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Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) (BCAH) - BCRA(Hons)

CRICOS code (International applicants): 077427C

 On-campusOnline
Semester intake:Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Campus:Toowoomba -
Fees:Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Standard duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time 
Program articulation:

From: Bachelor of Creative Arts

To: Master of Arts

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Program aims

The program aims to produce graduates who have advanced specific discipline knowledge and skills. Students will acquire the ability to research independently, apply theory and develop academic expertise in their chosen fields. The program will extend students' appreciation of the cultural contributions offered by the creative arts to local and regional communities in Australia. In addition to these generic aims, each discipline within the program has specific aims:

  • Film, Television & Radio: The program enables students to undertake both traditional and hybrid pathways with emphasis placed on practice-led and theoretical debates that will enhance each student’s Honours degree, leading into postgraduate study and professional outcomes.

  • Music: The program aims to produce graduates who have specialised and advanced training in the areas of music performance. They will also have the intellectual and practical skills necessary to apply knowledge in further study, research, employment and community service.

  • Theatre: The program aims to produce graduates who will have an advanced understanding of the nature and impact of drama and theatre in human society who will be proficient in critical analysis and problem solving relating to the theory and performance of dramatic texts and to the intersection between theory and practice.

  • Visual Arts: The program aims to produce graduates who have an advanced understanding of visual arts theory and practice. They will be able to articulate and sustain an academic and professional analysis in relation to a range of issues involving the arts, culture and society both historical and contemporary. Both traditional and hybrid pathways place emphasis on practice-led and theoretical debates that will enhance each student’s Honours degree, leading into postgraduate study and professional outcomes.


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Program objectives

Graduates of a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) program will have:

  • a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning

  • initiative and judgment in planning, problem-solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship

  • cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking for building capacity for focused research identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence

  • enhanced communication skills to present clear, coherent and innovative exposition of knowledge and ideas.


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Australian Qualifications Framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a single national, comprehensive system of qualifications offered by higher education institutions (including universities), vocational education and training institutions and secondary schools. Each AQF qualification has a set of descriptors which define the type and complexity of knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills that a graduate who has been awarded that qualification has attained, and the typical volume of learning associated with that qualification type.

This program is at AQF Qualification Level 08. Graduates at this level will have advanced knowledge and skills for professional or highly skilled work and/or further learning.

The full set of levels criteria and qualification type descriptors can be found by visiting www.aqf.edu.au.

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Program Information Set

View USQ’s admission criteria, student profiles and a summary of all offers made under Course Admission Information Set via the QTAC website.

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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree, or equivalent in Creative Arts or a related discipline, with a minimum Grade Point Average of 5.0.

  • English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 2.


Applicants are advised to also note the following:

  • Applicants will be required to write a proposal outlining their field of study (relevant to the appropriate discipline), that also outlines the initial direction of their Honours research.

  • Students will also be required to have an interview with relevant supervisor/s (telephone or face-to-face).


Some consideration for significant professional practice can be given to applicants at the discretion of the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts. Specific entry requirements can be:

  • credit level (grade point average of 5.0/7 i.e. 71.4 per cent) in the entire program and permission of the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts

  • a grade point average of 5/7 (71.4 per cent) across all levels in the proposed Major Study

  • a grade point average of 5.2/7 (75 per cent) in the third level of the program (i.e. Major and Option), including an 'A' or better level pass in at least one course of the Major

  • grades of 'A' or High Distinction in all courses in the third-level of the Major

  • for a candidate with equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience by special permission of the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts.


All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements.

If students do not meet the English language requirements they may apply to study a University-approved English language program. On successful completion of the English language program, students may be admitted to an award program.

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Program fees

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth supported place is where the Australian Government makes a contribution towards the cost of a students' higher education and students pay a student contribution amount, which varies depending on the courses undertaken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Commonwealth Supported students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called HECS-HELP.

Domestic full fee paying place

Domestic full fee paying places are funded entirely through the full fees paid by the student. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEE-HELP provided they meet the residency and citizenship requirements.

Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders, Permanent Resident visa holders and New Zealand citizens who will be resident outside Australia for the duration of their program pay full tuition fees and are not eligible for FEE-Help.

International full fee paying place

International students pay full fees. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken and whether they are studied on-campus, via distance education/online. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

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Program structure

The Bachelor of Creative Arts Honours consists of a minimum of 4 courses (comprising 8 units). The program can be undertaken full-time in one academic year, or part-time over two years. Part-time enrolment will normally be course-work in year one, and dissertation project in year two.

Please refer to the Recommended Enrolment patterns for further details on offerings from each Discipline.

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Program completion requirements

8 units of study

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Required time limits

Students have a maximum of 4 years to complete this program.

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Core courses

Core courses are essential to developing the skills required to conduct scholarly activity and independent research at Honours level. All students must enrol in:

HMT4001 Honours Dissertation A

HMT4002 Honours Dissertation B

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IT requirements

All students wishing to take advantage of online (Internet-based) systems and services provided by the University should be aware that USQ makes recommendations about the type of hardware and software best suited to match our systems. Compliance with these recommendations will ensure students receive the computing help needed if experiencing problems.

Students studying on-campus or externally should ensure they have access to a computer that meets these minimum standards. Compliance with these recommendations will ensure students receive the computing help needed if experiencing problems.

USQ has a number of hardware and software agreements with suppliers that may result in various benefitshttps://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/ict/hardware-software being passed onto University staff, students and alumni when they purchase privately.

For some students the financial cost of purchasing computing equipment may be a barrier to studying with USQ. In view of this, the University provides the following assistance:


For further advice on the recommended computing standards, please contact the ICT Service Desk ictservicedesk@usq.edu.au

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Credit

According to University policy, no credit can be given for study in an 8 unit degree program.

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Honours

The level of honours awarded will be determined based on the USQ procedure. Please refer to the Class of Honours Standard Schedule.

Recommended enrolment patterns

In this section:

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Film, Television & Radio recommended enrolment pattern - Theory Pathway

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
HMT4001 Honours Dissertation A*11, 211, 2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BAHN or BCAH
BCA8003 Theory in Practice A*1111Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BCAH or MARA or MSTA
HMT4002 Honours Dissertation B*11, 211, 2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in Program: BAHN or BCAH. This course can only be taken after achieving a grade of IIP in HMT4001.
BCA8004 Theory in Practice B*1212Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BCAH or MARA or MSTA

Footnotes
*This course is equivalent to two units

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Film, Television & Radio recommended enrolment pattern - Practice Pathway

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
HMT4001 Honours Dissertation A*11, 211, 2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BAHN or BCAH
BCA8003 Theory in Practice A*1111Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BCAH or MARA or MSTA
HMT4002 Honours Dissertation B*11, 211, 2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in Program: BAHN or BCAH. This course can only be taken after achieving a grade of IIP in HMT4001.
BCA8004 Theory in Practice B*1212Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BCAH or MARA or MSTA

Footnotes
*This course is equivalent to two units

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Music recommended enrolment pattern - Theory Pathway

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
HMT4001 Honours Dissertation A*11, 211, 2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BAHN or BCAH
BCA8003 Theory in Practice A*1111Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BCAH or MARA or MSTA
HMT4002 Honours Dissertation B*11, 211, 2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in Program: BAHN or BCAH. This course can only be taken after achieving a grade of IIP in HMT4001.
BCA8004 Theory in Practice B*1212Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BCAH or MARA or MSTA

Footnotes
*This course is equivalent to two units

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Music recommended enrolment pattern - Practice Pathway

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
HMT4001 Honours Dissertation A*11, 211, 2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BAHN or BCAH
BCA8003 Theory in Practice A*1111Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BCAH or MARA or MSTA
HMT4002 Honours Dissertation B*11, 211, 2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in Program: BAHN or BCAH. This course can only be taken after achieving a grade of IIP in HMT4001.
BCA8004 Theory in Practice B*1212Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BCAH or MARA or MSTA

Footnotes
*This course is equivalent to two units

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Theatre recommended enrolment pattern - Theory Pathway

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
HMT4001 Honours Dissertation A*11, 211, 2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BAHN or BCAH
BCA8003 Theory in Practice A*1111Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BCAH or MARA or MSTA
HMT4002 Honours Dissertation B*11, 211, 2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in Program: BAHN or BCAH. This course can only be taken after achieving a grade of IIP in HMT4001.
BCA8004 Theory in Practice B*1212Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BCAH or MARA or MSTA

Footnotes
*This course is equivalent to two units

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Theatre recommended enrolment pattern - Practice Pathway

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
HMT4001 Honours Dissertation A*11, 211, 2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BAHN or BCAH
BCA8003 Theory in Practice A*1111Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BCAH or MARA or MSTA
HMT4002 Honours Dissertation B*11, 211, 2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in Program: BAHN or BCAH. This course can only be taken after achieving a grade of IIP in HMT4001.
BCA8004 Theory in Practice B*1212Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BCAH or MARA or MSTA

Footnotes
*This course is equivalent to two units

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Visual Arts recommended enrolment pattern - Theory Pathway

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
HMT4001 Honours Dissertation A*11, 211, 2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BAHN or BCAH
BCA8003 Theory in Practice A*1111Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BCAH or MARA or MSTA
HMT4002 Honours Dissertation B*21, 221, 2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in Program: BAHN or BCAH. This course can only be taken after achieving a grade of IIP in HMT4001.
BCA8004 Theory in Practice B*2222Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BCAH or MARA or MSTA

Footnotes
*This course is equivalent to two units

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Visual Arts recommended enrolment pattern - Practice Pathway

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
HMT4001 Honours Dissertation A*11, 211, 2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BAHN or BCAH
BCA8003 Theory in Practice A*1111Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BCAH or MARA or MSTA
HMT4002 Honours Dissertation B*11, 211, 2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in Program: BAHN or BCAH. This course can only be taken after achieving a grade of IIP in HMT4001.
BCA8004 Theory in Practice B*2222Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BCAH or MARA or MSTA

Footnotes
*This course is equivalent to two units