Course

Diploma in Arts/Bachelor of Arts

Approved Abbreviation: DipArts/BA


Western Sydney University Course Code: 6005.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 096969D


Course Status: CONTINUING
This version of the course is available only to continuing or completing students.


The Bachelor of Arts offers students an opportunity to develop a depth of disciplinary expertise together with the breadth of vision afforded by cross-disciplinary approaches to the humanities. Study in the Bachelor of Arts is designed to develop communication and personal skills, creativity and a capacity for independent thought, adaptability to new situations and problem-solving skills, attributes increasingly demanded by employers. Bachelor of Arts graduates find employment in diverse areas including: communication and media industries; education; psychology and counselling; cultural, political and social policy analysis; writing and publishing. The Bachelor of Arts is a three-year degree designed to provide knowledge and generic skills that form the basis for lifelong learning.

The first year of this course is delivered by Western Sydney University The College, as an agent of Western Sydney University, via extended face-to-face hours in smaller learning environments. A Diploma in Arts exit point is also available at the end of the first year of the course.

For more information on Western Sydney University, The College, please refer to their web site.

Western Sydney University, The College

For course advice during your first year of study, please use the contact below under ‘Course Advice’. For course advice during your second and subsequent years of study, please use the contact listed for the Bachelor of Arts.

Bachelor of Arts

Study Mode
Three years full-time or six years part-time.

Course Advice

NameEmail
Dr Kathy Goochk.gooch@westernsydney.edu.au

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Bankstown CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternal See above
Penrith CampusFull TimeInternal See above
The College - Nirimba Education PrecinctFull TimeInternal See above

Admission

For more information on applying please see link to The College admission pages below.

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/thecollege/how_to_apply

Domestic students are required to have

  • Completed an English unit in the NSW Higher School Certificate, OR
  • Competency in English at IELTS 6.0 equivalent (unless a native speaker) OR
  • Passed The College English test at IELTS 6.0 equivalent OR
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English unit at C grade level or higher.

Met other entry requirements such as

  • An ATAR identified prior to the offer of a place, OR
  • Completed The College Foundation Studies course with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher.

International students must satisfy one of the following language requirements

  • IELTS 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each sub band OR
  • Completed the College EAP 4 course with a 50% pass OR
  • Passed The College English test at IELTS 6.0 equivalent OR
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English unit at C grade level or higher for which advanced standing can be applied for.

Academic Entry Requirements vary according to country of origin. However, in general

  • Completion of Year 12 or its equivalent is the minimum entry requirement OR
  • Completed The College Foundation Studies course with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 270 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Western Sydney University The College Units

Nirimba, Bankstown, Parramatta City (George Street) and Penrith Campus

Please note that all campuses may not have intakes each year.

Year 1

Preparatory units

Students must pass the following three preparatory level units

700056Academic English (WSTC Prep)
700211Academic Skills for Arts (WSTC Prep)
700192Texts and Communication (WSTC Prep)

University level units

Students must pass the following University level units

700132Contemporary Society (WSTC)
700130Australia and the World (WSTC)
700131Analytical Reading and Writing (WSTC)
700133Texts and Traditions (WSTC)
700134Global History (WSTC)
700135Everyday Life (WSTC)
700136Approaches to Text (WSTC)

And one of the following units

700268Introduction to International Relations (WSTC)
700137Mathematical Patterns and Relationships (WSTC)

Students may exit at this point and graduate with the Diploma in Arts following a passing grade in all of the above units. Students who progress onto Year Two may also be awarded the Diploma if they gain a passing grade in all of the above units.

  • Students must pass all College Preparatory units before progressing to the Year Two units.
  • Students must pass at least 70 credit points of University level units in Year One before progressing to the Year Two units.

In order to ensure that Bachelor of Arts student meet the course requirements, all students must seek advice from their Academic Course Advisor when transitioning to the second year of their course.

Western Sydney University Units

For course advice during your second and subsequent years of study, please use the contact listed for the Bachelor of Arts.

Bachelor of Arts

Bankstown, Parramatta (Victoria Road) and Penrith Campus

First Specialisation

Students must successfully complete an 80 credit point major from the list below (see First Specialisations)

Second Specialisation and electives

Students must complete 80 credit points, by completing

Either

  • a 40 credit point Arts sub-major in a different specialisation to their major from the list of Second Specialisations below, and
  • 40 credit points of elective units

Or

  • a second 80 credit point Arts major in a different specialisation to their first major from the list of Second Specialisations below

First Specialisation

Note: Not all majors are available on all campuses.

Note: The following Majors and Sub-majors have inherent requirements; Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, and Japanese. Please see the link below to the Inherent Requirements page:

Inherent Requirements

M1097Anthropology
M1059Arabic
M1060Chinese
M1113Creative Writing
M1069Criminology and Criminal Justice
M1052Cultural and Social Analysis
M2510Economy and Markets
M1053English
M1071Geography and Urban Studies
M2513Global Business
M1077Heritage and Tourism
M1054History and Political Thought
M1041Indigenous Australian Studies
M1093Indonesian
M2514Innovation and Change
M1108International English
M1055International Relations and Asian Studies
M1056Islamic Studies
M1062Japanese
M1119Linguistics
M1114Musicology
M1115Music Performance
M2512Organisations and Work
M1083Peace and Development Studies
M1058Philosophy
M1110Psychological Studies
M1073Sociology

Second Specialisations

All students must complete a second specialisation from the list below.

Note: Not all Arts majors and sub-majors are available on all campuses

Majors

M1059Arabic
M1060Chinese
M1113Creative Writing
M1052Cultural and Social Analysis
M1053English
M1054History and Political Thought
M1041Indigenous Australian Studies
M1093Indonesian
M1108International English
M1055International Relations and Asian Studies
M1056Islamic Studies
M1062Japanese
M1119Linguistics
M1114Musicology
M1115Music Performance
M1058Philosophy
M1110Psychological Studies

Sub-Majors

SM1077Arabic
SM1078Chinese
SM1116Creative Writing
SM1070Cultural and Social Analysis
SM1071English
SM1072History and Political Thought
SM1128Immersion Language
SM1049Indigenous Australian Studies
SM1112Indonesian
SM1120International English
SM1073International Relations and Asian Studies
SM1074Islamic Studies
SM1080Japanese
SM1119Linguistics
SM1065Musicology
SM1047Music Performance Studies
SM1076Philosophy
SM1115Psychological Studies

Recommended Full-time sequence

Year 2

Autumn session

First Specialisation unit

First Specialisation unit

Elective or Second Specialisation unit

Elective or Second Specialisation unit

Spring session

First Specialisation unit

First Specialisation unit

Elective or Second Specialisation unit

Elective or Second Specialisation unit

Year 3

Autumn session

First Specialisation unit

First Specialisation unit

Elective or Second Specialisation unit

Elective or Second Specialisation unit

Spring session

First Specialisation unit

First Specialisation unit

Elective or Second Specialisation unit

Elective or Second Specialisation unit

Sub-major elective spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major (40 credit points).

Search for sub-majors

Western Sydney University offers sub-majors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Students can apply for an elective sub-major via MySR.

MyStudentRecords (MySR)



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