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2007 Bachelor of Contemporary Arts(F3J)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Arts (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Course Duration: Minimum 3 yrs, Maximum 6 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school): (03) 6324 4400 or (03) 6324 3624


This on-campus 3-year full-time course is offered by the School of Visual & Performing Arts in Launceston. Part-time study is also available.

These course rules and specifications apply to students commencing the BCA in 2007. For students who commenced prior to 2007, the applicable course rules are those from the year of commencement. i.e. students who commenced in 2004 should refer to the 2004 Handbook.

Admission & Prerequisites

Applicants are normally expected to have satisfied the University's admission requirements.

Applicants intending to specialise in Two-dimensional (2D) Studies or Three-dimensional (3D) Studies will be required to submit a portfolio of recent artwork (which may include slides, photographs or video). Where there are circumstances which prevent an applicant attending for interview, a brief statement outlining interest in the course, including any relevant experience or qualifications, should be provided, including a portfolio of recent artwork. Completion of TCE Art, Craft and Design is desirable but not essential.

Applicants intending to specialise in Theatre Studies are required to attend an audition and interview. Overseas and interstate applicants may submit a video-tape of a recent performance. Completion of TCE Speech and Drama is desirable but not essential.

Applicants intending to specialise in Contemporary Music are required to attend an audition and theory and aural test. It is an advantage to have completed TCE Music.

Students intending to specialise in Theory Studies are required to attend an interview in which they will either present a portfolio of recent artwork or present for audition, as appropriate.

Course Objectives

The educational objectives of the 3-year degree are:

  1. To provide a foundation study in the methods, skills and processes involved in visual or performing arts practices;
  2. To familiarise students with conceptual concerns and theoretical debates surrounding contemporary visual and performing arts practices;
  3. To provide a program that creates an opportunity for students to go on to further study at Honours level or to undertake a degree program in a complementary area, eg cultural tourism, business, hospitality.

Career Outcomes

Graduates from the Bachelor of Contemporary Arts will find employment in a variety of positions within the visual and performing arts professions. Students who complete a stream in either 2D Studies or 3D Studies or Theory Studies may work as curators, gallery administrators, researchers and teachers, as well as participating in individual and group-generated projects and studio practice. Students who complete the Theatre Studies stream may work in professional theatre as actors, stage managers or technicians, film and television, or public relations. Students who complete the Contemporary Music stream may work in the music industry as performers, teachers or administrators.

Articulation to/from Course

Continuing University students will be able to articulate from the BFA at Launceston and from the BPA (Theatre/Contemporary Music).

On completion of the BCA with DN or above in the major studio and 6 semesters of theory (75%), graduates will be able to apply for entry into the F4JBachelor of Contemporary Arts with Honours.

Miscellaneous Information

Articulation with TAFE

All students in the degree program can count up to an equivalent of 50% of approved complementary TAFE modules, of which no more than 25% may count towards the nominated major stream. For the purposes of credit transfer, each TAFE module has an equivalent weighting of 12.5%. The approved complementary TAFE modules in Visual Arts are as follows:

11-449 Jewellery Introduction
11-455 Jewellery -- Fabrication Techniques
11-456 Jewellery Casting
11-457 Jewellery Production Casting
11-443 Printmaking Introduction
11-589 Etching Techniques
11-591 Intaglio Drypoint
11-594 Stone Lithography
11-610 Colour Etching
11-690 Two Shaft Weave
11-684 Introduction to Tapestry
11-693 Dyeing
11-695 Introduction to Colour
51-139 Intro to Computers for Graphic Arts

TAFE modules in Sound Recording and Video Production may also be counted towards the BCA. On completion of any combination of the following modules (a total contact time of no less than 40 hours and up to 60 hours), students will receive credit for one 12.5% elective:

Sound Recording

VBE 295 The Physics of Music
VBE 297 Sound Recording Equipment
AUS 18 Introduction to Mixing Consoles
VBE 299 Signal Processors
AUS 20 Microphones and Loudspeakers
AUS 29 Microphone Technique
VBE 311 Recording Techniques
VBB 759 How to Make a Demo Tape

Video Production

FVP 007 Design for the Film and Video Industry
FVP 008 Production Management for the Film and Video Industry
FVP 009 Advanced Camera Techniques for Film and Video
FVP 010 Post Production Sound
FVP 011 Location and Studio Sound Recording for Film and Video
FVP 012 Advanced Lighting for Film and Video
FVP 013 Advanced Editing for Film and Video


Applicants who are accepted for admission, and who have satisfactorily completed a related TAFE diploma, will be awarded status for up to one year or one-third of the degree requirement (100% total).

Students commencing study in the BCA will normally be granted a minimum of 25% credit towards the BCA if they have completed another previous degree. Credit for another incomplete degree will be given on a case by case basis.

Transfer provisions

A student successfully completing all level 100 units of the course in the visual arts or theatre streams at one campus will be eligible to transfer to units at level 200 at the other campus with full status for level 100 units. However, they would normally only be able to enrol in major units at level 200 if they have completed the prerequisite level 100 major unit (full year level 100 Studio for Hobart students transferring to Launceston; semester 1 Intro to 2D Studies and Introd to 3D Studies, full year Drawing and semester 2 Studio for Launceston students transferring to Hobart). In exceptional circumstances the relevant discipline head or head of school may approve an appropriate set of subjects to serve as a prerequisite where a stated prerequisite is not met.

Units from other courses

Students are permitted to enrol in units from another degree course to count towards the BCA, provided that the weighting of these units totals no more than 25% at level 200 and 25% at level 300.

Note: Students who take (or plan to take) an equivalent 50% weighting in complementary TAFE modules may not then count additional units from elsewhere in the University towards the BCA, and vice versa.

Students enrolled in other courses

The School of Visual & Performing Arts offers students a sequence of 12.5% elective units. A full listing of electives available can be found in the Unit Details section of this Handbook.

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