Bachelor of Arts

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Course essentials

Follow your passions and drive your career forward gaining broad skills and knowledge with Bachelor of Arts (BA) at Victoria University.

An arts degree is the ideal preparation for today's fast-changing world. You'll develop the skills that modern employers look for, including:

  • communication
  • problem-solving
  • teamwork
  • critical thinking and analysis
  • research.

You'll also develop a sound knowledge of society, culture and creativity. This course offers maximum flexibility if you are undecided about career choice, with the choice of majors to optimise your career focus.

Our Bachelor of Arts is distinctive for its focus on academic disciplines that are engaged with the workplace and community. You'll benefit from our strong network of community and industry partners. This course offers many opportunities for practical and workplace learning, which will further prepare you for your future career.

Practical learning opportunities

In your third year of the Bachelor of Arts, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in real-world projects with our industry and community partners. You can make valuable industry connections before you even graduate.

You’ll develop skills in organisation, teamwork and project management. Past examples include:

  • Big West Festival
  • Doutta Gala Aged Care Services mural
  • Melbourne Fringe Festival
  • Parliamentary internship
  • Footscray Centenary
  • Offset creative arts journal.


Bachelor of Arts graduates will complete one or two majors, which will be listed on your qualification.

Choose from a range of subject areas and open up a world of career options:


Our BA provides a strong foundation for a range of exciting careers in the humanities, creative arts and social sciences. Your skills in communication, research, critical analysis and teamwork will be highly sought after, and are transferable to almost any workplace. You may choose to do further study, as many professional careers are best served by graduates with a generalist first degree.

You'll be prepared for a wide range of roles in government or the public service, community and non-government organisations, business, education and media.

VU Bachelor of Arts graduates often go on to work in the following areas:

  • journalism, writing or strategic communications
  • teaching (a popular choice following completion of a Masters of Teaching)
  • creative arts administration
  • public servant and policy work
  • community sector professional roles
  • creative arts
  • software development
  • corporate management.


The average salary for an Arts graduate is A$42,962 – A$86,349 (PayScale).

Career options with this qualification are varied. For example, these are the average annual salaries in Australia for:

Study pathways

If you have completed any of the following course(s) at VU, you will be guaranteed a place in this degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

22091VIC - Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing

You will be credited for 4 units (half a year) of study.

CUA51115 - Diploma of Visual Arts

You will be credited for 8 units (a year) of study.

22317VIC - Certificate IV in Liberal Arts

You will be credited for 2 units of study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Credit for skills and past study

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

Course objectives

Graduates of this course will be able to:

  1. Critically review theory, research and practice in the humanities, social sciences and creative arts;

  2. Critically reflect on the patterns of social, cultural, historical and political experience of society;

  3. Plan, execute and communicate research and critical inquiry into the lives of communities of diverse places, experiences, discourses and time;

  4. Exhibit a high degree of proficiency in active reading of complex texts, including collection and analysis of resource materials including the composition of oral and written material;

  5. Demonstrate independence, self- reflection and creativity to meet goals and challenges in professional and academic pursuits

  6. Employ advanced interpersonal and collaborative skills, consistent with professional and ethical practice, when working with people of diverse cultural backgrounds.

These learning outcomes are integrated into the curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment for all students. The Bachelor of Arts common first year is likewise mapped in relation to these outcomes and shows an investment in each major with learning outcome coverage across its sequence of disciplinary and capstone units. The first year and the majors are mapped in conjunction with the CLOs, and the Graduate Capabilities in that section of this proposal.

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Arts students will be required to complete 288 credit points (equivalent to 24 units) consisting of:

·  96 credit points (equivalent to 8 Units) of Core Arts studies
·  96 credit points (equivalent to 8 units) of Major 1 (from the list below)
·  96 credit points (equivalent to 8 units) of Major 2 (from the list below)
·  2 x 48 credit points Discipline/Breadth Minor studies (from the list below)

Note: Students intending to select 'Psychology' as their Major undertake APP1012 Psychology 1A, APP1013 Psychology 1B, ABA1000 Academic Discourse and Experience, ABA1002 Knowledge, Inquiry and Research plus any Four (4) units from the Core studies in Year 1.

Students intending to select 'Vietnamese Studies' as their Major undertake ACV1001 Basic Vietnamese A, ACV1002 Basic Vietnamese B, ABA1000 Academic Discourse and Experience, ABA1002 Knowledge, Inquiry and Research plus any Four (4) units from the Core studies in Year 1.

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Core Arts Units:

Psychology Introductory Units:

Vietnamese Introductory Units:



Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • TAFE: VET applicants will be considered and pathways are available from a range of VET courses.
  • Year 12: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.
  • Mature: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience may be considered on the basis of equivalence.

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