Bachelor of Creative Arts and Media, majoring in Media Arts

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Bachelor of Creative Arts and Media, majoring in Media Arts

This Media Arts degree places great importance on giving you the skills, practical experience and industry networks you will need to begin a fulfilling career.

You'll work with skilled Media Arts professionals and industry experts who'll share their experience and teach you the creative, technical and communication skills required to adapt to rapid technology and industry changes, and take your place in a digital communications career.

And where else on earth is there a university like JCU, that's situated right at the centre of some of the world's most spectacular and inspiring coastlines and rainforests, and right near the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef Marine Park? With a community comprised of many creative people from all over the world, including Australia's own Indigenous peoples, JCU offers the perfect place to study Media Arts.

External, Cairns
Start dates
February, July
3 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus, Off campus

Career opportunities

This course is for you if you want to gain academic knowledge, and just as importantly, technical skills, creative experience and industry networks required for careers such as video making, animation, screen and moving image production, conference and events management, visual installations, performance and production, venue production, training, educational technology, or online information management.

This course will deliver the foundations you'll need to get started.

Course highlights

As a JCU student, you'll have access – free – to the very latest digital arts/computer equipment and top class creative spaces. You may be able to exhibit your work at JCU's Lux Gallery too. You'll study with enthusiastic and creative JCU students, and you'll be able to volunteer at festivals and exciting local events, which helps you build creative networks.

As well, you'll be able to participate in internships, plus solo and collaborative projects that are made possible by JCU's partnerships with arts and creative industry bodies.

You may also have the option of studying a fourth year with JCU's partner university, the University of Applied Sciences in Würzburg, Germany – which would give you two degrees.

Course overview

JCU's Bachelor of Creative Arts and Media in Media Arts places great importance on giving you opportunities to express your creative talent via practical, career-focused experience.

The course will help you develop your talents through hands-on training and by working with professionals on location and in the studio. In addition to core subjects that include Creativity and Innovation, Digital Toolboxes for Creative Practitioners, Visual Communication and Creativity , Indigenous Australians: Survival, Identity and Cultural Diversity and more, as a Media Arts student, you'll study subjects specific to Media Arts, such as (levels 1-3):

You can study JCU’s Bachelor of Creative Arts and Media in Media Arts at JCU's Cairns campus, or online.

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.

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.


Major Structure


Level 1

NM1500:03 Introduction to Media Arts

NM1520:03 Drawing and the Digital

Level 2

NM2501:03 Media Arts & Artefacts

NM2570:03 Screen Based Arts

Level 3

NM3500:03 Digital Cinema

NM3590:03 Form and Imagination


Choose 6 credit points of subjects from List 1

List 1

NM1200:03 Digital Photography

NM1400:03 Introduction to Design

NM1600:03 Introduction to Music, Sound and Moving Image

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, or call Anne Chatelain (07) 47815740 in Townsville or Gabi Newman (07) 4232 1155 in Cairns.

Applicants with TAFE diplomas in the creative arts can apply for credit.


Bachelor of Creative Arts and Media

Course code


Course type

BAC – Bachelor Pass (AQF level 7)


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


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


Select a Creative Arts & Media Major from Table A


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


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


Type of major

Mandatory, Single/Double

Credit points in major

24 credit points









Media Arts




Music, Sound & Moving Image












Not all majors are available in Cairns

The first and second years of the course will be available internally in Cairns in 2017 and the whole course will be available internally in Cairns in 2018.


Not all majors are available in Townsville


The first and second years of the course will be available externally in 2017 and the whole course will be available fully external in 2018.


Expected time to complete

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

7 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression

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


Professional accreditation


Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade


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


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.


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


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


Approved abbreviation


This is a joint degree


Inclusion of majors on

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 availability

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


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.


The Bachelor of Creative Media (Honours) degree is available for high-achieving students. It consists of extra study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually essential for entry to research higher degrees. Refer to the Bachelor of Creative Media (Honours) Handbook for eligibility information.

What are Media Arts?

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.