Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Information Technology

Undergraduate degree

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).

Key facts

ATAR

Burwood:
65.65
Waurn Ponds:
NP?
Cloud:
NP?
Lowest selection rank

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2023 close 19 February 2023

Late VTAC entry closes 4 November 2022 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 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 not only negotiate but also 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 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, game 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.

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.

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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Course information

Award granted
Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Information Technology
Year

2023 course information

Deakin code
D310
CRICOS code?
107525D Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Level
Undergraduate
Approval status

The course is approved by the University pursuant to 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.

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. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point.

The course comprises a total of 32 credit points which must include:

  • AAI010 Academic Integrity (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • STP010 Career Tools for Employability (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • SIT010 Safety Induction Program (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • Bachelor of Arts units (16cp) comprising of either the Global Challenge sequence (3cp) or Employability sequence (3cp), and 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. 
  • Bachelor of Information Technology units (16cp) comprising 15 credit points of core units (SIT105, SIT124, SIT102, SIT103, SIT182, SIT112, SIT120, MIS201, SIT216, SIT223, SIT317, SIT328, SIT374, SIT378), plus 1 credit point from (SIT306, STP301) and a 1 credit point SIT coded elective unit. 

Course requirements for both A310 Bachelor of Arts and S326 Bachelor of Information Technology must be satisfied.

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

16

Arts units

16

Information Technology units

32

Total

The course comprises a total of 32 credit points which must include:

  • AAI010 Academic Integrity (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • STP010 Career Tools for Employability (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • SIT010 Safety Induction Program (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • Bachelor of Arts units (16cp) comprising of either the Global Challenge sequence (3cp) or Employability sequence (3cp), and 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. 
  • Bachelor of Information Technology units (16cp) comprising 15 credit points of core units (SIT105, SIT124, SIT102, SIT103, SIT182, SIT112, SIT120, MIS201, SIT216, SIT223, SIT317, SIT328, SIT374, SIT378), plus 1 credit point from (SIT306, STP301) and a 1 credit point SIT coded elective unit. 

Course requirements for both A310 Bachelor of Arts and S326 Bachelor of Information Technology must be satisfied.

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
  • 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

    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 classes, 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 the standard holiday breaks listed here: https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.

    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. Click here for more information.

    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

    Current or recent Year 12

    If you are currently studying Year 12 or completed Year 12 in the previous two years and have not attempted higher education or VET/Polytechnic study since, your selection is based on the following.

    VCE 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 consideration

    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 study

    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.

    VCE Senior Secondary prerequisite studies

    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

    If you wish for your professional, work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    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 study

    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 secondary education and subsequent academic records as part of its selection considerations.

    VCE Senior Secondary prerequisite studies

    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

    If you wish for your professional, work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    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.

    VCE Senior Secondary prerequisite studies

    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

    If you wish for your professional, work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    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 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 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 2022 students (PDF, 804.3KB) - 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

    Fee rate

    Estimated tuition fees - CSP: 2023 fees are currently unavailable due to a delay in the student contribution rates set 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

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    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for Trimester 1, 2023 are now open for current Year 12 students and applicants applying for more than one course. Ready to apply? Head to VTAC, create an account and log in to apply.

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Direct applications are open for applicants who are not currently in Year 12, including:

    Download the course flyer

    To learn more about what a Bachelor of Arts at Deakin has to offer, download our course flyer.

    Entry pathways

    Contact information

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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’ll be able 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

    Professional recognition

    Deakin’s Bachelor of Information Technology is professionally accredited with the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

    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