La Trobe University

Bachelor of Creative Arts


Semester starts
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
3 years.
Annual tuition fee (A$)
29 200

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

Academic entry requirement

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

English language requirement

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

Please refer to our English Language Requirements page for details of other Accepted English Proficiency tests and additional recognised English Language Proficiency Measures, such as English as the language of instruction.

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

Annual tuition fee (A$)

29 200


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 or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

If applying visual arts, you'll need to submit a portfolio online or book an interview.

Additional information

The Screen and Theatre majors are offered at Melbourne only, the Writing major is offered at Melbourne and Bendigo and the Visual Arts major is offered in Bendigo and Mildura.

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:

CRICOS code: 043551B