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Diploma in Arts/Bachelor of Arts

Approved Abbreviation: DipArts/BA


Western Sydney University Course Code: 6005.3

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 096969D


Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.


Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2020 or later.

For Commencement Year Term 2 2018 - 2019, please refer to 6005.2 - Diploma in Arts/Bachelor of Arts

For Commencement Year Term 2 2017 to Term 1 2018, please refer to 6005.1 - Diploma in Arts/Bachelor of Arts

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
College AdminAdminApp@westernsydney.edu.au
Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.

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

Inherent requirements

The Inherent requirements will be the same as for the current Bachelor course. Dedicated inherent requirements for Arts are currently under development. Once in place, these inherent requirements will also be applicable to this course.

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 with 70% or higher 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 with 70% or higher 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.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. As this will occur in the second and subsequent years of study, please use the contact listed for the Bachelor of Arts.

This range of unit options will be offered to students so that they can apply and extend the skills and knowledges they have acquired through core and specialised study. Thus students can tailor their experiences to their personal and career goals and the range of options are sufficient to cater for the professional needs of a diverse cohort. Students may use their electives to take additional options from this list.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Course Structure

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

The early exit College Diploma consists of 110 credit points which includes three College Preparatory units.

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

700294Australian Politics and Active Citizenship (WSTC)
700291Foundations of Academic English (WSTC)
700292Diversity, Language and Culture (WSTC)
700293Thinking Critically About Texts and Society (WSTC)
700299When Worlds Collide: European Empires and the World, c.1600-1950 (WSTC)
700135Everyday Life (WSTC)
700288Introduction to Literary Studies (WSTC)

Choose one of

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

Equivalent Core Units

The Core unit listed below counts towards completion of this course for students who passed this unit in 2019 or earlier.

700134 - Global History (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 2 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 2 units.
  • Students must pass at least 70 credit points of University level units in Year 1 before progressing to the Year 2 units.

In order to ensure that Bachelor of Arts students 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

All students must enrol in and complete

  • 20 credit points of Bachelor of Arts Core
  • 80 credit points Arts Major
  • 40 credit points Arts Sub-major
  • 20 credit points of electives

Core Components

All students must complete

102739Multiliteracies

And

One unit from the Bachelor of Arts Level 3 core units (the Engaged Learning pool units)

The Engaged Learning pool units

Choose one of

100961Humanities Internship
102740Service Learning
102741Group Project
102742Study Tours

Arts Majors

All students must successfully complete one of the following Majors. Explanation of these Majors can be found under the listings below and are available dependent on the campus of offering.

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
M1129International English
M1055International Relations and Asian Studies
M1056Islamic Studies
M1062Japanese
M1119Linguistics
M1114Musicology
M1115Music Performance
M2512Organisations and Work
M1083Peace and Development Studies
M1058Philosophy
M1110Psychological Studies
M1073Sociology

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

Sub-majors

All students must successfully complete one of the following sub-majors in a different specialisation to their major. Explanation of these sub-majors can be found under the listings below and are available dependent on the campus of offering.

SM1077Arabic
SM1078Chinese
SM1116Creative Writing
SM1070Cultural and Social Analysis
SM1071English
SM1072History and Political Thought
SM1128Immersion Language
SM1049Indigenous Australian Studies
SM1112Indonesian
SM1132International English
SM1073International Relations and Asian Studies
SM1074Islamic Studies
SM1080Japanese
SM1119Linguistics
SM1065Musicology
SM1047Music Performance Studies
SM1076Philosophy
SM1115Psychological Studies

Note: Students may be able to complete two Majors rather than a Major and a sub-major by using their electives. Students need to seek academic course advise before deciding on two majors.

Recommended Full-time Sequence

Year 2

Autumn session

Major unit

Major unit

Elective or sub-major unit

Choose one of

102739Multiliteracies

Elective or sub-major unit

Spring session

Major unit

Major unit

Elective or Sub-major unit

Choose one of

102739Multiliteracies

Elective or sub-major unit

Year 3

Autumn session

Major unit

Major unit

Elective or sub-major unit

Choose one of

One Engaged Learning Pool unit (Level 3)

Elective or sub-major unit

Spring session

Major unit

Major unit

Elective or sub-major unit

Choose one of

One Engaged Learning Pool unit (Level 3)

Elective or sub-major unit

Note: If the Engaged Learning Pool unit (Level 3) has not been previously completed, students are required to complete this unit in their final semester of study.

Sub-major Elective Spaces

Note: If the Engaged Learning Pool unit (Level 3) has not been previously completed, students are required to complete this unit in their final semester of study.

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.

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