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Information relevant to 2003 – Course Specifications

Bachelor of Contemporary Arts (BCA)

Course details (F3J)


1 The Faculty of Arts (hereinafter called the Faculty) may accept as a candidate for the award of Bachelor of Contemporary Arts a person who:
[i] has performance skills which indicate a level of knowledge and expertise deemed by the Faculty to be sufficient to complete the course satisfactorily;
[ii] demonstrates, during an audition/interview process, the potential to undertake the Bachelor of Contemporary Arts.
2 All applicants for admission to the degree shall attend for an interview. Factors taken into consideration will include:
[i] the applicant’s educational qualifications (such as TCE or equivalent) and other relevant experience; and
[ii] their current ability and aptitude for the course as demonstrated during personal interview and by portfolio presentation.

Course structure

3 Candidates for the degree shall complete the degree requirements, as hereinafter prescribed, in not less than three separate years of full-time study (or its equivalent) and not more than nine years from the time of first enrolment, including the year of passing the first unit claimed to count towards the degree.
4[i] To qualify for the degree, the candidate shall obtain not less than 300%, provided that 100% of units are taken at 100 level, 100% from units at 200 Level and 100% from units at 300 level;
[ii] Units must be selected from the accompanying schedules, so as to meet the requirements for a major sequence in one of the following specialisations: Theatre Studies, 2D Studies, 3D Studies, Theory Studies. In addition, all candidates must complete 25% of Theory Studies units at Level 100 and 25% of Theory Studies units at Level 200/300.
[iii] A specialisation shall be made up of 50% at level 200 and 50% at level 300.
[iv] A candidate 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 specified TAFE module has an equivalent weighting of 12.5%.
[v] Where two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the degree.
[vi] A candidate may not, unless otherwise approved by the dean, enrol in any one year in units totalling more than 100%.
[vii] A candidate’s selection of units in any one year and any subsequent variations shall be subject to the timetable arrangements for those units and the availability of places within quota subjects.
[viii] Units may be counted towards the degree only if they have been taken in accordance with prerequisites determined by the Faculty and as summarised in the schedules.
5 In every case the candidate’s choice of units and the order in which they are taken shall be subject to the approval of the dean.
6 Candidates for the degree shall take part in such activities, including public performances, as may be required. During the academic year, candidates may not participate in public performances and study programs other than those arranged by the school, or enter for examinations conducted by other examining bodies or institutions, except with the prior approval of the head of the school.

Credit for previous studies

7 Passes in subjects or units in other courses (completed or otherwise) in this University or another approved tertiary institution (or other approved professional examining body) may be credited towards the degree, provided that the Faculty may specify what more a candidate so credited shall be required to do to qualify for the degree.


8 The Faculty may from time to time make amendments to the Schedules to these specifications.
9 These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2001 and shall apply to all candidates for the degree.
10 The approved abbreviation for the degree of Bachelor of Contemporary Arts shall be BCA.

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