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Bachelor of Arts (Professional)
Bachelor of Arts (Professional)

Bachelor of Arts (Professional)

  • ID:SUT610001
  • Level:4-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

Successful completion of

  • the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate Year 12 qualification.

Course Prerequisites

  • VCE Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 25 in any English (except EAL) or 30 in English as Alternate Language (EAL) or equivalent.

English Requirements

  • IELTS (Academic Module), Overall 6.5 No individual band below 6.0

  • PTE Academic, 58 (no communicative skill less than 50)

  • TOEFL iBT, 79 (no less than 13 in reading, 12 in listening, 18 in speaking 21 in writing)

  • C1 Advanced*, 176, no band less than 169

  • Common European Framework, B2

Other Requirement

Students must be at least 17 years old at the time their course begins to be eligible for entry into any Higher Education course.

Course Information

The Bachelor of Arts (Professional) includes a mandatory 12-month paid work placement. You'll benefit from Swinburne’s unique industry partnerships, gain invaluable full-time work experience and earn credit towards your degree.

The course is designed to foster students’ individual development and allow them to develop research and analytical skills that can be applied to a range of situations. Arts students learn how to gather, synthesise and assess information, how to conceptualise issues and how to express themselves effectively, both orally and in writing. Students have the opportunity to work with other students and academic staff from a range of disciplines on a project responding to one of the major social, cultural and economic challenges of the 21st century.

CRICOS code: 095884F

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Course structure

Successful completion of the Bachelor of Arts (Professional) requires students to complete units of study to the value of 375 credit points. All units of study are valued at 12.5 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Core studies 

4 units (50 credit points)


  • Technology and Society

  • Skills and Strategies for Social Change *

  • Changemakers in Action *

  • Arts Internship *

*Outcome unit – completion demonstrates the attainment of course learning outcomes


8 units (100 credit points)

Choose a major:

Climate and Social JusticeCriminology Ethics and TechnologyIndigenous StudiesPerspectives on GlobalisationPolitics, Power and TechnologyProfessional and Creative WritingScreen Studies and Popular Culture


4 units (100 credit points)


  • Integrated Professional Placement A – Humanities

  • Integrated Professional Placement B – Humanities

  • Work Experience in Industry A

  • Work Experience in Industry B

Other studies

10 units (125 credit points)

Choose from a combination of the following course components to complete 125 credit points of other study. Students may also select elective units (12.5 credit points each).

– Work Integrated Learning+ Second major+ Co-major+ Advanced minor+ Minors+ Elective units+ Signature Series

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Swinburne Arts graduates are well equipped to find work in areas where employers put a high premium on well-developed conceptual understanding and other critical and creative reasoning skills needed to come to terms with and respond effectively to the complex and changing demands of the contemporary workplace. Recent research emphasises the premium which employers place upon communication skills, collaboration, and flexible problem solving among Arts graduates. Areas where graduates may be employed include policy analysis and development, research, community development, administration, public relations, publishing and media.

Depending on their area of specialisation, Arts graduates may find employment as journalists, librarians, interpreters, sociologists, publishers, internet providers, marketers, writers, and in the games industry, particularly in areas focusing on interactive content creation, game design, interface design and rapid prototyping.

Graduates may also be equipped to pursue a career in the broader media, digital media/multimedia and communications sectors.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

OSHC: 530 ($) AUD per year

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