Course Detail

Bachelor of Arts


Course information

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.

Are you ready to design your future? 

Choose two or more areas of study from over 35 disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, communication and creative arts 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 that are active in their fields, and recognised as leading practitioners. You’ll learn in customised 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 studying abroad for a trimester, undertaking an international study tour, or completing an internship as part of your course.

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. 


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

·         administration

·         business

·         communication

·         community services

·         criminal justice

·         ethnic affairs

·         finance

·         Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums (GLAM) sector

·         government

·         human rights

·         journalism

·         marketing

·         media

·         multimedia

·         not-for-profits

·         performing and visual arts

·         personnel and industrial relations

·         photography

·         policing

·         policy development

·         politics

·         public relations

·         publishing

·         research

·         social work

·         tourism.

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.


·         Burwood (Melbourne)

·         Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

·         Cloud (online)

 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. 

Trimester 1                                                                 

·         Start date: March

·         Available at:

o   Burwood (Melbourne)

o   Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

o   Cloud Campus

Trimester 2

·         Start date: July

·         Available at:

o   Burwood (Melbourne)

o   Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

o   Cloud Campus

Trimester 3

·         Start date: November

·         Available at:

o   Burwood (Melbourne)

o   Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

o   Cloud Campus


·         3 years full time


Key Information

Award granted

Bachelor of Arts


2020 course information

VTAC code

1400314103 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place

1400514103 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place

Deakin 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.

Course Information

  • IELTS: 6.0/6.0

  • Scholarship: Yes

  • Tuition Fee: AUD$ 29,400 for 1 yr full-time (2020)

Admission Requirements

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.

Admission Requirements Specific Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on their performance in a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, with 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. Applicants will be selected in accordance with the published Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for that year.

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 at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units OR

·         other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent for example relevant work or life experience

IELTS / English language requirements

Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses.

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.