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Bachelor of Arts

A contemporary, multidisciplinary and digitally driven course to meet student and industry needs.
This course is offered at multiple locations, select your prefered campus to see when it is offered.
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Gippsland - Churchill
On-line Learning
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Semester 2
Other intakes
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
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Semester 2
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Gippsland - Churchill
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
On-line Learning
Semester 1
Semester 2
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3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
(360 credit points = 3.0 EFTSL)
Lowest Adjusted ATAR 50.00 

In this degree, you’ll study a wide range of subjects across humanities, media and social sciences. But you’ll also learn the skills you need to succeed in the workplace, whether it’s as a reporter covering natural disasters, managing social policy in the public and private sector, or curating exhibits in a museum, with a Bachelor of Arts at Federation you’ll have a breadth of opportunity.

For students enrolling in the Bachelor of Arts course for 2023, you will have a unique opportunity to co-create the final year of the course with industry and employers as part of our cooperative education model that will provide students with a head start on a successful career and regional employers with graduates primed for the workplace.

The BA course includes a substantial core study of cultures and contemporary societies, with a focus on developing transferable skills for life and work.

You also choose a major in one of:
• History
• Indigenous Studies
• Literature
• Media and Screen Studies
• Sociology
• Writing

Additional majors and minors include:
• Criminal Justice
• Community Work
• Education
• Visual Arts (Arts Academy - Ballarat and Gippsland)
• Marketing
• Entrepreneurship
• Web Project Development
• Behavioural Studies
• Visual Culture (minor only)

This will allow you to explore areas of personal interest in more depth and achieve the disciplinary knowledge required for further study/development in professional areas such as information management, education, and communication.

When you graduate, you’re not limited to working in specialised areas. You could work across tourism marketing, curating museum collections or youth engagement programs, or in many other fields. You may go on to study education and teach your skills to others.

Download a brochure using the link above to find out more information about our course and the incredible careers available to arts graduates.

  • Academic tutor
  • Advertising coordinator
  • Broadcast assistant
  • Business manager
  • Chief sub-editor
  • Community service agency worker
  • Community worker
  • Critic
  • Digital production manager
  • Film and DVD marketer
  • Heritage curator
  • Image curator
  • Lecturer
  • Media planner
  • Playwright
  • Policy writer
  • Production designer
  • Small business owner
  • Account manager
  • Archivist
  • Broadcast monitor
  • Case management officer
  • Communications officer
  • Community support manager
  • Copywriter
  • Curator
  • Editor
  • Film and television floor manager
  • Film curator
  • Film programmer
  • Human resources manager
  • International agency project worker
  • Marketing and communications assistant
  • Media coordinator
  • Media presenter
  • Policy advisor
  • Production manager
  • Project manager
  • Public relations officer
  • Social researcher
  • Tourism consultant
  • Associate editor
  • Broadcast operator
  • Case manager
  • Community development officer
  • Counsellor
  • Digital marketer
  • Film and DVD distributor
  • Film and television producer
  • Film educator
  • Government officer
  • Journalist
  • Marketing and sponsorship coordinator
  • Media officer
  • Museum curator
  • Policy officer
  • Production crew member
  • Professional writer
  • Project officer
  • Research officer
  • Sound collection curator
  • Writer

After further study, you may become a teacher specialising in English, History, Humanities or SOSE (Studies of Society and Environment). 

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course.  Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes.  To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual course structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current unit information and cost, click on the individual unit name below, or click here to view current unit information and cost for ALL units.

Please refer to the school webpage to view possible sample structures for this course.

Contact hours can vary depending on requirements, however typical contact hours for full-time study are around 25-30 hours comprising of on-campus classes, online learning and self-directed study.

Important for Yr 10 students

Entry requirements (year 12)

Admissions Criteria for current Year 12 students and recent secondary graduates (the past 2 years)


  • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any English.

This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations.

Guaranteed ATAR

This course has a guaranteed ATAR.
If you meet the course pre-requisites and any ‘Essential Requirements for Admission’, we will guarantee you a place in this course with this ATAR. We use the adjusted ATAR, factoring in subject adjustments and SEAS as detailed below.

Subject Adjustments

A study score of 35 in any Humanities, any History, Literature, Media or Philosophy equals 3 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 5 points.

SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme)

Applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage are encouraged to apply for the Special Entry Access Schemes (SEAS). Depending on eligibility and your circumstances, a SEAS application may provide support for your course application. 


Entry requirements (non year 12)

Admission criteria for applicants with a Higher Education Study

This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations. Compulsory: Previous higher education studies with results at a pass level, including any 'single subjects of study', or successful completion of a tertiary preparatory course such as the FedUni Foundation Access Studies Program (FAST).

Admission criteria for applications with a Vocational Education and Training study

This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations. Compulsory: Successful completion of a relevant VET qualification at Certificate III level or higher.

Admission criteria for applications with work and life experience

Applicants who have not completed secondary education or undertaken any TAFE or university studies will not be eligible for entry into this course. Applicants in this category should consider a pathway course such as Foundation Access Studies (FAST) Program.

English language requirement

Overall Academic IELTS band score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0 or equivalent

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: Yes

VTAC code: 3700810101 (On-line Learning), 3700510101 (Mt Helen), 3700710101 (Churchill), 3701810101 (Berwick)

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: HM5

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee Type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$16,323 student contribution amount

A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Australian Government.  Your fees (student contribution amount) are set on an annual basis by the government and are determined by the discipline area and band of your individual units, not the overall course.  Each unit falls into a band which determines the student contribution.

2024 annual student contribution amounts for 1 EFTSL (equivalent full-time student load) range between $4,445 Band 1 to $16,323 Band 4.  To find the Band, EFTSL and contribution amount for each unit, check the Sample Structure or refer to the 2024 unit listing.

Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and the indicative amount should be used as a guide only.  It is based on a typical enrolment for a student undertaking the first year of study in this course.  For 0.5 EFTSL (60 credit point) courses the certificate fee is displayed.  Total cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved credit you receive.

Other fees

You will also need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Fee assistance

You may be eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of all or part of your student contribution.  You may also be eligible to defer payment of your SSAF through a SA-HELP loan.


Our scholarships and grants can help with your study costs.  Explore our scholarships to find an opportunity that's right for you.

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

Completed Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma qualifications will be considered for admission.
Preference will be given to students whose prior studies include courses in humanities, e.g. professional writing and editing, liberal arts, media and communications, justice studies, marketing and public relations.
Credit will be considered based on the TAFE qualification completed and its relevance to the degree.

Successful completion of at least one (1) Australian university-level (or equivalent) unit will be considered for admission.
Additional units will enhance a student's application. Students are encouraged to consider units that relate to the arts or social sciences.
Credit for any other previous studies will only be granted from those completed no more than 10 years prior to admission.

Entry via FAST
This course is eligible for entry via the Foundation Access Studies (FAST) program. FAST is designed to provide alternative entry to tertiary study at Federation University Australia. You may also be eligible for credit into this course, depending on your selected major/s. Please contact us for further information.

We encourage you to view our recent webinar to find out more about the course. 


To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection.  You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per unit, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all courses is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this course overview including the availability of courses and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any course, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department

Humanities and Social Sciences

Course coordinator

Lesley Speed