Bachelor of Arts
Build the degree you want and forge your own path.
As a La Trobe Bachelor of Arts student, you’ll learn the skills employers want, such as critical thinking, communication, complex problem solving, collaboration and teamwork. Graduate ready to find work in the arts, media, social policy, business, education and community development sectors.
Study a broad range of humanities and social science subjects taught by our nationally and internationally acclaimed academics. With over 33 majors* to choose from, including archaeology, languages, screen arts, politics, sociology and history, you can find what interests you and work towards the career you want. Benefit from personalised academic guidance in a supportive and flexible learning environment.
The Bachelor of Arts allows you to take subjects from almost any discipline and create your own unique skill-set. Add economics subjects to your major in linguistics, law subjects to your major in sociology, or a minor in art history to your major in sustainability and development. Keep your options open or specialise in your chosen area.
A La Trobe Arts degree can make you more employable. Here’s how:
- Take advantage of work placements and international exchange programs, many of which are financially supported, with La Trobe partner universities such as Kyushu University in Japan, University of North Carolina in the US and Leicester University in England
- Gain practical expertise with companies such as SBS Radio, the Australian Ballet, the National Gallery of Victoria, the UN Association of Victoria, CERES, Australian Students Representative Council and the AFL Players Association
- Apply your skills on an international study tour or student exchange program. Depending on your major, you can study at over 330 universities across 54 countries.
Study your Bachelor of Arts at any of our Melbourne, Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton campuses. You can also choose to divide your arts subjects across these campuses.
*Choice of majors will depend on your chosen campus.
Specialisations, majors and minors
|Creative and professional writing||Yes|
|Crime, justice and legal studies||Yes|
|Gender, sexuality and diversity||Yes|
|Modern Greek studies||Yes|
|Sustainability and development||Yes|
|Classics and ancient history||Yes|
|Latin American studies||Yes|
|Theatre and drama||Yes|
*This major must be taken as a second major and studied alongside another area of study within Arts
Get more details on the study areas you can choose at each campus:
Once you've chosen your subjects, you can see your provisional timetable.
PrerequisitesVCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Special considerationA study score of 25 in Drama, any Humanities, Legal Studies, Psychology or Theatre Studies equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.
Advanced standing - credit for prior study
Advanced Standing is the recognition of previous study or learning that can be counted towards a qualification. This can reduce the number of subjects required to complete your course. The amount of credit received depends on the level and relevance of your previous tertiary study and the number of subjects completed.
Visit our Advanced standing information to see if advanced standing is available for this course.
If you wish to delay your studies until a later time, it may be possible for you to defer. Find out if you can defer.
The skills you’ll acquire from an arts degree are transferable across many professions. Whether in government, the non-profit sector or private enterprise, organisations everywhere place a high value on people who can think independently, understand complex problems and express themselves clearly.
Recent La Trobe Arts graduates have gone on to become journalists at the ABC, advisers to federal cabinet ministers, adviser to the Parliamentary Secretary of Australia and multimedia coordinator at the Carlton Football Club.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about the fees for graduate research.
Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.
How to apply
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses.