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Bachelor of Creative Industries (Honours)

Improve your career prospects and follow creative passions with an intensive one-year Honours program. Work one-on-one with a supervisor from USC’s School of Creative Industries to develop your own research project, produce an original creative work, or solve a real-world problem for an industry partner.

In this program you will:

  • Build advanced research, critical thinking and written communication skills
  • Specialise in screen and media, drama, creative advertising, creative writing, art and digital design, or interactive technologies and games
  • Develop your presentation skills by delivering at least two lectures on your research progress
  • Study relevant research methods and theories, and engage with experts in your field





1 year 1 year Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.

Indicative fees

Indicative 2024 fees (A$)

A$16,320 - 2024 Fees CSP
A$27,000 Annual fee
Annual fee


  • Semester 1

Career opportunities

  • Creative communications
  • Design, Marketing
  • Digital entertainment design
  • Multimedia
  • Performance creation
  • Screen and media
  • Video game design

  • Semester 1
Delivery mode
  • Blended Learning
Total courses
Total units
1 year 1 year
UniSC program code
Program coordinator
Program structure

The Bachelor of Creative Industries (Honours) structure is as follows:

1. a 48 unit coursework component (consisting of a combination of courses weighted from 12 to 24 units), and;

2. a 48 unit thesis component or creative work and exegesis.

Coursework component (4) 48 units

ART411 Research Design: Methodology and Literature Review
HNC410 Coursework 1 Hons Communication & Creative Industries
HNC411 Coursework 2 Hons Communication & Creative Industries
HNC412 Coursework 3 Hons Communication & Creative Industries

Thesis component 48 units

The thesis component consists of a sustained scholarly project developed from the research proposal a student submits with their Honours enrolment application. The nature and topic of this component is determined by the student's interests, the availability of specified industry research projects, the interests of potential supervisors and the availability of appropriate supervision.

The research proposal accompanying the honours enrolment application is normally two to three pages in length. It includes an outline of the research topic, its rationale, an indication of the research methodology, and should refer to relevant literature in the topic area.

The completed thesis is normally 15,000-25,000 words in length. The required length is determined by the precise nature of the research, in consultation with the supervisor and subject to the approval of the Executive Dean.

Satisfactory participation in the Faculty Honours Seminar is also required. If completing the Honours program part-time over two years, the first year will normally comprise coursework and the second will be dedicated to a student's thesis.


Creative Work and Exegesis component

The combined Creative Work and Exegesis component is 24,000 words in total (or a work deemed to be equivalent depending on the creative work produced) consisting of a 6,000 word exegetical component in dialogue with an 18,000 word creative component (or a creative work deemed of equivalent word value). The Creative Work and Exegesis will be developed in response to a clearly defined research question developed from the research proposal a student submits with their Honours enrolment application. The Honours research question will arise from an original and innovative issue intended to research new knowledge scholarship in your chosen discipline. The nature and topic of such a research question, and its resultant course of investigation, will be determined by the student's interests, the interests of potential supervisors and the availability of appropriate supervision.

The Honours research proposal accompanying the Honours enrolment application is normally two to three pages in length. It includes the research question, a statement addressing how the accompanying research addresses new learning, the significance or value of such new learning, an indication of research methodologies, and should refer to the relevant creative work.

The 6,000 word Exegetical component of the thesis should fully develop the topics noted above: the research question, an outline of the research topic, a statement addressing how the accompanying research addresses new learning, the significance or value of such new learning, an indication of research methodologies, and detail the creative work.

The 18,000 word or equivalent Creative Work should be in response to, and in dialogue with, the research question posed in the exegetical component.

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Entry requirements

For entry into most USC undergraduate degree programs, you need to have completed a minimum level of education similar to successful completion of Australian Year 12 with good grades.

Further studies, for example, a semester or more at college or university, can also be considered for entry and may give you credit transfer towards a degree.

Some examples of upper secondary qualifications and a guide to the minimum grades that USC will consider are listed here. These are minimum requirements and do not guarantee entry. Some programs may require higher grades. Alternative qualifications may also be considered on a case by case basis.

If your qualification (grouped by country) is not listed, send the qualification transcripts with your application form to the International Office for assessment.

English language requirements

You will also need to meet the English language requirements for this program. If you do not meet the minimum requirements, you may be able to enrol in our English Language Programs to reach the required level for most of UniSC’s programs (exceptions apply to non-standard English requirement programs).


Completion of an undergraduate Creative Industries degree or a related degree (AQF Level 7).

Recommended prior study
Inherent academic requirements

Prospective students must consider the Inherent Academic Requirements before applying to study this program.

Refer to Creative Industries programs - Inherent Academic Requirements

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What are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs)?

The IARs of a program are those fundamental skills, capabilities and knowledge that students must be able to demonstrate in order to achieve the essential learning outcomes of the program, while maintaining the academic integrity of that program.

Students with a disability or chronic health condition may be able to have reasonable adjustments made to enable them to meet these requirements.

UniSC is committed to making reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, placement and other activities to enable students to participate in their program.

Reasonable adjustments must not fundamentally change the nature of the IAR.

Consideration is given to a student's cultural and religious background/beliefs, which may impact on participation in their program or course. For further information contact Student Support.

Why are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs) important?

IARs ensure the academic integrity of a program is maintained and preserves the University's learning, assessment and accreditation processes. They must be met by all students.

How does this affect you?

To successfully complete a program at UniSC, you need to be able to meet all the Inherent Academic Requirements.

If you are applying for a program, you should read the IAR statement carefully to ensure you are able to meet them.

If you have a disability or chronic health condition, contact a UniSC Disability Advisor to talk about the adjustments that may be put in place so you can meet the requirements.

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The Headstart program lets you study uni subjects while you’re still in high school. If you successfully complete two Headstart courses, you’ll get a selection rank that you could use to get into uni.

Early Offer Guarantee scheme - Year 12

The Early Offer Guarantee scheme enables Year 12 students to be offered a place at UniSC on the basis of their Principal's recommendation.

Prior study or work experience

If you:

  • have completed Year 12 (no matter how long ago)
  • have a TAFE/VET qualification
  • have relevant work experience, or
  • have studied at university before (even if you didn’t complete your studies)

You may be eligible for a selection rank, which can help you get into uni. For more detailed information selection ranks and how applications are assessed, visit Admissions explained.

Tertiary Preparation Pathway

If you don’t have qualifications or experience that will give you a selection rank, you can complete the Tertiary Preparation Pathway as a stepping stone into most degrees. You can also use TPP to complete subject prerequisites.

If you haven’t studied in a while, TPP is also a great way to brush up on essential study skills like critical reading, assignment writing and referencing.

It can also build your knowledge and confidence in the subject areas you’ll need for your degree, like science or maths. TPP courses are fee-free for eligible domestic students.

Indigenous Direct Entry and Access Scheme (IDEAS)

You may be eligible for direct entry into a UniSC degree based on your potential to succeed, under UniSC’s Indigenous Direct Entry and Access Scheme (IDEAS). All you have to do is complete an online application through our website.

High-school leavers completing year 12 are not eligible, and must apply through QTAC.

CSP estimate
A$16,320 - 2024 Fees
Annual tuition fee (A$, 2024)

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth supported places are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government so that students only pay 'student contribution" amounts. The student contribution amount will vary depending on the course you are studying and how much funding the Government provides.

If you accept a Commonwealth supported place you are a Commonwealth supported student. As a Commonwealth supported student you must make a contribution towards the cost of your education (unless you are enrolled in Enabling or Tertiary Preparation Pathway courses) with the majority of the cost met by the Commonwealth Government.

Commonwealth supported places are only available to domestic students. As a domestic student you are entitled to a Commonwealth supported place in an eligible program if you:

  • meet the citizenship and residency requirements
  • complete an electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF)
  • meet the University's entry requirements for your chosen program.

International fee-paying places

Annual tuition fees are based on 2024 rates and the equivalent full-time student load as per the recommended study sequence in the relevant program.

Actual fees payable are based on the actual enrolment load in a teaching period (excluding Study Abroad and Postgraduate Qualifying Pathway).

All prices quoted are in Australian Dollars (A$).

Domestic applicants apply for admission direct to UniSC.

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No matter what kind of future you’re looking for, you can find it at UniSC. Our programs offer the choice and flexibility you need to get started on any career goal.

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Design and conduct a research project solving real-world problems for an industry partner
Work one-on-one with a supervisor
Use as a pathway to a research degree or for a competitive advantage in the workplace

Student story

“This degree, particularly the research and practice-based skills, enabled me to complete the manuscript less than a year after graduating."

Bianca Millroy Graduate
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