Selection Rank
TBC (Median SR)
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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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UAC code


Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.



Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021

AUD30,385 (indicative annual fee, 2021)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees

English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

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4 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Program code: 40124
CRICOS code: 095148E

Study arts, innovation, and entrepreneurship

Now you can enjoy the best of both worlds with expertise in arts as well as in innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (BA/BIE) combined degree will produce a new breed of graduates. Develop rich expertise in arts, culture, and social science, along with innovative and entrepreneurial business skills.

This combined degree will develop and inspire individuals interested in creating innovative futures that influence markets, communities and societies. It is designed to provide you with a strong grasp of the complex processes, risks, rewards, motivations and societal impacts of innovation and entrepreneurship within regional, national and global perspectives.

Graduates are empowered with commercial skills, specialist knowledge and the ability to think distinctively, creatively and critically in a business environment. Stretch your imagination and gain highly competitive skills to jumpstart a bright future in an increasingly dynamic and commercial world.

Why study with us?

  • Pursue multiple areas of interest: Choose from 21 diverse study areas, and combine with core studies in innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Diversify your career options with multidisciplinary skills and expertise ensuring you gain a competitive edge across various sectors in Australia and overseas.
  • Hands-on from the start: Gain opportunities to build vital skills and networks with the program’s focus on entrepreneurial strategy along with strong links to local businesses and start up companies.
  • Global connections: Enjoy exciting opportunities such as international immersion trips, overseas placements, student exchange and the international leaders program in countries all over the world.
  • Employers prefer our graduates. The work-ready skills you will gain from this degree will give you a substantial edge in the jobs market.

World top 150 ? for sociology
World top 150 ? for geography and psychology
Top 250 ? in the world for English language and literature
State-of-the-art facilities ? so you graduate work-ready Find out more

What you will study

The combined Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (BA/BIE) empowers you to diversify your skills and better shape your future. Focus on what interests you – choose from 21 areas of study within arts and humanities. In addition, you will also benefit from hands-on teaching and mentoring across entrepreneurship and innovative thinking.

The first year of study is designed to provide a strong foundation in the principles and practices of business, equipping you with a core set of commercial and business development skills. You will complete studies across a broad range of business disciplines including:

  • accounting
  • law
  • marketing
  • entrepreneurship and innovation

Your second, third and fourth years of study will allow you to further enrich and diversify your learning and skillset. The combined program allows you to tailor your study experience undertaking courses relevant to your chosen major sequence.

Study areas

In addition to your core courses in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, you can also pursue your interests with 21 areas of study available across a range of fields in arts and humanities.

You will choose between:

  • a single major; or,
  • a single major and single minor.

Our majors are designed to develop work-ready graduates armed with rich knowledge and competitive skills.

For details, please refer to the Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship program plans and handbook.

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

View the full course list

Career opportunities

The Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (BA/BIE) enables graduates to think globally and laterally, armed with the tools and networks to dream big and incite change.

Your education, training and qualifications will empower you to develop your entrepreneurial ideas in the arts and humanities into successful new ventures. You can also enrich economies, cultures, societies and communities by working within existing businesses in exciting and innovative ways.

The multidisciplinary nature of your studies will open doors, allowing you to pursue multiple areas of interest and diversifying your employment options throughout your professional career.

Depending on your chosen areas of study, careers may include:

  • innovation manager
  • academic
  • archivist
  • Arts administrator
  • business consultant
  • cultural resource manager
  • demographer
  • education sector administration
  • entrepreneur
  • exhibitions officer
  • film and media producer or analyst
  • government or business administration
  • grants officer
  • heritage consultant
  • innovation manager
  • interpreter
  • librarian
  • linguistic analyst; diplomat
  • market research analyst
  • media planner
  • museum visitor services coordinator
  • non-government organisation work
  • policy analyst and developer
  • public or private sector researcher
  • public servant professional
  • publisher
  • tour guide
  • translator
  • writer or editor
  • and, with further qualifications primary or secondary school teacher

Practical experience

Practical experience

The Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship integrates opportunities for you to gain national and international workplace experience and professional mentoring, building in-demand skills and work-ready graduates. This program features a practical component, where you will carry out a work-based project in entrepreneurial strategy.

To prepare you for the strong focus on teamwork and collaboration in business, this program includes an emphasis on group work as a form of assessment. Working in groups helps develop the necessary teamwork skills required to make a successful transition from the classroom to the boardroom.

Newcastle Business School

The Newcastle Business School offers several Work Integrated Learning (WIL) courses, which incorporate some form of practical experience into the theoretical content. You will have the opportunity to undertake work experience relevant to your area of study throughout your business degree. You can work within a Hunter Region organisation and complete 100 hours of work experience, or on a specific project related to the organisation. This practical experience is undertaken as a course within your business degree.

EMPOWER Mentoring Program

The EMPOWER Mentoring Program, (previously known as LUCY), connects female high school students and university students to industry professionals to inspire and inform young women about the study and career opportunities available in Business and Law. By combining education and mentoring, (E + M = Power), the innovative leadership program aims to empower the participants to make informed decisions regarding their work futures.

The benefits are two fold; University students further enhance their leadership skills as they play the role of mentee and mentor. High school students benefit from the opportunity to increase their networks through the connections with university students and Industry professionals. Through these connections they gain a greater understanding of the study and career options available in Business, Commerce, Economics and Law, at pivotal stages in the ‘school to work’ and beyond process.

Assocation to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

The Newcastle Business School is accredited with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), earned by fewer than 5% of the world's business programs. AACSB is the premier, and longest-standing, international accrediting body for business programs and is the international benchmark for excellence in business education.