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2018: February and July
3 years
2018: A$11,300 per semester

We are currently accepting applications for this course


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.

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:

We offer on-the-job learning for students through a wide range of industry partners that include Malthouse Theatre, Penguin Books, Beat Media, ABC, Channel 10, SBS, St Vincent de Paul, local councils and the Parliament of Victoria.

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.

There are great opportunities for study internationally with VU. You can choose to study overseas for a semester of your Bachelor of Arts with one of our many international exchange partners.

Around the world, highly respected institutions are ready to welcome you into their community. Studying overseas gives you the chance to experience a new culture and learn from a new perspective – while gaining credits towards your degree.

VU has a range of industry-standard facilities and state-of-the-art creative learning spaces:

  • VU at MetroWest – a new facility that hosts exhibitions, craft markets, festivals and events. It includes:
    • Hatch Studio MetroWest – a simulated work environment for students to produce commercial work for both University and external clients.
    • The Centre Space – a white-walled open plan public area that is used as a gallery, exhibition, seminar, display or workshop space.
  • Kindred Studios – a professional music industry facility that includes rehearsal, performance and recording spaces and equipment.
  • Offset – a journal containing contributions from established and emerging artists. It provides a collaborative publishing opportunity for students.  
  • Our media production precinct at Footscray Park Campus includes:
    •  TV studio and radio studio (including HD cameras, green screen)
    • post production labs
    • hair, makeup and costume facilities and a green room
    • professional audio recording equipment and editing software.

An Arts degree is ideal preparation for today's changing world. It develops the highly sought-after skills of communication, problem-solving, teamwork and analytical thinking. Being successful in a modern society requires a broader understanding of humanity and people. That’s the benefit of studying the arts, humanities, and social sciences

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Careers in arts and humanities

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:

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Arts students will be required to complete 288 credit points consisting of:

  • 96 credit points of Core studies
  • 96 credit points of Major 1 

And select either:

  • 96 credit points of Major 2 
  • 2 x 48 credit points Minor studies  

Note: Students intending to select 'Psychology' as their Major undertake APP1012 Psychology 1A, APP1013 Psychology 1B, in their first year of study instead of ABA1004 Text and Representation and ABA1005 The Era of Controversy.

First Year Core units

First Year Core units for students undertaking Psychology Major:



We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

On successful completion of this course, students 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.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.


Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Admission & pathways

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.

Entry Requirements

Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.
Completion of an Australian Advanced Diploma of Diploma (or equivalent).
IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score or 6.0 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).
Completion of a Foundation course or equivalent.

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), 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.

You will be credited for up to 24 credit points of study.

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

You will be credited for up to 48 credit points of study.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), 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.

Diploma of Sport Development

Sports Education and Development Australia (SEDA)

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

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.

How to apply

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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If you have questions about your application, you can:

Information and fees listed above are for non-resident students. Fees are accurate at the time of viewing and will be subject to annual increases. Some courses require students to purchase equipment or clothing that they will need in the course. These equipment or clothing costs are not included in the course fees listed above and we recommend that you confirm these costs with the relevant college.

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