Diploma in Arts

Add the Arts to your resume

You don’t have to sacrifice your interest in the Arts. At the University of Adelaide, we support broad learning and insight across fields. With our diploma, you can pursue an Arts major while completing an undergraduate degree outside the Arts realm.

The diploma is also a pathway into university for students struggling to meet entry requirements on completion of year 12. It’s a great opportunity to see if pursuing Arts at uni is for you, with the possibility of transferring into a bachelor program once you have some study under your belt.

What will you do?

Our Diploma in Arts is equal to a full major (24 units). If you’re enrolled in another undergraduate degree, this generally adds a year to your time at university.

The diploma offers all the Arts majors listed in the Bachelor of Arts entry, other than: language studies, Mathematical Sciences, and Psychology. Unlike in the Bachelor of Arts, a major in Liberal Arts is available through the diploma.

Where could it take you?

If you’ve already finished a Bachelor degree, the Diploma in Arts can complement your studies in a range of ways. You might need to ‘upskill’ for professional development purposes (e.g. secondary school teachers). You might want to do an Honours year or further postgraduate study in this new field. Perhaps you’re just interested in having a unique perspective and greater employability.

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 316181
2019 CSP ATAR 56.75
2019 CSP IB 24
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Enquiries Future Students team

Selection Criteria
Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. 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). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Higher Education Study Applicants for admission to the Diploma in Arts as a higher education applicant must be:

a). Be enrolled in an undergraduate degree, postgraduate degree or combined degree program at the University of Adelaide; b). Be enrolled in an undergraduate degree or combined degree program at another recognised tertiary institution; or c). Have been awarded, or be eligible for the award of, an undergraduate degree from a recognised tertiary institution.

Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2020. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2020 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2019 or 2018), 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 2018). 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 Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Other Entry Pathways
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 316181

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place: $6,680

More information on Student Contribution Amounts.


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

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Potential careers

Administrative Assistant, Advertising Officer, Linguist, Market Researcher, Anthropologist, Marketing Planner, Archaeologist, Arts Administrator, Ministerial Adviser, Multimedia / Web Designer, Music Journalist / Music Critic, Natural Resource Manager, Natural Resource Planner, News Presenter, Non Government Organisation Worker, Novelist, Columnist, Communications Officer, Parks Management, Parliamentary Adviser, Parliamentary Member, Curator, ...

Degree Structure

Academic Program Rules

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

Example Study Plan

Study plans are available on the Faculty of Arts website.


As a music student I've made friends with first, second, and third years, and even some honours students, which has given me the opportunity to ask questions about the degree and gain knowledge from their experience. I love music humour - from teachers and students. The music staff have been absolutely incredible - they're flexible, understanding, and above all experts in their field! I'm always coming away with fantastic new knowledge that I can apply straight away.

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Last updated: Monday, 19 Jul 2021