Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Arts (T3 2020)

Undergraduate degree

The Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Arts combined degree trains you in transferable skills that allow you to seamlessly move between the roles of the future, all while fostering your creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.

Domestic student information

This is the Trimester 3, 2020 version of this course.

The Trimester 3 teaching period starts from 9 November 2020.

Applications for this course close 1 November 2020.

Key facts


Lowest selection rank


4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 3 2020 close 1 November 2020

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 rich with diverse experiences? The Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Arts combined degree trains you in transferable skills that allow you to seamlessly move between the roles of the future, all while fostering your creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.

If you're aspiring to become a leader in business, why not graduate with a set of complementary skills that boost your employability?

Job-specific skills are important. But the modern professional needs more than just technical prowess. More than ever, employers are looking for workers with transferable skills. Those that can adapt, communicate, show leadership and use creativity to solve problems are in demand. By studying the Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Arts, you’ll develop expertise in both types of skills. Graduate with two degrees – in two years fewer than if you studied each degree separately – and sharpen your business acumen while following an area of passion in the arts.


This course is perfect for students with an eye to a career in business, who also envisage switching between a variety of roles throughout their life. The business component of the degree trains you to think with an entrepreneurial mindset, developing the foundations of your business expertise. Study core units such as management, financial literacy, marketing fundamentals and the global economy, then tailor your degree to your interests and career goals by choosing from the following majors:

  • event management
  • organisational psychology
  • people management
  • project management
  • retail and supply chain management
  • business and digital communication
  • entrepreneurship and innovation


The flexibility doesn't stop there. Create a truly unique degree by choosing from a range of over 35 arts majors, from visual arts and public relations to journalism and photography. This level of customisation allows you to study the units that are important to you, and the diverse skills you develop open the door to a world of career opportunities.


Just as important as what you learn is how you learn it. Deakin Business School’s work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities allow you to apply the skills you learn in the classroom in industry settings. This practical experience is invaluable. There’s no better way to prepare yourself for the everyday, practical challenges of modern businesses, and the networks you create through WIL placements can be of significant benefit to your career. Enhance your industry readiness by taking on a variety of other experiential learning opportunities including:

  • mentoring
  • volunteering
  • consulting
  • internships. 

You can also improve your global employability skills in teamwork and intercultural communication by gaining international experience across Asia, Europe or North America through overseas internships and study tours.


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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Business/ Bachelor of Arts, students must attain a total of 32 credit points consisting of 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Business and 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Arts.  Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. Course requirements for both the Bachelor of Business (M325) and the Bachelor of Arts (A300) must be satisfied. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake 2 trimesters each year.

Compulsory 0-credit point unit (to be completed in first trimester of study):-

The 16 credit points of Business units include:-

  • 8 credit points of Bachelor of Business core (foundation) units: MAA104, MAE203, MIS203, MMK101, MMM132, MMM267, plus 2 Personal Skills units - MMM111 and MMM311
  • A prescribed Bachelor of Business 8 credit point major

The 16 credit points of Arts units include:-

  • two major sequences of at least 8 credit points each. Majors must comprise 2 credit points at level 1 and a minimum of 2 credit points at level 3 (unless otherwise stated)
  • One major of at least 8 credit points and one minor of at least 4 credit points consisting of a minimum of 1 credit point at level one and no more than 1 credit point at level 3 **


  • A minimum of 4 credit points at level 3 of Arts coded units
  • A maximum of 6 credit points at level 1 of Arts coded units

** Students completing minors in Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian and Spanish are permitted to complete 4 cp across any 2 levels. i.e. students may complete 2 credit points at level 2 and 2 credit points at level 3


Business units


Arts units



Key information

Award granted
Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Arts

2020 course information

VTAC code

1400410641 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400510641 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400610641 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS) 

Deakin code
CRICOS code?
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)
    • Waterfront (Geelong)
    • Cloud (online)

Trimester 2 - July

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

Trimester 3 - November

  • Start date: November
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Cloud (online)

Students and Applicants to Geelong Waterfront Campus
Travel between campuses will be required to complete this combined degree. The Bachelor of Business degree will be taught at Waterfront campus and the Bachelor of Arts degree will be taught at the Waurn Ponds 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
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

Mandatory student checks

Units which contain work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. These requirements will be detailed in unit guides upon enrolment.


As a student in the Faculty of Business and Law, 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

Units in this course may have participation requirements that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

Entry requirements

Entry information

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

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

Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on their performance in the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with an ATAR of at least 50, and pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 20 in English other than EAL.

Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information

Entry for applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life or work experience will be based on their performance in:

  • a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR
  • a Diploma in any discipline or 50% completion of a Diploma in a related discipline OR
  • successful completion of relevant study, equivalent to at least two Deakin University units, at an accredited higher education institution OR
  • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent including a Foundation Program approved by Faculty Board or relevant work or life experience

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

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
Not applicable
Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
$9,073 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.

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 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

View pathways into the Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Arts (T3 2020) with our pathways finder.

Contact information

Student Services Network (Faculty of Business and Law)
Tel 03 9244 6555

Faculty of Arts and Education
Waurn Ponds (Geelong) Tel:03 5227 1359

Burwood (Melbourne) Tel: 03 9246 8100




Why choose Deakin

Career outcomes

By studying the Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Arts, you’ll be setting yourself up to be flexible across the jobs of the future. Not only will your entrepreneurial mindset be highly valued across many industries, the transferable skills you develop will allow you to adapt and thrive in a variety of roles.

Depending on your majors, you’ll have the practical experience needed to be successful as a:

  • business analyst
  • business operations, event, retail or project manager
  • journalist
  • marketing or media manager
  • photographer
  • policy developer
  • public relations practitioner
  • small business owner.


Professional recognition

Deakin Business School is accredited by AACSB International, the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools in the world. Only 5% of business programs worldwide are AACSB accredited.

Depending on your arts 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.

Please refer to the Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) of each of the single degrees.