Bachelor of Creative Arts and Media

Future Students Australian courses Bachelor of Creative Arts and Media

Bachelor of Creative Arts and Media

Live, breathe and study creativity. JCU students grow innovative, original, creative thoughts, and build technical expertise.

Choose to specialise in new media arts, music, sound and moving image, photography, or design.

JCU graduates have the skills required to succeed in the creative industries through lecturers' strong industry connections and opportunities to work in the field.

Campus
Townsville, External, Cairns
Start dates
February, July
Duration
3 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
Off campus, On campus
Prerequisites
English
OP/Rank
18/61

Career opportunities

JCU students learn conceptual design and technical skills to be ready for a range of career choices.

Depending on the chosen major, graduates find employment in a number of different careers, including:

  • Graphic design
  • Content and production for online or print media
  • Advertising
  • Film, screen and moving image production
  • Music and sound recording
  • Music and performance management
  • Photography

Course overview

Students gain a comprehensive understanding of the Creative Arts industry through core courses integrated throughout the degree.

Students specialise in one of four majors:

  • Design
  • Media Arts
  • Music, Sound and Moving Image, and
  • Photography

They then select two minors that complement their major, or is interdisciplinary, expanding their knowledge.

Not all majors are available at all campuses. For a detailed overview of the course, refer to the handbook.

Majors

Students can choose from four different Creative Arts majors. Not all majors are available at all campuses.

Design

Gain a comprehensive understanding of the relationships between text, image, colour and shape in creating effective designs. Students delve into the theory and practice of design throughout core courses integrated into each year of the degree.

Learn the design principals of animation, editing and relationships with audio. JCU graduates benefit from specialist subjects focusing on human-centred design solutions.

Media Arts

Develop skills through hands-on training and practical experience working with professionals on location and in the studio. Students explore the processes of colour theory, visuality and foundation principles of computer-aided imagery.

Examine various social and cultural contexts throughout specialist courses. JCU graduates use disciplined innovation creating original work successfully communicating artist concepts in visual form. The Media Arts major is not available at the Townsville campus.

Music, Sound and Moving Image

Build creative experience, technical skills and industry networks. JCU students learn from state-of-the-art specialist software and hardware situated in spaces that foster creativity.

Benefit from strong industry partnerships and learn through practical experience at festivals and events. JCU graduates are ready for a career working in music and sound recording studio, filmmaking, animation production, television, music and performance management. The Music, Sound & Moving Image major is not available at the Cairns campus.

Photography

Work in state-of-the-art specialist photographic studios and access lighting and photographic equipment, and high-end printers. Learn from skilled imaging professionals and grow an understanding in the concepts, art and technology behind famous images.

Take inspiration by the natural surroundings and take opportunities to volunteer at local festivals and events. With access to various art galleries, build exhibition experience and graduate with an established portfolio.

View the course handbook for detailed information about each major.

How to apply

Check the QTAC information and apply by clicking on the relevant link below depending on where you wish to study.

Take note of the QTAC code for this course in the location you've chosen because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville (311481) - Apply now
Cairns (321481) - Apply now
External (311489) - Apply now

OP Score/Rank is representative of 2017 entry requirements and is therefore indicative only. Entry scores for 2018 will be finalised in the major offer round.

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

IA1007:03 Linking Indigenousness or IA1015:03 Indigenous Australians: Survival, Identity and Cultural Diversity

NM1010:03 Digital Toolbox

NM1810:03 Introduction to Creativity & Innovation

Level 2

NM2018:03    Creative Culture: The Value of the Arts

NM2017:03    Visual Arts in Perspective

NM2020:03    Visual Communication & Creativity

Level 3

NM3012:03 Creative Collaboration Project

NM3013:03    Professional Portfolio

OPTIONS

Select a Creative Arts & Media Major from Table A

PLUS

Select a minor that is different to your major from the Inter-Disciplinary Minors list or Select 9 credit points of any undergraduate subjects plus 3 credit points of any level 3 undergraduate subjects

PLUS

Select a second minor that is different to your major from the Inter-Disciplinary Minors list or Select 9 credit points of any undergraduate subjects plus 3 credit points of any level 3 undergraduate subjects

TABLE A (CREATIVE ARTS & MEDIA MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory, Single/Double

Credit points in major

24 credit points

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Design

Cairns

Townsville

External

 

Media Arts

Cairns

External

 

Music, Sound & Moving Image

Townsville

External

 

Photography

Cairns

Townsville

External

Pathway into course

The Diploma of Higher Education is a one-year course (or two years, part-time) designed to help people who may not meet the academic requirements for entry into a Bachelor degree course. It is also designed to help students develop the necessary skills to be successful university students.

The Diploma consists of a combination of introductory and first year degree subjects. Successful completion of the Diploma will give you a recognised qualification in its own right.

Graduating with the Diploma will also allow you to enter many JCU Bachelor degree programs and may give you credit for some of the subjects you successfully complete.

For further information, email pathways@jcu.edu.au.

Handbook

Bachelor of Creative Arts and Media

Course code

114510

Course type

BAC – Bachelor Pass (AQF level 7)

Division

Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English (4,SA)

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

72 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

In the context of a JCU graduate on successful completion of the Bachelor of Creative Arts & Media graduates will be able to:

  • Appraise the global traditions, practices and theories informing creative arts practice
  • Evaluate theoretical and conceptual insights into media arts practice;
  • Compare direct experiences of the nature of the global creative industries sector including insights into career management strategies for artists
  • Develop an appreciation and understanding of indigenous perspectives
  • Demonstrate a high level of digital technology based expertise in at least one discipline area of creative practice
  • Apply specialist professional knowledge in at least one of the discipline areas of creative practice
  • Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of urban and natural tropical environments
  • Illustrate an awareness of intellectual curiosity, ethical behaviour and sustainable practice in the arts and creative industries sector
  • Practice collaborative enterprise within creative communities emerging within the knowledge economy
  • Demonstrate advanced oral, written and networked communication skills suitable for the contemporary information and communication technologies sector
  • Employ strong problem solving, research, critical thinking and analytical skills required for contemporary arts practice.

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

IA1007:03 Linking Indigenousness or IA1015:03 Indigenous Australians: Survival, Identity and Cultural Diversity

NM1010:03 Digital Toolbox

NM1810:03 Introduction to Creativity & Innovation

Level 2

NM2018:03    Creative Culture: The Value of the Arts

NM2017:03    Visual Arts in Perspective

NM2020:03    Visual Communication & Creativity

Level 3

NM3012:03 Creative Collaboration Project

NM3013:03    Professional Portfolio

OPTIONS

Select a Creative Arts & Media Major from Table A

PLUS

Select a minor that is different to your major from the Inter-Disciplinary Minors list or Select 9 credit points of any undergraduate subjects plus 3 credit points of any level 3 undergraduate subjects

PLUS

Select a second minor that is different to your major from the Inter-Disciplinary Minors list or Select 9 credit points of any undergraduate subjects plus 3 credit points of any level 3 undergraduate subjects

TABLE A (CREATIVE ARTS & MEDIA MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory, Single/Double

Credit points in major

24 credit points

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Design

Cairns

Townsville

External

 

Media Arts

Cairns

External

 

Music, Sound & Moving Image

Townsville

External

 

Photography

Cairns

Townsville

External

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

Not all majors are available in Cairns

Townsville

Not all majors are available in Townsville

External

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

7 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression
requisites

Must successfully complete 36 credit points of level 1 and level 2 subjects before attempting any level 3 subject

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

This course includes work integrated learning in the second year. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense.

Further information about placements can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students.

Special assessment
requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation
requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for
final subject

A student who has failed the final subject towards the award in their final teaching period and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject, may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject. However if that subject is required for accreditation, then the criteria specified by that accreditation will apply.

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

48 credit points, with no more that 9 credit points of advanced standing awarded at level 3.

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 5 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 12 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title

BACHELOR OF CREATIVE ARTS AND MEDIA

Approved abbreviation

BCrArtMed

This is a joint degree

No

Inclusion of majors on
testamur

Any major may appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.

Course articulation

Not applicable

Special Awards

Not applicable

Honours

Honours availability

Available as an additional 24 credit points of study [end-on]

Eligibility

By invitation of the Dean of College. Candidates must have obtained a minimum average grade of a Credit (GPA 5) for level 2 and 3 subjects.

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.