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Responsible faculty or institute:
Arts (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Cradle Coast:
Course Duration: Minimum 3 yrs, Maximum 7 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school):


This 3-year (minimum) course is available at Hobart, Launceston and the Cradle Coast campus. Some units are also available externally by distance education to Australian residents who are unable to attend classes on either the Hobart or Launceston campus or at the Cradle Coast campus. Students may study full time or part time and have seven enrolment years, including the year of passing the first unit for the degree, in which to complete course requirements. If students are studying by distance education their choice of units is limited and may be varied from time to time. They should check the availability of units before planning their course. Entry to the course normally occurs in February and July.

Admission & Prerequisites

Applicants are expected to meet the normal requirements set by the University for entry to degree courses. There are also several categories of special admission. No specific course or subject prerequisites apply.

Course Objectives

The Bachelor of Arts offers the opportunity for a liberal education. Students are able to exercise choice across a wide range of disciplines. These include the humanities (Ancient Civilisations, Ancient Greek, Latin, English, History, Asian Languages, European Languages and Philosophy), the social sciences (Geography, International Relations, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy and Sociology) and interdisciplinary studies (Aboriginal Studies, Asian Studies, Asian Religions and Comparative Philosophy, Criminology, European Studies, Gender Studies and Journalism, Media & Communications) as well as visual and performing arts (Art Theory, Music History, Music Skills and Music Technology).

The program develops general abilities in the following areas:

  • written expression
  • linguistic skills
  • creative self-expression
  • capacity to analyse and interpret in a dispassionate and objective manner
  • capacity for reasoned criticism
  • data acquisition and analysis
  • research techniques
  • marshalling facts in support of arguments, and
  • evaluating the possible outcomes of alternative courses of action, with the emphasis varying according to the particular program chosen.

In short, the program helps students to operate in a complex and rapidly changing world.

Career Outcomes

In Australia and around the world, employers are increasingly seeing graduates who can speak and write clearly; who are computer literate and understand how to use technology; who know about other countries, cultures and societies; who can solve problems creatively; and who have developed that flexibility of thought which technical and vocational training rarely encourages. Graduates with a Bachelor of Arts degree find jobs in, for example: advertising, journalism, radio and television; the arts, heritage and museology; diplomacy, interpreting and tourism; management, marketing and administration; politics, the public service, the police force and the armed forces; teaching, research and publishing; psychology, counselling and community work.

Articulation to/from Course

Articulation with other courses

After completing two full years of study in the BA degree, students can apply for entry to the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree course. The BSW is primarily taught on the Launceston campus. Interested students should consult the BSW entry included in the Handbook.

Eligible students may apply to transfer to the Bachelor of Social Science or Bachelor of Social Science (Police Studies) degree course. Interested students should consult the relevant entries of the handbook.

BA students wishing to pursue a teaching career must also complete the two year Master of Teaching (MTeach) degree This is a postgraduate qualification taken after graduating with a BA. Information brochures are obtainable from Student Recruitment offices on both campuses and from the contact number for the MTeach

Students currently studying for a degree in another faculty are able to apply to transfer to the BA degree course and will receive some credit for their previous successful study.

Miscellaneous Information

Credit for previous study

A person holding another award from this University or another approved institution may be permitted by the Faculty to count towards the BA, units from the former award to a maximum of 100% (8 x 12.5% student electives). Students need to apply for credit when applying for entry to the BA. Credit is only considered for study completed ten years ago or less. Units from courses offered by other Faculties of the University may be included in the degree provided they do not exceed the permissible weighting (see course structure ).

Examples of credit awarded towards a BA:

Course/Award Credit awarded Total
Completion of the Tasmania Police Recruitment course (TPRC) 25% student electives at introductory level plus 25% student electives at intermediate level in the BA 50%
Completed TAFE diploma or associate diploma 25% student electives at introductory level 25%
Registered nurses, hospital trained 25%student electives at introductory level 25%
Registered nurses, hospital trained and with further training, eg midwifery certificate 25% student electives at introductory level and an additional 25% student electives at intermediate level 50%
Completed three-year degree 25% student electives at introductory level, 25% student electives at intermediate level, 50% student electives at advanced level 100%

Enrolment restrictions -- quotas

Students should note that entry into certain units (e.g. visual arts) in particular schools is subject to quota restrictions and School approval is required.

Further information will be available at formal enrolment sessions. Enquiries may be made to academic schools or the Faculty Office, Hobart or Launceston, during the enrolment period.

Enrolment outside the BA schedule

Students who intend to enrol in subjects or units from another degree course as part of an Arts degree must comply with the subject or unit prerequisites determined by that degree course. In all cases, specific prerequisites are listed in the relevant discipline entries. Restrictions apply to the number of units which may be studied. These are: 25% student electives at introductory level and 25% student electives at intermediate level and 50% student electives at advanced level (a total of 100%) and are referred to as Student Elective units.

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