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Bachelor of Creative Arts and Community Wellbeing

Bachelor of Creative Arts and Community Wellbeing (BCAW)

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  • Online
  • On-campus
  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba
  • 3 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
  • Feb, Jul
Note: Toowoomba campus: Theatre and Visual Art majors only. Springfield campus: Music major only. Online study: Music and Visual Art majors only.


  • Combine your passion for helping others with artistic expression through one of Australia’s only three-year undergraduate qualifications that combines human services and creative arts.
  • Enhance your technical and professional skills in music, theatre, or visual art. Through partnerships with local organisations, you can share your creative talents with the community. 
  • Be prepared to work in diverse roles and settings including youth work, refugee settlements, aged care, hospitals, correctional services, and local government.
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Who is a Bachelor of Creative Arts and Community Wellbeing best suited for?

Are you an artist who wants to use your creative skills to improve community care or branch off into a leadership role? A Bachelor of Creative Industries (or equivalent) provides you with the opportunity to pursue your passions not only in creative industries but other sectors critical to the welfare and development of happy and productive communities.

When you study a Bachelor of Creative Arts and Community Wellbeing at UniSQ you will learn how your creative practice can engage positively with communities to build resilience, capacity and cohesion. This Visual and Performing Arts degree is underpinned by introductory Human Services courses to equip you with the necessary knowledge to make long lasting positive impacts to individuals and groups within your community. 

What are the entry requirements?

The entry requirements to study a Bachelor of Community Health (or equivalent) will vary depending on the education provider you choose.

To study a Bachelor of Creative Arts and Community Wellbeing at UniSQ you need to meet a minimum ATAR and assumed knowledge. ‘Assumed knowledge’ is the term we use to explain the minimum level of knowledge we presume you have in some subjects before you start your degree.

You will also be required to attend an audition/interview either on-campus or virtually and provide additional supporting information.

If you don’t have an ATAR you can still be accepted into the Bachelor of Creative Arts and Community Wellbeing by undertaking an audition/interview and supply a written statement.

For further information on ATAR and assumed knowledge and supporting information, please view the entry requirements section of your chosen major. 

How do I know which Bachelor of Creative Arts and Community Wellbeing major is right for me?

A great place to start is thinking about what you enjoy and aligning it to what you’re passionate about with a degree. Identifying what you love naturally lends itself to your strengths in Visual and Performing Arts which can make choosing a Bachelor of Creative Industries (or equivalent) not only less stressful, but exciting. Visualise your goals, what you want to achieve and how you see your future career playing out.

The best thing about UniSQ is that we’re pretty flexible when it comes to changing your mind. If you commence a Bachelor of Creative Arts and Community Wellbeing and after a semester decide you want to change majors, that’s ok. Our iconnect team can chat through your options.

At UniSQ You can choose from three specialisations.

Music - This major focuses on two modes of music practise including collaborative live performance and individual and collaborative music practice in digital spaces. Coursework in this major explores individual and collective music making, collaborative processes, live and digital performance, instrumental work, and songwriting, composition, and musical arrangement.

Theatre - Blend acting, dramaturgy, creative development, cultural responsibility, and theatre-in-community learning experiences to build on your existing knowledge and enhance your transferrable skills.

Visual Art - Gain studio-based knowledge, technical proficiency and the work ethic needed for visual arts practice as a skilled professional working with communities.

Continue to fine tune your skills and knowledge by using your Bachelor of Creative Arts and Community Wellbeing as a stepping-stone to further studies, such as our Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours). 

Why study a Creative Industries and Community Health and Welfare with UniSQ?

Tailor your degree to suit your career goals and expand your skillset.

  • Introduce additional Human Services courses as your second major or minor. You can specialise in Child and Family Studies, Community Development and Indigenous Studies or Counselling.
  • Branch out and explore another creative discipline such as Music, Visual Arts, Theatre, Film, Television and Radio or Design and Interactive Technologies.
  • Practical experience to hone your craft - At UniSQ you’ll have opportunity to become involved in artist showcases and performances, to refine your skill and prepare yourself for a career in the arts.

Choosing an undergraduate degree at UniSQ means you can tailor your Bachelor of Creative Arts Community Wellbeing degree to suit your needs. We understand our students have competing priorities and don’t all come to us from high school. Whether you’re changing careers at a later stage, haven’t completed year 12 or looking to study part-time and/or online, we’re here to help!

Get in touch with one of our iconnect support staff to talk through your Visual and Performing Arts study options. 

What are the career opportunities for Bachelor of Creative Arts graduates?

All of our degrees focus on developing your ability to apply the skills and knowledge you’ve gained to a career of your choice. Graduating with a Visual and Performing Arts qualification from UniSQ opens up many career prospects. The jobs you may be interested in will vary depending on the major you choose to study. Bachelor of Creative Arts or Bachelor of Creative Industries graduates can explore career opportunities in the areas of:

  • health
  • local government
  • community organisation
  • art-led service initiatives
  • disability
  • youth services
  • aged care
  • allied health
  • correctional services
  • non-for profit. 
Can I study this course part-time or online?

This will vary from uni to uni but at UniSQ, yes you can generally study a Bachelor of Creative Arts or Bachelor of Creative Industries part-time, on-campus or online, allowing you to balance study with your work and life commitments.

Work towards your creative arts degree at your own pace with our flexible learning options. Discover the different ways you can study at UniSQ.