Associate Degree of Arts



Get a pathway into your dream Deakin course by studying the Associate Degree of Arts. 

This course teaches you the learning skills you will need to be successful at university, such as communication skills, digital literacy, critical thinking, and teamwork skills. You will also study interesting units within Arts or Criminology (depending on which stream you choose).

Best of all, if you successfully complete this course, you are guaranteed entry into Deakin’s Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Criminology. You could also receive up to 16 credit points, reducing the number of units you need to study in your bachelor course – saving you time and money.

Another option after graduating from the Associate Degree of Arts is to apply to transition, with credit, into a range of other Bachelor degrees. These include Communications, Psychology, Health Science, Nursing, Commerce, Management or Science (including Marine Biology). You might also just take this Associate Degree as a stand-alone qualification. 


Students who successfully complete the A250 Associate Degree of Arts are guaranteed entry into A300 Bachelor of Arts (General stream students) or A329 Bachelor of Criminology (Criminology Stream students) and may receive up to 16 credit points of Credit for Prior Learning into these courses. 

Following successful completion of the Associate Degree of Arts, students may also apply to transition, with credit, into a selected range of other Bachelor degrees, including Communications, Psychology, Health Science, Nursing, Commerce, Management or Science (including Marine Biology). 

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2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    • Warrnambool
    • Cloud Campus*


Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

* Note: The 4 foundation units must be undertaken at a campus. Cloud (Online) enrolled students must travel weekly to one of Burwood, Waurn Ponds or Warrnambool to undertake these units.

Key information

Award granted

Associate Degree of Arts


2017 course information

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Entry requirements

This course is targeted at students who do not satisfy the usual university entry requirements: students who have completed Year 12 but have achieved an ATAR score which is insufficient to gain normal entry; students who have left school before year 12 and have been working for a number of years; students who have completed a VET qualification or program offered by TAFE or private provider; or students who are undertaking a training course at a TAFE.

There are no prerequisite studies for this course. However all applicants must submit a personal statement on application, detailing the motivation for wishing to undertake the course and any relevant volunteer or paid work experience that may support the statement

Course Structure

To qualify for the Associate Degree of Arts students will be required to complete 16 credit points of study, comprising:

  • 4 credit points of foundation units
  • 12 credit points of units taken from the General stream or the Criminology stream


Foundation units


General or Criminology units


Total units

Foundation units

  • Communication Skills for Study and Work EAD110
  • Digital Literacy: Finding, Evaluating and Interpreting Information EAD111
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Using Analysis to Develop Solutions EAD112
  • Teamwork: Working Constructively with Others EAD113
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    General stream

    Major Sequence areas to be chosen from the Bachelor of Arts (A300).   Please read the A300 course entry carefully for details of which major sequences are available at each campus location.

    2 units from a first major sequence at level 1

    2 units from a second major sequence at level 1

    2 units from a third major sequence at level 1

    2 electives at level 1

    2 units from first major sequence at level 2

    2 units from second major sequence at level 2

    Criminology stream

  • Introducing Crime and Criminology ACR101
  • Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice ACR102
  • Issues in Criminal Justice ACR201
  • Criminology Theory ACR202
  • Crime, Victims and Justice ACR203
  • Crime, Media and Justice ACR204
  • Plus 6 electives at level 1 (electives may be taken inside or outside the Faculty of Arts and Education)

    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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    Course pathways

    Tap the infographic to explore your options

    Through a DLC: Some courses are only available for first year and students must transfer to online or campus based study.
    Through Deakin College and TAFE: Completion of diploma and minimum academic requirements apply to enter Deakin University.
    Through Deakin: Transfers within Deakin are subject to availability and meeting minimum academic requirements.

    Faculty contact information

    Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

    Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    Tel 03 5227 1359

    Burwood (Melbourne) 
    Tel 03 9246 8100

    Tel 03 5563 3489 

    Cloud (online) 
    Tel 03 5227 1359  

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Offered campuses


    Just 30 minutes from the city centre, the Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin's thriving metropolitan campus.

    Geelong Waurn Ponds

    Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus is located on the western edge of Geelong, boasting expansive landscaped grounds.


    Three-hours from Melbourne, our Warrnambool Campus is set on the banks of the picturesque Hopkins River, close to local surf beaches.

    Study online at Cloud Campus

    Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

    Learn more about studying online and the Cloud Campus

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