Bachelor of Information Systems / Bachelor of Arts

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Information Systems / Bachelor of Arts
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud (online)Yes
Duration4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin course codeD370

Please note: Students enrolled in this combined course will be required to undertake units of study at both Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Waterfront (Geelong).

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The capture, strategic use and associated technology of digital information in the business environment is known as the discipline of Information Systems (IS). This flexible combined degree gives you focused technical skills in IS, along with broad and well-rounded general knowledge in subject areas such as media, politics, journalism or languages.

IS focuses on the business side of technology. It looks at the way that businesses structure their systems of information and the various ways that people and organisations make use of technology to improve their businesses and the way they work.

The role of an IS professional concentrates on applying technology and strategic decision-making to the job of managing vast quantities of a business’s information. This course gives you the skills to analyse existing information systems, develop new systems and find solutions to common IS management issues.

In the arts stream you’ll get to choose from complementary areas of study such as media and communication, international studies, politics and policy, visual communication, journalism, public relations, languages or sociology. An arts degree is designed to help you explore subject areas that awaken your interests and passions, while broadening your knowledge of the world around you.

Combining IS and arts means you can position yourself as an IS professional within a wide range of arts-based industries. You’ll be in the unique position of understanding the special language spoken in both worlds – an attribute that will not only enhance your business relationships but is also highly regarded by employers.

IS graduates are in high demand globally, with one of the highest starting graduate salaries in Australia. An IS degree combined with an arts degree tailored to your interests leads to a wide range of satisfying and rewarding career opportunities.

Professional accreditation by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) means your IS degree is recognised in industry, resulting in better job outcomes.

Fees and charges

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. Please refer to the Pre 2016 Unit Fee Cost in the Unit Search.

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
$7,431Not applicable$25,000

The rates shown are based on 1 Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) or 8 credit points. If your study load for the year is less than or more than 1 EFTSL your fees will be adjusted accordingly. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can multiple the course price by the EFSTL value of all units you are enrolled in to determine the unit price.

* The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) course rates shown are indicative course fees. CSP fees are indicative because they are calculated based on your unit selection. They should be used as a guide only. The 2016 CSP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

Course rules

To complete the Bachelor of Information Systems/Bachelor of Arts students must attain a total of 32 credit points consisting of 16 credit points from the Faculty of Business and Law and 16 credit points from the Faculty of Arts and Education.  Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. Course requirements for both the Bachelor of Information Systems (M340) and the Bachelor of Arts (A300) must be satisfied. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake 2 trimesters each year.

The 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Information Systems include:-

  • 16 credit points of core units (excluding MWL312)
  • MCA010 Communication for Academic Studies (0 credit point unit)
  • MIS010 Academic Induction for the Bachelor of Information Systems (0 credit point unit)

The 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Arts include:-

  • at least 4 credit points at level 3
  • a major and minor sequence or two majors as described in the Bachelor of Arts (A300)

Course structure


To assist you in following the course rules:

Please see course entry for Bachelor of Information Systems (M340) and Bachelor of Arts (A300) to view the units to be completed.