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High performing students will be attracted to Deakin’s Bachelor of Arts - Advanced (Honours) as it allows them to enrol immediately in a four-year Honours degree.
The Bachelor of Arts – Advanced (Honours) provides an advanced level of knowledge in a particular disciplinary area. It gives students the opportunity to develop and apply skills of critical and systematic thinking; an imaginative understanding of and appreciation for the theory and practice of the social sciences, the humanities, and the arts; enhanced cultural sensitivity and understanding through genuine reciprocity of values; skills and knowledge relevant to employment in an international workforce; and familiarity with the use and importance of technology in learning and employment. Completion of Honours denotes that a student can undertake an independent research of quality, and for some, it can be the start of further study such as PhD.Read More
To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Arts (Years 1 to 3), 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).
- 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 **
- 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 Honours (4th year) requires the completion of 8 credit points of study from a discipline sequence below. Half of that requirement is met through coursework, which may include directed reading and/or enrolment in course work units, and half is satisfied through a research project (thesis or dissertation) of 14000/16000 words. There are no attendance requirements for Cloud (online) enrolled students, although regular consultation with an appointed thesis supervisor is required.
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.
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|
|Anthropology||Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)|
|Australian Studies||Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online)|
|Children's Literature||Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online)|
|Criminology||Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)|
|History||Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)|
|International Relations||Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)|
|Literary Studies||Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online))||Warrnambool offering available to continuing students only|
|Middle East Studies||Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)|
|Philosophy||Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)|
|Politics and Policy Studies||Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online)||Offered to Warrnambool enrolled students by a combination of located learning and Cloud (online) modes|
|Professional and Creative Writing||Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)|
|Sociology||Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online)||Offered to Warrnambool enrolled students by a combination of located learning and Cloud (online) modes|
For alternative majors please refer to A300 Bachelor of Arts.
Refer to the details of each discipline for availability.
- The School of Communication and Creative Arts offers the following disciplines:
(i) The School of Communication and Creative Arts offers the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at Burwood (Melbourne) to all students, to Waurn Ponds (Geelong) students and Cloud (online) students subject to agreement with the Honours Co-ordinator.
(ii) For disciplines in the creative arts (Animation and Motion Capture, Dance, Drama, Film and Television, Media and Communication, Photography, Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design) please refer to A450 Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours)
(iii) For disciplines in communication (Journalism, Public Relations, Media and Communication) please refer to A451 Bachelor of Communication (Honours)
- The School of Humanities and Social Sciences offers the following disciplines:
(i) Anthropology, Australian Studies, Criminology, History, International Relations, Languages, Middle East Studies, Politics, Philosophy and Sociology are all offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Cloud (online).
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.
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
Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).
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.
Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.
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 school leavers will be based on a minimum Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 80 or equivalent in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) 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.
Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au
Entry for non-school leavers will be based on achieving an equivalent standard of achievement of an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 80 in:
- a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR
- a Diploma in any 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 including relevant work or life experience
NOTE: Following successful completion of the first 3 levels of the course, students with a WAM (Weighted Average Mark) above 65 may progress to the honours level. A WAM of less than 65 results in an alternative exit from A401 with award A300 Bachelor of Arts.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.
Fees and scholarships
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.
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
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
Acquire coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in a Humanities or Social Science discipline including Creative and Professional Writing, Children’s Literature, Anthropology, Australian Studies, Criminology, History, Languages, International Relations, Literary Studies, Middle East Studies, Politics or Sociology.
Acquire advanced knowledge of research principles and methods.Apply this knowledge with initiative and judgement in planning and executing a piece of research and scholarship.
|Demonstrate advanced oral, written and electronic communication skills in the clear and coherent communication of research questions, design and outcomes to diverse audiences and in the production of scholarly papers.|
|Acquire advanced technical skills in the use of a range of digital technologies to research, analyse, synthesise and disseminate information and resources in a rapidly-changing global environment.|
|Employ intellectual independence and advanced theoretical knowledge and cognitive skills to critically analyse, evaluate and apply appropriate theories and methodologies in finding solutions to complex problems.|
|Apply advanced theoretical knowledge and cognitive and technical skills to review, analyse, identify and apply solutions to complex problems in the Humanities and Social Sciences.|
|Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility, well-developed judgement and adaptability in learning and professional contexts and accountability for personal actions and in undertaking research and in the communication of research outcomes.|
Work and learn collaboratively with colleagues, other professionals and members of the wider community.
Demonstrate an advanced understanding and 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 June 2016
How to apply
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