Bachelor of Arts

Degree Type Bachelor
Duration 3 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 314071
334241
334251
334261
334271
334281
334291
334301
334311
334321
334331
334341
334351
334361
334371
334381
334391
334401
334411
334421
334431
334441
334451
334461
334471
334481
334491
334501
334511
334521
334531
334541
334551
334561
334901
CRICOS 002785A
Knowledge-hungry?

A Bachelor of Arts lets you dive into higher learning with flexibility and freedom. We support your interests in the broad and vital study of history, society, culture and creativity.

The University of Adelaide is highest ranked for Arts in South Australia. From Classics to Criminology, Gender Studies to Geography—you can choose from the greatest number of study areas in the state.

What will you do?

Based on North Terrace, you’ll study in the centre of Adelaide’s cultural hub, surrounded by iconic establishments and festivals. You will:

  • experience a modern learning program taught with a global perspective
  • learn from deeply passionate and knowledgeable academics
  • build a suite of skills in critical thinking, communication, and research
  • form strong networks with your peers and teachers
  • develop positive connections in government, business and the community sector through internships
  • gain international experience through optional exchanges or study tours.
You’ll focus your interests in any of the following areas:  

Anthropology (SATAC code 334241)
Art History and Visual Culture (SATAC code 334251)
Australian Studies (SATAC code 334271)
Chinese Studies (SATAC code 334281)
Classics (SATAC code 334291)
Creative Writing (SATAC code 334301)
Criminology (SATAC code 334311)
Cultural Studies (SATAC code 334321)
Digital Humanities (SATAC code 334331)
Economics (SATAC code 334341)
Education (SATAC code 334351)
English (SATAC code 334361)
Film Studies (SATAC code 334901)
French Studies (SATAC code 334371)
Gender Studies (SATAC code 334381)
Geography, Environment and Population (SATAC code 334391)
German Studies (SATAC code 334401)
History (SATAC code 334411)
History and Philosophy of Sciences (minor only) (SATAC code 314071)
Indigenous Knowledges and Society (SATAC code 334421)
Indonesian Studies (SATAC code 334431)
International Business* (SATAC code 314071)
International Development (SATAC code 334441)
Italian Studies (SATAC code 334451)
Japanese Studies (SATAC code 334461)
Linguistics (SATAC code 334471)
Management* (SATAC code 314071)
Marketing* (SATAC code 314071)
Mathematical Sciences (SATAC code 334481) 
Media (SATAC code 334491)
Modern Greek Studies (SATAC code 334501)
Music (SATAC code 334511)
Music Education (minor only) (SATAC code 314071)
Philosophy (SATAC code 334521)
Politics and International Relations (SATAC code 334531)
Psychology^ (SATAC code 334541)
Sociology (SATAC code 334551)
Spanish Studies (SATAC code 334561)

*These majors cannot be taken as a first major.
^ Further study is required to become a qualified psychologist
  • Entry Requirements

    For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.

    For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2020 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely. 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.

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
    I am a:

    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    Admissions information

    SATAC Code www.satac.edu.au
    2020 CSP ATAR 65.75
    2020 CSP IB 24
    Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 70
    Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 25
    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 54.45
    Median ATAR to receive an offer 80.95
    Highest ATAR to receive an offer 99.9
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
    Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 65.75
    Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 84.85
    Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.95
    Minimum eligibility score 65
    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). Applicants who have not achieved a competitive Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors) required for selection may be selected based on the grades in selected year 12 subjects. Applicants do not need to apply to be considered for subject-based entry, as this will automatically be done by SATAC on behalf of the University. For more information, please see: https://www.adelaide.edu.au/study/undergraduate/entry-pathways/recent-secondary-education/ 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 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.
    Vocational Education and Training (VET) study 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. 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)
    60 23.1%
    (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study 23 8.8%
    (C) Work and life experience
    (admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    38 14.6%
    (D) Recent secondary education:
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
      (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
    113 43.5%
    • 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)
    10 3.8%
    International students 16 6.2%
    All students 260 100.0%

    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 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearson Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    C1 Advanced 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
    More Information
    Secondary School Qualifications Selection Rank (International) 70
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 25
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 17
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 25
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 6
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 65%
    British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 4.6
    Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 74
    ISC & CBSE [India] 65%
    ISBE [India] 75%
    SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 1120
    AP (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 6
    Abitur 3.7
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.2
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 7.5
    STPM or Matrikulasi 2.67
    Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 70
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 70
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 339
    ANU Foundation Studies 59%
    Monash Foundation Year 63.75%
    Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 70
    UNSW Foundation Year 6.4
    University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 6.5
    Western Australian Universities' Foundation Program (WAUFP) 54
    University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 4.0
    Non-Go8 Foundation Score 70
    SMA3 (in conjunction with National Final Examination Certificate) 80
    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

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
    I am a:

    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    Indicative annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $35,000

    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.

    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

    Diplomat, Linguist, Manager / Business Management, Conservation Scientist, Publishing, Member of Parliament, Parliamentary Adviser, Social Inclusion Officer, Historian, UN Human Rights Officer, Youth Worker, Teacher, Non Government Organisation Worker, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Editor, Administrative Assistant, Anthropologist, Market Researcher, Arts Administrator, Author, Banker, Novelist, ...

  • 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 available opportunities visit Study Overseas.

    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 exchanges 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
    • 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 Business*
    • International Development
    • Italian Studies
    • Japanese Studies
    • Linguistics
    • Management*
    • Marketing*
    • Mathematical Sciences
    • Media
    • Modern Greek Studies
    • Music
    • Music Education (minor only)
    • Philosophy
    • Politics and International Relations
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Spanish Studies

    Please note: All Majors and Minors are subject to Faculty confirmation in November. Please visit the Faculty of Arts 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

    Study plans are available on the Faculty of Arts website.
  • Related Degrees

  • Further Study

  • Further Information

    Please direct enquiries to the Ask Adelaide
    Phone: +61 8 8313 7335 (toll free 1800 061 459)

    The annual Open Day and Information Night events provide an excellent opportunity to see our campus, meet with academics, and discuss your study options.

The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.

Last updated: Tuesday, 8 Sep 2020