Course code: HE20534V01

Bachelor of Creative Practice

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Overview About this course

The TAFE NSW Bachelor of Creative Practice enables you to specialise in your arts discipline, choosing from Visual Arts, Music Production and Performance or Design. This course will expand your career options by developing your creative and entrepreneurial skills through a range of creative projects. You will improve your skills in studio time with experienced teachers, while you make valuable connections, enhance your portfolio and strengthen your technical skills.

Course duration

3 years full time or 6 years part time



International students

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Research, create and develop a range of projects in your discipline

  • Work with multi-disciplinary teams on creative briefs

  • Discuss and critique your own work and the work of others

  • Create administrative, marketing and financial business plans for creative enterprises

  • Prioritise deadlines and small business requirements in the creative industry

Course outcomes

Develop specialist skills to gain an advantage in the job market

  • Graduate with a Bachelor Degree (AQF 7)

  • A major body of work reflecting your creative discipline for your professional portfolio

  • Experience in producing creative works as a professional and consistent practice

  • A sound understanding of the marketing, financial and strategic decision making that encompasses a successful creative arts career

  • The confidence to collaborate with your peers on live performances, exhibitions and other arts events

  • This course has been accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

You must demonstrate that you have achieved one of the following:

  • A NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) or its equivalent as evidenced by a certified copy of your certificate or transcript or

  • A Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation or its equivalent as evidenced by a certified copy of your certificate or transcript or

  • A completed certificate IV or higher vocational qualification as evidenced by a certified copy of your certificate or transcript

You must also:

  • Provide a portfolio of creative pieces related to your chosen specialisation as part of your application.

Advanced Standing:

  • Students who have completed an Australian nationally recognised Diploma in a related creative field will get credit for the first year of the degree and will require only 2 years (full time) to complete the Bachelor

  • Students who have completed an Australian nationally recognised Advanced Diploma in related creative field will get credit for 18 months of the degree and will require only 1 1/2 years (full time) to complete the Bachelor

  • Students who are granted advanced standing based on their completion of a relevant Diploma or Advanced Diploma will not be required to pay the full course tuition fee advertised below, and will only be required to pay for the subjects they enrol in. This may reduce your tuition fees by up to 50%


  • Your certificates, transcripts and other entry requirement evidence must be certified through a Justice of the Peace or other authorising officer

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Initiative and an independent attitude to learning

  • A foundational understanding of your creative practice discipline

  • A willingness to work collaboratively

  • A creative, entrepreneurial mindset

You do not require an ATAR score for entry into this course.

If you are unable to meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for special admission.

Please continue with your application and you will be guided to identify as mature aged (at least 21 years old in your first year of study) or disadvantaged (disability, serious or chronic illness, interrupted education, lack of support for study, serious personal problems and/or serious family responsibilities). Please contact us to find out more.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like:

Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals

Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals create visual two- and three-dimensional concepts and forms through painting, drawing, carving, sculpting, modelling, printmaking, video, multimedia, found objects, ephemera, soundscapes and other media to communicate concepts and ideas.

  • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).


  • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

    2,700 workers

  • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

    49 years

  • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.


  • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

    46 hours

  • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.

    High to very high

  • Gender share

    55% female

  • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.


Other jobs include: musician, composer, producer, sound designer, graphic designer, artist, art director, production designer, studio manager, concept/storyboard artist and gallery curator.

Study pathways

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The Bachelor of Creative Practice does not have any post-graduate courses.

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Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. If you feel that previous study or professional experience are relevant to this course, you can apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL). If you’re successful you’ll get your qualification faster.

Subjects Subjects in this course

This course is made up of core subjects. Successfully complete 24 core subjects to achieve this qualification. Full time students enrol in four subjects each semester – two practical, studio based subjects and two online theory subjects. Part time students enrol in two subjects each semester – one practical, studio based subject and one online theory subject.

Core Subjects

    Elective Subjects

      Note: Some courses offer the opportunity to choose subjects from the complete suite of Higher Education electives that are delivered by TAFE NSW. Once you’ve enrolled, contact your Course Coordinator to discuss tailoring your course to align with your interests and goals.

      TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

      TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

      • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

      • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

      • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

      • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

      • TAFE NSW Libraries

      • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

      • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

      • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

      • Student associations – get social with our student community

      Info sessions Want to know more?

      There are a total of 4 information sessions planned for this course. They'll take place at different locations across the state.

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