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  • Kelvin Grove 11
  • Caboolture 14


  • Kelvin Grove 76
  • Caboolture 69

Creative careers for the head and the heart

If you're creative AND logical, passionate AND organised, want a successful career but not a conventional career, our Bachelor of Creative Industries is the course for you.

  • Flexibility to explore your creative talents within two or three study areas, including areas across QUT.
  • Develop knowledge, creativity and practical skills across a range of industries and practice to prepare you for a career as a creative professional.
  • Gain experience and contacts in your industry through professional industry placements and projects.
  • Core units focus on developing communication, project management and digital media skills.
  • Choose independent study options where you can design and implement creative work.
QTAC course codeKelvin Grove: 421192. Caboolture: 461192.
QUT course code KK33
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 3 years full-time
Start month 2015 & 2016 February, July
Deferment You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.
Delivery On campus
  • Caboolture
  • Kelvin Grove

Note: After completion of the first year, Caboolture student transfer to Kelvin Grove campus to complete the course.
  • Creative Industries Faculty
Course contact Student Business Services (SBS) Admissions:
CRICOS code056186M
  • Advertising Professional
  • Art Project Manager
  • Art Writer
  • Arts Administrator
  • Fashion Professional
  • Internet Professional
  • Journalist
  • Manager
  • Marketing Officer/Manager
  • Media Industry Specialist
  • Music Agent/Manager
  • Music Publisher
  • Project Developer
  • Project Manager
  • Theatre Professionals
  • Visual Artist
  • Web Designer


Our world is increasingly interconnected and interdependent. In order to deal with this complexity, successful careers require a breadth of interrelated skills and knowledge often in more than one discipline area. In the creative industries sector this is particularly the case, with the need for adaptable, cutting-edge, multidisciplinary capabilities.
QUT’s Bachelor of Creative Industries (BCI) allows you to create your own adventure by providing diverse knowledge, creativity and practical skills across a range of self-nominated creative disciplines. This unique ability to study and connect different creative disciplines prepares you for the pursuit of career pathways in the creative industries and beyond that increasingly require a range of multidisciplinary skills and knowledge.
Most of the core skills you will develop in this course are transferable into career options across the economy.

Why choose this course?

QUT is a global leader in the creative industries with an established reputation for research, industry links and creative practice innovation.
This course offers flexibility, giving you the option to choose a combination of study areas to suit your individual skills, creative interests and career aspirations.
While flexible, you will follow an established pathway through your creative industries units that provide you with skills, expertise, knowledge and experience on which to build your creative career.
Your BCI core units provide you with well-developed communication, project management and digital media skills, an up-to-date insight into the creative economy, and an appreciation of creative collaboration. Creative industries work integrated learning (WIL) units in your final year will prepare you for your creative career as an entrepreneur, consultant, project manager or creative professional, or give you the hunger for higher degree research.
You will choose a creative industries major and may select a second major to develop a significant depth of knowledge and skill in two discipline areas. Alternatively, you might prefer to develop a wide breadth of knowledge across three discipline areas by adding two minors to your chosen creative industries major.

Career outcomes

We encourage you to foster your creative passion and shape your future career path through complementary study areas. Some examples are:
  • multimedia industry—an interactive and visual design major with minors chosen from game design, music studies, sound design or entrepreneurship
  • executive producer or entertainment marketing professional—the entertainment industries major with minors chosen from performance events and festivals, digital media, public relations or marketing
  • publishing—a creative and professional writing major with one of the literature based second majors or minors
  • qualified teacher—majors in dance studies, drama, film, television and screen, or music can be followed with a graduate-entry teacher education course (check entry requirements for specific teaching areas)
  • design professional—a fashion communication major with a second major in interior design
  • further study—study pathways that prepare you for honours and masters.


Download course structures and unit outlines for Bachelor of Creative Industries

Your course

Year 1

You will undertake two BCI core units, which provide you with well-developed communication skills and teach you how leading practitioners exploit their creativity for commercial and artistic gain. Study in your majors and/or minors commences from your first semester, so you take control of your creative direction from day one.

Year 2

You will continue your studies in your major(s) and/or minor(s) and enhance your career prospects by undertaking two further BCI core units in visual communication and project management. These are core skills for virtually all contemporary career paths.

Year 3

You will extend your creative skills and knowledge through your majors and/or minors. The Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program offers end-of-course units in which you can set yourself up for the creative career you desire. You will undertake at least two units that allow you to use the skills and knowledge gained during this course and assist your transition out of university. These units comprise:
  • an internship program with one of our industry partners
  • a creative industries project which can prepare you for work as a freelancer or consultant
  • a national or international study tour
  • an introduction to research which will prepare you for higher degree research study (honours, masters, PhD).


Core units (6 units)

Your BCI core units provide you with well-developed communication, project management
and digital media skills, an up-todate insight into the creative economy, and an appreciation of creative collaboration.

Primary major (8 units)


Develop skills and knowledge in the history and practices of animation including drawing, motion and 3D graphics, and real-time modelling for virtual environments.

Art and Design History

Build the expertise for a career in the arts professions including curatorial work, art criticism and administration. Your knowledge may span architecture, design, visual arts, video and culture.

Creative and Professional Writing

Explore various genres including fiction, creative non-fiction, media writing, and corporate writing and editing. Enhance your peer-reviewing skills and understanding of the social and generic contexts of creative writing.

Dance Studies

Gain skills in contemporary dance, ballet and choreography, and an understanding of the social and historical context of dance. Previously acquired skill, knowledge and physical fitness are required.


Combine performance theory and practice. Study acting, directing, twentieth-century performance theory and practice, events management and performance innovation.

Entertainment Industries

Prepare for a career as an entertainment producer, creating and managing entertainment projects and organisations. Gain business, legal and creative skills for diverse roles across the entertainment industries.

Fashion Communication

Learn about the history, industry and consumption of fashion and how fashion is communicated, marketed and distributed. Develop skills in fashion communication to prepare for careers in fashion graphics, product development, or fashion journalism.

Film, Television and Screen

Develop a range of understandings in the theory and practice of film, television and screen. Enhance your creative, technical and organisational abilities while building storytelling and communication skills.

Interactive and Visual Design

Develop contemporary design skills for print media, websites, mobiles and computer games. Prepare for careers in marketing, web design, electronic publishing, interaction design and the creative aspects of game design.


Choose from a range of options to develop an understanding of the journalism profession and industry. Be introduced to journalism writing styles and gain insight into specialist areas of reporting.

Literary Studies

Gain grounding in a range of works, from Shakespeare to nineteenth and twentieth century literature and culture. Enhance your skills in writing and analysis, and understand social and historical contexts.

Media and Communication

Explore options to develop an understanding of the professional communication field. Develop skills and knowledge to prepare media material to build and maintain an organisation’s media profile.


Gain a broad understanding of music practice in contemporary social, cultural and economic contexts. Learn practical skills and theory to support a career in music within administrative, business or organisational areas.

Second major (8 units)

Select from:
  • Primary majors (as listed above)
  • Design - Architectural studies, industrial design studies, interior design studies, landscape architecture studies
  • Business - Advertising, entrepreneurship, integrated marketing communication, marketing, public relations
  • Information technology - Games design, online environments
Access to these additional majors may not be available at the Caboolture campus.

Two minors (4 units each minor)

You can select from a variety of areas that may include:
  • advertising, audience and user research, communication for the professions, entrepreneurship, international business, management, marketing, public relations
  • creative writing, literature, modern and popular literature and culture, professional writing
  • journalism, media and communication, screen studies
  • a range of languages through the Brisbane University Languages Alliance.

Choose electives (2 units)

Chosen from Creative Industries university-wide or faculty-only unit options.


Entry requirements

Guide to entry cut-offs


  • Kelvin Grove 11
  • Caboolture 14


  • Kelvin Grove 76
  • Caboolture 69

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:

  • English

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).

More about assumed knowledge

Did you get an OP 1-5?

If you receive an OP 1-5 or equivalent, you're guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.

Additional Costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. (Film, Television and Screen students only). Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

The recent federal budget has proposed a number of changes to the funding of higher education which, if implemented, will impact upon costs to Commonwealth supported students from 1 January 2016. Eligible students will still be able to use HECS-HELP (Higher Education Loan Program) to defer payment. It is important to note that the changes are proposals only, subject to the passage of Commonwealth legislation. QUT will be in a position to consider fees for 2016 and beyond once the legislation has been through the houses of parliament. Proposed changes to tuition fees.

2016: CSP rates will be available from 1 October 2015 (subject to annual review)

2015: CSP $4,700 per Study Period (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You'll need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

More information on the SSAF

HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

Find out if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan

Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

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You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments


How to apply for Bachelor of Creative Industries

You apply through QTAC for all our undergraduate courses.

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  4. Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course (Kelvin Grove: 421192. Caboolture: 461192.) because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

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If you've studied before or if you have at least two years' work experience, you may want to apply for credit for prior learning.


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