Bachelor of Arts

Undergraduate degree

Open up a world of career options by studying a Bachelor of Arts. With various specialisations and work placements, you can pursue your passion at Deakin.

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Key facts

ATAR

Burwood:
60.05
Waurn Ponds:
56.4
Cloud:
56.4
Lowest selection rank

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 3 2020 close 1 November 2020
Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2021 close 21 February 2021
Timely VTAC entry closes 30 September 2020 at 5pm. View other VTAC dates

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

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, creative arts and languages 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 who are active in their fields, and recognised as leading practitioners. You’ll learn in customised facilities and digital spaces, 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.

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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 either:

OR

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 6 credit points at level 3
  • a maximum of 8 credit points in 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 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.

We offer 2 units that are specifically designed to help students with the transition to university study:

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

    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)
    Dance Minor Burwood (Melbourne)
    Design Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
    Digital Media Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    Drama Minor Burwood (Melbourne)
    Education Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
    Film, Television and Animation 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)

     

    Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Arts
    Year

    2021 course information

    VTAC code
    1400314101 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400514101 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400614101 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    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).

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can apply directly through the NIKERI Institute.

    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

    Students have the opportunity to undertake preparation for work units and/or internship units as electives in this course.

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    Entry requirements

    Current or recent Year 12

    If you are currently studying Year 12 in 2020 or completed Year 12 in 2018 or 2019 and have not attempted higher education or VET study since, your selection is based on the following.

    Prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.

    ATAR

    This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Higher education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of higher education after secondary schooling, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish their work and volunteer/other experience to be considered as part of their application for entry are required to submit a personal statement with details of their work and volunteer/other experience, motivation to study and any other factors relevant to their application for the course. Learn more about the personal statement.

    STAT Multiple Choice

    Applicants who wish to use a general aptitude test for consideration for entry must complete the STAT (Multiple Choice). Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    VET education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study. 

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish their work and volunteer/other experience to be considered as part of their application for entry are required to submit a personal statement with details of their work and volunteer/other experience, motivation to study and any other factors relevant to their application for the course. Learn more about the personal statement.

    STAT Multiple Choice

    Applicants who wish to use a general aptitude test for consideration for entry must complete the STAT (Multiple Choice). Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago or did not finish Year 12, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish their work and volunteer/other experience to be considered as part of their application for entry are required to submit a personal statement with details of their work and volunteer/other experience, motivation to study and any other factors relevant to their application for the course. Learn more about the personal statement.

    STAT Multiple Choice

    Applicants who wish to use a general aptitude test for consideration for entry must complete the STAT (Multiple Choice). Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Selection adjustments

    Subject adjustment

    A study score of 30 in Art, Dance, Drama, any English, any Humanities, any LOTE or Studio Arts equals 2 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.

    Access and equity

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you’re from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

    Admissions information

    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.

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enables Deakin to consider disadvantageous circumstances you may have experienced and their impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you're from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements.

    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 2020 students (PDF, 581.6KB) - 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

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    The estimated tuition fee for this course is not currently available due to pending Government legislation.
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    The estimated tuition fee for this course is not currently available due to pending Government legislation.
    Learn more about fees.

    The estimated tuition fee for Commonwealth supported places (CSP) is not currently available due to the Job-ready Graduates Package – higher education reforms recently announced by the Australian Government.

    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.

    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

    Apply now

    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    VTAC applications are now open for:

    • current Year 12 students
    • recent Year 12 student who completed secondary education in the past two years.

    Apply to VTAC after reading the course entry requirements, or learn more about the application process.

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Direct applications are now open for:

    • applicants with work and life experience, who left secondary education more than two years ago
    • applicants with TAFE experience
    • applicants with higher education experience.
    • Apply to Deakin after reading the course entry requirements, or learn more about the application process.

      Please note: If you’re applying for more than one course, you need to apply to VTAC.

    NIKERI Institute

    NIKERI Institute 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.

    Entry pathways

    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

    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), Bachelor of Communication (Honours) or even a Higher Degree by Research.

    Early Exit Option

    Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts are able to exit early through the Diploma of Arts (A215). The Diploma of Arts recognises the foundational knowledge and skills in a broad range of study areas in the humanities, social sciences, creative arts, communications and languages. It provides a basic for pursuing further pathways into future undergraduate university studies.

    To be eligible to exit with a Diploma of Arts, students must have completed and passed 8 credit points, including a minimum of 6 credit points at level 1 from the Bachelor of Arts. 

    Contact information

    Prospective Student Enquiry Centre

    1800 693 888

    myfuture@deakin.edu.au

    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.

    Build your own journey with our most flexible degree

    Graduate job ready through work placements

    Choose your arts specialisation from over 35 study areas

    Top 1% for arts and humanities worldwide**

    Career outcomes

    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:

    • Administration
    • Advertising
    • Business
    • Communication
    • Community services
    • Criminal justice
    • Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums (GLAM)
    • Government
    • Human rights
    • Journalism
    • Media
    • Not-for-profits
    • Performing and visual arts
    • Photography
    • Policing
    • Policy development
    • Politics
    • Public relations
    • Publishing
    • Research
    • Tourism

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT

    Professional recognition

    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.

    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. 

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    **QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019

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