Diploma in Arts (Specialisation)

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.

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.

  • Study what you love/are passionate about
  • SA's biggest choice of Arts majors
  • Upskill for a new career or go on to study further

Entry Requirements

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 316321
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Selection Criteria
Higher Education Study Applicants for admission to the Diploma in Arts (Specialisation) must: a). Be enrolled in an undergraduate degree, postgraduate degree or combined degree program at the University of Adelaide; OR
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.
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Fees and Scholarships

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Potential careers

Administrative Assistant, Advertising Officer, Linguist, Anthropologist, Market Researcher, Archaeologist, Marketing Officer, Marketing Planner, Arts Administrator, Author, Ministerial Adviser, Multimedia / Web Designer, Music Critic, Music Journalist / Music Critic, Broadcaster, Natural Resource Manager, Natural Resource Planner, Campaign Manager, News Presenter, Non Government Organisation Worker, Novelist, Columnist, ...

Degree Structure

Academic Program Rules

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Further Study


It has been one of the most life changing and wonderful experiences I have ever had. I have met amazing friends, learnt a range of different subjects in politics, Asian studies, history and Japanese.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 13 Sep 2023