La Trobe University

Bachelor of Arts

Overview

Semester starts
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration
3 years
Annual tuition fee (A$)
28 000

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

MajorsMELBENA-WMILSHP
Aboriginal studiesYes    
AnthropologyYes    
ArchaeologyYes    
Asian studiesYes    
ChineseYes    
Creative and professional writingYes    
Crime, justice and legal studiesYes    
Economics* Yes    
EnglishYesYesYesYesYes
FrenchYes    
Gender, sexuality and diversityYes    
HistoryYesYesYesYesYes
Human geographyYesYes   
International studiesYes    
IndonesianYesYes   
ItalianYes    
JapaneseYes    
LinguisticsYes    
Media studiesYes    
Modern Greek studiesYes    
PhilosophyYes    
PoliticsYes    
Psychology* Yes    
Screen studiesYes    
SociologyYesYesYesYesYes
SpanishYes    
Sustainability and developmentYes    
MinorsMELBENA-WMILSHP
Art historyYes    
Classics and ancient historyYes    
HindiYes    
Latin American studiesYes    
Theatre and dramaYes    

*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.

Entry requirements

Subject prerequisites

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.

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.

Career outcomes

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 costs

Annual tuition fee (A$)

28 000

Scholarships

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

How to apply

Apply now or 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.

Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.

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. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

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