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Diploma in Arts

Overview

Already have a degree and want to keep learning? Further develop your passions or discover new ones with a Diploma in Arts.

Undertaking this diploma, which requires you to complete one major or two minors, is an ideal option if you want to return to study but are unsure about committing the time required for a masters. Past students have come from higher education and vocational education and training, recent secondary education or simply work and life experience.

Upon completion and subject to performance and entry requirements, the program may make you eligibility for entry into honours, open the way to postgraduate coursework and entry to research postgraduate study via honours. Also, the Diploma in Arts is a Commonwealth Supported (HECS-HELP) program.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
1 Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
QTAC Code
707121
Program Code
2320
AQF
Level 5

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Take advantage of the flexible nature of a program that's open to graduates in any field of study.
  • Choose from over 40 study areas across the humanities, social sciences and languages
  • Discover a whole new world of learning from historic to modern-day subjects, including Art History, Philosophy, Writing, Music, International Relations, English Literature and more.

1 in Australia for social sciences and humanities

CWTS Leiden Ranking 2020

1 in Queensland for arts and humanities

QS World University Rankings 2020

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  • Ancient History
  • Ancient History/History
  • Anthropology

What you'll study

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Depending on which major you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Arts development officer
  • Arts journalist
  • Arts and cultural officer
  • Arts curator
  • Anthropologist
  • Archaeologist
  • Classics teacher
  • Language teacher
  • Community planning and policy adviser
  • History and humanities teacher

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Bachelor's degree or equivalent in any field.

Prerequisites

Bachelor's degree or equivalent in any field.

English language requirements

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Who you'll study with

Here's a snapshot of our student intake for this program in Semester 1, 2020:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students

(A) Higher education study

34100%

(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

N/AN/A

(C) Work and life experience

N/AN/A
(D) Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
0N/A
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
N/AN/A
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
N/AN/A

International students

00%

Total

34100%

"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Diploma in Arts are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Majors and minors

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Gain a deep understanding of Indigenous perspectives on everyday life in Australia and major social, economic and political events in Australia's history.

You'll also learn from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers from Indigenous communities.

Graduates typically work in a broad range of roles with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, like education, community development, public health, government and advocacy.

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Ancient History

Discover and learn about the achievements of ancient cultures which still influence ideas and institutions today.

Courses span the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity, and focus on important individuals, ideas and events.

Graduates find fascinating careers that require researching, writing, and presentation skills – particularly with a wide breadth of historical knowledge.

View

Ancient History/History

Examine the art, literature, religion, philosophy and social customs of early Mediterranean cultures through to cultures of the Middle Ages and beyond, including modern Europe, Asia, the Pacific and Australia.

Given the lasting influence of ancient ideas and institutions, the study of Ancient History helps to provide a basis for deeper understanding of modern society.

Graduates pursue roles in museums, publishing, media, international agencies, public and government sector in Australia and overseas.

View

Anthropology

Delve into a diversity of cultures in all their complexity and richness.

You'll discover how cultural traditions continue and change over time, informing human beliefs and behaviour.

Graduates usually work in roles that require an understanding of diversity and cultural difference, with positions likely in government departments, Aboriginal Land Councils and consultancy firms.

View

Archaeology

Learn first-hand about archaeological methods and techniques, including field survey and excavation, materials analysis and how to interpret archaeological collections and sites.

You'll develop unique skills for careers with museums, cultural centres and agencies, law enforcement, government departments and educational and research institutions.

View

Art History

See the world through different eyes and understand the evolving values of visual cultures by using a range of different approaches.

You'll develop strong visual literacy and gain a broad knowledge of art traditions.

Employment lies in private galleries and public art institutions, or you could become an arts writer, curator, education officer or registrar.

View

Chinese

Learning Chinese opens a window to understanding China's culture, way of life and how the nation now plays an increasingly active role in world affairs.

There are separate majors for native speakers of Mandarin and other Chinese dialects.

Many students study Chinese alongside courses in business, education, tourism, engineering, information technology, politics, leading to careers in various fields.

View

Chinese Translation and Interpreting

Understand how Chinese culture influences the meaning of written and spoken texts, and how to take culture into consideration when translating or interpreting.

You'll also learn about key issues in translation and interpreting ethics.

Gain the foundations to build a future career as an interpreter or a translator in diplomacy, law, education, business, politics, health, education and academia.

Please note that this major is designed for students who are native Chinese speakers.

View

Classical Languages

Learn reading and writing skills in classical Greek and Latin, two of the oldest languages in the world, which will give you a better understanding other European languages, ideas, cultures and societies.

Take your talents into careers in government, publishing and editing, cultural centres, education or academia.

View

Criminology

Become a student in this major and you'll train in social research methods, learn how to study crime and its regulation and discover how criminology draws on sociology, psychology and anthropology.

Graduates can pursue careers in policing, security and intelligence, corrective services, social policy and research.

View

Drama

Encounter the spectrum of theatre practice through time and across cultures, from antiquity to today and most stages in between.

This major will help you understand the performances you see, and those you might want to make.

Graduates typically pursue creative roles within the arts sector like performing, directing, playwriting, writing and reviewing.

View

Economics

Economics is central to understanding issues relating to business, markets, trade, governments, globalisation, health, development and the environment.

You'll undertake research in your chosen area of interest and study advanced-level coursework in theoretical and applied microeconomics and macroeconomics, including econometrics.

When you graduate, you could start a career as an analyst, adviser or economist in the public and private sectors, whether in business, finance, international development, management or research.

View

English

Gain a deeper insight into the English-speaking world and English-language culture.

This major combines courses from English literature, media, film and television studies.

Graduates typically work in education as school teachers, heads of department, education advisers and student mentors.

View

English as an International Language

Further your knowledge of how English is used in intercultural settings and globalised workplaces.

You'll gain a specialisation in English and better understand the complex relationship between language, culture and identity,

Skilled graduates are sought after by international and multinational companies for positions in development, marketing, management and trade.

View

English Literature

Develop your enjoyment of reading and refine your analytical skills by examining some of the world's major English-language novels and works.

Discover the different ways that people from different times have lived, thought, argued, felt and imagined.

Take your love of literature into work in education, government and arts administration, arts policy, communications, festivals and marketing.

View

Film and Television Studies

Gain a broad appreciation of how film and TV are both major commercial industries and artistic forms, and have the option of taking practical courses in screenwriting, video production and more.

Career paths lead to employment in education, festivals and events, publicity, marketing, film culture, screen corporations and film distributors.

View

French

Immerse yourself in French language and culture.

Courses in this major cover language skills and offer knowledge about some of the major historical, social, literary and philosophical movements in the Francophone world.

Many graduates use their language competency to enhance employability in fields such as business, education, tourism and politics.

View

Geography

Become actively involved in addressing issues like climate change and population growth as you develop your understanding of the relationship between natural systems and social systems.

Roles for graduates include areas like natural resource management, wildlife conservation, ecotourism, transport and planning.

View

German

Learn about German language, history and culture, and gain an overview of significant events, trends, places and people in German speaking countries at the heart of modern Europe.

Developing competence in speaking, reading and writing German is an asset for many careers, including international relations, international business, tourism, interpreting/translation, teaching and the sciences. Learning to speak the language and to understand the German culture will give you a competitive edge in the 21st century. It will also enable you to read the works of great thinkers and writers in the language in which they are written.

View

History

History is an ongoing dialogue between the present and the past.

As a student, you'll gain an understanding of cause and consequence, and change and continuity, as you learn what informs people and their attitudes, motivations and prejudices.

Your major can lead to work that requires researching, writing and presentation skills. This includes roles in museums, publishing and international agencies.

View

Indonesian

Get to know one of Australia's closest neighbours in this major covering Indonesian history, politics, culture and society

Learn why Bahasa Indonesia, the official language of Indonesia, has been identified as one of the crucial language skills needed for future Australian growth.

As Indonesia plays a bigger role in our region, this major is beneficial for careers in business, tourism, law, mining and other fields.

View

International Relations

Equip yourself with the theoretical and practical tools to analyse and evaluate events and issues in world politics.

Choose from courses about foreign policy, terrorism and insurgency, human rights and foreign policies.

Graduates of this major will be global citizens, intellectually open and flexible, aware of and sensitive to cultural difference, and motivated to make positive change through global engagement. Graduates can consider roles as policy and trade advisers, diplomats, consular attachés or humanitarian affairs advisers.

View

Japanese

Japanese is a key world language used to facilitate economic pursuits, research and government interaction

Broaden the scope of your personal, social and professional networks when you learn about Japanese language and culture, including the different levels of politeness and contextually appropriate expressions used in Japan.

Many students study Japanese alongside courses like business, education and tourism to broaden their career opportunities.

View

Journalism and Mass Communication

Gain the knowledge vital for exciting careers in media and related professions.

Courses cover the study of journalism and other forms of public communication, along with global journalism, mass communication and digital media.

Career opportunities can be found in arts, business, government and business, marketing, communications or public relations.

View

Korean

Come to understand different ways of thinking about and appreciating Korea's diverse history and rich cultural.

There are speaking and writing courses, along with teachings about Korean films, TV dramas, internet culture and even pop songs.

Many students also undertake other courses in various fields where their major in Korean can a prove a future career asset, like business, education and tourism.

View

Linguistics

Discover what language is, how we learn and use it, and how it varies and changes across social and historical contexts.

Courses examine the sounds of language, words, sentences and meaning, and the complex interactions between them.

Linguistics leads to careers in areas as diverse as engineering and artificial intelligence, software engineering, health sciences, education, law and publishing.

View

Mathematics

This major offers more than 30 different courses to suit different interests and career goals.

Prerequisite courses cover essential topics, with higher-level courses covering mathematical analysis, probability bioinformatics, mathematical biology and many other subjects.

Graduates go on to research positions at universities, government agencies and private companies. There are also opportunities in banking, finance, insurance and risk management.

View

Media and Digital Cultures

Broaden your future horizons with this major focused on the ubiquity of digital media technologies in our lives, the role of media in cultural life, the emergence of digital media industries and technologies, and much more.

Learn about different forms of media like television and news, the emergence of digital media industries and technologies, and the cultural formations characteristic of media-dense digital societies.

Graduates often go on to careers in events, marketing media and communications fields.

View

Music

Develop knowledge about the many social and historical meanings of music.

You'll also better appreciate its written and aural complexities, and learn from an engaging approach to the study of Western music.

Graduates find career opportunities as a professional musician, in education, festivals and events, arts administration, publishing, media and writing.

View

Philosophy

Philosophy will introduce you to key ideas in areas including epistemology, ethics, logic, metaphysics.

The purpose of philosophy is to learn how to evaluate theories and arguments, how to construct your own arguments and how to communicate ideas in a clear and powerful way.

Through your studies, you'll develop and use analytical reasoning and problem-solving skills, which can be used in endless careers and roles.

You'll also study the philosophy of areas like art, science, education and politics, and learn about different research methods and analysis, which you'll use across your degree.

View

Political Science

Examine the contemporary ideas, ideologies and theories that shape political decision-making.

You'll learn about various approaches to cooperation and conflict resolution, and gain a better understanding of political processes.

Careers can be found in diplomacy and foreign affairs, defence and intelligence, government and policy, international development and humanitarian and community services.

View

Popular Music and Technology

Make a major out of understanding how popular music has the power to uplift, stimulate, comfort, motivate and communicate.

Learn to express yourself through writing and music production, and become technically equipped for changing music making environments.

Graduates often find work in teaching, music production, broadcasting and audio engineering.

View

Psychology

This major includes the scientific study of human behaviour and mental processes.

Enjoy the study variety of this large discipline that covers topics like brain function, memory, conscious experience, lifespan development and social behaviour, together with the full spectrum of functional and dysfunctional behaviours.

Graduates undertake careers in human resources, mental health services, youth and child support work, or fields a diverse as marketing, aged care and corrective services.

View

Public Policy

Learn how to influence the forces that inform and shape Australian governance and public policy.

You'll gain the skills needed through courses like Australian politics, Indigenous politics and policy, political communication, development and democracy. Gain an in-depth understanding of how society uses power, institutions and ideas to solve collective problems.

Use your analytical abilities for careers within the public, private and community sectors, with roles including policy adviser, policy maker and lobbyist.

 

 

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Russian

In this major you'll learn how Russian society has changed over centuries.

You will develop an appreciation of Russian literature, drama and film, and master a language spoken by 200 million people.

You'll develop competence in skills which can lead to careers in business, education and law, or various other fields.

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Sociology

See the world in new ways by examining every aspect of human social life.

Learn how we are shaped by education, socioeconomic status, religion, gender and ethnicity, and understand how to analyse social problems and issues.

This major uncovers the heart of the disciplines underlying interest in inequality, power, cultural identity and the future of global society.

Many graduates secure roles in the public and private sectors as policy analysts, researchers, policy advisers, project managers and social workers.

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Spanish

Become fluent in a language spoken by 400 million people worldwide.

Courses also cover Latin American thinking, European film and how Spanish has become the official language for major international bodies like the United Nations and World Bank.

Mastering a world language like Spanish will enhance future career opportunities if you're also studying business, education, engineering and other fields.

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Sports Studies

Take a different view of sport, activity and leisure from sociological, historical, economic and psychological perspectives.

You will undertake courses in the social science and humanities areas of the study of sport as well as courses relating to the sociology of sport and the human body in society. You'll understand the role and importance of sport, and how different social factors can influence motivation and participation.

The growth in the sport, physical activity and health industries over the past two decades has created a range of employment opportunities in the areas of social policy, journalism, management, marketing, planning and development, education, and psychology.

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Studies in Religion

Religion is a major force in every part of the world, and it continues to shape societies across the globe.

This major will lead you to reflect on and understand religious traditions, questions and values. Studies in Religion offers a critical, multi-disciplinary approach to a range of faiths and spiritual experiences.

Studies in Religion offers courses by professional and highly enthusiastic teachers in the areas of Western and Eastern religious traditions, spiritual practices and religious thought, in the psychology of religion, in new religious movements, and in the original languages of the sacred texts of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and Islam.

Future work areas include education and academia, health and social welfare, law and justice, or even broadcasting.

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Writing

Develop a fundamental and substantial understanding of how language works in words, sentences, paragraphs and documents.

You'll also learn strategies for designing, structuring, writing and revising to be a creative or a corporate writer, or simply a better writer in general.

Writing skills are always in demand. Graduates have found work as journalists, teachers, editors, ghost-writers, publishers and playwrights.

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Minors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Gender Studies

This involving and thought-provoking minor brings together ideas about women’s lives, their status around the world and contradictions found in gender relations and sexualities.

Graduates have the opportunity to take on roles that advance social justice and the status of women and girls, or work in politics, public policy, research or analysis.

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Latin American Studies

Explore the factors that shape the diverse cultures of Latin America.

Learn about its Indigenous peoples, and the effects of conquistadors, colonisers and the USA. Courses also cover Latin American culture in contemporary times.

This minor can prepare you for any career that requires cross-cultural understanding with Latin America, like government, diplomacy, business, education and development.

View

Music Psychology

Learn how to understand music from diverse perspectives, including the scientific study of the mind, brain and behaviour.

Your study also covers social interaction and the everyday uses and therapeutic applications of music. You will develop critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills through the courses that transfer usefully to other domains and contexts.

Graduates can find roles in music practice, educational, therapeutic and organisational contexts.

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Professional Pathways: Humanity and Society

Strengthen your other studies with this future-facing minor. It's designed to complement, utilise and provide communication between humanities, arts and social sciences course choices, and prepare you for a diversity of career paths.

Develop skills such as intellectual agility, textual and digital literacy, creative and critical thinking, collaborative and communication techniques, all of which will make them competitive in the future job market.

This minor aims to enhance your employability. It complements your discipline-specific studies by developing your professional skills and preparing you for the future of work.

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Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Gain a deep understanding of Indigenous perspectives on everyday life in Australia and major social, economic and political events in Australia's history.

You'll also learn from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers from Indigenous communities.

Graduates typically work in a broad range of roles with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, like education, community development, public health, government and advocacy.

View

Ancient History

Discover and learn about the achievements of ancient cultures which still influence ideas and institutions today.

Courses span the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity, and focus on important individuals, ideas and events.

Graduates find fascinating careers that require researching, writing, and presentation skills – particularly with a wide breadth of historical knowledge.

View

Ancient History/History

Examine the art, literature, religion, philosophy and social customs of early Mediterranean cultures through to cultures of the Middle Ages and beyond, including modern Europe, Asia, the Pacific and Australia.

Given the lasting influence of ancient ideas and institutions, the study of Ancient History helps to provide a basis for deeper understanding of modern society.

Graduates pursue roles in museums, publishing, media, international agencies, public and government sector in Australia and overseas.

View

Anthropology

Delve into a diversity of cultures in all their complexity and richness.

You'll discover how cultural traditions continue and change over time, informing human beliefs and behaviour.

Graduates usually work in roles that require an understanding of diversity and cultural difference, with positions likely in government departments, Aboriginal Land Councils and consultancy firms.

View

Archaeology

Learn first-hand about archaeological methods and techniques, including field survey and excavation, materials analysis and how to interpret archaeological collections and sites.

You'll develop unique skills for careers with museums, cultural centres and agencies, law enforcement, government departments and educational and research institutions.

View

Art History

See the world through different eyes and understand the evolving values of visual cultures by using a range of different approaches.

You'll develop strong visual literacy and gain a broad knowledge of art traditions.

Employment lies in private galleries and public art institutions, or you could become an arts writer, curator, education officer or registrar.

View

Chinese

Learning Chinese opens a window to understanding China's culture, way of life and how the nation now plays an increasingly active role in world affairs.

There are separate majors for native speakers of Mandarin and other Chinese dialects.

Many students study Chinese alongside courses in business, education, tourism, engineering, information technology, politics, leading to careers in various fields.

View

Chinese Translation and Interpreting

Understand how Chinese culture influences the meaning of written and spoken texts, and how to take culture into consideration when translating or interpreting.

You'll also learn about key issues in translation and interpreting ethics.

Gain the foundations to build a future career as an interpreter or a translator in diplomacy, law, education, business, politics, health, education and academia.

Please note that this major is designed for students who are native Chinese speakers.

View

Classical Languages

Learn reading and writing skills in classical Greek and Latin, two of the oldest languages in the world, which will give you a better understanding other European languages, ideas, cultures and societies.

Take your talents into careers in government, publishing and editing, cultural centres, education or academia.

View

Criminology

Become a student in this major and you'll train in social research methods, learn how to study crime and its regulation and discover how criminology draws on sociology, psychology and anthropology.

Graduates can pursue careers in policing, security and intelligence, corrective services, social policy and research.

View

Drama

Encounter the spectrum of theatre practice through time and across cultures, from antiquity to today and most stages in between.

This major will help you understand the performances you see, and those you might want to make.

Graduates typically pursue creative roles within the arts sector like performing, directing, playwriting, writing and reviewing.

View

Economics

Economics is central to understanding issues relating to business, markets, trade, governments, globalisation, health, development and the environment.

You'll undertake research in your chosen area of interest and study advanced-level coursework in theoretical and applied microeconomics and macroeconomics, including econometrics.

When you graduate, you could start a career as an analyst, adviser or economist in the public and private sectors, whether in business, finance, international development, management or research.

View

English

Gain a deeper insight into the English-speaking world and English-language culture.

This major combines courses from English literature, media, film and television studies.

Graduates typically work in education as school teachers, heads of department, education advisers and student mentors.

View

English as an International Language

Further your knowledge of how English is used in intercultural settings and globalised workplaces.

You'll gain a specialisation in English and better understand the complex relationship between language, culture and identity,

Skilled graduates are sought after by international and multinational companies for positions in development, marketing, management and trade.

View

English Literature

Develop your enjoyment of reading and refine your analytical skills by examining some of the world's major English-language novels and works.

Discover the different ways that people from different times have lived, thought, argued, felt and imagined.

Take your love of literature into work in education, government and arts administration, arts policy, communications, festivals and marketing.

View

Film and Television Studies

Gain a broad appreciation of how film and TV are both major commercial industries and artistic forms, and have the option of taking practical courses in screenwriting, video production and more.

Career paths lead to employment in education, festivals and events, publicity, marketing, film culture, screen corporations and film distributors.

View

French

Immerse yourself in French language and culture.

Courses in this major cover language skills and offer knowledge about some of the major historical, social, literary and philosophical movements in the Francophone world.

Many graduates use their language competency to enhance employability in fields such as business, education, tourism and politics.

View

Geography

Become actively involved in addressing issues like climate change and population growth as you develop your understanding of the relationship between natural systems and social systems.

Roles for graduates include areas like natural resource management, wildlife conservation, ecotourism, transport and planning.

View

German

Learn about German language, history and culture, and gain an overview of significant events, trends, places and people in German speaking countries at the heart of modern Europe.

Developing competence in speaking, reading and writing German is an asset for many careers, including international relations, international business, tourism, interpreting/translation, teaching and the sciences. Learning to speak the language and to understand the German culture will give you a competitive edge in the 21st century. It will also enable you to read the works of great thinkers and writers in the language in which they are written.

View

History

History is an ongoing dialogue between the present and the past.

As a student, you'll gain an understanding of cause and consequence, and change and continuity, as you learn what informs people and their attitudes, motivations and prejudices.

Your major can lead to work that requires researching, writing and presentation skills. This includes roles in museums, publishing and international agencies.

View

Indonesian

Get to know one of Australia's closest neighbours in this major covering Indonesian history, politics, culture and society

Learn why Bahasa Indonesia, the official language of Indonesia, has been identified as one of the crucial language skills needed for future Australian growth.

As Indonesia plays a bigger role in our region, this major is beneficial for careers in business, tourism, law, mining and other fields.

View

International Relations

Equip yourself with the theoretical and practical tools to analyse and evaluate events and issues in world politics.

Choose from courses about foreign policy, terrorism and insurgency, human rights and foreign policies.

Graduates of this major will be global citizens, intellectually open and flexible, aware of and sensitive to cultural difference, and motivated to make positive change through global engagement. Graduates can consider roles as policy and trade advisers, diplomats, consular attachés or humanitarian affairs advisers.

View

Japanese

Japanese is a key world language used to facilitate economic pursuits, research and government interaction

Broaden the scope of your personal, social and professional networks when you learn about Japanese language and culture, including the different levels of politeness and contextually appropriate expressions used in Japan.

Many students study Japanese alongside courses like business, education and tourism to broaden their career opportunities.

View

Journalism and Mass Communication

Gain the knowledge vital for exciting careers in media and related professions.

Courses cover the study of journalism and other forms of public communication, along with global journalism, mass communication and digital media.

Career opportunities can be found in arts, business, government and business, marketing, communications or public relations.

View

Korean

Come to understand different ways of thinking about and appreciating Korea's diverse history and rich cultural.

There are speaking and writing courses, along with teachings about Korean films, TV dramas, internet culture and even pop songs.

Many students also undertake other courses in various fields where their major in Korean can a prove a future career asset, like business, education and tourism.

View

Linguistics

Discover what language is, how we learn and use it, and how it varies and changes across social and historical contexts.

Courses examine the sounds of language, words, sentences and meaning, and the complex interactions between them.

Linguistics leads to careers in areas as diverse as engineering and artificial intelligence, software engineering, health sciences, education, law and publishing.

View

Mathematics

This major offers more than 30 different courses to suit different interests and career goals.

Prerequisite courses cover essential topics, with higher-level courses covering mathematical analysis, probability bioinformatics, mathematical biology and many other subjects.

Graduates go on to research positions at universities, government agencies and private companies. There are also opportunities in banking, finance, insurance and risk management.

View

Media and Digital Cultures

Broaden your future horizons with this major focused on the ubiquity of digital media technologies in our lives, the role of media in cultural life, the emergence of digital media industries and technologies, and much more.

Learn about different forms of media like television and news, the emergence of digital media industries and technologies, and the cultural formations characteristic of media-dense digital societies.

Graduates often go on to careers in events, marketing media and communications fields.

View

Music

Develop knowledge about the many social and historical meanings of music.

You'll also better appreciate its written and aural complexities, and learn from an engaging approach to the study of Western music.

Graduates find career opportunities as a professional musician, in education, festivals and events, arts administration, publishing, media and writing.

View

Philosophy

Philosophy will introduce you to key ideas in areas including epistemology, ethics, logic, metaphysics.

The purpose of philosophy is to learn how to evaluate theories and arguments, how to construct your own arguments and how to communicate ideas in a clear and powerful way.

Through your studies, you'll develop and use analytical reasoning and problem-solving skills, which can be used in endless careers and roles.

You'll also study the philosophy of areas like art, science, education and politics, and learn about different research methods and analysis, which you'll use across your degree.

View

Political Science

Examine the contemporary ideas, ideologies and theories that shape political decision-making.

You'll learn about various approaches to cooperation and conflict resolution, and gain a better understanding of political processes.

Careers can be found in diplomacy and foreign affairs, defence and intelligence, government and policy, international development and humanitarian and community services.

View

Popular Music and Technology

Make a major out of understanding how popular music has the power to uplift, stimulate, comfort, motivate and communicate.

Learn to express yourself through writing and music production, and become technically equipped for changing music making environments.

Graduates often find work in teaching, music production, broadcasting and audio engineering.

View

Professional Writing and Communication

Gain the professional communication skills necessary for a contemporary workplace.

Study includes multimedia storytelling and production, media design, public relations writing, editing and publishing practices.

This major will prepare you for a career where clear writing and creative communication in print or digital modes are required.

View

Psychology

This major includes the scientific study of human behaviour and mental processes.

Enjoy the study variety of this large discipline that covers topics like brain function, memory, conscious experience, lifespan development and social behaviour, together with the full spectrum of functional and dysfunctional behaviours.

Graduates undertake careers in human resources, mental health services, youth and child support work, or fields a diverse as marketing, aged care and corrective services.

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Public Policy

Learn how to influence the forces that inform and shape Australian governance and public policy.

You'll gain the skills needed through courses like Australian politics, Indigenous politics and policy, political communication, development and democracy. Gain an in-depth understanding of how society uses power, institutions and ideas to solve collective problems.

Use your analytical abilities for careers within the public, private and community sectors, with roles including policy adviser, policy maker and lobbyist.

 

 

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Russian

In this major you'll learn how Russian society has changed over centuries.

You will develop an appreciation of Russian literature, drama and film, and master a language spoken by 200 million people.

You'll develop competence in skills which can lead to careers in business, education and law, or various other fields.

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Sociology

See the world in new ways by examining every aspect of human social life.

Learn how we are shaped by education, socioeconomic status, religion, gender and ethnicity, and understand how to analyse social problems and issues.

This major uncovers the heart of the disciplines underlying interest in inequality, power, cultural identity and the future of global society.

Many graduates secure roles in the public and private sectors as policy analysts, researchers, policy advisers, project managers and social workers.

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Spanish

Become fluent in a language spoken by 400 million people worldwide.

Courses also cover Latin American thinking, European film and how Spanish has become the official language for major international bodies like the United Nations and World Bank.

Mastering a world language like Spanish will enhance future career opportunities if you're also studying business, education, engineering and other fields.

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Sports Studies

Take a different view of sport, activity and leisure from sociological, historical, economic and psychological perspectives.

You will undertake courses in the social science and humanities areas of the study of sport as well as courses relating to the sociology of sport and the human body in society. You'll understand the role and importance of sport, and how different social factors can influence motivation and participation.

The growth in the sport, physical activity and health industries over the past two decades has created a range of employment opportunities in the areas of social policy, journalism, management, marketing, planning and development, education, and psychology.

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Studies in Religion

Religion is a major force in every part of the world, and it continues to shape societies across the globe.

This major will lead you to reflect on and understand religious traditions, questions and values. Studies in Religion offers a critical, multi-disciplinary approach to a range of faiths and spiritual experiences.

Studies in Religion offers courses by professional and highly enthusiastic teachers in the areas of Western and Eastern religious traditions, spiritual practices and religious thought, in the psychology of religion, in new religious movements, and in the original languages of the sacred texts of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and Islam.

Future work areas include education and academia, health and social welfare, law and justice, or even broadcasting.

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Writing

Develop a fundamental and substantial understanding of how language works in words, sentences, paragraphs and documents.

You'll also learn strategies for designing, structuring, writing and revising to be a creative or a corporate writer, or simply a better writer in general.

Writing skills are always in demand. Graduates have found work as journalists, teachers, editors, ghost-writers, publishers and playwrights.

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Minors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Gender Studies

This involving and thought-provoking minor brings together ideas about women’s lives, their status around the world and contradictions found in gender relations and sexualities.

Graduates have the opportunity to take on roles that advance social justice and the status of women and girls, or work in politics, public policy, research or analysis.

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Latin American Studies

Explore the factors that shape the diverse cultures of Latin America.

Learn about its Indigenous peoples, and the effects of conquistadors, colonisers and the USA. Courses also cover Latin American culture in contemporary times.

This minor can prepare you for any career that requires cross-cultural understanding with Latin America, like government, diplomacy, business, education and development.

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Music Psychology

Learn how to understand music from diverse perspectives, including the scientific study of the mind, brain and behaviour.

Your study also covers social interaction and the everyday uses and therapeutic applications of music. You will develop critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills through the courses that transfer usefully to other domains and contexts.

Graduates can find roles in music practice, educational, therapeutic and organisational contexts.

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Professional Pathways: Humanity and Society

Strengthen your other studies with this future-facing minor. It's designed to complement, utilise and provide communication between humanities, arts and social sciences course choices, and prepare you for a diversity of career paths.

Develop skills such as intellectual agility, textual and digital literacy, creative and critical thinking, collaborative and communication techniques, all of which will make them competitive in the future job market.

This minor aims to enhance your employability. It complements your discipline-specific studies by developing your professional skills and preparing you for the future of work.

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Studies in Australian Culture

Discover more about the influences that have shaped Australia from the past to present day.

You'll learn about the iconic images and identities, the major challenges and issues that make Australian culture and society unique.

Graduates can apply their knowledge in areas including tourism and hospitality, business and enterprise, politics, diplomacy, culture and the arts.

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Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

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Indicative annual fee

Fee information for this program is not yet available.

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Diploma in Arts for the 2021 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis. All fees are reviewed annually.

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HECS-HELP

Domestic places in the Diploma in Arts are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

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Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $6,725

Indicative annual fee 2020 Commonwealth supported place

Fee information for 2021 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2020.

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Diploma in Arts for one academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

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Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

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