Start date
February
July

Campus
Magill

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
MBAA

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2021: AUD$ 28,000 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
See full entry requirements

CRICOS Code
024180D

Degree overview

Snapshot

Snapshot

This degree is flexible and opens up a diverse range of career possibilities. You can start with no specialisation, then upon entry choose a major from one of the following:

  • Applied Linguistics: develop an in-depth understanding of human language through the integration of theoretical and applied perspectives, with a strong practical, community and industry focus
  • Creative Writing and Literature: combine critical engagement with literary theory in a complementary exploration of creative writing techniques across a range of genres
  • Cultural Studies: explore the complex and diverse economic, cultural, social, historical and political legacies that influence modern-day society
  • English Language*: develop advanced level English skills and gain intercultural expertise to work in a variety of countries and contexts
  • History and Global Politics: explore the patterns and processes that have shaped our societies over time and help you analyse and predict events in our contemporary world
  • Languages (French/Italian/Japanese): develop the knowledge and skills to express yourself in a major world language in the context of linguistic and cultural diversity
  • Law, Policy and Politics: explore legal systems, international and domestic law, the politics of environmental change and marginalisation in world affairs
  • Psychology: develop a broad knowledge of psychological science including psychology, mental health, social services and human resources
  • Performing Arts: engage with theatre studies theory through the exploration of composition techniques across genres (such as songs, plays, cabaret, musical theatre, film scripts, film music, animation, and music for mass media)
  • Social Media: develop the skills and knowledge to manage social media in a variety of professional settings
  • Screen Studies: develop critical analysis, writing, research, communication and production skills that can be applied to a range of media and professional work within the creative industries
  • Sociology: develop the skills to identify trends and structures in society as they relate to social problems that emerge from cultural, political and economic change

In this unique arts degree you can select a second major, further developing skills and knowledge in two distinct - but potentially complementary - disciplines. Studying a double major increases your employment prospects. You will also graduate with writing, presentation, digital, communication, research and problem solving skills that can be transferred across a range of roles and are highly regarded by prospective employers.

If you finish your degree with a credit or higher Grade Point Average (GPA) you could also be eligible for the one-year Bachelor of Arts (Honours). You may be able to continue your studies with a Master of Teaching and teach in Australia and overseas. If this interests you, please read How Do I Become a Teacher before selecting your courses.

If you would like to apply directly into the Bachelor of Arts/Master of Teaching (Secondary) package option, please apply via SATAC using 444521. If you apply to the Master of Teaching packaged degree option, you will apply into the Bachelor of Arts and in your first year select your specialisation.

*Please note this major is only available to students whose second language is English.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This broad specialisation allows you to delve into two potentially complementary disciplines when you study a double major. You will develop skills in advanced writing, communication, research and problem solving. Under the guidance of world-class researchers1, you will choose two majors from the following:

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Cultural Studies
  • Creative Writing and Literature
  • English Language*
  • History and Global Politics
  • Languages (French/Italian/Japanese)
  • Law, Policy and Politics
  • Performing Arts
  • Psychology
  • Screen Studies
  • Social Media
  • Sociology

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

*Please note this major is only available to students whose second language is English.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Ideas, Innovation and Communication COMM 1060 4.5 Note(s): 1
Major 1 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 1
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 1
Minor 4.5 Note(s): 4
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Intercultural Communication LANG 1054 4.5 Note(s): 1
Major 1 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 1
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 1
Minor 4.5 Note(s): 4
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Major 1 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 1
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 1
Minor 4.5 Note(s): 4
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 3
OR
Professional Directions Program 1 COMM 2098 4.5 Note(s): 3
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Major 1 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 1
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 1
Minor 4.5 Note(s): 4
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 3
OR
Professional Directions Program 2 COMM 2099 4.5 Note(s): 3
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Major 1 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 1
Major 1 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 1
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 1
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Major 1 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 1
Major 1 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 1
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 1
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 1

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies at UniSA will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • individual and group presentations
  • critical analysis
  • essays
  • reflective journals
  • research assignments
  • portfolios
  • case studies
  • online quizzes
  • reports
  • assignments

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Bachelor of Arts

Why this Degree

This degree enables you to explore your interests and develop high-level expertise across two complementary disciplines, increasing your employment prospects and expanding your horizons.

You will have opportunities to engage with industry partners and organisations as part of your studies through the optional Professional Directions Program

There is also an opportunity to study a portion of your degree overseas, as part of the University’s Hawke Ambassador Volunteer Experience Program (full semester) or Professional Experience Program (part semester). As part of this program you will volunteer with an international non-government organisation (NGO), usually in an overseas destination.

You could continue your studies with a Master of Teaching with one major and one minor Learning Area. If this interests you, please read How Do I Become a Teacher before selecting your courses.

Real-world connections

As part of this degree you may have the opportunity to complete a placement, either overseas or locally as part of the as part of the University’s Hawke Ambassador International Volunteer Experience Program or Professional Experience Program. These are great opportunities for you to build professional relationships and networks.

You can also make industry connections and gain valuable work experience by taking part in any of the following:

  • micro placements in over 100 organisations though the Professional Directions Program in second year.
  • a wide range of international NGOs through the Hawke Ambassador Program.
  • attending regular University-wide employee master classes, employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Career outcomes

Your career

This is a broad degree and graduates go on to enjoy rewarding careers in a range of industries, including: 

  • publishing
  • creative industries
  • government and diplomacy
  • media
  • education
  • the arts
  • arts management
  • community and social services
  • policy and research

Industry facts

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Employment for Welfare, Recreation and Community Arts Workers in Australia is projected to increase by 10,100 (28.2 per cent) by May, 2024.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

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Employment for education professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 57,900 (9.7 per cent) by May, 2024.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

go to the top of this page and make note of the relevant SATAC code*, then click Apply
you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

*There are two SATAC codes – one for this degree, and one for this degree packaged with the Master of Teaching. You can apply to study this degree on its own. However if you already know you would like to combine it with a Master of Teaching, you can apply for both together.

If you apply to the Master of Teaching packaged degree option (444521), you will apply into the Bachelor of Arts and in your first year select your specialisation.

Alternative Pathways

Australian
There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including: 

International
There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including: 

Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

As an arts student you will have access to:

  • on-campus Multimedia Languages Lab, where you can connect in real-time with native speakers from around the world
  • The Hartley Playhouse Theatre – a 200-seat auditorium ideal for live performances
  • on-campus TV Studio featuring one of the largest green screens in SA and home to national television shows aired on Channel 44
  • a broadcast-standard digital radio studio which produces UniCast, a 24 hour online radio station
  • a purpose-built, high-end sound and vision Media Suite, featuring an 85 inch LCD panel, Denon Hifi and Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 surround sound, which can be used to host meetings and showcase student work to industry clients
Your study spaces

Your program director

I am Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics, and my research is in professional and organisational communication, mainly in health settings. I hold a BA (Hons) in Philosophy from University of York, and an MA and PhD in Linguistics from Macquarie University. My interests cover the humanities and social sciences. Before academia, I worked in Germany in software ergonomics, the wine industry, and later in education. Our Bachelor of Arts program develops each student’s interests, strengths and aspirations, enabling students to explore and prepare for a wide range of career and life goals. The unique double major structure combines theory and practice with real-world experience to develop strong interdisciplinary skills that are highly valued by industry, government and community.

Dr Jonathan Crichton

Program Director

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