAR score. The ATAR required in 2017 to get into this course was 50.4 for the Melbourne Campus.

TAFE results or work experience

You will be selected based on relevant TAFE results or work experience if you're not a Year 12 school leaver.

Course prerequisites

  • VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (ESL) or 20 in any other English.
  • Folio presentation and interview (Bendigo and Mildura only). Find out more.

What you'll learn in Creative Arts

Depending on your major, you'll learn how to:

  • tell stories in a range of mediums
  • write scripts and screenplays
  • produce high-quality photography
  • work with a range of mediums to conceptualise and create art works
  • analyse and interpret performance and narrative
  • present theatre productions
  • produce television content.

Course content in the Bachelor of Creative Arts

Through the shared degree core subjects for each specialisation you’ll learn to apply relevant skills and knowledge to produce and critique a range of creative art works. You’ll be taught to interpret, communicate and present ideas, problems and arguments for different audiences.

Majors

Melbourne

  • Screen
  • Writing
  • Theatre

Bendigo

  • Writing
  • Visual Arts

Mildura

  • Visual Arts

Degree core subjects

First year

Second year

  • Exhibit One

Third year

  • Arts Festival

For full details, including suggested elective subjects, see the handbook entry for:

Once you've chosen your subjects, you can see your provisional timetable.

Scholarships and financial support

You might also be eligible for other scholarships from La Trobe, external scholarships or financial support from La Trobe.

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