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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.Read More
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).
- 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 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|
|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|
|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)|
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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.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.
Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.
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.
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.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
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 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
How to apply
Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC
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 Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.
Frequently asked questions
How do I apply?
We provide step-by-step guidance online to make applying to Deakin easy. And, with three study periods a year, the next intake is never far away. Learn more about the application process and entry requirements by visiting our How to apply page.
When do applications close?
Application deadlines depend on the course and trimester you’re applying for.
Find out the application open and close dates for your course by visiting our Key dates page.
Missed the application cut-off? The good news is Deakin has three study periods a year, which means the next intake is never far away.
How do fees work?
Fees are paid according to the units you study each trimester.
Don’t worry, you don’t need to pay your course fees upfront. There are different loans available depending on the type of student you are and the course you’re applying for.
For more information on fees, including payment assistance, and understanding what type of student you are, visit our Fees hub.
If we haven’t answered your question, our student enquiries team is ready to help.
Why choose Deakin
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.|
|Demonstrate highly developed skills in oral, written and electronic communication and the ability to communicate research outcomes, and produce scholarly papers.|
|Research, analyse, synthesise and disseminate information using a range of appropriate technologies and resources in a rapidly-changing global environment.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility and accountability for personal actions and a continued commitment to learning in personal, professional, and scholarly contexts.|
|Work and learn collaboratively with colleagues, other professionals and members of the wider community.|
|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.|
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