La Trobe University

Bachelor of Creative Arts


Start dates
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) 2019
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.

Join a diverse community of creative artists and learn the theories and practices required to gain a successful career in the creative industries. You can specialise in:

- Screen - understand how moving images change the world.

- 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.

- Writing - gain the skills to write persuasive and intriguing narratives.

Through the shared 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.

Choose a major in the specialisation that interests you most, then select a second major that compliments your first. Choose subjects from other areas of creative arts or from humanities and other disciplines across the University, including but not limited to: media, English, languages, politics, sociology, history, and psychology.

Learn to recognise and reflect on social, cultural and ethical issues, and apply local and international perspectives to practice.

You'll have access to the La Trobe Art Institute and its network of galleries and the opportunity to exhibit your work in a solo or group exhibition, pop-up gallery and community arts project.

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.

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 June for the new statement.

Career outcomes

Depending on your major, once you graduate you'll have the skills to develop and maintain a studio practice, become a writer, actor or a screen/script writer. You may find work in art galleries, government and council organisations, television studios, theatres, recording studios, film and television production organisations. You'll also have the opportunity to continue your studies with a focus on education or creative and practice-led post-graduate research.

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.

Applications for Semester 1, 2019 will open later this year.

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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: