Bachelor of Arts

Deakin’s flexible Bachelor of Arts allows you to design a course based on what you’re interested in and the skills you want to develop. You can choose to study particular areas in-depth or enrol in a wide range of units.

Major areas of study include Journalism, History, Philosophy, Indonesian, Sociology, and many more.

You’ll gain a blend of theory and practice that will prepare you for a career, and benefit from Deakin’s professional connections and work placement opportunities.

As an online student you’ll have the flexibility to study when and where it suits you, and graduate with the same globally-recognised Deakin University qualification as an on-campus student.

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At a glance

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Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.


Previous studies or work experience



Work placement

Internships are available in some cases

Course length
Full-time: 3 years | Part-time: 4-6 years | Maximum 7 years
Study mode


Assignments, exams, tests & online activities
Start date

3 start dates per year.

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Payment options

Study now pay later – HECS-HELP

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You can gain entry into the Bachelor of Arts by fulfilling one of these criteria:

  • Year 12 with an ATAR of 55, OR
  • a Diploma or educational equivalent, OR
  • relevant work experience including any community work

In all cases, selection is based primarily on academic merit. Information on your existing qualifications and work experience will also be considered in the selection process (and you may also gain credit for prior learning).

What you'll learn

You will become expert at managing knowledge and communicating information, and develop valuable skills of critical analysis and systematic thinking.

As well as gaining knowledge specific to the units you choose, you’ll develop transferable skills in:

  • Research and analysis
  • Lateral thinking
  • Writing and communication
  • Time management
  • Team work

Work placement

If you study one of these majors, you may be able to gain industry experience through an internship:

  • History
  • International relations
  • Journalism
  • Media and communication
  • Politics and policy studies
  • Sociology

Course structure

24 credit points units

The degree is structured in a way that offers maximum flexibility. It gives students the opportunities to pursue their own interests and design courses of study that suit their needs. They may study particular areas in-depth or undertake a wide range of units.

Students are required to complete at least one major sequence chosen from a variety of study areas including performing and creative arts, languages, history, media and communication, and sociology. Up to one-third of the course may be taken outside the Faculty of Arts and Education, providing even greater possibilities for interesting course combinations.

Major sequences

  1. Anthropology

  2. Arabic

  3. Children's literature

  4. History

  5. Indonesian

  6. International relations

  7. Journalism

  8. Language & culture studies

  9. Literary studies

  10. Middle East studies

  11. Philosophy

  12. Politics & policy studies

  13. Sociology

Support and delivery

How Deakin's online courses are delivered

As an online student you’ll watch lectures, complete readings and participate in tutorials, just like an on-campus student. The difference is you’ll do this online, when it suits you.

Deakin was one of the first universities in Australia to deliver courses for off-campus students, and they pride themselves on an online learning system that is cutting-edge, engaging and easy to use.

Payment options

There are 2 ways you can pay for this course:

1. Study now pay later – HECS-HELP

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme.

This means you don’t need to pay upfront for the course if you:

2. Upfront payment

You can pay for this course upfront via credit card or bank transfer.

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