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Bachelor of Arts

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 314071

CRICOS 002785A

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) provides students with specialised and transferable skills that are highly sought after by employers.

The skills students will develop include those in effective communication and creative thinking, adaptability, problem solving and analysis, teamwork, research, and professional and ethical conduct.

The degree is designed to build a student's capacity for lifelong learning beyond graduation. Equipped with these skills, BA graduates consistently achieve positions of significance and influence in business, the community, and government and industry, and are ready to deal with different challenges and opportunities throughout their future careers in diverse workplaces.

Majors and minors are available in: Anthropology, Art History and Visual Culture#, Asian Studies, Chinese Studies, Classics, Creative Writing, Criminology, Economics^, English, French Studies, Gender Studies, Geography Environment and Population, German Studies, History, Indigenous Knowledges and Society, Indonesian Studies, International Business^, International Development, Italian Studies, Japanese Studies, Linguistics, Management^, Marketing^, Modern Greek Studies, Music, Philosophy, Politics and International Studies, Psychology#, Sociology, and Spanish Studies.

^Commerce disciplines can only be studied in a single Bachelor of Arts, in addition to an Arts major

# Offered as a minor only

  • Entry Requirements

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    I am a:

    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    SATAC Code 314071
    2016 CSP ATAR 65.1
    Adelaide Approved Score 70
    2016 CSP IB 24
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    Deferment? Yes - 2 year
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 applicants
    You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent university study. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA. GPAs earned from non-award study within the Faculty of Arts are also considered.
    • VET applicants
      You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2017. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2017 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2016 or 2015), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2015). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 314071

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS 002785A
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6 Reading 5.5 Listening 5.5 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 60 Reading 8 Listening 8 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 50 Reading 42 Listening 42 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 169 Reading 162 Listening 162 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications International ATAR 70
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 25
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 9
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) 25
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 6
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 65
    ISC & CBSE [India] 60%
    ISBE [India] 70%
    SAT [US] 1120
    Abitur 3.7
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.2
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 7.5
    STPM or Matrikulasi 2.67
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 70
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 339
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Phillipines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Admissions Information - Academic Requirements
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  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Domestic applicants

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $6,550

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $29,000

    Scholarships

    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Our graduates have great versatility in shaping their careers and follow highly successful paths in different areas: advertising, administration, business, community engagement, corporate communication, defence, diplomatic service, environmental management and planning, foreign affairs, humanitarian work, human resources, industry liaison, management, marketing, media, policy development, project management, psychology, public relations, publishing, research, social planning, youth work, academia and teaching.

    To see where our latest graduates have gone in their careers, visit www.arts.adelaide.edu.au/profiles/

    In addition to renowned excellence in teaching and research, the Faculty of Arts provides mentoring support and careers advice with employment forums and talks by key industry partners and organisations each year.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Industry Placement

    If you maintain a high GPA, you will have the opportunity take part in an internship in your third year with an organisation from within the arts, media, parliament or environment. These include State Parliament and a range of public and business sector agencies, where you can use the knowledge from your university study in a practical work environment, building valuable networks and gaining experience that counts towards your degree program and prepares you for your future career. 

    Potential careers

    Linguist, Manager / Business Management, Parliamentary Member, Administrative Assistant, Anthropologist, Market Researcher, Marketer / Marketing Manager, Arts Administrator, Author, Banker, Novelist, Columnist, Communications Officer, Personal / Research Officer (Local MP), Political Adviser, Development Officer, Producer, Project Officer, Public Relations Officer, Public Servant, Feature Writer, Retail, ...

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

    Study Abroad and Exchange

    It is recommended that you take any global study in year 2 of your degree. If you are studying a language (at beginners’ level) as a major or minor, it is recommended you take your global study in year 3 of your degree. Contact arts@adelaide.edu.au to receive further information and advice.

    There are many universities to choose from, however discipline specific exhanges are available as follows:

    Anthropology
    o  Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    o  College of William and Mary (US)
    o  University of British Columbia (Canada)
    o  University of Southampton (UK)
           
    Art History and Visual Culture
    o  College of William and Mary (US)
    o  Newcastle University (UK)
    o  University of British Columbia (Canada)

    Asian Studies
    o  Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    o  City University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    o  Kansai University (Japan)
    o  National University of Singapore (Singapore)
    o  Okayama University (Japan)
    o  Osaka University (Japan)

    Chinese Studies
    o  Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    o  Shandong University (China)

    Classics
    o  College of William and Mary (US)
    o  Newcastle University (UK)
    o  University of British Columbia (Canada)
           
    Creative Writing
    o  University of Sheffield (UK)
    o  University of British Columbia (Canada)
    o  University of Essex (UK)

    Criminology
    o  Cardiff University (UK)
    o  University of Oslo (Norway)
    o  Simpson College (US)
    o  University of Southampton (UK)

    International Development
    o  Lund University (Sweden)
    o  Nagoya University (Japan)

    English
    o  Newcastle University (UK)
    o  Simpson College (US)
    o  University of British Columbia (Canada)
    o  University of Canterbury (NZ)
    o  University of Essex (UK)
    o  University of Mannheim (Germany)
    o  University of Southampton (UK)
       
    French Studies
    o  Sciences Po (France)
    o  University of Francois-Rabelais Tours (France)
    o  University of Grenoble (France)

    Gender Studies
    o  College of William and Mary (US)
    o  Dalhousie University (US)
    o  Simpson College (US)
    o  University of British Columbia (Canada)

    Geography, Environment and Population
    o  Cardiff University (UK)
    o  University College London (UK)
    o  Newcastle University (UK)
    o  University of British Columbia (Canada)
    o  University of Southampton (UK)

    German Studies
    o  University of Mannheim (Germany)
    o  University of Stuttgart (Germany)
    o  University of Southampton (UK)

    History
    o  Newcastle University (UK)
    o  Simpson College (US)
    o  University of British Columbia (Canada)
    o  University of Canterbury (NZ)
    o  University of Gothenburg (Sweden)
    o  University of Southampton (UK)

    Indigenous Knowledges and Society
    o  University of British Columbia (Canada)
    o  University of Canterbury (NZ)

    Indonesian Studies
    o  ACICIS

    Japanese Studies
    o  Chuo University (Japan)
    o  Nagoya University (Japan)
    o  Hosei University (Japan)
    o  Kansai University (Japan)
    o  Okayama University (Japan)
    o  Osaka University (Japan)
    o  Sophia University (Japan)
           
    Linguistics
    o  College of William and Mary (US)
    o  Newcastle University (UK)
    o  University of British Columbia (Canada)
    o  University of Essex (UK)
    o  University of Gothenburg (Sweden)

    Philosophy
    o  College of William and Mary (US)
    o  Dalhousie University (US)
    o  Simpson College (US)
    o  University of Essex (UK)
    o  University of Southampton (UK)
         
    Politics and International Studies
    o  Chuo University (Japan)
    o  Newcastle University (UK)
    o  Simpson College (US)
    o  Lund University (Sweden)
    o  North Carolina State (US)
    o  Sciences Po Remis (France)
    o  University of Strasbourg (France)
    o  University of Pittsburgh (US)
    o  University of Mannheim (Germany)
         
    Spanish Studies
    o  Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (Chile)
    o  University of Chile (Chile)

    Sociology
    o  College of William and Mary (US)
    o  Lund University (US)
    o  Pitzer College (US)
    o  Hong Kong University (Hong Kong)
    o  University of Exeter (UK)
    o  Utrecht University (The Netherlands)
    o  Newcastle University (UK)
    o  Simpson College (US)
  • Degree Structure

    During your degree you can specialise in at least one major and one minor from a large list of areas of study. Students are also able to take elective courses in other areas of study from within the Faculty of Arts or from other Faculty areas within the University, such as Health Sciences or Commerce.

    The BA offers the opportunity to learn one (or more) of eight languages, irrespective of a student's previous language study.

    Students who wish to further their cultural skills and broaden their experiences can choose to study overseas for one or two semesters with one of more than 100 partner institutions around the world. Alternatively, students may wish to study one or more of a variety of short Study Abroad courses.

    BA students with a suitable grade point average are also able to take part in an internship in which they gain valuable work experience relevant to their career goals, build networks, and manage a research project for an industry partner in the media, environment, parliament or the arts. Other benefits of studying the degree include regular career and employment forums and mentoring programs that run throughout the year.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

     

    Areas of Specialisation

    Students can specialise by taking majors and minors in the following areas:

    • Anthropology
    • Art History and Visual Culture (minor only)
    • Asian Studies
    • Chinese Studies
    • Classics
    • Creative Writing
    • Criminology
    • Economics*
    • English
    • French Studies
    • Gender Studies
    • Geography, Environment and Population
    • German Studies
    • History
    • Indigenous Knowledges and Society
    • Indonesian Studies
    • International Business*
    • International Development
    • Italian Studies
    • Japanese Studies
    • Linguistics
    • Management*
    • Marketing*
    • Modern Greek Studies
    • Music
    • Philosophy
    • Politics and International Studies
    • Psychology (minor only)
    • Sociology
    • Spanish Studies

    Please note: All Majors and Minors are subject to Faculty confirmation in November. Please visit the Faculty website for a full list of courses that comprise each area of specialisation.

    *These majors must be taken in addition to a first Faculty of Arts major chosen from those listed above.

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan for commencing students
    Level 1S1 Arts Major Level I ARTS 1007
    The Enquiring Mind:
    Freedom and Media
    (semester 1 or 2)
    Arts Minor Level I Elective Level I
    S2 Arts Major Level I Elective Level I Arts Minor Level I Elective Level I
    Level 2S1 Arts Major Level II Elective Level II Arts Minor Level II Elective Level II
    S2 Arts Major Level II Elective Level II Arts Minor Level II Elective Level II
    Level 3S1 Arts Major Level III Arts Major Level III Arts Minor Level III Elective Level II or III
    S2

    Arts Major Level III Capstone course
    (not offered in 2016) - 6 units

    Arts Minor Level III Elective Level II or III
    Note: A maximum of 24 units of elective courses may be taken from faculties other than Arts. Courses listed on the Arts major or minor lists (including those from other faculties) are exempt from this limit.

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Last updated: Thursday, 15 Jun 2017

 

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