Diploma in Arts

Add the Arts to your resume

At the University of Adelaide, we support broad learning and insight across fields. 

The diploma is 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 24 units. 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?

The Diploma in Arts is your stepping stone to a place in the Bachelor of Arts. Kickstart your dream of going to uni and gain a unique perspective and greater employability.


  • Your pathway into uni
  • Test if university study is for you
  • Build your academic skills

Entry Requirements

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
For our students who are studying offshore in 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 further information and a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 316181
2022 CSP ATAR 56.1
2022 CSP IB 24
Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 55
Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 24
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
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 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 2023. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2023 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2022 or 2021), 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 2021). 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

2022 Admissions Data for school leavers
ATAR
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer N/A
Median ATAR to receive an offer N/A
Highest ATAR to receive an offer N/A
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer N/A
Median Selection Rank to receive an offer N/A
Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer N/A
Minimum eligibility score 55
Additional criteria considered Selection rank only

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place: $9,930

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Scholarships

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Careers

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.

Further Study

Testimonial

I have always wanted to do a major in History and I can now do this on the side with my MBA.

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Last updated: Thursday, 29 Sep 2022