Bachelor of Creative Leadership (BCL) Semester 1 Session Now Open
If you are looking to gain an edge on your peers along with guaranteed entry into The Academy, combine your degree with the BCL and enrol in Semester 1 session units now!
The following four units are on offer this semester with two full day workshops per unit;
- BUSM 1044 Leadership in Complexity
- HUMN 1063 Critical and Systems Thinking
- BEHV 2019 Citizenship and Community Engagement
- HUMN 2071 Knowledge Journeys
BCL Summer Session Timetable PDF, 46.9 KB (opens in a new window):
You can enrol in the BCL now by completing the Program Application Form: Concurrent Degree (opens in a new window) in the WesternNow Student Portal.
Once you receive a confirmation email you can enrol in your units via MySR under the Bachelor of Creative Leadership. Please note that enrolments in the BCL are assessed manually which can result in some processing delays.
Alternatively, you can take BCL units as electives in your current degree. Enrol in units via MySR.
A Degree for a New World
If you are keen to enter your workplace with refined creative and critical thinking skillsets, and cross-disciplinary leadership qualifications, the Bachelor of Creative Leadership (BCL) is for you.
You’ll have the opportunity to develop broad knowledge and skills in leadership and ethics and help you grow your capacity to lead in complexity by focusing on high-level logical, entrepreneurial, and systems thinking.
The Bachelor of Creative Leadership (BCL) provides transformative educational experience, internships, student-led projects, and community engagement opportunities that will expand your ability to examine and influence current and future paradigms. You will emerge with a sound balance of theory, practical experiences, and leadership skillsets – so you can take your career further than you ever thought possible.
Hear from prominent real-world leaders and industry legends which provides you the opportunity to take learning outside of the classroom and connect it to real life challenges.
In the BCL, you will engage with innovative assessments that prepare you for work-related challenges and gain experience by participating in a diverse range of real-world opportunities. Students learn to articulate their ideas into innovative strategies that address complex contemporary and future challenges. The skills learned in the BCL are transferable to any discipline and are what the employer of tomorrow will be seeking in a graduate in various roles including global workplaces.
The Bachelor of Creative Leadership is a concurrent degree that is designed to be combined with any Bachelor degree at Western.
The BCL degree consists of eight subjects that can be taken concurrently with subjects in your discipline-based degree. The subjects are designed with flexibility in-mind and delivered in intensive mode in the week prior to the commencement of Autumn and Spring sessions. This allows students to take a BCL subject in addition to the four discipline-based subjects in a semester, and/or complete BCL subjects during Summer sessions*.
The BCL is available for International Students (CRICOS Code 107741G)
* not all subjects are available during Summer sessions
Benefits of undertaking the BCL
- Total of eight units and graduate with two degrees: These can be taken concurrently with your undergraduate degree by completing units in Summer sessions or during Semester 1 and Semester 2 (in intensive mode format), or as an additional year of study (full-time)
- Intensive mode teaching: Under an intensive mode model, units are taught as two full days over the semester, commencing the week before each semester starts to avoid time-tabling clashes
- No exams: Students will undertake innovative assessments such as green papers, white papers and writing their own inaugural speech, rather than traditional essays and sit-down exams
- Self-paced: Complete assessments at your own pace – work around pre-existing commitments and other unit assessments
- Interactive teaching style: A focus on problem-based learn with interactive in-class activities
- Start at any-time during your degree: You can commence studying units at the start of any semester (including summer session) whilst completing your undergraduate degree. You don’t have to be a first year student.
- Transformative Thinking: Adapting to and anticipating change and the need for innovative leadership approaches.
- Life-long Learning: Independent learning, creative enquiry, and learning from failure.
- Professional Identity: Boost your employability by developing your professional identity while taking community-based internships.
- Working in Teams: Co-operative relationship skills across disciplines, cultures, and experiences.
- Changemakers and Entrepreneurship: Develop creative and entrepreneurial skills to enact community and organisational changes.
- Citizenship and Inclusiveness: Leveraging intercultural settings and diversity by placing people and their needs at the centre of your work.
- Leadership and Ethics: Develop your own ethical decision-making framework incorporating morals, confronting challenges, and understanding that leadership is a process.
The course structure is outlined in the BCL Handbook (opens in a new window), where you can view all of the units (subjects) you will be studying.
Become a leader of tomorrow, enquire about this course (opens in a new window).
The ATAR requirement for the Bachelor of Creative Leadership is 85.00. As a new student, you can enrol in the BCL from the first semester at the University, but should seek advice from your Academic Course Advisor or The Academy’s Academic Coordinator. Students must maintain a GPA of 5.0.
All units in the BCL are delivered on the Parramatta Campus. If you enrol in the BCL you will be invited to become a member of The Academy.
Current undergraduate students can combine their degree with the BCL if they have a GPA of 5+. For more information go to the BCL Course Information page (opens in a new window).
The BCL is available for International Students (CRICOS Code 107741G).
|Subject||Contribution Band||BCL Subject Fee|
|Leadership In Complexity (800239)||4||$1,828|
|Critical and Systems Thinking (800242)||4||$1,828|
|Knowledge Journeys (800240)||4||$1,828|
|Creativity, Design Thinking and Visualisation (800237)||2||$1,002|
|Changemakers and Entrepreneurship (800243)||4||$1,828|
|Citizenship and Community Engagement (800238)||4||$1,828|
|Ethical Leadership (102250)||4||$1,828|
|Logic, Argumentation and Post-Truth (800241)||4||$1,828|
What do our students think about the BCL?
...skills that will be vital to a changing world and working environment...
I study this degree because it is an opportunity for me to build skills that will be vital to adapting to a changing world and working environments which require competencies in teamwork, critical thinking, public relations, ethical frameworks and leadership. These skills are actively taught by and interwoven in the units offered and I therefore will have a skill-set and experience that goes beyond the bounds of my main degree upon graduating.
... during interview processes it regularly is a key point of conversation...
The degree has been such a valuable tool in my entry to the creative media industry. During interview processes it regularly is a key point of conversation, as it piques employers’ interest and is always noted on my CV. Beyond it being a very impressive sounding degree to have under your belt for only another 12 months of study, the subjects themselves have contributed to many other facets of my life besides my career. Topics on creativity, critical thinking, ethics and community engagement were a huge source of inspiration while building my confidence to seize any opportunity that comes my way.
...employers are looking for their employees to be innovative, creative and use critical thinking...
Initially I enrolled in this degree in order to get credit for an international trip, however, the more I learnt, the more I realised how valuable this could be in the future for me.
More than ever, employers are looking for their employees to be innovative, creative and use critical thinking to apply themselves in the best possible way. I think that having demonstrated I can do this, will give me an edge over others when competing for jobs, but also when I am in a job, making the best difference I can.