La Trobe University

Diploma of Arts


Start dates
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
1 year
Annual tuition fee (A$)
28 000
Gain an introduction to the study of humanities and social sciences with your choice of majors (depending on the campus of study). You'll learn in a supportive environment, with structured assistance throughout your studies. Once you've successfully completed the diploma, you'll be eligible to enter the second year of La Trobe's Bachelor of Arts, or find work in administration or entry-level positions in a variety of industries.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 5.

Entry requirements

English language requirement

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

Please refer to our English Language Requirements page for details of other Accepted English Proficiency tests and additional recognised English Language Proficiency Measures, such as English as the language of instruction.

Academic entry requirement

You must provide a statement of purpose (400 to 500 words) outlining the reasons you wish to study a Diploma of Arts.

Career outcomes

This course leads to further study, articulating with the Bachelor of Arts. Graduates should also be skilled for work in administration or entry-level communication-based positions.

Fees and scholarships

Annual tuition fee (A$)

28 000

Additional costs

Students choosing to study subjects in visual arts or graphic design may incur additional equipment costs. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; they remain students' personal property.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Applications for 2018 will open later this year. You can ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805. Please apply through VTAC if you’re completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if you’re completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.

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.

CRICOS code: 075107B