As a Deakin Arts graduate you will develop some of the most important skills a student can gain at university - becoming an expert at managing and communicating knowledge and information and developing critical analysis skills and systematic thinking. The Bachelor of Arts provides the opportunity to develop an imaginative understanding and appreciation of the theory and practice of the social sciences, humanities and arts. It will also give you an enhanced cultural sensitivity, skills and knowledge relevant to employment in the modern workforce, and an understanding of information technology tools and systems used in learning and employment. The degree is structured in a way which offers maximum flexibility and gives you the opportunities to pursue your own interests and design courses of study that suits your needs, within minimal guidelines. You may study particular areas in-depth or undertake a wide range of units. You are required to complete at least one arts major sequence chosen from a variety of study areas including performing and creative arts, languages, history, media and communication, psychology and sociology. Up to one-third of the course may be taken outside the Faculty of Arts and Education, thereby providing even greater possibilities for interesting course combinations.
General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table. Some courses may have additional entry requirements. Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements
Bachelor of Arts (International Students)
Off campus studies
International students can only undertake off-campus study while living overseas. Due to visa regulations, off-campus units are not available to international students studying in Australia, unless it is in addition to their full-time on-campus study mode.
Fees and charges
Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A Fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.
Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.
* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2009, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.
As a Bachelor of Arts graduate you will be well placed to enter a variety of employment fields after developing in your studies, a combination of a broad range of specialised and general skills, often demanded by today's employers. Some of these fields include media and communication, photography, politics and policy studies, history, languages and visual arts. The broad range of major sequence options ensures that graduates have the opportunity to gain qualifications in a number of areas.
You may choose to undertake an Honours degree or postgraduate study on completion of your Arts degree. These studies normally provide professional qualifications directed to a particular career.
To qualify for the Bachelor of Arts a student must complete 24 credit points of study including:
* an approved Arts major sequence of at least 8 credit points from the campus at which you are enrolled
* no more than 8 credit points taken outside the course-grouped units for the BA (in effect this means that up to 8 credit points may be taken outside the recognised Faculty of Arts and Education major sequences)
* no more than 10 credit points at level 1
* at least 14 credit points at level 2 or above
* 4 credit points at level 3; and
* the successful completion of at least one wholly online unit
All students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts course are required to complete at least one Arts major sequence offered at the campus at which they are enrolled.
The campus or mode where the major sequence is offered is indicated in parenthesis as follows:
B = Melbourne campus at Burwood
G = Geelong campus at Waurn Ponds
W = Warrnambool campus
X = Off campus
Anthropology (G, X)
Australian Studies (B, G, W, X)
Criminology (G, X)
Film and Video (B)*
Film Studies (B)
Gender Studies (B, G#, X)*
History (B, G, X)
Indonesian (B, G, X)
International Development Studies (X)*
International Relations (B, G, X)
Journalism (G, W, X)
Language and Culture Studies (B, G**, X**)
Literary Studies (B, G, W, X)
Mathematics (B, G, X)
Media and Communication (B, G, W, X)
Middle East Studies (B)
Philosophy (B, G, X)
Politics and Policy Studies (B, G, W, X)
Psychology (B, G, W, X)
Public Relations (G, W#, X)
Social and Political Thought (B, G, X)
Sociology (B, G, W, X)
Visual Arts (B)
* Available to continuing students only
** A full major in Arabic or Chinese is not available at nominated campus
# Full major is not available at nominated campus
Structuring the course
In general, students who do not enter with advanced standing are advised to complete a variety of level 1 units and proceed to level 2 units after developing a range of study and research skills.
In some cases, where students have obtained above-average results in their level 1 units and are keen to pursue a particular major sequence, it may be possible to enrol in the next level of a particular major sequence prior to completion of 8 credit points at level 1.
Transition to University study
The faculty offers two units ASC160 Introduction to University Study and ALW117 Writing for Professional Practice which are specifically designed to ease the transition into university study. New students are encouraged to enrol in one or both of these units in their first year.
Wholly online units
To ensure that all Deakin students have the skills to meet the demands of the modern workforce, undergraduate students are required to complete at least one unit of their study wholly online.
The wholly online units offered by the Faculty of Arts and Education in 2009 are:
Trimester 1 or trimester 2
ACN108 History of Interactive Entertainment
AIH265/AIH365 Great Debates: Unfinished Business of the Past
AIR236/AIR336 Global Capitalism and its Discontent *
AIX391 Work Transition in the 21st Century
ALL379 Representing Australia
ALR383 Government Relations and Issues Management
AIP238/AIP338 The Politics of Fear
ALC314 Advertising: Designing Desires
ALC320 Approaches to Media: Audiences and Effects
ASC320 Sex, Crime and Justice in An Electronic Age
* AIR236/336 is also offered in trimester 3 (2008/09)
Because a number of disciplinary studies are cumulative in knowledge, technical competencies and/or study and research skills there are prerequisites which direct students to take some units before others. Students must seek advice from a course adviser before enrolling in units for which they do not have prerequisite or recommended units.
A number of units within the course are offered at more than one level, with appropriate adjustments to assessment requirements. Students who pass a unit at a particular level cannot enrol in the same unit at another level. For example, ASS205/ASS305 Anthropology of Poverty and Development is offered at levels 2 and 3. If students pass this unit at level 2 they cannot enrol in it again at level 3.
Assessment within the award of Bachelor of Contemporary Arts varies from written assignments and/or examination to practical and technical exercises and performance. In some units assessment may also include class participation, online exercises, workshop exercises and tests.
Continuing Deakin students may apply to study units offered by another Australian tertiary institution and have them credited to their Deakin University degree. Further information is available from Arts and Education Student Support and Enrolment Enquiries.
Admission requirements - general
General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table (194kb).
Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.
Advanced standing - general
If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for advanced standing. You will need to provide your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your advanced standing.
Your advanced standing is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.
You can also refer to the Advanced Standing System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.
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