Bachelor of Arts

Undergraduate degree

Open up a world of career options and study a Bachelor of Arts at Deakin. With your choice of various specialisations, start pursuing your passion today.

Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent


3 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

Study a Bachelor of Arts at Deakin and open the door to a world of opportunity. You can tailor your degree to your interests and set yourself up to be flexible across the jobs of the future. 

This versatile degree lets you focus on your passions by choosing specialisations called majors and minors. But you don’t need to make your choice right away. Get a taste for different study areas first so you can choose your specialisations with total confidence. You can pick from journalism, education, criminology, politics, international relations and much more – with over 35 options you’re sure to find more than one specialisation that inspires your curiosity. 

The added benefit of an arts degree at Deakin is the transferable skills you build through experiential learning. Learn to work in teams on industry placement, develop critical analysis through work-integrated learning, and build valuable life skills through international experiences. 

Are you ready to create the future you want? 

Build a unique degree that’s designed just for you by choosing two or more areas of study from over 35 disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, communication and creative arts.

You’ll develop specialist knowledge in your chosen disciplines and learn how to apply critical, creative and strategic thinking to solve 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.

Looking to become a teacher? You can use the Bachelor of Arts as a stepping stone into your preferred teaching degree*. The education major equips you with the foundational skills required to gain a strong understanding of education and teaching across a broad range of contexts. Learn about educating children, young people and adults and work towards pursuing further studies through one of Deakin’s accredited postgraduate teaching degrees.

Learn from teaching staff that are active in their fields and recognised as leading practitioners. You’ll learn in purpose-built facilities, 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 undertaking a study tour, internationally focused internship in Australia or overseas, language study, or longer study abroad exchange experience.

*Subject to meeting the entry requirements of your preferred initial teacher education degree.

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Arts, students must attain 24 credit points. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point.

The 24 credit points must include either:


Remaining credit points may be used to undertake additional major or minor sequences, or to take electives.

Students must also ensure that they have met the following course rules to be eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts:

  • a maximum of 10 credit points at level 1
  • a minimum of 6 credit points at level 3
  • a maximum of 8 credit points in beyond the Bachelor of Arts
  • AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

Your selection of Major/s, Minor/s, and electives will enable you to design a unique Bachelor of Arts which best suits your needs.

  • Major: Your choice of major/s will develop your expertise in particular area/s of study. Each of our majors are carefully scaffolded to give you a comprehensive understanding of your chosen area of study. Within each major sequence, you will also have the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills that will prepare you for your future careers.
  • Minor: If you choose to undertake a minor you will develop additional knowledge in another area of study. Students will often choose minors that complement their major/s, or use them to discover and pursue their interests.
  • Electives: These are units that you may select which interest you or support your career development. By giving you as many as 12 electives to choose from, over the three levels, the Bachelor of Arts is all about you and your developing interests.

Consider your first year as a taster to find out what areas interest you most - choose your areas of interest and enrol in the level 1 units from at least 2 Major sequences, and up to 4 electives. After your first year, you will know the areas of study that interest you the most. By the time your start your second year, you will be ready to decide on which majors and/or minors you want to complete in your degree.

We offer 2 units that are specifically designed to help students with the transition to university study:

  • Introduction to University Study AIX160
  • Professional Writing for Work AIX117
  • New students are encouraged to enrol in one or both of these units in their first year.

    Major sequences

    All students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts are required to complete at least one of the Arts major sequences listed below.

    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.

    Area of Study Type of sequence Availability
    Advertising Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
    Anthropology Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    Arabic Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    Children's Literature Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    Chinese Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    Creative Writing Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    Criminology Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    Dance Minor Burwood (Melbourne)
    Design Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
    Digital Media Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    Drama Minor Burwood (Melbourne)
    Education Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
    Film, Television and Animation Minor Burwood (Melbourne)
    Gender and Sexuality Studies Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    Geography and Society Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    History Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    Indigenous Studies Minor Cloud (online)
    Indonesian Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    International Relations Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    Journalism Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    Language and Culture Studies Major Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    Literary Studies Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    Media Studies Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
    Middle East Studies Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    Philosophy Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    Photography Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
    Politics and Policy Studies Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    Professional Experience and Practice Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    Public Relations Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    Religious Studies Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    Sociology Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online), Offered to Waurn Ponds (Geelong) enrolled students by combination of located learning and Cloud (online) modes.
    Sport and Society Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    Spanish Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
    Sustainability & Society Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
    Visual Arts Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)


    Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Arts

    2021 course information

    VTAC code
    1400314103 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
    1400514103 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
    Deakin code
    CRICOS code?
    012762C Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    Approval status

    This course is approved by the University under 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 Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

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

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Cloud Campus

    New course version from 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

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    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.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    Students have the opportunity to undertake preparation for work units and/or internship units as electives in this course.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate course requirements.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Cloud studies

    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.

    Recognition of prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
    Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of 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 eight 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 international student 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

    Apply now

    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    Don’t quite meet the entry requirements for this course? The Associate Degree of Arts (A250) can be used as a guaranteed entry pathway into the Bachelor of Arts and counts as credit towards your first year of study*. You’ll gain a solid foundation of relevant knowledge and be ready to transition seamlessly into your goal degree.

    Upon completing your Bachelor of Arts, you are eligible for entry into a range of specialist Masters degrees which will provide opportunities for you to become a highly-skilled professional, capable of rapid career development. Students with a Bachelor of Arts may be eligible for credit in these degrees, giving you a headstart and allowing you to build on your undergraduate degree in areas such as: 

    The Humanities and Social Sciences - with Masters offered in Cultural Heritage, Development and Humanitarian Action, Humanitarian Assistance, International and Community Development, International Relations and Politics and Policy

    Communication and Creative Arts - with Masters offered in Communication, Creative Arts, and Writing and Literature

    Education - the Bachelor of Arts articulates into a postgraduate preservice teaching qualification through the Master of Applied Learning and Teaching and the Master of Teaching, which has options for teaching in Early Childhood, Primary, Secondary, also provides dual qualifications for Primary and Early Childhood or Primary and Secondary teaching.

    Further Education pathway options include Masters in Education, Education (Leadership and Management), Languages Teaching, Professional Practice (Digital Learning),  Specialist Inclusive Education, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

    Research pathways - A Bachelor of Arts may also lead to a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours), Bachelor of Communication (Honours) or even a Higher Degree by Research.

    *Specific units of study must be completed within A250 for full credit to be granted. We recommend speaking with one of our student advisers before selecting your units.

    Early Exit Option

    Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts are able to exit early through the Diploma of Arts (A215). The Diploma of Arts recognises the foundational knowledge and skills in a broad range of study areas in the humanities, social sciences, creative arts, communications and languages. It provides a basic for pursuing further pathways into future undergraduate university studies.

    To be eligible to exit with a Diploma of Arts, students must have completed and passed 8 credit points, including a minimum of 6 credit points at level 1 from the Bachelor of Arts. 

    Why choose Deakin

    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.

    You’ll be able to take your degree into a range of careers, including:

    • Administration
    • Advertising
    • Business
    • Communication
    • Community services
    • Criminal justice
    • Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums (GLAM)
    • Government
    • Human rights
    • Journalism
    • Media
    • Not-for-profits
    • Performing and visual arts
    • Photography
    • Policing
    • Policy development
    • Politics
    • Public relations
    • Publishing
    • Research
    • Tourism

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT

    Professional recognition

    Depending on your specialisation, certain majors are accredited by relevant bodies.

    If you choose public relations, you’ll study subjects accredited by the Public Relations Institute of Australia. Our design-related units are also recognised by the Design Institute of Australia.

    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

    Demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge in the Arts disciplines, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines or areas of practice.


    Demonstrate highly developed skills in oral, written and electronic communication and the ability to communicate research outcomes, and produce scholarly papers. 

    Digital literacy

    Research, analyse, synthesise and disseminate information using a range of appropriate technologies and resources in a rapidly-changing global environment. 

    Critical thinking

    Use critical and analytical thinking and judgment in selecting and applying appropriate theories and methodologies to evaluate information and knowledge about society, culture and the arts. 

    Problem solving

    Apply cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex problems in the Humanities, Social Sciences and the Creative Arts, including cross-disciplinary approaches. 


    Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility and accountability for personal actions and a continued commitment to learning in personal, professional, and scholarly contexts. 


    Work and learn collaboratively with colleagues, other professionals and members of the wider community. 

    Global citizenship

    Demonstrate an 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