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2013 Bachelor of Contemporary Arts with Honours(F4J)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Arts (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Course Duration: Minimum 1 yrs, Maximum 2 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school): P: (03) 6324 4400


This on-campus, 1 year full-time (or 2 consecutive years part-time) course is offered on the Launceston campus through the School of Visual & Performing Arts.
The BCA(Hons) aims to provide an introduction to research training in the visual arts and/or theatre through the preparation, execution and presentation of an in-depth, supervised project complemented by coursework research skills study.

These course rules and specifications apply to students commencing the BCA(Hons) in 2008. For students who commenced prior to 2008, the applicable course rules are those from the year of commencement. i.e. students who commenced in 2005 should refer to the 2005 Handbook.

Admission & Prerequisites

Students may be offered a place in the BCA(Hons) on the basis of:

  • a degree in the visual and/or performing arts or a degree in a cognate area or the equivalent (as determined by the dean);
  • an average mark of Distinction or above in the major area of study in the final year of the three-year undergraduate degree;
  • demonstrates during audition/interview process the capacity to undertake the BCA(Hons); and
  • where the School is able to offer suitable supervision.

or who

  • has a substantial (ie 5 years minimum) level of professional experience in arts practice where the applicant does not hold a degree; and
  • demonstrates during audition/interview process the capacity to undertake the Bachelor of Contemporary Arts with Honours; and
  • where the School is able to offer suitable supervision.

Course Objectives

The objectives of the BCA(Hons) are to:

  • introduce students to research methods and strategies relevant to contemporary visual arts and theatre practices;
  • foster the student's capacity for critical thinking, analysis and reflection through the formation and testing of theoretical propositions in visual, written, oral, and/or performative modes;
  • develop the student's technical and aesthetic abilities so that ideas can be confidently expressed in visual, performative and/or textual modes;
  • provide students with an opportunity to plan, implement and present a significant research project set within the context of contemporary studio/theatre practice and theory;
  • cultivate the student's communication abilities in being able to present and defend their beliefs and assumptions in settings such as seminars, workshops, conferences and symposia; and
  • provide entry to higher degrees by research programs.

Career Outcomes

Graduates from the BCA(Hons) will find employment in a variety of positions within the visual and performing arts professions. Students who specialise in eitherVisual Artsor 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 specialise in Theatre Studies stream may work in professional theatre as actors, stage managers or technicians, film and television, or in public relations.

Articulation to/from Course

Students who have successfully completed the Bachelor of Contemporary Arts with Honours may apply for entry to a higher degree (Masters or PhD) in accordance with policies governing candidature for such admission.

Miscellaneous Information

General provisions

The dean may, on the recommendation of the Head of School, permit a candidate whose work has been interrupted by illness or other unavoidable cause to complete the course over a longer period.

The classes of honours are first class, second class and third class. There is an upper and lower division in the second class.

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