Bachelor of Arts (Advanced)

Degree Type Bachelor
Duration 3 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 324671
CRICOS 075802A

Take yourself further  

Curious about a wide range of ideas and issues? High-achieving? Articulate? The Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) is a distinctive degree for inquisitive students who want to excel.

What will you do?

As a member of a small but distinctive community within the wider University, you’ll work to take your knowledge and skills to a higher level. You will: 

  • enrol in Level 2 courses from first-year
  • partner with an individual academic mentor who will support and encourage your intellectual development
  • take a set of courses specifically designed for high-achieving students
  • research and write a major independent research project on a topic of your choice
  • attend exclusive events such as guest presentations, workshops, seminars, industry talks and social gatherings
  • have significant input into the design and running of the Arts’ advanced program.
 You’ll focus your abilities in any of following areas: 
  • Anthropology
  • Art History and Visual Cultures
  • Asian Studies
  • Australian Studies
  • Chinese Studies
  • Classics
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Digital Humanities
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English
  • French Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Geography Environment and Population
  • German Studies
  • History
  • Indigenous Knowledges and Society
  • Indonesian Studies
  • International Development
  • Italian Studies
  • Japanese Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Media
  • Modern Greek Studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Studies

Note: You must maintain a GPA of 5.0 or you’ll be required to transfer to the Bachelor of Arts.

Where could it take you?

You’ll emerge from our degree with enhanced skills for either higher studies or leadership roles in your chosen career. You could shake up Adelaide with the next iconic festival concept. You might run for federal government. Perhaps you’ll join the ranks of Arts-educated CEOs on the world stage.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 324671
    2018 CSP ATAR 95.55
    2018 CSP IB 37
    Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 95
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team

    2018 Admissions Data for school leavers
    ATAR
    (raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
    Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 88.9
    Median ATAR to receive an offer 94.7
    Highest ATAR to receive an offer 99.95
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
    Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 96
    Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 98.1
    Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.95
    Minimum eligibility score 90
    Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
    Selection Criteria
    Recent Secondary Education You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors ).
    Additional Entry Requirements
    Year 12 applicants must obtain an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 95 or higher (or equivalent).
    Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). 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.
    Work and life experience You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2019. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2019 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2018 or 2017), 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 2017). 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.
    Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 324671

    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2018
    Number of students Percentage of all students
    (A) Higher Education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    5 21.7%
    (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study N/A N/A
    (C) Work and life experience
    (admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    N/A N/A
    (D) Recent secondary education:
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
      (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
    18 78.3%
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
      (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    N/A N/A
    • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
      (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
    N/A N/A
    International students N/A N/A
    All students 23 100.0%

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS 075802A
    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 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 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 Selection Rank (International) 95
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 37
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 23
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 5
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 13
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 90
    British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 6.4
    Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 96
    ISC & CBSE [India] 90%
    ISBE [India] 95%
    SAT [US] 1520
    Abitur 1.6
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 3.7
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 9.5
    STPM or Matrikulasi 3.55
    Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 88
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 88
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 430
    ANU Foundation Studies 81
    Monash Foundation Year 82.5
    Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 86
    UNSW Foundation Year 8.5
    University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 8.0
    Western Australia University Foundation Studies Program 77
    University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 6.0
    Non-Go8 Foundation Score 88
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines 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 Pathway Programs
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $6,600

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $32,000

    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

    Likely careers include research, Government, consultancy and policy maker.

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

    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, Anthropologist, Author, Parliamentary Adviser, Policy Adviser, Political Adviser, Public Servant, Feature Writer, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Foreign Aid Worker, Journalist, Archaeologist, Arts Administrator, Novelist, Columnist, Communications Analyst, Communications Officer, Copywriter, Curator, Project Manager, Publicist, Publishing, ...

  • Study Overseas

    A Study Overseas 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 Study Overseas, 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 Study Overseas opportunities available visit 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 specific exchanges are available for Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) students:

    • University of Edinburgh (UK) (limited availability)
    • University of Glasgow (UK) (limited availability)
    • Maastricht University (The Netherlands)
    • Utrecht University (The Netherlands)
  • Degree Structure

    BA (Advanced) students are appointed an academic mentor for the duration of their degree and are able to focus on advanced level study from the first year of study. Students will study two majors, undertake a 3-unit course in advanced humanities theory and method, and complete a 6-unit research project in their final year under the supervision of their academic mentor.

    The remainder of the degree is made up of free choice electives from disciplines within the Faculty of Arts. Students studying this program will attend various discipline research seminars, career and industry talks.

    Academic Program Rules

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

    Areas of Specialisation

    Majors currently available include:

    • Anthropology
    • Art History and Visual Cultures
    • Australian Studies
    • Chinese Studies
    • Classics
    • Creative Writing
    • Criminology
    • Cultural Studies
    • Digital Humanities
    • Economics
    • Education
    • English
    • French Studies
    • Gender Studies
    • Geography Environment and Population
    • German Studies
    • History
    • Indigenous Knowledges and Society
    • International Development
    • Indonesian Studies
    • Italian Studies
    • Japanese Studies
    • Linguistics
    • Mathematical Sciences
    • Media
    • Modern Greek Studies
    • Music
    • Philosophy
    • Politics and International Relations
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Spanish Studies

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Year 1 Major 1
    Level I
    ARTS 1008
    The Enquiring Mind - Arts Advanced
    Elective Level I Major 2
    Level I
    Major 1
    Level I
    Elective Level II Elective Level II Major 2
    Level I
    Year 2 Major 1
    Level II
    Elective Level II Elective Level II Major 2
    Level II
    Major 1
    Level II
    Major 1
    Level II
    Elective Level II Major 2
    Level II
    Year 3 Major 1
    Level III
    ARTS 3003
    Advanced Humanities: Theory and Method
    Major 2
    Level III
    Major 2
    Level III

    Major 1
    Level III Capstone
    6 units

    ARTS 2003
    Advanced Arts Research Project
    (to count towards second non-language major)
    6 units
    Current students, please see the Study Plan Templates
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Last updated: Tuesday, 30 Jul 2019