Arts - 4400

Program Summary

Faculty: UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Contact: UNSW Canberra, Student Administrative Services

Campus: UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Career: Undergraduate

Typical Duration: 3 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 144

UAC Code: 450001

Domestic Entry Requirements: See Domestic Entry Requirements

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Bachelor of Arts

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts is a three-year program at pass level. A separate fourth-year program at Honours level (Program Code 4511) is also available for eligible applicants.

A Bachelor of Arts program enriches your understanding of how human beings make, recognise, and debate about life's meaning and the values that support civilisation. All Arts disciplines teach students to develop their capacity for critical analysis and argument as well as an awareness of the value of language as a political, intellectual, creative and communicative tool.

Students can combine courses from Business, English, and Media Studies, Indonesian Studies, Geography, History, and International and Political Studies, building expertise in one or more of these disciplines.

Honours students who are RAN midshipmen or RAAF officer cadets continue with their programs at UNSW, Canberra and complete their degrees at the end of the fourth year. Army officer cadets transfer to the Royal Military College, Duntroon at the end of their third year. After completing a year of military training they are commissioned as lieutenants, and those who are continuing with Honours programs return to the Academy to complete their Honours degree.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

The objective of a Bachelor of Arts program is to stimulate students intellectually and to immerse them in the discipline of learning.

The program will develop graduate attributes, such as strong written and oral communications skills, the capacity to research, criticise and reflect, and the ability to work independently and collaboratively.

The following Arts majors are available in the Bachelor of Arts:

English and Media Studies
Indonesian Studies
International & Political Studies

Program Structure

Arts Major 1
Arts Major 2
Prescribed Electives
Free Electives
Gen. Ed.
Stage 1
Stage 2/3

Academic Rules

1. Faculty Regulations for Undergraduate Students

A student must comply with the Faculty Regulations for Undergraduate Students. In the event of a conflict, the rules for the Bachelor of Arts take precedence over the Faculty Regulations for Undergraduate Students.

2. Program Rules Dictionary

“Major” consists of courses totalling no less than 48 UOC, with at least 36 UOC from Level 2 and 3 courses, with at least 18 UOC at Level 3.

“Level 1” means courses at an introductory level, normally taken at Stage 1.

“Level 2” means courses at an upper level, normally taken at Stage 2.

“Level 3” means courses at an upper level, normally taken at Stage 3.
Undergraduate courses are classified by Level e.g. Level 1 courses are usually undertaken in the first stage of a program, Level 2 in the second stage etc. In many cases the first digit of the four-digit numeric suffix of the course code indicates the level of the course e.g. ZPEM1101 is a Level 1 course whereas ZPEM3054 is a Level 3 course, usually undertaken in stage 3.

3. Program Rules

3.1 The degree of Bachelor of Arts shall be conferred as a 'Pass with Distinction' when a Distinction level performance based on a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 75% has been achieved in all courses completed.

3.2 The BA program must include courses totalling no less than 144 UOC.

3.3 Students must select a minimum of two Arts discipline areas in which they will major. Each major consists of courses totalling no less than 48 UOC, with at least 36 UOC from Level 2 and 3 courses, with at least 18 UOC at Level 3.

3.4 Students must complete two prescribed elective courses: ZPEM2312 Fundamentals of Data Analysis and ZINT2100 Introduction to Cyber-security: Policy and Operations.

Exclusions: Students who complete ZPEM1301 Mathematics 1A or ZPEM1303 Engineering Mathematics 1A will be exempt from ZPEM2312.

3.5 Students are required to include 12 UOC of General Education courses, normally taken in the second or third year of study.
Students must select one General Education course from each of the following groups:

Group 1: ZGEN2222 Introduction to Strategic Studies, OR ZGEN2801 Strategy, Management and Leadership;


Group 2: ZGEN2240 Introduction to Military Ethics, OR ZGEN2215 Law, Force and Legitimacy


For information regarding fees for UNSW programs, please refer to the following website:  UNSW Fee Website.

UNSW Canberra Faculty Regulations for Undergraduate Students

These regulations apply to all undergraduate degrees and are to be used in conjunction with Academic Rules and Program Information. All rules in this Handbook apply to each student who enters an undergraduate program in 2017. The rules remain applicable until the student exits their program, either by discontinuation or graduation. Students who entered a program in another year should consult the rules and regulations for that year.
Please refer to Faculty Regulations information

Related Program(s)

4461 Arts (CDF)
4511 Arts (Honours)