Associate Degree of Arts
About this course
The Associate Degree of Arts is a two-year course (full-time or part-time equivalent) entry-level course that prepares students for continuing study and/or participation in a range of areas relevant to the humanities, culture, society and creative arts. It equips students with skills and knowledge that enable eligible graduates to progress onto a Southern Cross University Bachelor of Arts degree, to enhance their career opportunities.
Students have the option of receiving the equivalent of 4 units of credit (advanced standing) for a completed Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation, then studying 12 units in the Associate Degree of Arts to complete the award. Alternatively, students who enter the Associate degree without a Certificate IV qualification will study 16 units at SCU College to complete the award.
Students who progress to the University’s Bachelor of Arts have the opportunity to select areas of study from a range of disciplines including art and design, communication and cultural studies, contemporary music, governance and society, history, media studies, psychology, and writing, with the freedom to combine these majors with others offered by the University, such as sustainability or Indigenous studies.
This course if offered through SCU College.
Graduates of the Associate Degree of Arts are suited to employment at the para-professional level in a range of areas relevant to the humanities and social science. These include community relations, cultural policy, management and administration, education, publishing, public service, multimedia design, creative and cultural industries, politics, social justice and human rights.
Graduates who proceed to the Bachelor of Arts can build critical thinking, creative practice, research and writing skills, with a strong emphasis on community engagement. They will have expanded career opportunities based on majors completed in the degree.
Major areas of study
The Associate Degree of Arts includes core studies in the humanities that prepare students for further study through a choice of electives in the following areas: communication and cultural studies, history, governance and society, writing, media studies, art and design, contemporary music, languages.
These study options assist students’ progression to a major area of study (depending on units completed), should they decide to articulate into Southern Cross University’s Bachelor of Arts.
Assessment tasks vary from unit to unit and can include essays, reports, audio or video presentations, class participation, individual and group work, online quizzes, case analyses, and examinations. Assessment items are in accordance with learning outcomes and designed to ensure that all the graduate attributes are assessed throughout the course. The performance criteria, grading standards and due dates for assessment tasks are included in each Unit Information Guide. Students receive timely feedback on their assessment submissions.
On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including face-to-face lectures and tutorials. Some units offer online activities, classes, pre-recorded and/or live lectures. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
The online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive online pre-recorded and/or live lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.
- Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.
To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.
An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.
MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.
The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.
Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.
The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, assignment reviews and small group or one-on-one face-to-face, phone or Skype consultations during business hours 9am to 4.30pm. Appointments can be made via the MySCU Hub ‘Connect Now’ button or on the Academic Skills home page. Students can also book appointments online in Career Hub.
The YourTutor service provides online after-hours study support for SCU students. This service is available from 4pm to midnight Sunday to Friday via the 'Connect Now' button on MySCU Hub or from a link in nominated unit learning sites. The YourTutor service offers generic writing feedback and live online chat assistance for foundational concepts and study skills.
Equipment and facilities
Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.
See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.
Table of contents
To be eligible for the award of Associate Degree of Arts a candidate shall successfully complete not less than sixteen (16) units comprising:
- the TAFE Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation equivalent to four units or 4 units from Part B of the Schedule of Units;
- all units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units;
- four units from Part B of the Schedule of Units; and
- two electives.
- A candidate who while enrolled in the Associate Degree of Arts has completed 8 units from Part A and/or Part B of the Associate Degree of Arts may elect to be awarded a Diploma of Arts following withdrawal from candidature from the Associate Degree of Arts.
Schedule of units
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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'