Bachelor of Arts

Course summary for local students



Award granted Bachelor of Arts
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool
Cloud (online)Yes
Length3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016$6,556 - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016Not applicable
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Tel 03 5227 1359

Burwood (Melbourne)
Tel 03 9246 8100

Tel 03 5563 3489

Cloud (online)
Tel 03 5227 1359  

VTAC Codes1400314101 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514101 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400614101 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400714101 - Warrnambool, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
CRICOS course code012762C
Deakin course code A300

New course version from 2016

Applications for Trimester 3 2015 are advised to view A300 Bachelor of Arts for course details.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

A Deakin Bachelor of Arts degree offers enormous flexibility, allowing 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.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Under the present legislation, a Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute part of their course costs. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.

Full-fee paying (FFP)
A full-fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places contribute the full cost of their course.

Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

Fee information for all domestic students
The current Federal Government has proposed a number of major reforms for the higher education sector (see the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014), including fee deregulation in respect of domestic student fees. This legislation may be reintroduced to the parliament in the latter half of 2015 and if passed, will impact on the CSP and FFP course fees applicable in 2016.

* Therefore, the indicative annual course fee shown is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The 2016 CSP and FFP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search. Should a change in Government policy affect the cost of units offered, the website will be updated as soon as possible.

The fees per unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This information is provided as a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email au"> au for more information about 2016 fees.

Fee payment assistance
Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or FFP, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

Career opportunities

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, 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.

Course rules

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.

** 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

Transition to University Study

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

Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.

Major Campus Notes
Animation Burwood (Melbourne)  
Anthropology Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)  
Arabic 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)  
Chinese Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)  
Criminology Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)  
Dance Burwood (Melbourne)  
Drama Burwood (Melbourne)  
Education Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)  
Film and Television Burwood (Melbourne)  
Gender Studies Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) Minor study only
Geography Burwood (Melbourne) Minor study only
History Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)  
Indonesian Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)  
International Relations Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)  
Journalism Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online)  
Language and Culture Studies Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) Chinese major not available in Cloud (online) mode.
Literary Studies Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) Warrnambool campus offering available to continuing students only.
Media Studies Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)  
Middle East Studies Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)  
Motion Capture Burwood (Melbourne) Minor study only
Philosophy Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)  
Photography Burwood (Melbourne)  
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)  
Public Relations Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online)  
Sociology Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) Offered to Warrnambool enrolled students by a 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)  
Studies of Religions Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)  
Sustainability and Society Burwood (Melbourne) Minor study only
Visual Arts Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)  
Visual Communication Design Burwood (Melbourne)  

Entry requirements - general

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.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

Applicants should have successfully completed VCE, or equivalent, including Units 3 and 4–a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL.

The Faculty offers alternative entry options for mature age and other special categories of applicants.  Information about these is available in the VTAC guide and on the Deakin University’s website at

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

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 (external site).

Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 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.