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Our pathways finder helps you to discover all the opportunities available to you, so you can walk away with an achievable plan to make your dream course a reality.

Pathways to the Bachelor of Arts

Before exploring your pathways to study, please select the kind of applicant you are via the tabs below. If you have graduated from Year 12 in the last two years, you are considered a recent Year 12 student. If you're unsure, learn more about your applicant type.

I'm a current or recent Year 12 student

Based on last year's rankings, your ATAR doesn't quite meet the requirements for this course. But that doesn't mean it's out of reach - ATARs can change from year to year, and there are plenty of other pathways to make your study goals a reality.

If your Year 12 studies have been impacted by difficult circumstances or other disadvantage, you could quality for Deakin's Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) to boost your ATAR. Otherwise, you can follow an alternate pathway to your dream course:

Gain an associate degree
Gain a qualification from a Deakin partner
Study at a TAFE or RTO

Currently, bachelor degrees at Deakin require a minimum ATAR of 50. But that doesn't mean you can't plan for the future. Many Deakin courses recognise workplace experience, so you could seek to gain industry skills and knowledge by entering the workforce and apply for university at a later date. Or, if you want to continue studying, you can follow an alternate pathway to your dream course:

Gain an associate degree
Gain a qualification from a Deakin partner
Study at a TAFE or RTO

Burwood 60.05
Waterfront N/A
Waurn Ponds 60.1
Warrnambool N/A
Cloud 64.1

This course is available at the campuses indicated above. You can choose from our range of locations across Victoria depending on your preferences and ATAR - giving you the freedom to follow a study path best-suited to your circumstances.

Based on last year's rankings, you meet the ATAR requirements for this course. Your next step is to visit the course page to check you meet any additional entry requirements. Then, you can confidently begin your application.

If your ATAR meets the requirements for the course, but not your preferred campus, you have a few options. You can start your studies straight away and apply to transfer your course after completing a certain number of units. If your Year 12 studies have been impacted by difficult circumstances or disadvantage, you could qualify for Deakin's Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) to boost your ATAR. Or, you can achieve a spot at your preferred campus by following an alternate pathway:

Gain an associate degree
Gain a qualification from a Deakin partner
Study at a TAFE or RTO

Visit course page

ATAR: Eligible ATAR is based on 2022 early and first round VTAC offers, including relevant adjustment factors. ATAR requirements for 2023 are currently unknown. Please use past ATAR only for guidance, as ATAR is subject to increase or decrease.

N/A: Course is not available at this campus.

NP: Course is available at this campus, but the ATAR is not published.

RC: Admission to this course is based on a range of criteria.

I'm not a current or recent Year 12 student

If you meet one of the requirements below, you can start your application right away. There may be additional course requirements, including English language criteria, so be sure to check the eligibility criteria on the course page before applying. If you don't meet the requirements, you could still achieve your study goals by following an alternate pathway or browsing similar courses.

  1. Deakin partner, TAFE, or RTO study

    Any of the following:

    - a certificate IV in a related discipline

    - a diploma in any discipline

    - 50% completion of a diploma in a related discipline.

  2. Higher education study

    Completion of relevant study, equivalent to at least two Deakin University units, at an accredited higher education institution.

  3. Relevant work or life experience

    Work or life experience that demonstrates your readiness for this course, as assessed by our admissions team.

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Get career ready with a Bachelor of Arts

Current student Jean shares why she chose to study at Deakin and her Bachelor of Arts experience. Discover how an arts degree provides you with the flexibility to combine your career goals with your passions and interests.

Pathway into your degree with an Associate Degree of Arts

Did you miss out on your goal ATAR? Deakin’s unique associate degree pathway provides you with the stepping stone to enter your target degree, no ATAR required.  Learn how the Associate Degree of Arts provides guaranteed entry into the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Criminology.

Alternate pathways to the Bachelor of Arts

Associate degree

Following successful completion of your associate degree, you will receive significant credit for the units you have already studied as part of your pathway course. The following courses are available at Deakin as a pathway for this course:

Associate Degree of Arts

Alternatively, you can study related Deakin units as full fee-paying single units. It's recommended you speak with a student adviser to discuss requirements for this pathway, and you'll still need to meet course entry requirements including English language criteria. However you may be able to enter your chosen course by completing at least two of the following units:

Qualification from a Deakin partner

Our partners are a great stepping stone to study at Deakin University.

Many students who have completed a diploma or advanced diploma will be eligible for recognition for their study. Find out more about Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) at Deakin University.

  • Deakin College
  • Bendigo TAFE
  • Box Hill Institute
  • Chisholm Institute
  • Kangan Institute
  • TAFE NSW
  • South West TAFE
  • The Gordon
Deakin College logo

Fast-track your university study with a Deakin College diploma. Students attending Deakin College will gain a diploma equivalent to the first year of a Deakin University undergraduate degree. Once you've completed your study to the required standard to meet course entry requirements, you can apply for the relevant undergraduate degree at Deakin. What's more, you'll gain direct entry into the second year - meaning you can pursue your dream career sooner.

Entry from:

  • Diploma of Communication
  • Diploma of Film, Television and Animation

Visit Deakin College website to find your pathway to Deakin

Bendigo TAFE logo

Entry to your Deakin course is guaranteed if you successfully complete the Diplomas or Advanced Diplomas below at any time in the five years preceding your Deakin application (and you provide proof of completion).

Entry from:

  • any Diploma or Advanced Diploma

Recommended qualifications are:

  • Graphic Design
  • Professional Writing and Editing

Visit Bendigo TAFE to find your pathways to Deakin

Box Hill Institute logo

Entry to your Deakin course is guaranteed if you successfully complete the Diplomas or Advanced Diplomas below at any time in the five years preceding your Deakin application (and you provide proof of completion).

Entry from:

  • any Diploma or Advanced Diploma

However recommended qualifications are:

  • Graphic Design
  • Visual Arts

Visit Box Hill Institute to find your pathways to Deakin

Chisholm Institute logo

Entry to your Deakin course is guaranteed if you successfully complete the Diplomas or Advanced Diplomas below at any time in the five years preceding your Deakin application (and you provide proof of completion).

Entry from:

  • Any Diploma or Advanced Diploma

Recommended qualifications are:

  • Graphic Design
  • Visual Arts

Visit Chisholm Institute to find your pathways to Deakin

Kangan Institute logo

Entry to your Deakin course is guaranteed if you successfully complete the Diplomas or Advanced Diplomas below at any time in the five years preceding your Deakin application (and you provide proof of completion).

Entry from:

  • any Diploma or Advanced Diploma

Visit Kangan Institute to find your pathways to Deakin

TAFE NSW logo

Entry to your Deakin course is guaranteed if you successfully complete the Diplomas or Advanced Diplomas below at any time in the five years preceding your Deakin application (and you provide proof of completion).

Entry from:

  • any Diploma or Advanced Diploma

Recommended qualifications are:

  • Graphic Design
  • Visual Arts

Visit TAFE NSW to find your pathways to Deakin

South West TAFE logo

Entry to your Deakin course is guaranteed if you successfully complete the Diplomas or Advanced Diplomas below at any time in the five years preceding your Deakin application (and you provide proof of completion).

Entry from:

  • Any Diploma or Advanced Diploma

Visit South West TAFE to find your pathways into Deakin

The Gordon logo

Entry to your Deakin course is guaranteed if you successfully complete the Diplomas or Advanced Diplomas below at any time in the five years preceding your Deakin application (and you provide proof of completion).

Entry from:

Qualification from other TAFEs and RTOs

If you are unable to study at a Deakin partner TAFE, you can choose to undertake similar study at another TAFE or Registered Training Organisation (RTO). Applications from these institutions do not guarantee entry to Deakin, so be sure to boost your application with your study results, a resume/CV, a personal statement, and/or any other supporting documentation.

Many students who have completed a diploma or advanced diploma will be eligible for recognition for their study. Find out more about recognition of prior learning (RPL) at Deakin University. For more information about non Deakin partner TAFEs and RTOs, visit myskills.gov.au.

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