The University of Newcastle, Australia
Selection Rank
77.88 (Median SR)
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International entry requirement

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 20 Jul 2020
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 20 Jul 2020

AUD31,205 (indicative annual fee, 2020)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees

English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

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4 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 40125
CRICOS code: 095235F

Study creative industries, innovation and entrepreneurship

Now you can learn to efficiently weave ‘magic’ into commercial applications across both creative and entrepreneurial innovations.

The Bachelor of Creative Industries/Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (BCI/BIE) is designed for graduates intent on making their mark in the world through creative innovation and enterprise.

As a BCI/BIE student, you will develop in-demand abilities needed to create innovative futures that influence markets, economies and communities. Gain an understanding of the processes, risks, rewards, motivations and societal impacts of innovation and entrepreneurship within regional, national and global perspectives.

Jumpstart your career and develop stronger work-ready skills throughout your studies by building your own professional networks and working with a range of stakeholders and audiences.

Why study with us?

  • Gain a competitive edge for careers of the future: develop specialised capabilities in managing creative activities combined with in-demand innovative skills.
  • Enjoy diverse career pathways with practical skills, experience and expertise qualifying you to work across various sectors in Australia and overseas.
  • Strong employment growth across creative industries, with job numbers annually increasing by 40% more than than Australia’s workforce. NSW is home to 40% of our creative workforce and 57% of creative services exports.
  • Hands-on and work-ready: Develop industry networks while studying at UON's $95 million dollar NeW Space development and gain job-ready skills with the BCI/BIE’s entrepreneurial focus and strong links to creative communities, start-ups and local businesses.
  • Global connections: Enjoy exciting opportunities such as international immersion trips, overseas placements, student exchange and the international leaders program in countries all over the world.

What you will study

The Bachelor of Creative Industries/Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (BCI/BIE) diversifies your capabilities and future-proofs your career. Learn hands-on from the start with access to cutting-edge creative facilities and gain mentoring across entrepreneurship and innovative thinking.

The BCI/BIE is a multi-disciplinary program that appeals to people from all backgrounds. Your core courses will provide in-depth knowledge and skills in a range of critical areas:

  • entrepreneurial activity
  • business skills
  • digital literacies
  • social innovation
  • accounting
  • economics; and
  • finance.

You will also have opportunities to select your preferred electives from a wide range of diverse subjects that will further enrich your studies and expertise.

Related undergraduate degrees

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

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Career opportunities

The Bachelor of Creative Industries/Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship degree program produces graduates for in-demand careers of the future. Develop expertise in facilitating and managing creative activities, innovation and enterprise. Career examples include:

  • arts entrepreneur
  • arts marketer
  • business consultant
  • cultural arts officer
  • cultural resource manager
  • distribution consultant
  • events manager
  • exhibitions officer
  • film and media producer or analyst
  • government or business administration
  • grants officer
  • innovation manager
  • production manager
  • social media manager
  • transmedia producer

Practical experience

Practical experience

The Bachelor of Creative Industries/Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship integrates opportunities for you to gain national and international workplace experience and professional mentoring, building in-demand skills and work-ready graduates. This program features a practical component, where you will carry out a work-based project in entrepreneurial strategy.

To prepare you for the strong focus on teamwork and collaboration in business, this program includes an emphasis on group work as a form of assessment. Working in groups helps develop the necessary teamwork skills required to make a successful transition from the classroom to the boardroom.

Newcastle Business School

The Newcastle Business School offers several Work Integrated Learning (WIL) courses, which incorporate some form of practical experience into the theoretical content. You will have the opportunity to undertake work experience relevant to your area of study throughout your business degree. You can work within a Hunter Region organisation and complete 100 hours of work experience, or on a specific project related to the organisation. This practical experience is undertaken as a course within your business degree.

EMPOWER Mentoring Program

The EMPOWER Mentoring Program, (previously known as LUCY), connects female high school students and university students to industry professionals to inspire and inform young women about the study and career opportunities available in Business and Law. By combining education and mentoring, (E + M = Power), the innovative leadership program aims to empower the participants to make informed decisions regarding their work futures.

The benefits are two fold; University students further enhance their leadership skills as they play the role of mentee and mentor. High school students benefit from the opportunity to increase their networks through the connections with university students and Industry professionals. Through these connections they gain a greater understanding of the study and career options available in Business, Commerce, Economics and Law, at pivotal stages in the ‘school to work’ and beyond process.

Assocation to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

The Newcastle Business School is accredited with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), earned by fewer than 5% of the world's business programs. AACSB is the premier, and longest-standing, international accrediting body for business programs and is the international benchmark for excellence in business education.