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An interdisciplinary degree for creativity and innovation

Build a unique creative career that taps into your passions and aspirations. This cutting edge course prepares you to turn creative employment and entrepreneurial opportunities into real career outcomes. ​The core content focuses on:

  • creative professional identity
  • career development and entrepreneurship
  • creative thinking and innovation
  • project management
  • industry partnerships and networking
  • interdisciplinary work.
QTAC course code 421192
QUT course code KK33
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 3 years full-time
Start month 2018 February, July
Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Creative Industries Faculty
Enquiries Ask a question about this course
CRICOS code 056186M
  • Branding Specialist
  • Campaign Manager
  • Communication Strategist
  • Creative Entrepreneur
  • Digital Communication Specialist
  • Digital Content Producer
  • Events and Festivals Coordinator
  • Fashion Marketer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Journalist
  • Media Producer
  • Music Agent
  • Publicist
  • Web Designer


Our world is increasingly interconnected. To make the most of this complexity, successful careers require a breadth of skills and knowledge 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 along with twenty-first century career and enterprise skills.

The first degree of its kind, QUT’s Bachelor of Creative Industries (BCI) allows you to develop your own creative niche by providing diverse knowledge, creativity and practical skills across a range of selected creative disciplines.  

Why choose this course?

QUT is a global leader in the creative industries with an established reputation for industry links, creative practice and innovation.

The BCI equips you with the creative skills, knowledge and connections to pursue a career in the creative industries and beyond. You’ll be prepared for the real world with studio-based learning, skills in entrepreneurship, real industry challenges, work integrated learning (WIL) opportunities and links to creative start-ups. Options to study and combine different creative disciplines can expand your professional network and help you identify or create your own exciting career path.

You will follow a core pathway that develops your skills, expertise, knowledge and experience, with a focus on:

  • creative professional identity
  • career development and entrepreneurship
  • creative thinking and innovation
  • project management
  • industry partnerships and networking
  • interdisciplinary work.

The course offers flexibility allowing you to choose a combination of study areas to suit your individual creative interests and career aspirations. To complement your chosen major, you may select a second major from creative industries or across QUT, to develop depth of knowledge and skills in two discipline areas. Alternatively, add two minors to your chosen major to develop a breadth of knowledge across three discipline areas.

Career outcomes

This course prepares you for a creative career as an entrepreneur, consultant, project manager or creative practitioner, or for further studies in higher degree research. We encourage you to foster your creative passions and to shape your future career through complementary study areas. Some examples are:

  • events and festivals coordinator/producer—an entertainment industries major with minors in performance events and festivals, film, entrepreneurship, public relations, or tourism and entertainment marketing
  • digital communicator—majors in interactive and visual design, and advertising, or media and communication
  • fashion merchandiser—a major in fashion communication with minors in interior design, visual arts practice, advertising or marketing
  • media producer—a major in media and communication with minors in digital media, entertainment, management or interactive and visual design
  • publisher—majors in creative and professional writing, and literary studies
  • qualified teacher—studies in animation; dance; drama; creative writing; film, television and screen; music; visual arts; or creative and professional writing can be followed by a two-year Master of Teaching, majoring in secondary teaching*.

This course will be offered in 2018, with a revised course structure that is currently under review.

* Check entry requirements for specific teaching areas.

Double degrees

The Bachelor of Creative Industries is available as a double degree with business, law, health or IT, which can take you places you may not have considered before. It combines two bachelor degrees into a single course of study. A double degree allows you to specialise in two fields and pursue different interest areas, gaining a broader range of skills and knowledge, and giving you a competitive advantage and greater career flexibility. This is a popular option for students seeking careers in support roles within the creative industries, or those wanting to work in creative, design or communication roles within other industries.


Download course structures and unit outlines for Bachelor of Creative Industries

Your course

Year 1

  • learn how to apply creativity for commercial and artistic gain
  • gain communication skills
  • start your major(s) and/or minor(s) in first semester

Year 2

  • continue studies in your chosen major(s) and/or minor(s)
  • expand your professional knowledge
  • study project development and engage with industry
  • gain core skills important for all career paths

Year 3

  • extend your creative skills within your chosen major or minor
  • apply your course knowledge to real-world applications
  • design your career path by choosing two work integrated learning (WIL) units from:
    • an industry partner internship program
    • a project to prepare you to work as a consultant or freelance
    • a national or international study tour
    • units to prepare you for a research career


Core units (6 units)

​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.


Primary major (8 units)

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

Art and design history
Develop the expertise for a career in a range of arts professions including curatorial work, art or design criticism, and arts administration. Learn how to conduct sophisticated visual analysis, discuss and write about art and design, and contextualise objects and artworks historically and culturally.

Creative and professional writing
Learn about the key techniques and topics of discussion and debate in a variety of genres and writing contexts. Enhance your ability to develop, adapt and respond to different forms of creative and professional writing, equipping you with the versatility required of professional writers and the critical analytical and editorial skills relevant to many social and employment situations.

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.

Gain a broad understanding of how drama performances are structured, performed and organised with an emphasis on contemporary performance forms, and the roles they play in shaping our understanding of contemporary issues.

Entertainment industries
Develop the knowledge and skills required to pursue a career in the entertainment industries, including an understanding of the characteristics of mainstream commercial culture that appeal to large audiences; an understanding of entertainment business, legal and creative processes; an ability to balance these; and an awareness of historical and current entertainment content and business.

Fashion communication
Develop theoretical, strategic and practical knowledge of the transformation of the Australian fashion industry in international contexts which is changing how fashion is communicated, marketed, distributed and consumed. Explore new strategies of branding, trend analysis, styling, promotion and marketing in the context of omni-tailing and social media. Learn new modes of digital, graphic and technical protocols and engage with a range of fashion communication skills focusing on fashion graphics, product development and fashion journalism.

Film, television and screen
Develop knowledge and skills in the theory and practices 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, mobile media and computer games. Build a career in marketing, web design, electronic publishing, interaction design and the creative aspects of game design.

Develop high-level skills in journalism research, writing and publication of stories, including the editing, layout and design skills required for final publication.

Literary studies
Develop skills in textual analysis, critical thinking and writing, and how to produce creative work as research. Enhance your awareness of current debates that surround reading, writing and methods of production.

Media and communication
Develop skills to produce innovative and engaging media and communication content and apply this knowledge by producing content for online and print media; creating persuasive oral and written communication; and evaluating the impact of media messages through audience research.

Develop knowledge in music practice in contemporary social, cultural and economic contexts, as well as skills in specific music and sound environments. Build understanding of how music and sound operate as forms of social, cultural and political communication over the past sixty years.


Second major (8 units)

All primary majors listed above can be studied as second majors, and also:

Architectural studies
Learn how architects design and document buildings and other structures, including the fundamentals of building technology. Prepare for diverse careers in practice that embrace vision, design, technology and people, and include critical writing, enterprise and management.

Industrial design studies
Learn how industrial designers design and draw products, principles of ergonomics and the basics of manufacturing and computer-aided design. Prepare for diverse careers such as design critique and writing, enterprise and management.

Interior design studies
Learn how people use interior spaces and how interior designers develop and represent commercial and domestic interiors. Prepare for diverse careers such as design criticism, writing, enterprise and management.

Landscape architecture studies
Learn the fundamentals of ecology and horticulture applied to sustainable landscape design, landscape history, technology and construction, and how landscape architects research in all these areas. Prepare for careers such as the design, creation and management of landscape architectural projects, broadscale landscape planning and landscape research.

Majors from other faculties include advertising, games design, entrepreneurship, integrated marketing communication, marketing, online environments and public relations.

Access to these additional majors may not be available at the Caboolture campus.


Two minors (4 units each minor)

Or, you can select two minors 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
  • studies in behavioural science, behaviour and health, nutrition and physical activity
  • journalism, media and communication, screen studies
  • a range of languages through the Brisbane University Languages Alliance.
  • or other minors available from across the university

Choose electives (2 units)

Choose two additional elective units from the Creative Industries university-wide unit options (electives).

Study Overseas

Study overseas while gaining credit towards your QUT creative industries degree with one of our worldwide exchange partners. Overseas study can be for one or two semesters (or during the semester break) and the units you take can be in a creative or non-creative discipline area, depending on how they match with your QUT course. Saving your electives for exchange will allow you the most flexibility. For more information, visit QUT student exchange.

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirements

I did not complete secondary school in Australia

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this course.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

    Don't meet the academic requirements? We can help!

    We offer pathway courses to help you meet the academic requirements for this course.

    When you apply for this course, we will recommend which pathway course you should enrol in.

    Minimum English language requirements

    We accept English language proficiency scores from a variety of tests. If you completed a test that was not IELTS, check which English language test scores we accept.

    You must have taken your test no more than 2 years before your QUT course starts.

    IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
    Speaking 6.0
    Writing 6.0
    Reading 6.0
    Listening 6.0
    Overall 6.5

    Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

    We offer English language courses to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

    When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

    Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

    If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre.

    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.

    2018: $29000 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

    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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