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Current Deakin Students
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Study a Bachelor of Arts at Deakin and open the door to a world of opportunity. You can tailor your degree to complement your interests and set yourself up to be flexible across the jobs of the future.
Are you ready to design your future?
Choose two or more areas of study from over 35 disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, communication and creative arts to build your future-focused degree.
You will develop specialist knowledge in your chosen disciplines and learn how to apply critical, creative and strategic thinking to real-world issues. This course equips you with transferable skills in communication, research, analysis and problem-solving, making you highly employable within a range of industries.
Learn from teaching staff that are active in their fields, and recognised as leading practitioners. You’ll learn in customised facilities, gaining hands-on experience relevant to your chosen disciplines.
Benefit from the many work placements we offer and you’ll graduate ready to take your studies beyond the classroom and into the real world. Advance your job-readiness and gain a competitive edge by studying abroad for a trimester, undertaking an international study tour, or completing an internship as part of your course.Read More
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:
- 2 major sequences of at least 8 credit points each;
- 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)
We offer 2 units that are specifically designed to help students with the transition to university study:
New students are encouraged to enrol in one or both of these units in their first year.
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 2 Major sequences, and up to 4 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.
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 Relations||Major and Minor||Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)|
|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), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)|
|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)|
2020 course information
1400514101 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400614101 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
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).
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can apply directly through the Institute of Koorie Education
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.
Ask a question about studying a at Deakin
Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements
Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library
Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on their performance in a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education 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. 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
Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the ComparED website.
Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).
You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.
Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2019 students (PDF, 746.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.
Recognition of prior learning
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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.
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 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.
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 to VTAC are now open for recent secondary education graduates, including current Year 12 students. Learn about the steps involved and how to complete your preference list for study in 2020.
Applications can be made directly to the University through the Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.
Institute of Koorie Education applicants must apply via the How to apply webpage. You’ll need to complete a declaration statement and application form. If your application is successful, you’ll then be invited to an interview.
For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.
Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.
View pathways into the Bachelor of Arts with our pathways finder.
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
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
Frequently asked questions
What are the key study start dates?
Browse all start and finish dates for Deakin’s main study periods. You’ll also find dates relating to applications and prospective student events, plus a list of all public holidays and study breaks.
How much does it cost to study at Deakin?
Your tuition fees will depend on the type of student you are, the course you study and the year you start. Fees are based on an annual amount; they don't cover the entire duration of the course.
Use our fee estimator to gauge what your fees could be per year.
Can I speak to someone in person about my study options?
Yes! We regularly host a range of events including 1:1 consultations and information sessions, to assist you with your study options and career planning. Check out our upcoming events or contact our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre on 1800 693 888 for more information.
Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?
Scholarships are available for domestic and international students at all study levels. Find a scholarship that works for you.
Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?
In some courses, you can reduce your overall study time and tuition cost by getting your work and previous study experience recognised as recognition of prior learning (RPL).
Why choose Deakin
Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.
The Bachelor of Arts builds valuable and transferable career skills, making you highly employable within many industries. The range of disciplines on offer also lets you follow your passion and develop the specialist skills to pursue the career you want.
You’ll be able to take your degree into a range of careers, including:
- community services
- criminal justice
- ethnic affairs
- Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums (GLAM) sector
- human rights
- performing and visual arts
- personnel and industrial relations
- policy development
- public relations
- social work
For more information go to DeakinTALENT
Depending on your specialisation, certain majors are accredited by relevant bodies.
If you choose public relations, you’ll study subjects accredited by the Public Relations Institute of Australia. Our design-related units are also recognised by the Design Institute of Australia.
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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