Bachelor of Arts (Advanced)

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 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 also have the flexibility to tailor your degree to suit your career goals. You can choose to extend your abilities in two majors. Or, take just one and complement it with a set of elective courses focused on developing your leadership and citizenship.

You have no fewer than 32 majors to select from: 

  • 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
  • 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

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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Domestic applicants

Admissions information

SATAC Code www.satac.edu.au
2020 CSP ATAR 95.6
2020 CSP IB 38
Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 95
Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 37
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Enquiries Future Students team

2020 Admissions Data for school leavers
ATAR
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 91.1
Median ATAR to receive an offer 96.6
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 99.45
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 93.35
Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.3
Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.95
Minimum eligibility score 90
Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
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.
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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
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 2021. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2021 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2020 or 2019), 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 2019). 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
Apply through SATAC: www.satac.edu.au

Student Profile
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2020
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
5 18.5%
(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)
20 74.1%
  • 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)
<5 N/A
International students N/A N/A
All students 27 100.0%

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place: $11,243

More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

Scholarships

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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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, Manager / Business Management, Non Government Organisation Worker, Diplomat, Social Inclusion Officer, Social Researcher, Sociologist, International Government and Trade Policy Adviser, Foreign Aid Worker, Journalist, Archaeologist, Arts Administrator, Novelist, Columnist, ...

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

Study plans are available on the Faculty of Arts website.

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Testimonial

I have really enjoyed meeting not only the Academics who are very knowledgeable and enjoy teaching their subjects, but other students who are also passionate about Arts History. Being here on campus and also in the city of Adelaide means I can use the resources that are so close such as the Art Gallery and the Museum of Classical Archaeology, therefore giving me the opportunity to go beyond what I learn in lectures.

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Last updated: Monday, 19 Jul 2021