Certificate IV or above
- – Bedford Park
3 years full-time
(or part-time equivalent)
- 2023: $13,197
- – March
- – July
Design your dream career
Build your knowledge base in the areas you’re passionate about, develop the complex critical thinking and problem solving skills required to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges, and learn transferable skills that are highly valued in the workplace with a Bachelor of Arts.
You’ll develop world-changing, future-proof skills in a world that’s changing fast. Become digitally literate, think outside the box and develop the skills to adapt and take advantage of new opportunities.
Certificate IV or above
3 years full-time
(or part-time equivalent)
*Some Bachelor of Arts topics require in-person attendance. Please check the Study Program for details.
Why study Arts at Flinders
*The Good Universities Guide 2020 (postgraduate), public SA-founded universities only
** The Good Universities Guide 2020 (undergraduate), public SA-founded universities only
Graduates are suited to employment in many fields given the broad scope of specialisations available.
The psychology major is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.
The following study areas can be taken as a major or minor.
Applied linguistics is concerned with the practical issues of language such as learning and teaching, policy, multilingualism, cross-cultural communication, maintaining languages, and language difficulties.
Delve into the world’s rich cultural history, uncovering the links between past, present and future societies. Unearth and analyse artefacts with a major that prepares you for a wide range of jobs in museums, government, community organisations and the cultural heritage management industry.
Creative writing develops the creative, practical, critical and collaborative skills necessary to pursue a career in the communication, arts and related creative industries.
Criminology explores who commits crime, and critiques how the criminal justice system responds to crime.
Drama offers grounding in the theories of theatre and performance workshops in movement, voice, improvisation and Stanislavskian techniques.
English encourages a knowledge of and enthusiasm for literature, and fosters effective communication skills critical in the workplace today.
French is spoken in more than 40 countries, including some of Australia’s closest neighbours, and is one of the most widely taught second languages in the world.
Geography and environmental studies explores dynamic relationships between people, our cultures, and the natural and built environments that shape us.
History provides an introduction to issues that have shaped and continue to influence the modern world, such as revolution, fascism, migration, population, warfare and globalisation.
Indigenous and Australian studies is a sociocultural analysis of a changing nation and its people, drawing on humanities, education and social sciences to give a broad perspective of Australian culture and society.
Studying Indonesian is a vital key to understanding our region. In addition to your new language skills, you’ll learn how Indonesia works and the ways people think, feel and live together.
Innovation and enterprise provides you with the skills to enhance your creativity, understand and embrace innovation, and think like an entrepreneur.
International relations studies global issues such as diplomacy, foreign policy, the military, human rights, economies, trade and international organisations.
Italy is one of the wealthiest nations in the world, an essential tourist destination, and a major trading partner with Australia. Italian language is a pathway to employment.
Games of thrones, cultural encounters, social upheavals – find out how medieval and early modern civilisations changed the world.
The study of Modern Greek language and culture provides the key to understanding the importance of the Hellenic tradition in western intellectual development.
Philosophy deals with some of the big questions about the world, society and ourselves, and encourages thought and discussion by presenting a range of possible answers.
Politics encompasses how groups of people conduct and understand their public life together. Politics is the study of public life in Australia and the rest of the world.
Psychology is the study of human behaviour and experience including how we learn and develop, personality and self-esteem, thinking processes, and psychological problems.
Screen and media involves the study and analysis of a wide range of screen-based media including film, television, computer games and online media.
Sociology studies the social institutions and processes of contemporary society, linking the way individuals form identities against the backdrop of society and the construction of culture.
Spanish is one of the three most widely spoken languages in the world, one of six official languages of the UN, and an important trading language in the Asia-Pacific.
Visual arts provides the technical, aesthetic, and cultural skills to understand and work in the arts and cultural sectors, and related fields.
Women’s studies addresses the broad question of how gender operates, both in contemporary life and historically, in Australia and in other cultures.
The following areas are available as minors in the BA:
Focus on a specific area and gain a unique set of interdisciplinary skills not available in the generalist BA, while still having the flexibility to study any major and minor.
You'll be provided with the fundamental knowledge and workplace skills development to pursue the career of your choice.
This specialisation will help you to identify your professional purpose and identity, giving you skills to manage your future career.
Flinders’ unique stream of career-ready topics will allow you to explore real-world issues, happening right now. A Bachelor of Arts degree will prepare you for a career in almost any field, and Flinders Bachelor of Arts has a richly diverse suite of subject areas, as well as a uniquely-focused set of core topics that will help you prepare for the challenging social transformations that the world is going through right now.
Global Challenge Topics
These topics are designed to challenge and broaden your thinking about real-world issues, and encourage you to explore solutions to some of the biggest problems.
War, famine, drought, disease, economic crises and natural disasters have disrupted and radically altered all societies including our own. They also seem set to continue to do so.
You’ll explore case studies from the ancient world to the present to understand the future. You’ll study how societies have dealt with major crises and catastrophes in the past, such as: the destruction of states from the Romans to the Mongols, Indigenous population collapse under iimperial expansion, the Black Death in Asia and Europe, The Spanish Flu, and the Global Great Depression, to name a few. This will equip you with the knowledge to assess which social and political strategies could work, or will fail, in the future.
This topic examines the global challenge of human caused climate change. You’ll explore: allocating the burdens of climate action between developed, developing and underdeveloped nations; our responsibilities to future generations; understanding the place of human beings in relation to the rest of the natural world; our psychological attitudes towards climate change; the critical assessment of various notion of progress and related notions of human mastery over the natural world.
This Grand Challenge presents an opportunity to rethink the concept and measurement of societal progress to reflect these emerging challenges, and to contribute to a second paradigm shift involving sustainable development.
You’ll explore the inroads into creating a bridge between the human-centred development paradigm and the ambitions of the United Nations: Global Sustainable Development Goals for a more sustainable world, not just environmentally but also socially, financially and in other ways.
How will we survive the 21st century? Human beings are facing major challenges and we need to imagine how they can be met.
You’ll explore climate change and environmental destruction, the massive inequalities between people and nations, social and economic systems that are rooted in exploitation, cities that are for many unhealthy and unsafe, sharp tensions between individual freedoms and state surveillance and the everyday challenges of maintaining physical, mental and spiritual health.
The birth of the modern age in the West placed the human at the centre of all understanding, as both the agent of inquiry and the object of study. And yet, history shows that the status of the human is anything but transparent.
Some suggest we are entering the age of the ‘post-human’, as these various challenges show the limitations of the category. You’ll consider the human not as the source and summit of our understanding, but as a contested concept that is embedded in a context that is natural, cultural, and political – in a word, global. With life on the planet increasingly at stake, the future of humanity depends on modes of understanding that are essentially pluralistic.
These core topics from first to third year are designed to make you career-ready long before you graduate.
A typical first year may include:
A typical second year may include:
A typical third year may include:
A typical honours year may include:
Combine a Bachelor of Letters with your degree
Archaeology | Creative Arts | Criminology | Health | Business | Mathematics | Coaching
15 specialisations to choose from.
The degree provides you with practical experience that prepares you for the workforce. Access practical topics, placements and internship opportunities through your choice of majors and minors.
The table below shows ATAR and Selection Rank data for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR commencing in Semester 1, 2022. It is limited to applicants that have recently completed secondary education (within the last two years). Data may reflect multiple courses available within a suite of courses.
|ATAR-based offers only across all offer rounds||ATAR - Excluding adjustment factors||Selection Rank - ATAR plus any adjustment factors|
|Highest rank to receive an offer||91.05||95.25|
|Median rank to receive an offer||61.52||64.80|
|Lowest rank to receive an offer||44.25||52.90|
The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this course. It provides data on students who commenced study in this course in Semester 1, 2022 including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia. Applicant background groupings are based on educational background, not basis of admission. Data may reflect multiple courses available within a suite of courses.
|Applicant background (Semester 1, 2022)||Number of students||Percentage of all students|
|Higher education study (includes a bridging or enabling course)||39||44%|
|Vocational education and training (VET) study||11||13%|
|Work and life experience||6||7%|
|Recent secondary education - Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)||N/P||N/P|
|Recent secondary education - Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test)||<5||<5|
|Recent secondary education - Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration pathways)||9||10%|
There are opportunities to take your studies overseas with a student exchange program.
At Flinders University, we recognise that careers are evolving and the workplace of the future will look very different from today.
Whatever undergraduate course you are studying at Flinders, you can add innovation and enterprise electives to your degree to gain new, adaptable and transferrable skills that will equip you for the careers of tomorrow.
By completing one additional year of full-time study, you can combine the Bachelor of Arts with a degree in the following and graduate with two undergraduate degrees:
The Bachelor of Arts can also be used as a pathway to a double degree 4-year teaching qualification, or as a normal 3 year degree plus 2 year Master of teaching.
I am excited to help people in their most vulnerable state, become healthier and happier people every day. Mental health is one of the pillars for happiness and if I can contribute to improving someone’s life, that sounds like the career for me.
Flinders was the right choice for me as it was local, friendly and supportive. It has a wide range of extra-curricular activities and resources that make being a Flinders student fun and engaging.
Flinders has helped me becoming future ready through their practical and applicable learning styles, and through the Horizon personal development program, aimed at helping me become a better professional when I graduate.
Studying at Flinders is a great experience with endless opportunities in whichever field you’re interested in. You can study abroad, find internships, make new friends, join social and sporting clubs, and have the flexibility in your learning to still pursue your passions outside of study. Being a student at Flinders will be the best time of your life.
In the BA for High Achievers I am majoring in Drama and International Relations. The degree allows me to study the subjects I am interested in and surrounds me with mentors, teachers, and peers who support and challenge me to achieve my best. The High Achievers degree has provided me with a close cohort of friends who share similar interests. As a part of my degree, I will be going on exchange to Canada to further my studies.
Flinders was the perfect choice for me as it really allowed me to pursue my interests and study in a friendly and productive environment. Flinders stands out to me from other universities because of the diversity in topics they offer as well as the tightknit and welcoming community within the college.
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If you don’t meet our English language entry requirements and need to improve your English language proficiency, you can do so through Flinders University Academy – or our approved English Language Instruction Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) providers.
This means that you can attend the required English language tuition at approved ELICOS providers and gain direct entry into university without an IELTS or TOEFL test.
If you don’t meet our academic entry requirements, you can still gain entry to Flinders University through Flinders University Academy. With a range of diplomas, foundation and English language courses, students can find a direct pathway into the destination degree of their choice.
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