ATAR cut-off
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International entry requirement

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 26 Feb 2018
  • Semester 2 - 30 Jul 2018
  • Semester 1 - 26 Feb 2018
  • Semester 2 - 30 Jul 2018
Mode of delivery

Combination of Online and Face to Face


3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 26 Feb 2018
  • Semester 2 - 30 Jul 2018
  • Semester 1 - 26 Feb 2018
  • Semester 2 - 30 Jul 2018
English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

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3 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Combination of Online and Face to Face

UON program code: 40096
CRICOS code: 001602K

Study Arts at UON

Enrich your mind, diversify your skills and safeguard your future with our new work-ready arts degree at the University of Newcastle (UON).

Studying our new Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree at UON lets you forge your own path. Tailor your studies and gain core specialisations by choosing from 21 study areas leading to diverse careers.

Analyse and deconstruct the world around you - explore ideas, theories and records of how people process the human experience through society, culture, history, language, media, politics and more. If you’re hungry for knowledge and enlightenment, this degree will allow you to turn your interests into meaningful careers.

Why study with us?

  • Safeguard your future with flexible and in-demand employability skills identified as critical for lasting success across a range of careers.
  • Great career outcomes: Our new BA degree is designed to produce work-ready graduates. 85% of BA graduates are employed within four months.
  • We help you financially with 15 Faculty scholarships for high performing Bachelor of Arts students. This is in addition to many other scholarship opportunities.
  • Benefit from online peer2peer learning support and enjoy learning circles mentored by an academic leader, with access to our new innovation lab.
  • World’s top 2% - Our Bachelor of Arts degree is built on world-leading research ensuring you are exposed to new ideas and fresh ways of thinking

Education and Arts Scholarships - Find out about our scholarships for domestic and international students

90% Satisfied ? with teaching quality
World top 100 ? for sociology
World top 150 ? for geography and psychology
World top 200 ? English language and literature
World top 100 ? for education

What you will study

Your core courses include practice-based projects and optional internships that further develop skills across digital literacy, problem-solving, innovative thinking and work-readiness.

Learning streams

In addition to choosing majors, minors and structured program pathways, you can focus your studies through optional learning pathways:

  • Entrepreneurial stream - work readiness and specified WIL courses
  • Online stream - online and part-time study
  • Global stream - languages acquisition, global and cultural awareness, international mobility, ie. student exchange
  • Innovator stream - digital learning and topics of inquiry

Majors and minors

Explore diverse study areas, develop your core specialisation and take charge of your future – choose from 18 majors, 23 minors and hundreds of courses. Enjoy flexible degree options, choosing one of the following study pathways:

  • a single major
  • a single major and single minor
  • a single major and double minor
  • a double major
  • double major and single minor.

This degree is offered face to face between the Callaghan and Central Coast (Ourimbah) campus locations. A suite of majors, minors and courses are available online and via flexible delivery (e.g. blended, intensive, online or a combination of these).

Advanced study options

For one extra year of study at the end of your Bachelor’s degree, you can gain a competitive  edge and enhance your career prospects, opening yourself up to higher salaries and positions.

The Honours program will help refine your practical research skills. Over the year you will complete a research project focusing on a specific topic or problem. You could also utilise your research and writing skills or work placement experience to further your future work prospects.

Your studies and experience will allow you to secure innovative and exciting roles or lead into a career in research. Our diverse and multidisciplinary research and teaching clusters could also bring you in contact with national and international researchers enabling you to develop collaborative research projects.

The benefits gained from undertaking your Honours degree include the below:

  • you will develop high level analytical and research skills, along with expertise in your research area
  • you will set yourself apart in the highly competitive, global job market
  • enjoy access to extensive facilities and generous scholarships that are offered to Honours students
  • develop the abilities to make a significant and original contribution to your chosen field
  • you set the foundation for further postgraduate research such as a Research Higher Degree or Masters by coursework.

    Bachelor of Arts (Honours) program handbook


    Studying a degree combined with the Bachelor of Arts gives you the best of both worlds. The double degrees open new doors, allowing you to jumpstart your career with a stronger competitive edge in the job market. Own your future by expanding your areas of expertise and career options.

    In the course of your Bachelor of Arts studies, you might find that further studies undertaking a postgraduate degree can further your ambitions and qualify you for more specialised and rewarding careers.

    Depending on your chosen core specialisation, you may decide to undertake one of the below postgraduate qualifications.

    Career opportunities

    As a Bachelor of Arts student, you will enjoy flexible pathways, develop in-demand skills1 and gain broad career outcomes.

    Employment options for BA graduates are many and varied, with employability strengthened further by your chosen areas of specialisation. In fact, over 85% of recent Humanities graduates in Australia work full-time, casual or part-time. Specific Arts study areas also enjoyed similar employment outcomes: Languages and Psychology (84%), Visual/Performing Arts (82%), and Social Sciences (81%)2. Additionally, there are also a range of opportunities for graduates to complete further study or research.

    Careers by major

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    1Employability Skills for the Future (2002) - a report produced by Business Council of Australia (BCA) and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) on behalf of the Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) and the Australian National Training Authority (ANTA)

    2Grad Stats Report (December 2015) - developed by Graduate Careers Australia, the leading authority on graduate employment issues in Australia Higher Education research data collection.

    Practical experience

    Practical experience

    Gain a stronger competitive advantage through practical experience and work-ready skills. The new Bachelor of Arts program allows you to undertake practical placements in your second and third years of study.

    These opportunities will be designed to further develop the identified key employability skills that are useful to a range of careers. Opportunities exist to undertake Work Integrated Learning (WIL) courses, internship and placements to enhance your career goals.

    UON Bachelor of Arts graduates develop specialist expertise and valuable job skills that are adaptable across various careers and industries in Australia and around the world