Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dean's Scholar)

Course summary

This degree prepares you to become part of the global creative industries and a community as passionate about self-expression as you are. A Creative Arts degree equips you with a sound knowledge of contemporary arts, arts theory and history within Australia and how that fits within an international context, reflecting on social, cultural and ethical issues.

If you're a high-achieving and motivated student, the Dean's Scholar option provides you with an enriched educational experience. Each Dean's Scholar has an academic mentor to advise you on matters concerned with the degree. You will receive an annual book allowance, benefit from your own designated study space, and produce a major self-directed research project as a capstone to your degree.

What you will study

The Bachelor of Creative Arts involves the study of theory and practice-based work in the following major study areas: Creative Writing, Graphic Design, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts or Visual Arts and Design.

We encourage you to undertake a minor study in order to add a multi-disciplinary aspect to your degree.

Course information

Study area

Creative Arts



Course Code




IB Score



3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent


On Campus



UAC Code


Admission, Key dates, and Fees

Academic Requirements

Admission to the Dean's Scholar degree is competitive.

Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia. Assessment of eligibility may also involve participation in an interview process.

English Requirements


The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score





IELTS Academic






TOEFL (Internet-based)






UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Pass (weighted average mark of 50 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.


2018 Information
On Campus

Session Fee: $11,928
Full Course Fee: $71,568

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

Entry Requirements

Assumed Knowledge: Any 2 units of English.
Recommended Studies: For all majors: English (Advanced). For Visual Arts & Photography: Visual Arts and/or Design & Technology and/or Textiles & Design. For Graphic Design: Design and Technology and/or Textiles & Design and/or Visual Arts. For Theatre: Drama. For Music: Music 2 or HSC Music Extension.

Additional Criteria
Please note that this program has a limited intake and applicants may be asked to attend an interview on campus.

To qualify for the award of Dean's Scholar, students must complete the course requirements specified for the Bachelor of Creative Arts in their chosen major: Visual Arts, Graphic Design, Visual Arts and Design, Photography, Music, Theatre or Creative Writing.

UOW Early Admission is how the results you’ve earned so far in Years 11 and 12 can secure you a place in a UOW degree before you sit your final exams. This program is for students currently completing their Higher School Certificate; an interstate equivalent or an International Baccalaureate in an on-shore Australian High School. For more information, and to apply for Early Admission, head to the UOW Early Admission website.

Indicative Criteria
Indicative Early Admission criteria for this degree.
The indicative criteria shows the subjects and results that we believe you need to have a good chance of performing well in this degree.

Tertiary/Secondary Studies

The Dean's Scholar program is only available to current Year 12 school students who achieve an ATAR (UAI) of 90 or above.

Mature Age

As per Tertiary/Secondary Studies.


2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
On Campus

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Admission information

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW’s Admissions Procedures Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.


Starting your studies at UOW means learning from some of the brightest minds on the planet. It means having the freedom and flexibility to tailor your experience, follow your passion and see where it takes you. It means belonging to a University with an international reputation for world-class research and exceptional teaching quality—benefits that will help support you in your future career.

Admission criteria

Higher education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of tertiary studies. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Vocational education & training

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of a prior qualification that is accredited by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), such as those provided at TAFE. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Recent secondary education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of ATAR (Australian Tertiary Academic Rank) or equivalent (ENTER, International Baccalaureate (IB), QLD’s Overall Position (OP), etc.) or an Australian Year 12 equivalent overseas qualification. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Work & life experience

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree as a mature age student who does not have a sufficient ATAR (or Year 12 results), has not completed previous alternative study or did not finish to a Year 12 level at high school. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.



Selection Rank

Highest rank to receive an offer



75th percentile rank to receive an offer



Median rank to receive an offer



25th percentile rank to receive an offer



Lowest rank to receive an offer



L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.


This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2016.


2016 intake

2016 intake (%)

Higher education study



Vocational education & training study



Recent secondary education

Basis of admission




ATAR plus additional criteria



Other criteria only (non-ATAR)



Work & life experience



International students



All students



L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.


For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

2018 Autumn


Session Commences
26 February 2018

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): On-time UAC applications close on 29 September.
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 29 September. (Late applications may be accepted where places are available.) On-time direct applicants will be advised of their application outcome by no later than 19 January 2018.
  • International applicants: One week prior to the course commencement date.

Session Details
Orientation: 20 - 22 February
Session: 26 February - 21 June

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dean's Scholar) will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a sound knowledge of contemporary arts, arts theory and history within Australia and in an international context;
  2. Develop, research and evaluate ideas, concepts and processes through creative, critical and reflective thinking and practice;
  3. Apply relevant skills and knowledge to produce and realise works, artefacts and forms of creative expression;
  4. Interpret communicate and present ideas, problems and arguments in modes suited to a range of audiences;
  5. Work independently and collaboratively in the Creative Arts in response to project demands;
  6. Recognise and reflect on social, cultural and ethical issues, and apply local and international perspectives to practice in the Creative Arts;
  7. Independently plan and execute a research or professional based project that demonstrates a scholarly approach to creative practice;
  8. Evaluate social and ethical principles relevant to creative arts practice and its role in the wider community. 

Course Structure

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Creative Arts Dean’s Scholar students must complete a minimum of 144 credit points (cp) comprised of:

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
CACS102Critical Frameworks in Creative Practice6Autumn
CACS332Dean's Scholars Contemporary Theory and Research Practice6Autumn
LHA 102Dean's Scholars Seminar6Autumn
CACS101Contemporary Creative Practice6Spring
Plus ONE from the following:
CACS301Professional Practice6Spring
CAGD331New Media and Visual Communication Theory6Autumn
CAMS331Music and Culture6Autumn
CAPF331Theory and Practice of Theatre in the 20th and 21st Century6Autumn
CAVA331Contemporary Artworlds6Autumn
CAGD332Advanced Graphic Design and Visual Communication Theory6Spring
CAVA332Globalisation and Contemporary Art6Spring
CAPF333Political Dramaturgy6Spring
CAVA361Curatorial Practices6Spring
Plus subjects required for at least one 72 credit point major. Refer to major pages for this information.
Plus electives to bring the total number of credit points to 144.


The course requirements for the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dean’s Scholar) are the same as for the Bachelor of Creative Arts, in that no more than 60cp at 100 level can be counted towards the Bachelor of Creative Arts degree. Students must also achieve a clear pass in the core 300-level subjects to be eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Creative Arts. Dean’s Scholars have the additional criterion that students must maintain an average of 75% in each year of study to remain in the program.


As part of their elective subjects, students are encouraged to undertake a Minor Study in order to add a multi-disciplinary aspect to their Bachelor of Creative Arts Degree.

Each minor study comprises 24 credit points. Creative Arts offers minor studies in the following areas:

  • Art History
  • Creative Arts
  • Creative Production
  • Creative Writing
  • Design
  • Design History
  • Media Arts
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Technical Theatre
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts   

Students may not undertake a Major and Minor Study in the same discipline.

Minors appear on the transcript (i.e. academic record) but do not appear on the testamur. To have a minor study recorded on their transcript, students must declare their minor study by submitting an Application to Declare or Change Intended Major/Minor.


On completion of the Bachelor of Creative Arts, high achieving students may apply to undertake an additional Honours year.

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

Studying Creative Arts at UOW enables you to get the right balance of practical and theoretical subjects and design your own degree to meet your career aspirations. Be inspired by our purpose-built labs, the campus, your fellow students and the experienced practising artists teaching you.

Benefit from our facilities and studios and let in-depth discussions help you learn how to make your mark with a competitive commercial edge. Learn alongside experts working in their fields, exploring themes in the creative industries that are impacting the changing creative landscape and helping drive the digital economy.

Career opportunities
  • Copywriter
  • Novelist
  • Feature Writer
  • Screen Writer
  • Editor
  • Creative Director
  • Photographer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Fine Artist
  • Sculptor
  • Musician
  • Actor
  • Theatre Performer
  • Theatre Director
  • Dancer
  • Curator
  • Museum Manager
  • Digital Media Manager
  • Digital Game Designer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Stage Manager
  • Film And Television Producer