Bachelor of Arts

  • CRICOS code: 002167E
  • VTAC code: 3800538001
  • International VTAC code: 3800538003

What will I study?


Majors (focus your undergraduate degree)

We offer an exceptional diversity and depth of majors to match your career goals – with more than 40 areas of specialisation, from languages and psychology, through to economics and media and communication.

Course structure

First year

Your first year will begin with the Arts Discovery subject, which will introduce you to the diverse multidisciplinary approach which distinguishes Arts at Melbourne. The skills you’ll develop in this subject will establish a strong foundation for your study no matter which major you choose, and can be applied to help address major societal and cultural issues beyond graduation. You will also take Arts discipline subjects and breadth subjects.

Second year

By your second year, you will have a better understanding of the Arts disciplines offered and be able to finalise your selection of majors and minors. You will complete the second-year subjects in your major(s).

Third year

In third year, you will undertake a capstone subject in your major(s), designed to draw together your fields of specialisation and prepare you for life as a graduate. You will also take the remaining third-year subjects to complete your degree.

Honours is an optional fourth year of study for students who have achieved academic excellence that gives you the opportunity to draw together your previous studies and focus your knowledge, skills and intellect on an exciting piece of original research. Honours can further prepare you for employment, or graduate research.

Your breadth studies

Breadth is a unique feature of the Melbourne curriculum. It gives you the chance to explore subjects outside of arts, developing new perspectives and learning to collaborate with others who have different strengths and interests — just as you will in your future career.

Some students use breadth to explore creative interests or topics they have always been curious about. Others use breadth to improve their career prospects by complementing their major with a language, communication skills or business expertise. Many discover new passions through breadth and some even change their career plans!

'Breadth tracks' (groups of breadth subjects in the same sort of study area taken throughout your degree) may even qualify you for graduate study in a field that's very different to your major.

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Explore the subjects you could choose as part of this degree.