Current Deakin Students
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Stand out from the crowd with advanced skills and knowledge gained in Deakin's Bachelor of Arts – Advanced (Honours). You’ll develop high-level critical and systematic thinking skills in your area of interest and apply them through a supervised and supported independent project. You will also gain an imaginative appreciation of the social sciences, humanities and the arts, and skills relevant to employers at a global level.
Want to spend your days deeply immersed in a topic that you’re truly passionate about?
If you’re a high-achieving student, this course allows you to enrol immediately in a four-year honours degree that combines a Bachelor of Arts with an honours year. Learn to investigate, explore and inquire so you can pursue a diverse career, or continue your research through higher degree learning. Our Bachelor of Arts – Advanced (Honours) offers the opportunity to question and examine an area of particular interest to you, through a supervised research project with one of our professional academics. Hone your passion for your given subject and increase your awareness of cultural sensitivity and genuine reciprocity of values.
As a researcher, you’ll learn to think critically about how we find information, identify robust source material, and interpret and write about new ideas. You’ll gain skills relevant to a global market, applying new technology to established research methodology.
When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to apply for higher degrees by research and extend your new awareness through Deakin’s exceptional masters and doctorate programs.Read More
To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Arts (Years 1 to 3), 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.
- Academic Integrity AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
** 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
The Honours (4th year) requires the completion of 8 credit points of study from a discipline sequence below. Half of that requirement is met through coursework, which may include directed reading and/or enrolment in course work units, and half is satisfied through a research project (thesis or dissertation) of 14000-16000 words. There are no attendance requirements for Cloud (online) enrolled students, although regular consultation with an appointed thesis supervisor is required.
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.
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.
|Major and or Minor||Campus||Notes|
|Anthropology||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)|
|Criminology||Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)|
|History||Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)|
|International Relations||Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)|
|Literary Studies||Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online))||Warrnambool offering available to continuing students only|
|Middle East Studies||Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)|
|Philosophy||Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)|
|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)|
|Sociology||Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online)||Offered to Warrnambool enrolled students by a combination of located learning and Cloud (online) modes|
For alternative majors please refer to A300 Bachelor of Arts.
Refer to the details of each discipline for availability.
- The School of Communication and Creative Arts offers the following disciplines:
(i) The School of Communication and Creative Arts offers the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at Burwood (Melbourne) to all students, to Waurn Ponds (Geelong) students and Cloud (online) students subject to agreement with the Honours Co-ordinator.
(ii) For disciplines in the creative arts (Animation and Motion Capture, Dance, Drama, Film and Television, Media and Communication, Photography, Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design) please refer to A450 Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours)
(iii) For disciplines in communication (Journalism, Public Relations, Media and Communication) please refer to A451 Bachelor of Communication (Honours)
- The School of Humanities and Social Sciences offers the following disciplines:
(i) Anthropology, Australian Studies, Criminology, History, International Relations, Languages, Middle East Studies, Politics, Philosophy and Sociology are all offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Cloud (online).
2019 course information
1400510401 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400610401 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.
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
Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).
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.
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.
General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses can be found at International Students - Apply site (Step 3).
Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.
In order to be considered for admission to an honours degree, applicants must have completed the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree or equivalent, and have results that indicate they are capable of undertaking an honours program in their undergraduate major sequence.
Applicants are also advised to complete requirements and read further information which is found at the School of Communication and Creative Arts web page.
IELTS / English language requirements
Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.
It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.
Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.
However, international students living in Australia on a student visa, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), must enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students may undertake a maximum of up to one third (or equivalent) of their study as Cloud (online) study. Please note enrolment in one face to face unit in compulsory study periods is only allowed if the student is completing their final unit of study and will not exceed maximum one third (or equivalent) online requirement.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.
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 for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC
Frequently asked questions
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Why choose Deakin
As a Bachelor of Arts – Advanced (Honours) graduate, your skills will be in demand in a range of careers, including:
- NGO policy officer
- museum marketing manager
- art centre manager
- artist agent
- social policy developer
- arts editor
- philosophy teacher
- NGO adviser
- public servant
- records officer
- event operations manager
- gallery curator
- public relations manager
- media analyst.
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
Acquire coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in a Humanities or Social Science discipline including Creative and Professional Writing, Children’s Literature, Anthropology, Australian Studies, Criminology, History, Languages, International Relations, Literary Studies, Middle East Studies, Politics or Sociology.
Acquire advanced knowledge of research principles and methods.Apply this knowledge with initiative and judgement in planning and executing a piece of research and scholarship.
|Demonstrate advanced oral, written and electronic communication skills in the clear and coherent communication of research questions, design and outcomes to diverse audiences and in the production of scholarly papers.|
|Acquire advanced technical skills in the use of a range of digital technologies to research, analyse, synthesise and disseminate information and resources in a rapidly-changing global environment.|
|Employ intellectual independence and advanced theoretical knowledge and cognitive skills to critically analyse, evaluate and apply appropriate theories and methodologies in finding solutions to complex problems.|
|Apply advanced theoretical knowledge and cognitive and technical skills to review, analyse, identify and apply solutions to complex problems in the Humanities and Social Sciences.|
|Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility, well-developed judgement and adaptability in learning and professional contexts and accountability for personal actions and in undertaking research and in the communication of research outcomes.|
Work and learn collaboratively with colleagues, other professionals and members of the wider community.
Demonstrate an advanced understanding and awareness of ethical issues, cultural diversity, and social responsibility when engaging in scholarship and professional roles in the local, national or international community.
Approved by Faculty Board June 2016