Learn to think critically, creatively and strategically while gaining expertise in key areas of business studies including marketing, management and business law.

 

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

Overview

The UNSW Bachelor of Arts and Business is the only three-year single degree of its kind in Australia. Through this degree, you’ll combine your passion for arts, social sciences and humanities with an understanding of business fundamentals.

You’ll learn to think critically, creatively and strategically while gaining expertise in key areas of business studies, including marketing, management and business law. This broad knowledge and skill base will give you a unique advantage as you enter the professional world, where diverse interdisciplinary skill sets are increasingly in demand.

Key features

Diversify your career path

This degree combines a major in arts subjects such as Asian studies, creative writing, history, sociology and anthropology with core business subjects such as accounting and financial management and marketing fundamentals. The wide range of study choices and the expertise of our academics will allow you to pursue a variety of career options.

Learn from the best

You'll learn from leading academics from UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture and UNSW Business School. You'll gain skills in critical and creative problem solving, persuasive communication, presentation, research and human behaviour. Academics in this course help you to develop your business acumen and capacity for enterprise, initiative and creativity.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

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.

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
3444
CRICOS Code
077868M
Campus
Kensington
UAC Code
422050
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
144
Indicative Enrolments
314

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Entry requirements

2021 Lowest Selection Rank
85
2021 A levels
14
2021 IB Diploma
31
2021 Lowest ATAR
75.45
    1. 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. 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. 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. 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.
  • At UNSW, we are committed to ensuring prospective students have all the information they need in order to make informed decisions about their study options.

    To assist you in gaining a better understanding of how Admissions works at UNSW, we have provided you with a summary of ATAR offers and the student profile.

    We hope this information will help you identify the degree that is right for you.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics Advanced

Adjustment Factors


We offer a range of adjustment factor schemes that reward students for academic performance and extra-curricular achievements. These schemes also take into account a range of personal and educational disadvantages that may have affected your studies. 

HSC Plus 
This scheme rewards students who perform well in Year 12 subjects that are relevant to their preferred UNSW degree. You may be awarded up to five points. 

Elite Athletes, Performers and Leaders (EAPL) 
This program recognises achievements in the areas of sport, academia, leadership and music at an elite level. You may be eligible for up to five points.

Educational Access Scheme (EAS)
Factors such as illness, financial hardship, language difficulties or attending a particular school can mean you don't always get the best possible marks in Years 11 and 12. If one of these situations applies to you, submit an application for the Educational Access Scheme (EAS) via UAC. Eligible students can receive between 1 and 10 points towards their chosen UNSW degree.

Admission pathways


Your ATAR is not the only measure of your potential to succeed, which is why we offer a range of pathways into university. Explore your options below and get in touch with our future student advisors to discuss your path to UNSW. 

Gateway Admission Pathway
This scheme is open to students in Years 11 and 12 who attend Gateway schools. It significantly adjusts the ATAR requirements for your preferred UNSW degree and provides you with an early conditional offer to UNSW. 

Entry programs for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
We offer entry programs for Indigenous Australians, including the Indigenous Preparatory Programs and the Indigenous Admission Scheme (IAS). The entry pathway program you apply for will depend on the degree you want to study. 

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.

Admission pathways


UNSW Global has university pathway programs that provide 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.

Check the specific English language requirements for this program

Program structure

The Bachelor of Arts and Business is a three-year full-time degree consisting of 24 courses.

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

  • 10 Courses from your chosen major
  • 8 Business courses
  • 4 Courses from your chosen minor
  • 2 Electives

Study areas

    • 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 Studies
    • Theatre and Performance Studies
    • Art History and Theory
    • Arts and Social Sciences
    • Asian Studies
    • Indigenous Studies
    • Australian 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
    • Modern Greek Studies
    • History
    • Indonesian Studies
    • Italian Studies
    • Japanese Studies
    • Advanced Japanese Studies
    • Korean Studies
    • Advanced Korean Studies
    • Linguistics
    • Media, Culture and Technology
    • Music Studies
    • Philosophy
    • Politics and International Relations
    • Studies in Psychology
    • Sociology and Anthropology
    • Spanish Studies
    • Theatre and Performance Studies
    • Gender Studies

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.  

Below is an example of what you could study in a standard three-year, full-time study plan for the Bachelor of Arts and Business:   

First year 

  • 2 Courses from your Arts major 
  • 4 Business courses  
  • 1 Course from your Arts minor 
  • 1 Prescribed faculty elective 

Second year 

  • 4 Courses from your Arts major 
  • 2 Courses from your Arts minor 
  • 1 Prescribed faculty electives 
  • 1 Business elective  

Third year 

  • 4 Courses from your Arts major 
  • 1 Course from your Arts minor 
  • 2 Prescribed faculty electives 
  • 3 Business electives 

You can explore this structure by term through a sample program.

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

Future careers

The UNSW Bachelor of Arts and Business provides you with the tools for diverse career options in arts management, social entrepreneurship, business, international business, consulting, management, marketing and strategy roles.  

Your broad education, critical thinking, decision making and business knowledge will expand your career equip you to succeed in a wide variety of future professions. In you’ll work on real-life business problems and have the opportunity to undertake internships and Work Integrated Learning (WIL), ensuring you graduate experienced and career-ready.  

Potential careers

Career opportunities include:

  • Marketing and communications
  • Business consulting
  • Strategy 
  • Research
  • Policy and international affairs

Double degrees

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

Double degree options:

  • Law

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 start your application?

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.

Ready to start your application?

Fees & Scholarships

2022 Indicative First Year Full Fee
$13,745*

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.

2022 Indicative First Year Fee
$44,065*
2022 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$129,115*

*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


At UNSW, we award over $83 million in scholarships each year. We pride ourselves on rewarding excellence and making university accessible to students from all walks of life. Whether you’re a domestic or international student, our range of scholarships, prizes and awards can support your journey.


  • 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.

The ability to think both critically and strategically has been so beneficial in the workplace.

William Christian

Arts & Business alum

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