Bachelor of Arts

Undergraduate degree

Open up a world of career options and study a Bachelor of Arts at Deakin. With your choice of various specialisations, start pursuing your passion today.

Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Duration

3 years full time

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

Deakin’s Bachelor of Arts offers a rich and diverse program of study in a broad range of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and creative arts.

A Bachelor of Arts encourages students to become informed and engaged thinkers and citizens. Throughout your studies you will have the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of the world around you. You will join our community of learners and engage creatively and confidently with new ideas.You will build expertise in at least two areas of study, which will give you the ability to think laterally and collaboratively, and you will gain essential skills in communication, research, analysis, and problem-solving and become an expert in critical, creative, and strategic thinking. It is this combination of knowledge and skills that will make you invaluable in the workplaces of the future.

All disciplines in Deakin’s Bachelor of Arts are taught through a combination of theoretical and applied learning, with many areas of study offering work placements. You also have the option to study abroad for a trimester, undertake an international study tour, or complete an internship as part of your course, allowing you to gain a competitive edge in your chosen career path.

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Arts, students must attain 24 credit points. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point.

The 24 credit points must include:

• two major sequences of at least 8 credit points each;
OR
• one major sequence of at least 8 credit points plus one minor sequence of at least 4 credit points

Remaining credit points may be used to undertake additional major or minor sequences, or to take electives.

Students must also ensure that they have met the following course rules to be eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts:
• a maximum of 10 credit points at level 1
• a minimum of 4 credit points at level 3
• a maximum of 8 credit points in units beyond the Bachelor of Arts
AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

Your selection of Major/s, Minor/s, and electives will enable you to design a unique Bachelor of Arts which best suits your needs.

Major: Your choice of major/s will develop your expertise in particular area/s of study. Each of our majors are carefully scaffolded to give you a comprehensive understanding of your chosen area of study. Within each major sequence, you will also have the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills that will prepare you for your future careers.
Minor: If you choose to undertake a minor you will develop additional knowledge in another area of study. Students will often choose minors that complement their major/s, or use them to discover and pursue their interests.
Electives: These are units that you may select which interest you or support your career development. By giving you as many as 12 electives to choose from, over the three levels, the Bachelor of Arts is all about you and your developing interests.

Consider your first year as a taster to find out what areas interest you most - choose your areas of interest and enrol in the level 1 units from at least two Major sequences, and up to four electives. After your first year, you will know the areas of study that interest you the most. By the time your start your second year, you will be ready to decide on which majors and/or minors you want to complete in your degree.

We offer two units that are specifically designed to help students with the transition to university study:

  • Introduction to University Study AIX160
  • Introduction to University Study, and
  • Professional Writing for Work AIX117
  • Professional Writing for Work.

    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.

    Area of Study Type of sequence Availability
    Advertising Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
    Anthropology Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    Arabic Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    Buddhist Studies Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    Children's Literature Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    Chinese Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    Creative Writing Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    Criminology Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    Design Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
    Digital Media Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    Drama Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne)
    Education Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
    Film, Television and Animation Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne)
    Gender and Sexuality Studies Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    Geography and Society Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    History Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    Indonesian Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    International Politics Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    International Relations Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online), Offered to Waurn Ponds (Geelong) enrolled students by combination of located learning and Cloud (online) modes.
    Islamic Studies Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong),  Cloud (online)
    Journalism Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    Language and Culture Studies Major Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    Literary Studies Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    Media Studies Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
    Middle East Studies Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    Philosophy Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    Photography Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
    Politics and Policy Studies Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online), Offered to Waurn Ponds (Geelong) enrolled students by combination of located learning and Cloud (online) modes.
    Professional Experience and Practice Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    Public Relations Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    Religious Studies Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    Sociology Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online), Offered to Waurn Ponds (Geelong) enrolled students by combination of located learning and Cloud (online) modes.
    Sport and Society Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    Spanish Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    Sustainability & Society Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
    Visual Arts Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)

     

    Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Arts
    Year
    2019 course information
    VTAC code
    1400314103 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
    1400514103 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
    Deakin code
    A300
    CRICOS code?
    012762C
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications 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).

    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.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table.

    Some courses may have additional entry requirements.

    Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

    Admission Requirements Specific Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on their performance in a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, 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

    IELTS / English language requirements Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies. It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

    Cloud studies

    Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.

    However, international students living in Australia on a student visa, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), must enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students may undertake a maximum of up to one third (or equivalent) of their study as Cloud (online) study. Please note enrolment in one face to face unit in compulsory study periods is only allowed if the student is completing their final unit of study and will not exceed maximum one third (or equivalent) online requirement.

    Credit for prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
    Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of 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

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    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

    Apply Through VTAC
    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page.  Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin
    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    PDF Application form - 306 KB


    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.


    Entry pathways

    Upon completing your Bachelor of Arts, you are eligible for entry into a range of  specialist Masters degrees which will provide opportunities for you to become a highly-skilled professional, capable of rapid career development. Students with a Bachelor of Arts may be eligible for credit in these degrees, giving you a headstart and allowing you to build on your undergraduate degree in areas such as: 

    The Humanities and Social Sciences - with Masters offered in Cultural Heritage, Development and Humanitarian Action, Humanitarian Assistance, International and Community Development, International Relations and Politics and Policy

    Communication and Creative Arts - with Masters offered in Communication, Creative Arts, and Writing and Literature

    Education - the Bachelor of Arts articulates into a postgraduate preservice teaching qualification through the Master of Applied Learning and Teaching and the Master of Teaching, which has options for teaching in Early Childhood, Primary, Secondary, also provides dual qualifications for Primary and Early Childhood or Primary and Secondary teaching.

    Further Education pathway options include Masters in Education, Education (Leadership and Management), Languages Teaching, Professional Practice (Digital Learning),  Specialist Inclusive Education, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

    Research pathways

    A Bachelor of Arts may also lead to a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours), or even a Higher Degree by Research.

    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.

    Why choose Deakin

    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.

    A Bachelor of Arts 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

     


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