Bachelor of Creative Industries

University of Newcastle

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The Bachelor of Creative Industries is a 21st century degree for those planning to make a real cultural, political and social impact through creative thinking and innovative approaches to their work. This degree challenges you to become a trailblazer, incorporating entrepreneurial skills, collaboration and project management across a range of creative fields. Develop new skills and expand your knowledge in an exciting interdisciplinary program that offers seven diverse areas of study.

While most components of this degree are delivered from the Newcastle City campus, some practical components may be delivered from the Newcastle – Callaghan campus, depending upon the area of study chosen.

Areas of study: Communication and media, creative and performing arts, creative entrepreneurship, design, information technology, music, visual arts, writing and publishing.

Career opportunities: Broadcast journalist, designer, exhibition manager, filmmaker, communications officer, festival director, curator, actor, musician.

Studying this degree will give you the skills and experience to work across a broad range of professions, whether you are directing, facilitating, promoting or delivering creative content.

Practical experience: You will have the opportunity to conceptualise, apply and showcase your skills through a major creative project. You will also enjoy access to our state-of-the-art facilities, training spaces, industry-standard equipment and specialist venues dedicated to the development and production of creative outputs. This includes our purpose-built Nuspace in the heart of Newcastle city’s cultural precinct, designed and positioned to maximise interdisciplinary collaboration and industry networking.

Honours: Available as an additional year (or part-time eqv) to meritorious students in most of the major studies areas.

Fees and charges: Refer to University of Newcastle current fee information.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Assumed knowledge: Any 2 units of English.

Recommended studies: At least one or more of the following (depending on intended major/minor study in the program): English Advanced, Drama, Design and Technology, Information Processes and Technology, Music, Software Design and Development, Video and Digital Imaging, Visual Arts.

Applicants with higher education study

If you completed higher education or partial higher education studies your grade point average can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes. Getting in to the University of Newcastle.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

If you studied vocational education and training, the type of qualification, whether or not you completed it, and if it was graded or competency-based, will all be taken into consideration to assess your eligibility for admission. Getting in to the University of Newcastle.

Applicants with work and life experience

If you haven't completed any formal secondary, VET or higher education studies we offer a range of options to get you on the pathway to your dream degree. Getting in to the University of Newcastle.

Advanced standing

If you have already successfully undertaken relevant study at another higher education institution or from the TAFE/VET sector, you may be granted credit on enrolment in a program. This is in addition to using that study to help determine your rank and eligibility to enter a program at the University of Newcastle.

Student profile

Further information

View all details of this course on the University of Newcastle website.

Course updates
Courses are added and cancelled throughout the admissions year and course details are subject to change. Check the UAC course search regularly.

Review of programs
The academic content of all programs is subject to routine review. For up-to-date details, visit University of Newcastle degrees.

Applicants should note that under the revised Australian Qualifications Framework some programs with honours are four-year programs available with direct entry. Other programs are three-year bachelor degree programs. Meritorious students have the option to apply for an additional one-year end-on honours component after graduation. Check the course descriptions carefully.

ATAR profile table

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2019)


  1. Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2020 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.
  2. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in 2016 to 2018) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites by publishing:
    • separate data for 2018 Year 12 students and 2016/17 Year 12 students
    • data relating to an entire year's intake (eg all offers made in 2019 – semesters 1 and 2).
  3. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  4. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.


– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria