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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months


The BCA(Hons) Contemporary Arts with Honours programme at University of Tasmania 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.

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 either Visual Arts 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 specialise in Theatre Studies stream may work in professional theatre as actors, stage managers or technicians, film and television, or in public relations.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: We recommend that students living overseas apply at least 3 months prior to semester start date and on-shore students no less than one month prior.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Students undertake a nominated course of study approved by the College of Arts, Law and Education on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Creative Arts. Unless otherwise approved by the College of Arts, Law and Education, the subject area chosen by the student should be one in which the candidate has undertaken major studies in the degree of Bachelor of Contemporary Arts or equivalent.

The following specialisations are available:

  • Theory Studies;
  • Visual Arts;
  • Theatre.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

  • 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.
  • 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29000 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29000 AUD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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