Shape your degree around your interests and gain in-depth knowledge in the fields you’re passionate about with UNSW’s flexible and rigorous Bachelor of Arts.

 

Faculty
Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Award
Bachelor of Arts
Commencing Terms
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3
Duration (Full Time)
3 Year(s)

Overview

The UNSW Bachelor of Arts is a three-year, full-time degree that prepares you for a career in a variety of industries and roles. It provides you with a broad education that will give you the ability to hone your interests and passions. Ultimately, it’s a dynamic, exciting degree that equips you to turn your passion into action.  

This degree gives you the licence to explore your specific interests and broad career aspirations. It will open up a world of opportunities, helping you to define your career pathway. The flexibility of a Bachelor of Arts degree allows you to pursue your career aspirations across a range of disciplines within the humanities and social sciences, including languages, arts, history, philosophy and business. In whichever area you choose to study, you’ll develop transferable skills and the tools to think critically, communicate effectively and conduct independent research.

Key features

Work experience

Students who undertake a Bachelor of Arts are career-ready through industry experience, internship subjects and local and international Work Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunities. Previous global internship opportunities have included working with ChildFund in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos and participation in the Paris Peace Forum. 

Global opportunities

At UNSW, we use advanced and forward-thinking teaching methods to challenge traditional ways of thinking and find solutions to today's global issues. We encourage a universally-minded education with opportunities to broaden your horizons through over 200 partner universities in over 38 countries. Students can spend a term overseas at a partner university studying with International students and receive credit towards their degree.  

Design your degree

Study at UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture is both flexible and rigorous. It enables you to pursue what sparks your passion while developing a deeper knowledge of specific fields. Your education will allow you to develop a broad range of highly transferable skills and in-depth knowledge in your chosen areas of study. 

With over 26 subject areas, the UNSW Bachelor of Arts provides you with a wide array of specialisations for tailoring a bespoke degree that’s unique to your interests, aspirations and career goals. Choose from exciting study options, such as politics and international relations, history, Asian and European studies, international business, languages, creative writing, sociology and anthropology and developmental studies.

Our diverse array of internationally-minded subjects brings a truly global perspective to your learning. Our subject offerings are continually updated and re-engineered to ensure you receive a contemporary and relevant education.  

Why study this degree at UNSW?

  • Be supported by our diverse, open and inclusive Arts, Design & Architecture community.
  • Learn through research-informed teaching
  • Prioritise career success – UNSW won the Australian Financial Review’s Most Employable Students Award in 2020.
  • Benefit from strong industry links and partnerships
  • Access world class alumni connections
  • Join a global top 50 university (QS World University Rankings, 2021)
  • Join a community that’s part of the prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) universities
Program Code
3409
CRICOS Code
001916C
Campus
Kensington
UAC Code
422000
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
144
Indicative Enrolments
828

Entry requirements

2021 Lowest Selection Rank
80
2021 A levels
13
2021 IB Diploma
29
2021 Lowest ATAR
70.25
    1. 2021 Lowest Selection Rank
      The 2021 Lowest Selection Rank (LSR) is the adjusted rank (ATAR plus adjustment factors) you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2021.
    2. 2021 A levels
      The 2021 A levels score is based on four Advanced Level (A2) subject. Entry scores are calculated from the best three or four A2 subjects (excluding repeated subjects) using the following values: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1. At most one Applied A Level subject may be included in the best four subjects used to calculate the aggregate.
    3. 2021 IB Diploma
      The 2021 IB Diploma is an indication of the IB you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2021. It is to be used as a guide only.
    4. 2021 Lowest ATAR
      The 2021 Lowest ATAR is the lowest ATAR (before adjustment factors were applied) to which an offer was made. Where <5 is listed, this indicates that less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made and so the score has not been published. N/A indicates no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.

English language requirements​

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

International direct entry

We do not accept secondary qualifications from this country. We may accept tertiary study results, please contact us for more information.

Please contact us for direct entry requirements.

Pathway programs

UNSW Global has university pathway programs that provide a seamless transition to UNSW Sydney so you can achieve your academic and career goals. Learn more.

English language requirements​


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Program structure

The Bachelor of Arts is a flexible, three-year program consisting of 24 courses.

Depending on what you choose as your major or minor, the program could include:

  • 10 Courses from your chosen major
  • 4 Courses from your chosen minor
  • 4 Prescribed faculty electives
  • 6 Free electives/general education courses

You may also choose a double major, which will reduce the number of electives you study. 

Study areas

    • Arts and Social Sciences
    • Asian Studies
    • Australian Studies
    • Chinese Studies
    • Creative Writing
    • Criminology
    • Development Studies
    • Economics
    • English
    • Environmental Humanities
    • European Studies
    • Film Studies
    • French Studies
    • Geographical Studies
    • Geography
    • German Studies
    • History
    • Human Resource Management
    • Indigenous Studies
    • Indonesian Studies
    • International Business
    • International Relations
    • Italian Studies
    • Japanese Studies
    • Korean Studies
    • Linguistics
    • Media, Culture and Technology
    • Modern Greek Studies
    • Music
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
    • Politics and International Relations
    • Psychology
    • Sociology and Anthropology
    • Spanish and Latin American Studies
    • Theatre and Performance Studies
    • Women's and Gender Studies
    • Asian Studies
    • Indigenous Studies
    • Chinese Studies
    • Advanced Chinese Studies
    • Global Development
    • Criminology
    • Creative Writing
    • English
    • Environmental Humanities
    • European Studies
    • Film Studies
    • French Studies
    • Advanced French Studies
    • Geographical Studies
    • German Studies
    • History
    • Japanese Studies
    • Advanced Japanese Studies
    • Korean Studies
    • Advanced Korean Studies
    • Linguistics
    • Media, Culture and Technology
    • Music Studies
    • Music Studies (Intensive)
    • Philosophy
    • Politics and International Relations
    • Sociology and Anthropology
    • Spanish and Latin American Studies
    • Theatre and Performance Studies
    • Economics
    • International Business
    • Human Resource Management
    • Studies in Psychology

Full program structure

Each university year at UNSW has three terms and an optional summer study period.

Some courses need to be studied in your first and second year, so you’re prepared for courses that can only be studied in later years. You can study full-time or part-time. Depending on how you plan your study load, you can fit two or three courses into a term and one course in a summer term.

As an Arts student you’ll have the option to take a single or a double major. Below is an example of what you could study in a standard three-year, full-time study plan with a single major.

First year

  • 2 Courses from your major
  • 2 Prescribed faculty electives
  • 3 Electives/general education courses

Second year

  • 3 Courses from your major
  • 2 Courses from your minor
  • 1 Prescribed faculty electives
  • 1 General education course

Third year

  • 4 Courses from your major
  • 2 Course from your minor
  • 2 Prescribed faculty electives
  • 2 free electives

If you choose a double major, you’ll take less electives and general education courses in your second and third year. Explore your options through a sample program.  

For further information on full course listing, descriptions and timetables please see the UNSW Online Handbook. 

Future careers

UNSW’s Arts graduates are found all over the world in a range of industries including diplomacy, social justice, publishing, international affairs, media, politics, business and entrepreneurship.  

It’s a degree that gives you the ability to pursue your passion as you discover it. You’ll develop skills that are critical for a career that moves with and responds to the challenges of our fast-paced global world. As part of the open, inclusive and supportive Arts, Design & Architecture community, you’ll learn to think critically, communicate across disciplines, and solve problems creatively, as you gain the experience and connections to channel these skills into real-world solutions.

Potential careers

  • Advocacy and campaign strategist
  • Business consultant
  • International affairs specialist
  • Teacher
  • Journalist
  • Museum and gallery curator

Work Integrated Learning

As an Arts student, you have the option to enrol in a degree credit work integrated learning course. We offer a range of internship and placement opportunities so you can put theory into practice and gain valuable professional experience.

Overseas exchange program

You don't have to choose between overseas travel and study - you can do both! Spend a term overseas at a partner university and receive credit towards your Bachelor of Arts degree at UNSW. UNSW has over 200 partner universities in over 38 countries.

Honours

A year-long honours program is available for high achieving students in the Bachelor of Arts.

Honours is an intensive study program that provides the opportunity to engage in specialised research, to further develop analytical skills and expand your graduate options.

Find Your Career Match

At UNSW Arts & Social Sciences we want you to love what you do - and that means choosing a degree that will help you secure a job you love.

Find out which careers suit your personality type best and how we can help you get there.

Learn more

Double degrees

Our double degrees enable you to broaden your opportunities as you equip yourself with knowledge and skills in different areas.

How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the Apply section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply. For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January. Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

Ready to apply?

For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

*If you are an international student studying an Australian qualification, go to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for application and UAC key dates. Note: If you are under 18 years of age, you need to make special arrangements. Read more.

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Fees & Scholarships

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$14,500*

Commonwealth Supported Place, Student Contribution Band 4

*The student contribution for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 based on a standard full-time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The actual student contribution you will be liable for depends on your individual program of study and the calendar year in which you enrol. Actual fees are calculated upon enrolment. Student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University and may increase each year during your studies (subject to caps determined by the Australian Government), effective at the start of each calendar year.

The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included.

 

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$36,960*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$115,560*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

 

Scholarships

Our scholarships can help you achieve your potential and enhance the university experience. Scholarships reward academic achievements and encourage international mobility, diversity and equity.


  • Top 50
    Worldwide

    QS World University Rankings, 2022.

  • Most
    Employable Graduates

    AFR Top 100 Future leaders Award.

  • Leading
    Innovation

    #1 Australian uni attended by start-up founders.

"It was while I was at university, studying at UNSW, that I discovered that my passion could become my career. The ability to learn across so many different disciplines sets you up so well, especially in today's marketplace. I have the opportunity to affect change across a range of areas."

Courtney Houssos

Australian Labor Party

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