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2013 Bachelor of Contemporary Arts(13B)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Arts (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Course Duration: Minimum 3 yrs, Maximum 7 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school): (03) 6324 4400


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.

Admission & Prerequisites

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

Applicants intending to specialise in Visual Arts Stream 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.

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 Bachelor of Contemporary Arts (BCA) offers learning opportunities through two discipline pathways (Visual Arts and Performing Arts), centered on practice-based study which is informed by Creative Arts Theory. The Visual Arts strand encompasses Drawing, Ceramics, Electronic Media, Painting, Photomedia, Textiles and Spatial Practice (Sculpture). The Performing Arts strand encompasses Technical Theatre, Acting, Voice and Movement, Script Writing, Devising New Works, Directing and Theatre Performances. Graduates from this degree will be able to apply knowledge and skills in their discipline area and draw on and apply connections between diverse discipline practices encompassed by the Visual and Performing arts. A major Studio or Theatre based Project that emphasizes independent and professional practice in the creative arts is undertaken in the final year of the degree. You may also choose to extend the Creative Arts Theory minor into a major by adding more units from the Creative Arts Theory program, The BCA provides the opportunity to undertake up to eight units offered by any other school or faculty such as Arts, Education, Architecture and Science as part of your degree.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Contemporary Arts will be able to demonstrate advanced visual and/or performance skills and literacy. They will do so through:

  • knowledge and interpretation of contemporary visual or performing arts practices, including discussion and evaluation;
  • working independently/collaboratively to develop and realize a variety of visual or performing arts projects based on exploration and experimentation with diverse media, processes, practices and technical skills;
  • recognizing, reflecting and discussing social and ethical issues raised by personal projects; and
  • using diverse modes of communication to engage with a broad range of audiences.

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.

Articulation to/from Course

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 F4J Bachelor of Contemporary Arts with Honours.

Miscellaneous Information

Articulation with TAFE or Polytechnic
All students in the degree program can count up to an equivalent of 50% of approved complementary TAFE/Polytechnic modules, of which no more than 25% may count towards the nominated major stream. For the purposes of credit transfer, each TAFE/Polytechnic module has an equivalent weighting of 12.5%.

Applicants who are accepted for admission, and who have satisfactorily completed a related TAFE/Polytechnic 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 introductory level units of the course in the visual arts or theatre streams at one campus will be eligible to transfer to units at intermediate level at the other campus with full status for introductory level units. However, they would normally only be able to enrol in major units at intermediate level if they have completed the prerequisite introductory level major unit (full year introductory level Studio for Hobart students transferring to Launceston; semester 1 Intro to 2D Studies and Intro 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.

Note: Students who take (or plan to take) an equivalent 50% weighting in complementary Polytechnic 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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