What will I learn?

A Bachelor of Arts lets you dive into higher learning with flexibility and freedom. We support your interests in the broad and vital study of history, society, culture and creativity. The University of Adelaide is highest ranked for Arts in South Australia. From Classics to Criminology, Gender Studies to Geography—you can choose from the greatest number of study areas in the state.

Based on North Terrace, you’ll study in the centre of Adelaide’s cultural hub, surrounded by iconic establishments and festivals. You will:

experience a modern learning program taught with a global perspective
learn from deeply passionate and knowledgeable academics
build a suite of skills in critical thinking, communication, and research
form strong networks with your peers and teachers
develop positive connections in government, business and the community sector through internships
gain international experience through optional exchanges or study tours.

Career Readiness

Our graduates have great versatility in shaping their careers and follow highly successful paths in different areas: advertising, administration, business, community engagement, corporate communication, defence, diplomatic service, environmental management and planning, foreign affairs, humanitarian work, human resources, industry liaison, management, marketing, media, policy development, project management, psychology, public relations, publishing, research, social planning, youth work, academia and teaching.

Potential careers

Linguist, Manager / Business Management, Member of Parliament, Parliamentary Adviser, Social Inclusion Officer, Historian, UN Human Rights Officer, Youth Worker, Teacher, Administrative Assistant, Anthropologist, Market Researcher, Arts Administrator, Author, Banker, Novelist, Columnist, Communications Officer, Personal / Research Officer (Local MP), Political Adviser, Development Officer, Producer, ...

Degree Structure

The BA offers the opportunity to learn one (or more) of eight languages, irrespective of a student's previous language study.

Students who wish to further their cultural skills and broaden their experiences can choose to study overseas for one or two semesters with one of more than 100 partner institutions around the world. Alternatively, students may wish to study one or more of a variety of short Study Abroad courses.

Creative Writing:

24 units of courses including: a minimum of 3 units and a maximum of 6 units at level I; a minimum of 3 units at level II; and a minimum 12 units at level III including one capstone course. 15 units must be taken in the major before undertaking the capstone. 6 units may be taken from the cross-listed courses.

The simplest way to plan your major is:

6 units at level I

6 units at level II

12 units at level III. This includes the 6 unit capstone course.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts



Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$32,000.00 (US$ 22,506) per year

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

Application deadline

1 December 2019

More details

Start date

29 July 2019, 2 March 2020


The University of Adelaide

North Terrace Campus,


South Australia,

5005, ADELAIDE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students are required to successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification. United Entrance Certificate (UEC) 5. IELTS: Overall 6.5; Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing - 6; TOEFL Internet-based: Overall 79, Reading and Listening: 13, Speaking 18, Writing 21; Pearson – Overall 58, Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing - 50 and Cambridge - Overall 176, Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing – 169.

For international students

Students are required to complete Secondary School Qualifications equivalent to Australian Year 12.

Entry requirements vary from country to country.

IELTS: Overall band score of 6.5 and Band score of 6 in all bands; TOEFL Paper-based: total score of 577 with a minimum of 4.5 in the Test of Written English (TWE) or Internet-based: total score of 79 with a minimum of 21 in Writing, 18 in Speaking and 13 in Reading and Listening; Pearson Test of English (Academic) overall score of 58 and Skills profile of no less than 50 in all skills; and Cambridge English-Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 176 and Individual score of 169 in all skills.

Find your nearest IELTS test centre and test dates

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

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • The University of Adelaide College

About this uni

The University of Adelaide works alongside governments, businesses, and other universities across Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Based in South Australia.
  • Ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world.
  • Member of Australia’s research-intensive Group of Eight.
  • Top 10 on The Economist’s list of world’s most liveable cities