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The Bachelor of Arts is a three-year program at pass level. A separate four-year program at Honours level (Program Code 4511) is also available for eligible applicants.

A Bachelor of Arts program enriches your understanding of how human beings make, recognise, and debate about life's meaning and the values that support civilisation. All Arts disciplines teach students to develop their capacity for critical analysis and argument as well as an awareness of the value of language as a political, intellectual, creative and communicative tool.

Students can combine courses from Business, English and Media Studies, Indonesian Studies, Geography, History, and International and Political Studies, building expertise in one or more of these disciplines.

Honours students who are RAN midshipmen or RAAF officer cadets continue with their programs at UNSW, Canberra and complete their degrees at the end of the fourth year. Army officer cadets transfer to the Royal Military College, Duntroon at the end of their third year. After completing a year of military training they are commissioned as lieutenants, and those who are continuing with Honours programs return to the Academy to complete their Honours degree.

The objective of a Bachelor of Arts program is to stimulate students intellectually and to immerse them in the discipline of learning.

The program will develop graduate attributes, such as strong written and oral communications skills, the capacity to research, criticise and reflect, and the ability to work independently and collaboratively.



Study Level


Typical duration

3 Years

Delivery Mode


Intake Period

Semester 1

Academic Calendar

UNSW Canberra Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit


Award type

Bachelors Pass


Bachelor of Arts - BA

UAC Code


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Program Structure

Students must complete 144 UOC as a standalone program.

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Prescribed Electives

Prescribed Electives description.

Students must take at least 12 UOC of the following courses.

Minimum Arts Discipline UOC

Minimum Arts Discipline UOC description.

Students must complete a minimum of 96 UOC of the following courses.

Special Admission Requirements

University Medal

Award of Pass with Distinction

Additional Information

Program Rules Dictionary

  • “Major” consists of courses totalling no less than 48 UOC, with at least 36 UOC from Level 2 and 3 courses, with at least 18 UOC at Level 3.
  • “Level 1” means courses at an introductory level, normally taken at Stage 1.
  • “Level 2” means courses at an upper level, normally taken at Stage 2.
  • “Level 3” means courses at an upper level, normally taken at Stage 3.

Undergraduate courses are classified by Level e.g. Level 1 courses are usually undertaken in the first stage of a program, Level 2 in the second stage etc. In many cases the first digit of the four-digit numeric suffix of the course code indicates the level of the course e.g. ZPEM1101 is a Level 1 course whereas ZPEM3054 is a Level 3 course, usually undertaken in stage 3.

Program Fees

At UNSW fees are generally charged at course level and therefore dependent upon individual enrolment and other factors such as student's residency status. For generic information on fees and additional expenses of UNSW programs, click on one of the following:

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