Bachelor of Arts

Deakin is launching a new Bachelor of Arts in 2023

Have the flexibility to explore meaningful ideas that are personalised to your interests and values and develop the critical skills to make the world better for all people.

Explore an array of subjects personalised to your interests and values

Learn from Deakin’s accomplished and practicing academics

Address global challenges and shape the future for the better

Make an impact in an ever-changing world

If you have an innate curiosity about the world around you and a desire to create meaningful change, then a Bachelor of Arts is the perfect place to begin your journey towards realising your purpose.

Feel empowered to explore a diverse range of majors and minors in a way that suits you – from Indigenous studies to web design, and animation to criminology – you can personalise your degree to topics that you care about. Graduate with the critical thinking, communication and leadership skills required to address current and emerging global challenges in a rapidly changing world.

Want to find your purpose and develop the critical skills to make the world better?

Deakin’s Bachelor of Arts allows you to explore meaningful ideas that matter to you, preparing you to make a positive impact on the world around you. Through exceptional learning experiences, you’ll develop nuanced perspectives about current social justice issues and learn the critical skills to imagine a better future for all people.

You'll respond to critical issues you care about, from the climate crisis to the scourge of fake news, as well as new and emerging challenges of the future. Sharpen your critical thinking and leadership skills so that you can address current and emerging global issues with the knowledge, passion and empathy required to truly drive meaningful change.

By studying humanities, social sciences and languages, you’ll better understand yourself, what you stand for and the world around you. Design your own learning and future career by combining specific majors and minors – from international relations and journalism to design thinking and performing arts, strategic advertising and history to sport journalism and web design.

As you nurture your passion, you’ll dive deep into your practice and be fully supported on your journey towards your future career. You’ll engage with the community and industry through individually tailored work placement and networking opportunities, allowing you to develop leadership skills and the entrepreneurial mindset to make your mark in a career you love.

From day one you’ll have the flexibility to study your way. Feel encouraged to fit your learning in with your busy life, whether you want to slow down or speed up your studies, combine courses or study on-campus or via our leading online learning platform.

Learn from leading academics and passionate practitioners who are engaged in industry and actively collaborating on key social issues. Our academics support your personal growth and will inspire you to push boundaries with your bold ideas. When you study at Deakin, you’ll join a vibrant community of curious and creative minds who are passionate about delving into ideas that matter.

You won’t just talk about ideas; you'll learn by doing and discover how to put them into action. Our hands-on experiential learning gives you the critical skills to make an impact and curate a future career you love.

Want to start studying in 2022?

If you're looking to start studying mid-year or in our summer intake, you can apply for our current Bachelor of Arts. Applications are now open.

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Tailor your degree to your passions

Explore a diverse range of over 30 majors and minors and personalise your degree to topics you care about. You’ll design your future career by combining subjects in unique ways, allowing you to focus on your passions while we prepare you with the critical skills of the future.

  • Animation*
  • Anthropology
  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Criminology
  • Design thinking*
  • Education
  • English – Children's literature
  • English – Creative writing
  • English – Literature
  • Film and television studies
  • Gender and sexuality studies
  • History
  • Indigenous studies*
  • Indonesian
  • International relations
  • Media and communication
  • Media studies
  • Middles East studies
  • Performing arts
  • Philosophy
  • Politics and policy studies
  • Public relations studies
  • Religious studies
  • Social media
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Sport and society*
  • Sport journalism
  • Strategic advertising
  • Visual arts and photography
  • Visual communication design
  • Web design*

*Minor only - A minor is made of 4 credit points from a discipline

Open all year. Experience your tomorrow.

Discover why 60,000+ students choose to study at Deakin. From in-person campus tours and expos, to online information sessions and live Q&As, you have year-round opportunities to experience all that Deakin has to offer.

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Design your future career

In an ever-changing complex world, society needs bright and agile minds to help us understand the human experience and impact our collective future for the better. Students who study humanities and social sciences are uniquely equipped to shed light on critical issues with nuance and sensitivity. The mastery of critical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills is needed for future leaders and is highly sought-after by employers across a vast spectrum of industries.

As a graduate of Deakin's Bachelor of Arts, you’ll have the skills, knowledge and professional networks to start your career anywhere in the world and thrive in a range of industries. Affect change in fields that matter, spanning environmental, social, political or creative realms.

You’ll curate your future career from day one, personalising your degree so that it fully aligns with your unique interests and values. Graduate ready to hit the ground running with the unique and competitive skill sets required for specific careers across a variety of sectors, including in fields like:

  • language and international relations
  • criminology, sociology and policy
  • culture and creative arts
  • education
  • government and NGOs
  • media, writing and communication.

At Deakin, you’ll feel supported as you shape your future career, whether you want to work in a specific sector or industry, an emerging job of the future or even create a dream career that might not yet exist – a world of opportunity awaits.

Explore our state-of-the-art facilities

How would you like to create rich media productions in an industry-standard newsroom? Or exhibit your artwork in exhibitions held at contemporary gallery spaces across Deakin's campuses? You'll have access to world-class facilities that give you the tools to turn your inspiration into creation. Practise your skills using the same equipment professionals use and simulate the same problems you'll be solving when you enter the workforce.

Just a few of our incredible facilities include:

  • Black Box Theatre
  • green screen and television studios
  • media resource centre
  • visual art studios and gallery spaces
  • virtual and augmented reality labs.

Course details

Course code



3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Where can I study?

Melbourne Burwood Campus, Geelong Waurn Ponds, Online

Get in touch

We’re here for you even before you’re here with us. Ask us your study questions about Deakin’s new Bachelor of Arts and get one-on-one support throughout your journey to university.

Call 1800 693 888