Developing teaching practice


This study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of the Bachelor of Creative Arts (BCA), a dual award degree offered jointly by Flinders University and TAFE SA. It first sets the rationale for the award while placing it in the Australian educational context, comparing it to equivalent programs offered at other institutions. It then provides an insight into the characteristics of a cohort of students. To achieve this, the study analyses a range of key quantitative metrics including demographics, enrolment numbers, attrition, student experience surveys and grade distributions to determine the cohort’s profile. Additionally, the study seeks information from recent graduates already in the workforce to establish if the BCA provides the skills leading to successful employment. This study reveals a mixed picture of the BCA’s success. While degree completion and student satisfaction are high, alumni are not all convinced that having a university degree provides a significant advantage for the job market as opposed to only having a TAFE qualification. Finally, the study offers recommendations to address these issues and improve the overall student experience as well as enhance their employment prospects.

Practitioner Notes

  1. This paper presents a case study of an innovative HE/VET dual award.
  2. Work-Integrated Learning should be included as core in the BCA dual award.
  3. Networking and/or mentoring opportunities with industry experts should be provided to students.
  4. Students should be taught entrepreneurial skills to help them start-up their own businesses.
  5. Additional support should be provided in the first-year in the context of creative practice.