Bachelor of Arts

Why study the Bachelor of Arts at UNE?

The degree equips students with creative, critical and analytical skills ideal for lifelong learning. The degree offers a wide choice of career options and can provide a solid foundation for further studies. This is a highly flexible degree in which students can either incorporate multiple subjects, yet still attain specialist knowledge in a particular disciplinary area of their choice, or focus on particular disciplines or areas of study. The Bachelor of Arts fosters a global perspective and equips students with core life skills as well as the fundamental generic skills insisted on by employers: critical thinking, research capability, ethical practice, creativity, independence, autonomy, initiaive, innovation, effective communication (oral, written and electronic), presentation skills, teamwork and interpersonal skills, management and planning skills, computer literacy, and cultural awareness. These skills are introduced in foundation units and developed in disciplines and/or areas of study. Graduating students have the subject(s) of their major/s or extended major specialisation within the degree appear on their testamur e.g. Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) or Bachelor of Arts (Theatre and Performance).

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Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Arts fosters the accumulation of knowledge and the development of a diverse set of skills essential to the formation of an independent thinking and empowering the individual to create a new future, new career prospects and the ability to meet the challenges of the modern workplace. Examples of career paths include management, public relations, public service, education, business, human resources, research and analysis, and creative industries. The employability of Arts graduates is a reflection of the skills they acquire during their study.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

3 Years Full-time
Up to 10 years Part-time

FEES

CSP
International

2016 ATAR / OP

72.55 / 12

2017 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Off Campus
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Off Campus
Trimester 2, On Campus
Trimester 3, Off Campus

Official Abbreviation BA
Course Type Undergraduate
CRICOS Code 000380E
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Off Campus
Course Duration
  • 3 Years Full-time
  • Up to 10 years Part-time
2016 ATAR 72.55
2016 OP 12
Fees CSP / International
Total Credit Points 144
How to Apply

All domestic students apply through the link below

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Intensive Schools

Mandatory intensive schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall:

(a) be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures); or

(b) hold an AQF Level 5 Diploma in Arts from UNE or equivalent; or

(c) hold an AQF Level 6 Advanced Diploma in Arts from UNE or equivalent; or

(d) hold an approved qualification from an Australian TAFE or Registered Training Organisation under the Articulation Programs.

Assumed knowledge is any two units of English.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) shall be granted a maximum of 48 credit points of Specified or Unspecified Advanced Standing based on their Admission to Candidature. Up to a further 48 credit points may be granted based on units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based.

Candidates admitted under Rule (c) shall be granted a maximum of 72 credit points of Specified or Unspecified Advanced Standing based on their Admission to Candidature. Up to a further 24 credit points may be granted based on units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based.

Candidates admitted under Rule (d) shall be granted Block or Specified Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature, according to the relevant program of study under the Articulation Programs.

Honours

Candidates who have successfully completed the Bachelor of Arts may, on the recommendation of the head of school concerned, continue to an honours year. The honours program shall include advanced coursework and a dissertation.

Scholarships

The University offers a number of faculty/college and country scholarships available to Australian citizens and permanent residents.

Academic Colours

White (BCC 1)

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These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Bachelor of Arts in 2017.

Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall:
(a) be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and the Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures); or
(b) hold an AQF Level 5 Diploma in Arts from UNE or equivalent; or
(c) hold an AQF Level 6 Advanced Diploma in Arts from UNE or equivalent; or
(d) hold an approved qualification from an Australian TAFE or Registered Training Organisation under the Articulation Programs.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.
Candidates admitted under Rule (b) shall be granted a maximum of 48 credit points of Specified or Unspecified Advanced Standing based on their Admission to Candidature. Up to a further 48 credit points may be granted based on units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based.
Candidates admitted under Rule (c) shall be granted a maximum of 72 credit points of Specified or Unspecified Advanced Standing based on their Admission to Candidature. Up to a further 24 credit points may be granted based on units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based.
Candidates admitted under Rule (d) shall be granted Block or Specified Advanced Standing, based on their Admission to Candidature, according to the relevant program of study under the Articulation Programs.

Period of Candidature

The period of candidature shall be:
(a) three years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to ten years as a part-time candidate.
Candidates who have been admitted to candidature through an approved Articulation Program are referred to Clause 2.17 of the University Policy on Advanced Standing for advice on the pro-rata period of maximum candidature.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 144 credit points including 12 credit points of Core Units and either one Minor* and one Major, or one Extended Major. The Bachelor of Arts shall include not more than 60 credit points at 100-level, at least 36 credit points at 300-level and not more than 12 credit points at 400-level.
To continue in the course a candidate must successfully complete 12 credit points of Core Units within the first 48 credit points of attempted units, excluding any advanced standing. Candidates who fail to meet this course progression requirement will be asked to show cause as to why they should not have conditions placed on their continued enrolment or be discontinued from the course.
*Candidates may replace the Minor with a second Major.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 12 cps
ONE Minor totalling 24 credit points; and ONE Major totalling 48 or 60 credit points;
OR
ONE Extended Major
72 or 48 cps
OR
72 cps
Elective Units
Complete 48 or 60 credit points depending on which Minor and Major or Extended Major a candidate includes as part of their course.
48 or 60 cps
Total 144 cps

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Approved Majors

Ancient History
Archaeology
Australian History
Chinese
Classical Languages
Criminology
English
French
German
History
Human Geography
Indigenous Studies
Indonesian
International History
Islamic Studies
Italian
Japanese
Linguistics
Music
Peace Studies
Philosophy
Physical Geography
Political and International Studies
Psychology
Screen and Media Studies
Sociology
Spanish
Studies in Religion
Theatre and Performance
Writing

Articulation Major

Stage and Screen Acting (restricted to candidates admitted under the Stage and Screen Acting Articulation Program).

Articulation Program

Stage and Screen Acting
This program is articulated with the Advanced Diploma in Stage and Screen Acting of the Academy of Film, Theatre and Television and the Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts (Acting) of the Actors Centre Australia. Candidates must pass units to the value of 72 credit points as follows: 48 credit points of Listed Units including at least 36 credit points at 300 level, 12 credit points of core units and 12 credit points of elective units offered within the University.

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Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Bachelor of Arts.

Exit Pathways

Subject to meeting Advanced Standing rules, candidates admitted under Rule (a) who apply to discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with either the Diploma in Arts on completion of 48 credit points including 12 credit points of Core Units or the Advanced Diploma in Arts on completion of 72 credit points including 12 credit points of Core Units and a 24 credit point Minor.
Subject to meeting Advanced Standing Rules, candidates admitted under Rule (b) who apply to discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the Advanced Diploma in Arts on completion of 24 credit points including a Minor.
Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies must apply for readmission and will be subject to current course requirements of the Bachelor of Arts. This may mean that they will not receive full recognition for their previous studies should the course structure have changed in response to University requirements.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Procedures.

Course Aims

The Bachelor of Arts provides students with a broad range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies from across the University, with a strong focus on aspects of human society, culture and achievement. The Bachelor of Arts can also be undertaken in conjunction with a range of other degrees in the University.

The course aims to provide students with:

(i) a depth and breadth of knowledge in their chosen areas of study;

(ii) the ability to apply the knowledge they have acquired;

(iii) skills in critical analysis, critical thinking and critical enquiry;

(iv) self-reliance, especially in regards to the acquisition of information, the ability to assess evidence, convey complex ideas and answer complex questions;

(v) the ability to communicate effectively in a range of ways;

(vi) the ability to work both independently and collaboratively;

(vii) the diverse skills to connect across geographical, disciplinary, social and cultural boundaries;

(viii) an understanding of the value of ethical behaviour; and

(ix) the essential skills demanded by employers in a global jobs market enabling them to achieve exciting and rewarding career outcomes.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding of selected fields of study in core disciplines and areas of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences and apply that knowledge in diverse contexts;
  2. demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of theories, factual content and research procedures and ethical practice in their major or extended major and other fields of study;
  3. analyse, critically evaluate and communicate ideas and solve problems with intellectual independence in their major or extended major and other fields of study including the ability to exhibit key employment and lifelong learning skills;
  4. act as informed and critically discriminating participants within the community of scholars; and
  5. display highly developed communication skills and, in the case of those students undertaking a language major or extended major, read, write and speak another language with fluency and understand its cultural context.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates will possess depth and breadth of knowledge relevant to their fields of study, and have a well developed understanding of the key principles, practices, and boundaries of their discipline. They will also understand the need to adopt transnational and multicultural approaches to the understanding of issues in these fields.

Communication Skills

Graduates will have skills that enable them to investigate, synthesise and communicate the ideas and information acquired from their areas of study, including, where applicable, the possession of these skills in languages other than English. Students will recognise the importance of continuing to develop their communication skills, and be able to use appropriate communication technologies.

Problem Solving

Graduates will have a sound understanding of key problem solving strategies in their fields of study and be able to apply these skills to develop their own responses to particular problems on diverse topics and issues in a range of different environments.

Information Literacy

Graduates will be taught how to recognise relevant information and to use appropriate media, tools and methodologies to locate, access and use information. They will learn how to critically evaluate the sources, values, and validity of information, as well as to use information in critical and creative thinking.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Graduates will be taught to understand and practise the highest standards of ethical behaviour associated with their discipline or profession. They will understand and be open-minded about social, cultural and linguistic diversity in Australia and the world, and appreciate their ethical responsibilities towards colleagues, research subjects, the wider community, and the environment.

Lifelong Learning

Graduates will have the skills to continue to research, critically evaluate and discuss issues, and also acquire further learning. The development of intellectual capacity and critical thinking skills will enable students to be able to research, write about and discuss a range of issues. These skills are transferable and essential lifelong skills.

Independence and Collaboration

Graduates will develop skills in independent study as well as the ability to work collaboratively. They will learn the importance of participating in discussions in a professional, respectful and ethical manner.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

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International Students

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