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).

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Key facts

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

Want a career that is both rich in diverse experience and future-proofed? Deakin’s Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Information Technology allows you to have just that. The course equips you with the transferable skills needed to seamlessly move between the roles of the future, and at the same time equips you with the technical knowledge and 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’ll 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're aspiring 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’ll choose from a range of study areas in social sciences, humanities and the arts and complete a range 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’re into 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 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: developed 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 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.

Course requirements for both A300 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 two major sequences (8 credit points each) or one major sequence (8 credit points) and one minor sequence (4 credit points) as described under course A300 Bachelor of Arts, the remaining 4 credit points may be used to undertake an additional minor sequence, or to take electives chosen from the Bachelor of Arts). A minimum of 4 credit points at level 3 is required.
  • 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 A300 Bachelor of Arts and S326 Bachelor of Information Technology must be satisfied.

Key information

Award granted
Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Information Technology
Year

2021 course information

VTAC code
1400310701 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400510701 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin code
D310
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.

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 (online)

Trimester 2 - July

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

Note: New course commencing 2021

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 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 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 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

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.

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 secondary education and subsequent academic records 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

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.

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

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.

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. A study score of 30 in any English, any Information Technology or any Mathematics 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

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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.

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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How to apply

Apply through VTAC

VTAC applications are now open for:

  • current Year 12 students.

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:

  • recent Year 12 students who completed secondary education in the past two years
  • applicants with work and life experience
  • applicants with TAFE experience
  • applicants with higher education experience.
  • Please note: If you’re applying for more than one course, you need to apply through VTAC.

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

Entry pathways

The Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Information Technology will provide pathways into postgraduate qualifications, including Honours, postgraduate coursework and HDR programs.

Alternative exits

Contact information

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
School of Information Technology
deakin.edu.au/information-technology

Faculty of Arts and Education
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
deakin.edu.au/humanities-social-sciences

Prospective student enquiries
Are you looking to apply for this course or would like further information?
Call 1800 693 888 or email us at myfuture@deakin.edu.au
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Why choose Deakin

Career outcomes

This degree will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed for the jobs of the future.

Are you ready to design your future? 

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.

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.

Want a diverse career at the forefront of new technology?

The information technology industry is central to the way we work, learn, play, communicate and socialise. Build a strong foundation with core IT skills you can apply to multiple industries and technologies anywhere in the world. Through Deakin’s Bachelor of Information Technology you'll gain the essential skills and experience required to embark on a career in IT.

This course will give you the opportunity to explore and experiment in areas like programming, networking, entrepreneurship and user-centred design. You’ll undertake a specialised capstone project and access co-working spaces, that enable you to collaborate with like-minded peers and kickstart your own professional network.

The course offers you a range of industry-based learning opportunities, including an IT placement unit that gives you a minimum of 100 hours of hands-on experience in industry. This practical experience enhances your future employment prospects, adding experience to your resume and developing your professional networks before graduation.

As an IT student, you will undertake two capstone units that allow you to develop solutions to real-world problems from industry and learn agile project management methods widely used across industry.

Why combine an Arts and IT degree?

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 in government and non-government organisations. IT is at the heart of innovation and productivity. It shapes the way we live, work, learn, communicate, socialise and entertain ourselves. It’s no surprise then that IT graduates are in high demand globally. Information Technology gives you the contemporary knowledge, skills and experience required for a successful and satisfying career as an IT professional.

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 A300 Bachelor of Arts and S326 Bachelor of Information Technology