Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.
|Year and Campus:
|2011 - Parkville
|Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
|Duration & Credit Points:
|300 credit points taken over 36 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.
CoordinatorSee each major / area of study
ContactArts and Music Student Centre
Please note: There will not be further admission into this program. For information about course requirements and entry into the new generation Bachelor of Arts (B-Arts) see the future students page.
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) offers unique flexibility with the opportunity to focus on one or two majors chosen from a broad range of Arts study options in the humanities, social sciences and languages.
The Bachelor of Arts has as its objectives that graduates:
|Course Structure & Available Subjects:
The BA degree requires the completion of:
Students should aim to complete 100 points at each of level one, two and three subjects, excluding those in a combined degrees. Students in a combined degree complete fewer Arts points. For specific information about each combined degree, see below.
As well as the completion of 300 points of BA study, three further basic rules apply;
Breadth of study requirements:
When choosing your subjects, you should be aware that in order to encourage you to study widely, there are limitations to the number of points you can complete in any single area of study over each year level. They are:Level one
A maximum of 50 points (usually four subjects) in any one area of study
Levels two and three
A maximum of 175 points (usually 14 subjects) in any one area of study
These maximums are proportionally reduced for BA combined degrees where students are required to complete fewer subjects towards the Arts component of the combined degree. See below for information about combined degrees.
Subject year level entry requirements:
Level one subjects: Most level one subjects do not have prerequisites apart from admission to a degree or diploma course. However, some language streams require the completion of VCE or IB language study and/or completion of a placement test. This must be done before you enrol. Level one subjects are not available to students enrolled in fourth-year honours, postgraduate certificates, postgraduate diplomas, or masters programs. Level one subjects cannot be credited to level two or three of the BA or BA combined degrees.
Level two subjects Students should complete the level one requirements of their degree before enrolling in a level two subject. Students must complete at least 50 points of level one (four subjects) in order to enrol in a level two or two/three subject. Level two subjects are not available to students enrolled in fourth-year honours, postgraduate certificates, postgraduate diplomas, or masters programs. Level two subjects cannot be credited to level one or three of the BA or BA combined degrees.
Level three subjects Students should complete the level two requirements of their degree before enrolling in a level three subject. Students must complete at least 25 points of level two (usually two subjects) in order to enrol in a level three subject. Level three subjects are not available to students enrolled in fourth-year honours, postgraduate certificates, postgraduate diplomas, or masters programs. Level three subjects cannot be credited to level one or two of the BA or BA combined degrees.
Level four subjects are not available to students enrolled in undergraduate degrees, concurrent certificates, concurrent diplomas, graduate certificates, graduate diplomas or one-year masters programs. Level five subjects are not available to students enrolled in undergraduate degrees, concurrent certificates, concurrent diplomas, graduate certificates, or graduate diplomas.
Subject level rules apply to students in combined Arts degrees.
Arts-approved subject requirements
The BA degree requires that you complete a minimum number of points in arts-approved subjects. Students in combined Arts degrees can only complete subjects in arts-approved areas toward their Bachelor of Arts.
All of the subjects offered by Schools within the Faculty of Arts are arts-approved. However, some areas of study which may be taken in the BA are taught by other faculties within the University or other institutions. Only some of these subjects are arts-approved. Areas of study that are not arts-approved are noted below.
Students who are currently enrolled in a degree or diploma who wish to complete subjects for which they will not receive credit towards the degree or diploma should enrol in such subjects through the Community Access Program.
Of the 300 points required for the BA degree, at least 150 points must be in arts-approved subjects. They must be distributed as follows:Level one
At least 50 points of arts-approved subjectsLevels two and three
At least 100 points of arts-approved subjects
Points and breadth of study rules for combined Bachelor of Arts studentsThe Arts component of arts/engineering, arts/geomatic engineering, and arts/law
Students must complete 200 points towards the arts component of these degrees, comprising:
No more than 150 points may taken in any one area of study: a maximum of 25 points at level one and 125 points at levels two and three.
The Arts component of arts/commerce, arts/music, arts/science, and arts/theology
Students must complete 225 points towards the arts component of these degrees, comprising:
No more than 162.5 points may taken in any one area of study: a maximum of 25 points at level one and 137.5 points at levels two and three.
The Arts component of arts/teaching and arts/social work
Students must complete 250 points towards the arts component of this degree, comprising:
No more than 187.5 points may taken in any one area of study: a maximum of 50 points at level one and 137.5 points at levels two and three.
Students wishing to view the handbooks from the year they commenced can do so at the following website: https://psc.unimelb.edu.au/
Please note that of the majors the following are in non-Arts-approved areas of study:
Students in the heritage BA can choose subejcts listed in the following non-Arts study areas:
|There will not be further admission into this program. For information about course requirements and entry into the new generation Bachelor of Arts (B-Arts) see the future students page.
|Core Participation Requirements:
|The Bachelor of Arts requires a standard level of ability across all disciplines. It will be assumed students are able to access and attend classes on a regular basis, are capable of learning in a University environment and will be able to take responsibility for their own learning. Any ability beyond this threshold will be robustly supported through the curriculum. There are no pre-requisites for first year subjects, and any intensive use of IT or technologies will be adequately supported. Certain subjects have more specific requirements and demands, such as fieldwork or travelling, which are clearly outlined in the subject description.
The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. The Faculty Disability Contact Officer works with students, the University Disability Liaison Unit and teaching staff to assist students with their special requirements, with a particular focus on accommodations for in-class and examination assessment tasks. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website.
For more information on entry into a coursework masters degree, please refer to the The Graduate School of Humanities & Social Sciences:
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|See course objectives
Arts students are encouraged to pursue their academic interests and professional aspirations by taking a variety of subjects in a range of different areas of study. All arts subjects provide students with transferable generic skills that prepare them for further study and the workplace.
As a result of attendance at scheduled classes, participation in planned activities and discussion groups, and timely completion of essays and assignments, arts graduates should acquire transferable generic skills in the following areas:
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