The Diploma of Arts requires one year of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time).
The Diploma of Arts is administered by the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.
The Diploma of Arts is offered only as an exit award for students currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, conditional entry to Master of Teaching (Primary R-7) and Bachelor of Arts – conditional entry to Master of Teaching (Secondary) who choose not to complete.
The Diploma of Arts provides students with a broad range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies from across the University, with a focus on aspects of human culture and achievement. Sequences can be taken within the Colleges of: Education, Psychology and Social Work; Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; Science and Engineering; and Business, Government and Law.
The course aims to provide students with:
- a sound basis of knowledge in their chosen areas of study
- the ability to apply the knowledge they have acquired
- the ability to communicate effectively in a range of ways
- the ability to work both independently and collaboratively
- an understanding of the value of ethical behaviour.
At the conclusion of the one year Diploma of Arts degree students will have:
- a theoretical body of knowledge with some depth in two major areas of study;
- cognitive and communication skills to identify, analyse, synthesise and act on information from a range of sources.
Students should be able to:
- solve problems;
- transfer knowledge to others;
- demonstrate understanding of knowledge.
Within their fields of study students will have developed:
- communication and presentation skills (oral, written, electronic and graphic);
- teamwork and interpersonal skills;
- management and planning skills (including self-management skills);
- intellectual skills.
Program of study
To qualify for the Diploma of Arts, a student must complete 36 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic.
The 36 units must include:
- COMS1001 Academic and Professional Communication (4.5 units)*
- 9 units of first year topics from one major or minor from the list*;
- 9 units of first year topics from a second Arts major or minor** (different from the first) selected from the list*;
- 13.5 units of Year 1 topics taken from any major or minor.
The following majors or minors are available:
**If taking the STEM minor students can count a 4.5 unit elective towards the minor.
Students who commenced study in the BA prior to 2016 may count the following as part of the two sequences:
* Under certain conditions the core topic COMS1001 may be replaced with an alternative topic. See COMS1001 for further details.
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