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What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Arts is a highly flexible, new-age degree featuring a choice of nine majors, each offering a unique perspective on the world around you and your role in it. You'll learn how to improve your decision making, generate new ideas, and think critically and creatively. At a time when some jobs are disappearing, others are evolving and new jobs are emerging, these are the transferable skills that will future proof your career.

CDU's Bachelor of Arts develops both the breadth and depth of your knowledge. It gives you the freedom to focus on your area of interest, while also studying other subjects from a wide range of fields. At CDU, you'll benefit from a unique focus on Indigenous leadership and the issues and opportunities facing Northern Australia and South-East Asia.

You'll also have the flexibility to study online, on campus or a mix of both, part time or full time. With 24/7 access to learning materials and online collaboration tools, you can study when it suits you.

Indigenous Governance and Policy: Develop the knowledge and skills to develop meaningful policy and implement change for Australia's Indigenous peoples. You'll learn about the sociological, economic, historical and cultural drivers that impact Australia's Indigenous policy making and governance.

Pathways for VET to Higher Education
Guaranteed credit transfer arrangements are available to students commencing a Bachelor degree at Charles Darwin University with completed Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree qualifications in the same field or discipline at Charles Darwin University. Students who hold completed qualifications should refer to the additional information provided about Advanced Standing and Credit Transfer and Pathways using the links below:

  • Credit Transfer and Pathways
  • Credit Transfers
  • Advanced Standing

Course structure

The Bachelor of Arts offers students a pathway into diverse specialist and interdisciplinary thematic areas with nine majors available including; communications, literature and digital media; society and culture; global humanities in a digital age; Indigenous governance and policy; contemporary Indigenous Australian; languages and linguistics; creative and digital arts; music making, production and performance; and architectural design.

As a student, your journey through this program will develop core communication, critical and creative thinking skills to prepare you to participate in a multi-disciplinary and global workforce.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 240 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless otherwise indicated.

Which department am I in?

College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society

CRICOS

101026

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$25,328.00 (13,72,048) per year
This fee is for 2021 and it may subject to change for the coming year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

20 February 2022, 7 August 2022

More details

Start date

7 March 2022, 22 August 2022

Venue

Charles Darwin University

Casuarina Campus,

Ellengowan Drive,

Northern Territory,

0810, DARWIN, Australia

Online/Distance with attendance (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$25,328.00 (13,72,048) per year
This fee is for 2021 and it may subject to change for the coming year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

20 February 2022, 7 August 2022

More details

Start date

7 March 2022, 22 August 2022

Venue

Batchelor Campus

Northern Territory,

0845, DARWIN, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed minimum academic entry requirements for admissions to undergraduate degree is the completion of a qualification deemed equivalent to Australian Year 12 by the University's qualification assessment references. Applicants must have completed IB diploma with minimum 24 points from 6 subjects at one sitting. English Language Requirements: IELTS Academic Module- A minimum overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0; Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): A minimum overall score of 169, with no skill below 169; Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency: A minimum overall grade of B2; Navitas Academic English: A minimum overall pass and 55% in Academic English 3; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module: A minimum overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50; TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT): A minimum overall score of 60 and a minimum writing score of 21.

For international students

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training.

Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate III level or higher.

Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.
Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.

IELTS Academic Module: A minimum overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0

Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): A minimum overall score of 169, with no skill below 169

Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency: A minimum overall grade of B2

Navitas Academic English: A minimum overall pass and 55% in Academic English 3

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module: A minimum overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50

TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT): A minimum overall score of 60 and a minimum writing score of 21

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Charles Darwin University

CDU is the 2nd ranked Australian university for undergraduate starting salaries and full-time employment (Good Universities Guide 2021).

  • CDU is a top 100 university in the Asia Pacific (THE)
  • CDU leads the return of international students to Australia
  • A leader in e-learning with over 20 years in online learning
  • Multiple study locations across Australia