The Associate Degree in Arts is a two-year course, full time (or part-time equivalent), specifically intended to assist students gain skills and knowledge in arts and academic studies in general. The course offers introductory units in academic literacy, computer application and critical thinking, and its structure is designed to enable students to gain core knowledge in at least two arts disciplines. The course provides a supported pathway into university study and eligible graduates may progress onto a University of Tasmania Bachelor of Arts degree. The Associate Degree may also be taken as a stand-alone qualification.
The Associate degree aims to meet the needs of students by:
- Offering foundation level units in academic literacies;
- Providing graduates with core knowledge in at least two arts disciplines; and
- Developing academic skills to allow students to articulate with confidence into a Bachelors Degree for further in-depth study.
The course aims to meet the needs of students who may have a limited background in arts, and in academic studies in general, by:
- providing foundation level units in academic literacies, titled 'Thinking and Writing at University', as well as units on 'Computer Applications' and 'Foundations of Critical Thinking';
- providing opportunities to acquire knowledge, attitudes and skills in a range of disciplines;
- providing graduates with core knowledge in at least two arts disciplines; and
- developing academic and scientific skills to allow students to articulate with confidence into a Bachelors Degree for further in-depth study.
Upon completion of the Associate Degree in Arts (AQF Level 6) graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate broad theoretical and technical knowledge in one or more of the humanities, social sciences or creative arts disciplines.
- Critically identify, analyse, adapt and evaluate information and concepts in one or more humanities, social sciences or creative arts disciplines to complete a range of activities.
- Communicate knowledge and skills learned in one or more humanities, social sciences or creative arts disciplines effectively to a range of audiences.
- Demonstrate knowledge, skills and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship.
- Demonstrate self-accountability by taking responsibility for own learning when working independently, and in collaboration with others.
To qualify for the Associate Degree in Arts, students must successfully complete 200 pts in:
- Foundation Level Units
- students either select 0 - 50% of foundation units; or
- enrolment in foundation unit(s) may be a condition of offer to the degree and students will be advised which unit(s) to enrol in
- A minimum of 150% of undergraduate units offered by the College of Arts, Law and Education (from Bachelor of Arts for example), at least 50% of which will come from Intermediate Level (Second year units). To maximise the potential for articulation, students will be required to include 25% of Introductory Level units in one discipline to provide the basis for a major.
- Students will have a free choice of up to 50% of units from anywhere in the University in place of Foundation Level Units.
Students should refer to the course rules for the year they commenced the course.
The program offers an alternative method of entry for applicants who do not meet the standard admission requirements. It prepares students for entry to further undergraduate degrees in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Arts, Law and Education of the University of Tasmania. Specific units from the foundation component of the Associate Degree may be taken by students seeking admission to degree programs with specific admission pre-requisites.
The program offers an alternative method of entry for applicants who do not meet the standard admission requirements. It prepares students for entry to further undergraduate degrees in the Arts Faculty of the University of Tasmania. Specific units from the foundation component of the Associate Degree may be taken by students seeking admission to degree programs with specific admission pre-requisites.
On successful completion of foundation units students may apply to transfer to a Bachelor degree. The foundation units cannot count to a Bachelor degree (subject to Bachelor rules). The Associate Degree will also provide an exit point for those students not wishing to take out a Bachelor degree offered at the College of Arts, law and Education including Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Science and Bachelor of Social Science (Police Studies) as per the full articulation arrangement between the Associate Degree in Arts and the above mentioned degrees (subject to meeting the rules and requirement of the Associate Degree in Arts).
Fees & scholarships
Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.
Annual Tuition Fee is inclusive of the compulsory Student Services and Amenities (SSA) fee. The SSA fee for 2017 is $294 AUD.
2019 Total Course Fee (international students): $58,974 AUD*.
Course cost based on a rate of $28,980 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).
* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.
For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.
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