Bachelor of Arts

Undergraduate degree

Open up a world of career options by studying a Bachelor of Arts. With various specialisations and work placements, you can pursue your passion at Deakin.

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Key facts

ATAR

Burwood:
60.10
Waurn Ponds:
60.80
Cloud:
69.60
Lowest selection rank

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

A Deakin Bachelor of Arts degree offers enormous flexibility in the study of a broad range of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and the creative arts. It allows you to keep your career options open and design your course around your interests and for maximum employability.

All arts major sequences are taught as a combination of practical and theoretical learning, with many areas of study offering work placements.

One-third of the course may be taken from outside the Faculty of Arts and Education and you may take single, double, or even triple majors, providing numerous course combinations.

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Course structure

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Arts, students must complete 24 credit points as follows: 

  • two major sequences of at least 8 credit points each. Majors must comprise 2 credit points at level 1 and a minimum of 2 credit points at level 3 (unless otherwise stated).

Or

  • one major of at least 8 credit points and one minor of at least 4 credit points consisting of a minimum of 1 credit point at level one and no more than 1 credit point at level 3 **

Plus

  • No more than 10 credit points of units at level 1
  • A minimum of 4 credit points at level 3.
  • Up to a maximum of 8 credit points may be taken from outside the Arts course grouped units.
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

** Students completing minors in Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian and Spanish are permitted to complete 4 cp across any 2 levels, i.e. students may complete 2 credit points at level 2 and 2 credit points at level 3

The Faculty offers two units AIX160 Introduction to University Study and AIX117 Professional Writing for Work, that are specifically designed to ease the transition into university study. New students are encouraged to enrol in one or both of these units in their first year.

Major Sequences

All students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts are required to complete at least one of the Arts major sequences listed below.

Not all major sequences are available via Campus study at Warrnambool. Students undertaking units in major sequences that are not available in Campus mode at their home campus may enrol in Cloud (online) offerings of those units.

Major and or Minor Campus Notes
Advertising Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)  
Anthropology Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)  
Arabic Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)  
Buddhist Studies Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) Minor study only
Children's Literature Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)  
Chinese Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)  
Creative Writing Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)  
Criminology Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)  
Design Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong) Minor study only
Digital Media Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) Minor study only
Drama Burwood (Melbourne)  
Education Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)  
Film, Television and Animation Burwood (Melbourne)

 

Gender and Sexuality Studies Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)  
Geography and Society Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)  
History Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)  
Indonesian Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)  
International Politics Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)  
International Relations Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online) Offered to Waurn Ponds (Geelong) enrolled students by combination of located learning and Cloud (online) modes.
Islamic Studies Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong),  Cloud (online) Minor study only
Journalism Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)  
Language and Culture Studies Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)

Major study only. Chinese major not available in Cloud (online) mode

Literary Studies Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)  
Media Studies Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)  
Middle East Studies Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)  
Philosophy Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)  
Photography Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)  
Politics and Policy Studies Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online) Offered to Waurn Ponds (Geelong) enrolled students by combination of located learning and Cloud (online) modes.
Professional Experience and Practice Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong) Minor study only
Public Relations Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)  
Religious Studies Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)  
Sociology Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online) Offered to Waurn Ponds (Geelong) enrolled students by combination of located learning and Cloud (online) modes.
Sport and Society Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) Minor study only
Spanish Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)  
Sustainability & Society Burwood (Melbourne) Minor study only
Visual Arts Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)  

 

Key information

Award granted
Bachelor of Arts
Year
2019 course information
VTAC code
1400314101 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514101 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400614101 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin code
A300
CRICOS code?
012762C
Level
Undergraduate
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 7.

Campuses by intake

Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

Trimester 1 - March

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

Trimester 2 - July

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 3 - November

  • Start date: November
  • 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

Additional course information

Course duration - additional information

Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

Mandatory student checks

Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

Participation requirements

Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

Work experience

Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

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Entry requirements

Entry information

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on their performance in a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or its equivalent, with pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 20 in English other than EAL. Applicants will be selected in accordance with the published Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for that year.

Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au

Entry for applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life or work experience will be based on their performance in:

  • a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR
  • a Diploma in any discipline, or 50% completion of a Diploma in a related discipline OR
  • successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units OR
  • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent for example relevant work or life experience

To learn more about our Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy please visit the Deakin Policy Library

Helpful information

Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.

Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).

You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2018 students (PDF, 783.5KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

Fees and scholarships

Fee information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
Not applicable
Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
$6,842 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Learn more about fees.

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

Graduate outcomes

Career outcomes

The Bachelor of Arts develops important and transferable career skills, making you highly employable within a wide range of industries. The broad range of disciplines also allows you to follow your passions and study new and exciting areas, which engenders a lifelong love of learning, highly valued by employers.

An arts degree provides skills for a wide range of careers. Graduates may find careers in international relations, journalism, advertising, media, photography, multimedia, publishing, public relations, marketing, personnel and industrial relations, government, policy development, research, business, finance, community services, ethnic affairs, social work, education, policing, and performing and visual arts.

For more information go to DeakinTALENT

Course learning outcomes

Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge in the Arts disciplines, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines or areas of practice.

Communication

Demonstrate highly developed skills in oral, written and electronic communication and the ability to communicate research outcomes, and produce scholarly papers. 

Digital literacy

Research, analyse, synthesise and disseminate information using a range of appropriate technologies and resources in a rapidly-changing global environment. 

Critical thinking

Use critical and analytical thinking and judgment in selecting and applying appropriate theories and methodologies to evaluate information and knowledge about society, culture and the arts. 

Problem solving

Apply cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex problems in the Humanities, Social Sciences and the Creative Arts, including cross-disciplinary approaches. 

Self-management

Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility and accountability for personal actions and a continued commitment to learning in personal, professional, and scholarly contexts. 

Teamwork

Work and learn collaboratively with colleagues, other professionals and members of the wider community. 

Global citizenship

Demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues, cultural diversity, and social responsibility when engaging in scholarship and professional roles in the local, national or international community. 

Approved by Faculty Board

 

Application information

How to apply

Apply through VTAC
If you studied Year 12 in 2018 or you're applying for more than one course offered through VTAC, your application must be made via VTAC.
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Apply direct to Deakin

Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal if you're only applying for one course.

Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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Institute of Koorie Education

Institute of Koorie Education applicants must apply via the How to apply webpage. You’ll need to complete a declaration statement and application form. If your application is successful, you’ll then be invited to an interview.

Apply through IKE
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For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.

How to apply


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Entry pathways

Course pathways to obtain Bachelor’s degree include: 1. Through Deakin – start the same course at a difference campus or start a related course then meet the requirements and apply to transfer, or complete and associate degree then apply for your coal course; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe or a private provider (RTOS)  – Complete one-year diploma, then apply for recognition of prior learning and your Deakin course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning

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Disclaimers:
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.

Credit for prior learning

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

Faculty contact information

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Tel 03 5227 1359
artsed@deakin.edu.au

Burwood (Melbourne)
Tel 03 9246 8100
artsed@deakin.edu.au

Cloud (online)
Tel 03 5227 1359
artsed@deakin.edu.au  

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