Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.
|Year and Campus:||2011 - Parkville|
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
|Duration & Credit Points:||100 credit points taken over 12 months full time.|
CoordinatorRefer to each individaul study area.
ContactArts & Music Student Centre
The Bachelor of Arts (Degree with Honours) (BH-Arts) is an advanced and specialised course of study requiring a higher standard of performance than a pass degree. It offers a broad range of Arts programs in humanities, social sciences and languages and enhances students’ ability to acquire advanced research and analytical skills and develop original ideas. It augments students’ ability to apply innovative solutions to complex problems. Students may specialise in one area of study (pure honours) or two (combined honours) depending on specialisation.
The B-Arts (Hons) involves one additional year of study at fourth-year level. Students must also have satisfied the requirements of the new generation B-Arts (or equivalent) within the last five years, for articulation into the program.
The B-Arts (Hons) is an advanced level of study designed to allow students to specialise in one area of study (pure honours) or two (combined honours). The opportunity to specialise provides a strong foundation for the future direction of graduates, whether as a means of progressing to higher degree research in Arts at the Masters or PhD level, or improving the scope of employment options and professional advancement. Students with Honours from Melbourne Arts record exceptionally high rates of satisfaction with the professional and academic directions they pursue beyond graduation. The degree is designed so that B-Arts (Hons) graduates will be able to:
• Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of selected fields of study in core disciplines in the humanities, social sciences and languages.
|Course Structure & Available Subjects:||
The requirements for the B-Arts (Hons) degree is the completion of 100 points of study at fourth-year level.
Please note: this structure may vary depending on specialisation.
You are required to achieve an honours grade (ie. H1, H2A, H2B, H3) for each component of assessment in fourth year, and an overall grade of at least H3. If any of these requirements are not fulfilled, you will only be eligible for the BA pass degree. A pass (P) or fail (N) grade in any component of assessment will disqualify you from taking out the BA (Honours) degree. Fourth-year studies are usually taken full-time.
For information on policies that govern this degree, see Academic Services Policy listed as part of the University Melbourne Policy Framework. Students also should also refer to information on the Student Policy Directory
SpecialisationsPlease note that some specialisations are not available in pure honours and must be taken in combination with another area - consult each area for more details.
1. The Selection Committee will evaluate the applicant's ability to pursue the course successfully using the following criteria: |
• a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne or a cognate undergraduate degree from another institution, completed within the last five years, with a Standard Grade Point Average (SGPA) of at least 70%, or equivalent;
• completion of a major at an appropriate standard in a discipline relevant to the specific program to which entry is sought;
• results in any prerequisite subjects for the specific program to which entry is sought.
Quotas may be applied to the degree as a whole or to individual programs and preference may be given to applicants with evidence of appropriate preparation or potential to undertake research.
2. The Selection Committee may conduct interviews and tests and may call for referee reports or employer references to elucidate any of the matters referred to above.
Note. Entry is subject to the capacity of the relevant schools or programs to provide adequate supervision in a project appropriate to the interests and preparation of the individual student. Subject to this restriction, University of Melbourne Bachelor of Arts graduates with a Standard Grade Point Average (SGPA) of at least 75% are guaranteed entry to the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) if they meet all prerequisites for the specific program and have an average of H1 (80%) across the relevant major.
|Core Participation Requirements:||The Faculty of Arts welcomes applications from students with disabilities. It is University and Faculty policy to take all reasonable steps to enable the participation of students with disabilities, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the Faculty’s programs. |
The inherent academic requirements for study in the Faculty of Arts are:
All students of the Arts Faculty’s courses are required to possess intellectual, ethical, and emotional capabilities required to participate in the full curriculum and to achieve the minimum levels of competence required by the Faculty. Candidates for the BA degree must have abilities in comprehension, theorization, and communication.
Communication: Students must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in oral and written form. They should also be able to communicate with fellow students, professional and academic staff, and the wider public. They must have the capacity to clearly and independently communicate knowledge and application of Arts disciplines.
Intellectual and Organisational Abilities: Students must have the ability to establish study plans and prioritise learning objectives. They are also expected to have the ability to develop problem-solving skills and to comprehend complex disciplinary and cross-disciplinary information related to the BA degree.
Behavioural and Social Attributes: Students must possess behavioural and social attributes that enable them to participate in a complex learning environment. They must take full responsibility for their own participation and learning. Students also contribute to the learning of other students in collaborative environments and must therefore demonstrate a wide range of interpersonal skills which consider the needs of other students. Assessment may include the outcomes of tasks completed in collaboration with other students. Integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest, and motivation are all personal qualities that are deemed necessary for students enrolled in Arts courses.
Students who feel their disability will prevent them from participating in tasks involving these inherent academic requirements are encouraged to contact the Disability Liaison Unit: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/
Adjustments can be provided to minimise the impact of a disability; however, students should participate in the course in an independent manner.
Coursework Masters |
If you wish to continue your professional studies at postgraduate level, the studies you undertake in your major can provide a direct pathway to Coursework Masters Degrees in the areas of humanities and social sciences, management, international studies, arts management, development studies and many more. Entry is based on academic merit and in most cases requires a Bachelors degree or equivalent in the relevant study area.
For more information on entry into a coursework masters degree, please refer to the The Graduate School of Humanities & Social Sciences:
Research Higher Degrees
Active global citizens
Bachelor of Arts graduates will be equipped to be active global citizens by virtue of their academic excellence, their inter-disciplinary knowledge, their community leadership capabilities and their cultural awareness.
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:
|Links to further information:||Arts & Music Student Centre|
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