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Associate Degree of Arts

2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

About this course

The Associate Degree of Arts is a two-year (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 is a pathway into SCU's Bachelor degree studies in the areas of humanities, arts and creative arts.

Graduates of the Associate Degree of Arts are guaranteed entry into the following linked degree program: Bachelor of Arts. Other pathways to arts-related courses are possible but may require a portfolio of work to enrol.

Graduates may receive up to 16 units of credit towards their undergraduate degree (depends on course and units studied).

This course is offered through SCU College. All SCU College students are offered extra support through College Connect while undertaking this Associate degree.

Career opportunities

Graduates may find work in para-professional roles in a range of settings relevant to the arts and social sciences. 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 on their 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 and the creative arts that prepare students for further study through a choice of electives in more specialist areas. 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 methods

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.

Teaching methods

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 distance education 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.

Advanced standing

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.

Learning support

Learning resources

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 program Blackboard Collaborate delivers advanced on-line learning environments for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces and classrooms. They can share files, presentations, and applications. If the session is recorded, students can view it afterwards.

Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and books of readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed textbooks.

College Connect offers extra support for all students undertaking a SCU College Bachelor degree, Associate degree or Diploma.

The SCU library provides a wide range of services including librarian assistance, print and electronic resources, a document delivery service, catalogues, databases, ebooks, ereadings, and full-text journal literature.

The academic skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, email, phone, and one-on-one support.

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.

Course structure

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

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Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of Associate Degree of Arts a candidate shall successfully complete the equivalent of  sixteen (16) units (192 credit points) comprising:
    1. all eight (8) units listed in Part A; and
    2. Any eight (8) elective units chosen from Part B subject to pre-requisites.
  2. A candidate who while enrolled in the Associate Degree of Arts has completed the equivalent of eight (8) units (96 credit points) from Part A and/or Part B may elect to be awarded a Diploma of Arts following withdrawal from candidature for the Associate Degree.

Schedule of units

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How to apply

Domestic students

On-campus

On-campus applications for this course are made through the NSW Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

Distance education (external)

Applications for this course to study by distance education are made directly to SCU via our online application service.

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