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Bachelor of Arts

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About this course

The Bachelor of Arts will expand your horizons and challenge your preconceptions. It will empower you to investigate, create, critique, and celebrate the many achievements, ideas and values of our human world and the human condition.

This is a degree that enables critical thinking, community engagement and creative practices. The course provides the scope to build strong intellectual capabilities through the in-depth study of majors and minors across a range of specialist areas while fostering the development of transferable essential skills in communication, research, interpretation and evaluation.

In addition to the study of their chosen disciplines, students will develop cultural awareness and intellectual rigour in a way that integrates creative practice and theory.

Students can also elect to undertake a professional placement to gain experience in the workplace and to establish professional contacts. They may also exit the program with an Associate Degree of Creative Writing, following successful completion of 16 required units.

Career opportunities

In communication industries, community relations, journalism, cultural policy, management and administration, publishing, public service, multimedia design, creative and cultural industries, politics, social justice and human rights, and secondary school teaching (with further study).

Professional placement

Professional placement provides students with the opportunity to gain experience in the workplace and to establish  key contacts. In the Bachelor of Arts, students can undertake learning opportunities in the community through a number of units as well as through assessment opportunities.

Major areas of study

The majors available in humanities and social sciences provide an overview of the humanities (or study of the human condition) and the study of human society and social relationships which contribute to the advancement of human understanding. These majors include:

  • Australian Studies
  • Communication Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • English
  • History
  • Indigenous Studies
  • International Studies
  • Politics
  • Society and Culture
  • Human Geography.

Note: Humanities and social sciences majors are all available online and on campus at Lismore. Cultural Studies is also available at the Gold Coast campus.

Majors in creative arts provide opportunities for students to develop practical or theoretical understandings of creativity in:

  • Media Studies
  • Creative Arts
  • Music
  • Visual Arts
  • Writing.

Note: Creative arts majors are all available at Lismore campus. Writing and media Studies are also available online.

Majors are in the secondary school teaching areas for students interested in pursuing further studies to become teachers. Students can combine the following majors with a major in Education:

  • Environmental Studies
  • English
  • Physical Geography
  • History
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Society and Culture
  • Visual Arts

Note: These majors are all available at the Lismore campus. Environmental Studies, History, Indigenous Studies, Society and Culture are also available online.

Students who choose a major in the secondary school teaching areas and hope to progress to Southern Cross University's Master of Teaching (which they would need to complete to become teachers) need to choose very specific majors to qualify for entry into the Masters degree and should contact the University for further advice. Students who specifically want to become teachers should apply for one of Southern Cross University's combined education degrees. See related degrees on this page for more information on these courses.

The opportunity to combine traditional arts subjects with majors in sciences allows people to pursue their passions across disciplines in:

  • Environmental Studies
  • Physical Geography
  • Human Geography
  • Mathematics.

Note: These majors are all available on campus at Lismore.

Other vocationally-oriented majors could be combined with studies in the arts. These majors include:

  • Law and Justice Studies
  • Tourism
  • Psychology

Note: These majors are all available online. Law and Justice Studies is also available on campus at Lismore. Tourism is also available on campus at Lismore and the Gold Coast.

Minors

Four units from any of the majors can be taken as a minor. Additional minors in a range of subject areas are also available to provide further opportunity for specialisation in: Curatorial Studies, Event Studies, Food Studies, Healthy Childhood Studies, Sound Production, Welfare State Studies and Human Geography.

Please note, not all units in the minors are available at each location.

Assessment methods

The assessment methods used in this course vary from unit to unit and connect with the types of learning outcomes for each unit and the course as a whole. Assessment tasks may include essays, reports, presentations, role plays, group work, reflective logbooks, creative production and experiential learning on campus or in the community. 

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Our online education study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Classes provide opportunities for engaging students in learning and discussion. The course includes a number of field trips and on-campus events which are open to students studying either on campus or online.

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.
  • Recognition of informal learning
    Credit may be awarded on the basis of current informal learning (that takes place through work, social, family or leisure activities).

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 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 SCU Library provides a wide range of services that include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources. To find out more, see the Library Toolbox.

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.

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 Bachelor of Arts degree a candidate shall successfully complete not less than twenty-four (24) units (288 credit points) comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A; and
    2. at least one of the eight (8) unit majors and two of the four (4) unit minors from Part B and four (4) electives; or
    3. two of the eight (8) unit majors and one four (4) unit minor from Part B or four (4) electives; or
    4. at least one of the eight (8) unit majors one four (4) unit minor from Part B and eight (8) electives
  2. No unit will be credited to more than one major.
  3. A maximum of ten (10) Introductory level units and a minimum of six (6) Advanced level units should be completed.
  4. To be eligible for the award of the Associate Degree of Creative Writing a candidate shall successfully complete not less than sixteen (16) units (192 credit points) comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A of the Associate Degree of Creative Writing; and
    2. eight (8) units of study from Part B of the Associate Degree of Creative Writing; and
    3. three (3) units from Part C of the Associate Degree of Creative Writing
  5. A candidate who while enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts has completed the requirements of the Associate Degree of Creative Writing may elect to be awarded the Associate Degree of Creative Writing following withdrawal from candidature from the Bachelor of Arts.
  6. To be eligible for the Associate Degree of Arts a candidate shall successfully complete not less than sixteen (16) units (192 credit points) comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A; and
    2. one of the eight (8) units majors from Part B; or
    3. two of the four (4) unit minors from Part B; and
    4. four (4) electives.
  7. A candidate who while enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts has completed the requirements of the Associate Degree of Arts may elect to be awarded the Associate Degree of Arts following withdrawal from candidature from the Bachelor of Arts.
  8. To be eligible for the award of Diploma of Arts a candidate shall successfully complete eight (8) units (96 credit points) comprising:
    1. all four (4) units listed in Part A; and
    2. any four (4) units listed in Part B
  9. A candidate in the Bachelor of Arts who has completed the requirements for the Diploma of Arts may elect to be awarded the Diploma of Arts following withdrawal from candidature from the Bachelor of Arts.

Advanced standing

Candidates who completed an Associate Degree of Creative Writing or the Associate Degree of Arts may be granted advanced standing for up to sixteen (16) units towards the Bachelor of Arts.

Where a student has completed multiple awards of the same level below AQF level 7, only one will be assessed for Advanced Standing.

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).

Online (external)

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

International students

Confirm you meet the entry requirements including English language and academic entry and any specific pre-requisites.

Apply OnlineSouthern Cross University accepts applications directly through the International Application for Admissions form or via our online application services.

Additional information on how to apply is available at SCU International. Please note applicants from some countries need to go through an Education Agent.

The information on this page may be subject to change over time. Please check this page again before acting and see our disclaimer.

From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'