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. 

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Key facts


2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    • 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).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can apply directly through the Institute of Koorie Education

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

Key information

Award granted

Associate Degree of Arts


2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

Not applicable

Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)

$6,626 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Learn more about fees.

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Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 6.

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 learning outcomes


Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

- Generic

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Acquire broad theoretical knowledge of and academic skills in the Arts, with some depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines or areas of practice in the Humanities, Social Sciences and/or the Creative Arts.

Develop cognitive, technical and creative skills to understand discipline specific language in the Arts and apply this knowledge in employment contexts or for further studies.


Acquire skills in oral, written and electronic communication and the ability to use these skills to coherently present knowledge and ideas in a range or contexts. 

Digital literacy

Research, analyse and communicate information in using knowledge of, and technical skills in a range of digital technologies. 

Critical thinking

Use cognitive skills to identify analyse and critically evaluate information through the application of principles, concepts and techniques in one or more disciplines or areas of practice in the Humanities, Social Sciences and/or the Creative Arts. 

Problem solving

Apply cognitive, technical and analytical skills and knowledge of principles and concepts in the Arts to investigate and transmit responses to sometimes complex problems in the Humanities, Social Sciences and/or the Creative Arts. 


Act with autonomy, responsibility and accountability in learning and working independently and in collaboration with others in professional, and scholarly contexts. 


Work and learn collaboratively with others and as a member of a team. 

Global citizenship

Understand and appreciate international perspectives in a global environment and act with awareness of ethics, cultural diversity and social responsibility in academic and work environments. 

Approved by Faculty Board 2014


Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

- Criminology Stream

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Review and analyse major social science theories and key criminological concepts, theories and technical knowledge relating to crime and criminal justice issues, including the causes and consequences of crime, ways of responding to crime, and core debates in policing and security as well as broader issues of policy and politics, inclusion and exclusion, governing and governance, security, social justice, citizenship and human rights. 


Effectively communicate the findings and analyses of criminological concepts, theories and technical knowledge, in a selection of written, digital and oral formats, to a range of audiences. 

Digital literacy

Employ a range of generic and specialist criminal justice-specific digital communication technologies to apply criminological knowledge, conduct research and deliver reports and presentations to a diverse range of audiences. 

Critical thinking

Analyse and critically evaluate theoretical approaches to crime problems and current policies and practices of governments and criminal justice practitioners and professions. 

Problem solving

Employ initiative and creativity in conjunction with accepted evidence-based criminological methods to identify solutions to sometimes complex problems in criminology. 


Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility, accountability and a continued commitment to learning and skills development in the criminological field. 


Work and learn collaboratively with others in the criminology field and from different disciplines and backgrounds while still maintaining responsibility for their own learning. 

Global citizenship

Analyse and address criminological issues in the domestic and global context taking into consideration cultural and socio-economic diversity, social and environmental responsibility and the application of the highest ethical standards. 

Approved by Faculty Board 2014


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

    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). 

    Faculty contact information

    Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

    Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    Tel 03 5227 1359

    Burwood (Melbourne) 
    Tel 03 9246 8100

    Cloud (online) 
    Tel 03 5227 1359  

    Fee information

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    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.

    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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