The Bachelor of Creative Arts has four separate programs: creative writing (SATAC Code: 214551), digital media (SATAC Code: 214741), drama performance and directing (SATAC Code: 214561), and screen production (SATAC Code: 214571).

The core aim of the course is to develop in students the creative, practical, critical and collaborative skills necessary to pursue a career in the respective area (writing, digital media, drama and screen) of the arts and communications industries. The course aims to produce graduates ready for employment.

Each of the four programs has a limited intake and admission is dependent on one or more of the following criteria: audition/portfolio/interview. Applicants must also meet the minimum entry requirements of the University. For those completing the SACE (or interstate equivalent) the minimum ATAR required for consideration for entry is 60 plus the audition/portfolio/interview component(s). In addition to entry from students who have completed the SACE, other pathways are available. Please contact the Admissions/Prospective Students Office for advice.

Applicants seeking admission to the course for the Bachelor of Creative Arts degree must apply through the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC). Applicants must pass the audition/portfolio/interview and obtain an offer to the course through SATAC. Interviews and auditions will be held in late November/December. The information below provides an indication of what will be required.

Creative Writing Portfolio and Statement: Guidelines

In addition to meeting the normal requirements for admission to the course, and applying through SATAC, applicants to the Creative Writing program are required to submit a brief statement in support of their application and a portfolio of work. The information below provides an indication of what will be required.


Applicants must submit a Portfolio of writing in one or more genres (i.e. fiction, nonfiction, poetry, etc.) of not fewer than five and not more than twenty pages.
The submission must be typed and double-spaced on A4 paper, using one side of the page only. Each sheet must be numbered. The Portfolio should be submitted in a folder or binder that allows pages to be turned individually.
Applicants must read and sign a declaration on the cover sheet stating that the material submitted is their own original work
The Portfolio will indicate a candidate's current skill level, which will bear on their likelihood of success in the degree.


Applicants must also submit a Statement of not more than one page (approximately 250-300 words) that explains their reasons for wanting to study for a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Creative Writing). The Statement will indicate an applicant's preparedness for this type of study. Applicants who have had work published or performed should incorporate this information into their Statement.

Full details

Application guidelines and forms - Bachelor of Creative Arts (Creative Writing) (PDF 331KB)