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The University of Adelaide

Adelaide , South Australia ,Australia

Bachelor of Creative Arts

Craft a more interesting world

Creative artists are performers, designers, writers, animators, curators and directors. They keep the world of art and culture spinning. They make people think, laugh and feel.

Studying creative arts means practicing new ways of making while learning from those who’ve inspired and entertained throughout history.

What will you do?

Our Bachelor of Creative Arts develops individual creativity and knowledge. You will:

choose from production courses like creative writing, music and media techniques
study theory in your areas of interest, from philosophy and ethics to art history and visual cultures
gain valuable work experience within the creative arts industry
attend masterclasses with visiting international academics
go behind the scenes of a major arts festival through our partnership with the Adelaide Festival
network with leaders and artists at the field’s cutting edge.
You can also pursue your creative interests overseas with optional exchanges and study tours.

Where could it take you?

Creative Arts graduates follow and fashion all sorts of exciting career pathways. You could exhibit your work in national galleries or spotlight new creative talent. You might publish fiction, biographies or reviews for film festivals. Perhaps you’ll nurture creativity in young people through music programs.

Campus Information

North Terrace

The campus provides a mix of the historical and contemporary, combining old sandstone buildings with state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research facilities.

Intakes

  • Feb
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 10

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

There are three key steps you will need to take when addressing the selection criteria in any University of Adelaide job application:

  • Create a new document. Your statement addressing the position’s specified selection criteria should be separate from your cover letter and resume.
  • List each criterion separately. Give each a title, using exactly the same wording as appears on the Position Description (e.g. Excellent verbal communication skills).
  • Address each criterion. Under each heading, write two short paragraphs explaining how your experience, skills, education and training equip you to meet that specific requirement. Dot points are also acceptable.

Please note that failing to submit a statement addressing the selection criteria could result in your application not being considered.

Some helpful writing tips
There are a number of steps you can take when putting together your responses to increase their clarity and impact.

  • Give details of one or two specific things you’ve done that are good examples of the relevant experience or knowledge required. For example: ‘I was responsible for organising an event attended by… This involved…'
  • Preface these examples with a short overview that shows you appreciate the relevance of the specific criterion.
  • Quantify your experience (number of years worked, staff supervised, etc.). For example: ‘I delivered a presentation to an industry forum with an audience of 80 people.’
  • Where possible, indicate how successfully you meet the criterion. You could do this by referring to feedback from others, or things you've set up that are still being used. For example: ‘A report I wrote about… was endorsed by the… Committee and circulated to all stakeholders for discussion.

You could also consider using the STAR method as a structural framework when describing examples of your work. This involves describing, in the order listed here, the:

  • situation you faced
  • task required, and desired outcome
  • action you took to complete the task
  • results you achieved, and lessons you learned.

Industry Placement
All Bachelor of Creative Arts students have the opportunity to take part in a creative arts industry placement through the elective course Creative Arts Internship. This path is highly recommended for those who wish to enter the industry directly after completion of their undergraduate degree. 

The placement allows students to gain meaningful work experience by contributing toward a host organisation project.  Students are given the opportunity to negotiate their own placements with organisations of their choice, after discussion with the Convenor of Creative Arts Internships. The student needs to ensure that their industry placement does not clash with their other courses.
 

Potential careers
Animator, Author, Music Technologist, Musical Theatre Performer, Musician / Singer, Composer, Recording Artist / Musician, Research and Education, Designer, Producer, Art Director, Arts Administrator, Music Journalist / Music Critic, Curator, Production Assistant, Publishing, Entertainment Industry, Entrepreneur, Film Critic, Film Director, Set Designer, Writer,

PSW Opportunity

The additional year of post study work rights is not available to international students studying in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.

Bachelor Degree or Masters by Coursework Degree - 2 years - 3 years (Adelaide)

Masters by Research - 3 years - 4 years (Adelaide)

PhD qualification - 4 years - 5 years (Adelaide)

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

ISC & CBSE [India] 65%

ISBE [India] 75%

All India Senior Secondary Certificate (CBSE, New Delhi), Indian School Certificate (ISC), Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu State Board Examination and Telangana State Board Examination.

Best three subjects, excluding language and non-academic subjects.

You must have completed at least one year at your home institution, however you are able to apply following one semester
You must have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.5 out of 4.0 on the US scale or equivalent
You must meet the English Language requirements

IELTS - Overall band score of at least 6.5 Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening 6.0

TOEFL (paper based) - Total score of 577, Test of Written English (TWE) 4.5

TOEFL (internet based) - Total score of 79 Writing 21 Speaking 18 Reading and Listening 13

Pearson Test of English - Overall score of 58, Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening 50

Cambridge C1 Advanced (formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)) - Overall score of 176 Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening 169