Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Information Technology

Undergraduate degree

Combine arts with information technology and graduate with diverse, in-demand skills that set you apart and boost your employability.

Burwood

71.05 ATAR lowest selection rank ?

Student access and equity

63 Deakin guaranteed ATAR ?

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4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Waurn Ponds

NP ATAR lowest selection rank ?

Student access and equity

60 Deakin guaranteed ATAR ?

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4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Online

NP ATAR lowest selection rank ?

Student access and equity

60 Deakin guaranteed ATAR ?

Check if you are eligible and how to apply

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Course overview

Want a career that is both rich in diverse experience and prepares you for the future? Deakin’s Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Information Technology allows you to have just that. This course equips you with the transferable skills needed to seamlessly move between the roles of the future, along with the technical knowledge and critical thinking skills to shape that future.

Combining arts with IT will see you graduate with a diverse, in-demand skillset that sets you apart in industry. You will develop specialist knowledge in your chosen arts disciplines ranging from history to social media and learn how to apply critical, creative and strategic thinking to real-world issues. In your IT studies, you will gain the skills and experience required to embark on a technology rich career, while also developing foundational knowledge and skills in areas such as cloud computing, application development or cyber security.

If you want to become a leader in the forefront of technology, why not graduate with a set of complementary skills that boost your employability?

The Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Information Technology is perfect for students interested in a broad range of areas related to the humanities, social sciences, communication, creative arts, languages, and information technology (IT).

In your arts degree, you will choose from a range of study areas in social sciences, humanities and the arts and complete a variety of industry-based learning opportunities.  You will feel empowered to explore a diverse range of majors and minors in a way that suits you – from sport journalism to web design, and animation to Indigenous studies – you can personalise your degree to topics that you care about. 

What is it about IT that interests you most? If you are interested in the communication of data, you might explore media studies, digital media or even a minor in design. If you are curious about human behaviour, you might choose sociology or criminology. If the state of the world is more your thing, you might look at international relations.

In your IT degree, you will build a strong foundation with core IT skills integral to a wide range of industries. You will also undertake a specialised capstone project, allowing you to develop solutions to real-world problems from industry and learn agile project management methods widely used across the industry.

Your arts degree means that you will graduate with the critical thinking, communication and leadership skills required to address current and emerging global challenges in a rapidly changing world. 

Our past students have worked on capstone projects such as:

  • medical: a mobile app that tracks pupil responses to light
  • real estate: a mobile app to track your notes about properties you view
  • transport: planning a bus trip with real-time data
  • gaming: children’s computer game to build their resilience
  • architecture: a virtual reality space to assess architecture student projects
  • security: voice-activated passwords
  • political: developing a secure online voting system
  • wellbeing: virtual reality experience focusing on altering moods
  • education: online student social network Study Buddy
  • security: threat and assessment toolkit for cyber security.
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Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 2 2024 close 23 June 2024

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

Award granted
Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Information Technology
Year

2024 course information

VTAC code
1400310701 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400510701 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400610701 - Online, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin code
D310
CRICOS code?
107525D Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Level
Undergraduate
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Information Technology, students must attain a total of 32 credit points consisting of 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Arts and 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Information Technology, which must include the following:

Bachelor of Arts studies

Students must complete 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Arts, including:

  • Either the Global Challenge sequence (3cp) or Employability sequence (3cp)
  • One major sequence (8 credit points) as described under course A310 Bachelor of Arts
  • The remaining credit point(s) may be used to undertake a Bachelor of Arts minor sequence or to take additional elective units chosen from the Bachelor of Arts.
  • A minimum of 4 credit points at level 3 of Arts coded units.
  • DAI001 Academic Integrity (0-credit point compulsory unit)

Bachelor of Information Technology studies

Students must complete 16 credit points from science course grouped units, including:

  • 12 credit points of core units (SIT102, SIT103, SIT111, SIT112, SIT120, SIT182, SIT216, SIT223, SIT224, SIT317, SIT328, MIS201)
  • 3 credit points of Information Technology Capstone
    • SIT374 Team Project (A) - Project Management and Practices, and SIT378 Team Project (B) - Execution and Delivery, and SIT306 IT Placements and Industry Experience OR
    • SIT344 Professional Practice (2 credit points), and one (1) open elective unit (1 credit point)
  • 1 credit point SIT coded elective unit.
  • STP010 Career Tools for Employability (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • SIT010 Safety Induction Program (0-credit point compulsory unit)

Note: Think of units as 'subjects', most units are equal to 1 credit point.

16

Bachelor of Arts credit points

16

Bachelor of Information Technology credit points

32

Total credit points

Bachelor of Arts units

Global Challenges sequence

  • Global Challenges and Personal Agency
  • Global Challenges and Innovation Strategies
  • Global Challenges and Collaborative Action
  • or

    Employability sequence

  • Your Future Direction
  • Plus 1 credit point from:

  • Leadership and Transformation
  • Communication and Persuasive Presentation
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • Expand Your Experience
  • Plus 1 credit point from:

  • Internship
  • Enhance Your Experience
  • Your Professional Story
  • Bachelor of Arts Majors and Minors

    Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.

    One (1) approved Arts major sequences of 8 credit points selected from A310 Bachelor of Arts Major/Minor listing, the remaining credit point(s) may be used to undertake a Bachelor of Arts minor sequence or to take additional elective units chosen from the Bachelor of Arts. A minimum of 4 credit points at level 3 of Arts coded units.

    *UX refers to User Experience

    Bachelor of Information Technology units

  • Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)
  • Career Tools for Employability (0 credit points)
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Computer Systems
  • Database Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
  • Introduction to Responsive Web Apps
  • Real World Practices for Cyber Security
  • Digital Business Analysis
  • Information Technology Systems and Innovation
  • User Centred Design
  • Professional Practice in Information Technology #
  • Information Technology Innovations and Entrepreneurship
  • Communicating Information Technology Projects
  • # Corequisite of DAI001 Academic Integrity Module (0-credit point compulsory module)

    Information Technology capstone units:

  • Team Project (A) - Project Management and Practices ^~ and
  • Team Project (B) - Execution and Delivery ^ and
  • IT Placements and Industry Experience ^+
  • OR

  • Professional Practice (2 credit points) ^+ and
  • One (1) SIT elective unit

    ^ offered in trimester 1, trimester 2, trimester 3

    + Students must have completed DAI001 Academic Integrity Module (0-credit point compulsory module) and SIT223 Professional Practice in IT.

    ~ Note: Students are recommended to undertake SIT374 and SIT378 in consecutive trimesters. Students should seek advice from the unit chair if they are unable to complete SIT374 and SIT378 consecutively.

    Students should consult their enrolment officer to ensure their course plan meets the course rules detailed above.

    Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Online

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Online

    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

    Delays in completing the placement [SIT306, STP301] could mean that the course will take longer to complete than the stated duration.

    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. Refer to the relevant unit guide.

    Workload

    Typically 150-hours of learning and assessment activities per Deakin credit point (as per AQF Explanation). You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include lectures, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Participation requirements

    Placement can occur at any time, including during standard holiday breaks. Learn about key dates at Deakin.

    Elective units may be selected that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. More information available at Disability support services.

    Work experience

    This course includes a compulsory work placement where you will be required to undertake a minimum of 100-hours in industry or a placement for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 12 weeks, providing professional work experience with an approved host organisation. Alternatively, high achieving students may have the opportunity to undertake an extended full-time paid industry-based learning placement between 6 – 12 weeks (conditions apply, please refer to deakin.edu.au/sebe/wil.)

    Elective units may also provide additional opportunities for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

    Entry requirements

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum academic and English language proficiency requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Academic requirements

    Current or recent secondary education

    If you’re currently studying Year 12, or completed Year 12 in the last two years, you will need to meet all the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    Year 12 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

    • Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with an unadjusted ATAR of at least 50 or equivalent

    Higher education

    If you have undertaken higher education studies after secondary schooling, you will need to meet all the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    • successful completion of at least two bachelor level or above units (AQF Level 7 or equivalent)

    Vocational education

    If you have undertaken any Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, you will need to meet at least one of following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    • completion of a certificate IV or higher in a related discipline
    • completion of a diploma or higher in any discipline
    • at least 50% completion of a diploma or higher in a related discipline

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago, or did not finish Year 12, and have not undertaken any further study, you may be considered for admission to this degree based on your work, volunteer and/or life experience.

    Submit a personal statement outlining your motivation to study, previous education and employment history, and how this course can assist your career aspirations or progression. Think of it as a job application cover letter – it should be relevant and demonstrate your commitment and interest in this course or study area.

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) English Units 3 and 4: Study score of 25 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or 20 in any other English
    • IELTS overall score of 6 (with no band score less than 6.0) or equivalent
    • other evidence of English language proficiency (learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements)

    Selection adjustments

    Subject adjustment

    A study score of 30 in Art, Dance, Drama, any English, any Humanities, any Information Technology, any LOTE, Media, any Music, any Mathematics, Studio Arts, Theatre Studies or Visual Communication Design 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 Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning. We're also committed to admissions transparency. Read about our first intake of 2024 students (PDF, 793KB) – their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Not sure if you can get into Deakin? Discover the different entry pathways we offer and study options available to you, no matter your ATAR or education history.

    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 - (CSP)?
    $11,414 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    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 on our Current students fees website.

    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

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    Careers

    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.

    IT is at the heart of innovation and productivity. It shapes the way we live, work, learn, communicate, socialise and entertain ourselves. It is no surprise then that IT graduates are in high demand globally. The Bachelor of Information Technology will equip you with the contemporary knowledge, skills and experience required to meet this demand and to develop a successful and satisfying career as an IT professional.

    As a graduate of Deakin’s Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Information Technology, you will be equipped for a broad range of careers. The specific types of opportunities available for graduates of this course will depend on the major sequences taken. For more detailed information on career outcomes for this combined course, see the entries for the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Information Technology.

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT.

    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.

    See course entry for A310 Bachelor of Arts and S326 Bachelor of Information Technology