ATARs and graduate employment rates in Creative Arts courses

As we continue to explore and challenge the relationship between ATAR scores and graduate employment outcomes, our latest analysis looks at courses in Creative Arts. It’s important for prospective students to look beyond low ATAR requirements and average national employment rates.

Creative Arts courses require some of the lowest ATAR scores of any field. This year, The Good Universities Guide calculated an average ATAR requirement of 72, with 12 courses having ATAR cut-offs below 55.

According to the national average, graduates from Creative Arts courses are also some of the least employed in the country. Three months after graduating, just 53% reported having full-time employment — the lowest employment figure of any field of study.

Ross White of Good Education Media says that while it’s common to link a course with a low ATAR to a comparatively poor graduate outcome, it’s important to explore further:

Students looking into Creative Arts courses need to look past national averages — dig a little deeper and you’ll find that many universities outperformed the national average for graduate employment. A low ATAR will often disguise other entry requirements, such as auditions and portfolios.

For example, Creative Arts graduates from Charles Sturt University recorded an average employment rate of 66.7% — that’s 13 points ahead of the national average. This is also higher than the national average for Science graduates (62%) and Psychology graduates (63%).

In fact, there are 13 Australian universities that outperformed the national average. Between them, these universities reflect a diverse range of graduate and employment opportunities.

Click here to access our analysis of ATARs for Creative Arts courses and be sure to check out The Good Universities Guide’s graduate employment ratings.

Salary and employment data have been sourced from pooled results of the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Graduate Outcomes Survey.

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