La Trobe University

Bachelor of Creative Arts


Start dates
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) 2018
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
Fees and costs
Please check out our Fee calculator for an estimation of course fees.

*N/A: Not applicable, N/P: Not published, NC: New course, RC: Range of criteria.
Additional information on the 2018 intake is now available at the ATAR Wizard.

Learn your craft, hone your skills and boost your career as a creative artist.

If you’re passionate about art, performance or storytelling, La Trobe’s Bachelor of Creative Arts is for you.

Our flexible and practical degree helps define your creative output, empowering you to apply new concepts and analytical frameworks to your arts practice. Major in Screen, Theatre, Visual Arts or Writing and graduate with the networks and entrepreneurial skills necessary for a successful career.

In the core subjects, you’ll learn to interpret, adapt, communicate and present ideas, problems and arguments for a variety of audiences.

  • In screen (Melbourne campus), you’ll understand how moving images change the world.
  • In theatre (Melbourne campus), you’ll explore the history of theatre through performance and production.
  • In visual arts (Bendigo and Mildura campuses), you’ll hone your technical and conceptual skills to better realise your artistic goals.
  • In writing (Bendigo and Melbourne campuses), you’ll learn how to craft narratives and write engaging prose.

At La Trobe, we have an abundance of resources, facilities and industry partnerships to kick-start your career in the arts:

  • Benefit from our connections to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, National Gallery of Victoria, Channel 31, Emerging Writer’s Festival, Bendigo Art Gallery, Shepparton Art Museum, Mil Arts Centre and more.
  • Attend masterclasses with professional artists.
  • Write for and perform in our 400 seat outdoor amphitheatre, 35 seat studio black box and 100 seat conventional theatre.
  • Take advantage of our multi-camera TV studio, video-editing suites and audio recording studio.
  • Access an extensive range of video and audio recording equipment.
  • Utilise the Bendigo La Trobe Art Institute, a multipurpose visual arts facility that offers a contemporary art program and a dynamic setting for students. The award-winning building features two galleries, two sculpture courtyards, auditorium and a studio.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 7.

Entry requirements


Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL

Portfolio submission or interview for visual arts.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

*The presentation of entry requirements is currently transitioning to the new Australian Government admissions transparency format. Please check back in July for the new statement.

Career outcomes

As a La Trobe creative arts graduate, you’ll be well equipped to maintain an independent practice. Other rewarding opportunities include employment in art galleries, government and council organisations, film and TV studios, theatre companies, recording studios, advertising agencies, publishing houses, magazines and photography studios.

Depending on your major, you’ll be ready to work as a writer, editor, curator, designer, director, producer, academic, illustrator, performer, content creator, event manager, artist, teacher, videographer, film maker, photographer, printmaker and more.

Fees and costs

Course fees

Your course fees will depend on the subjects you choose to study: each subject has its own costs. The total course fee may vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and your approved Credit for Prior Learning.

Find out more about undergraduate course fees.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 2, 2018.

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Additional information

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See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus: