Bachelor of Arts

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

Where will this take me?


Career readiness

Our graduates are in-demand - and they’re successful in securing employment across a diverse range of industries. With a Bachelor of Arts, you’ll develop career-ready skills including: creative and analytical thinking, communication expertise, and leadership.

Explore the world

Develop an international perspective through language study, and enjoy opportunities to study overseas.

Pursue the career you want

Different career paths require different skills and specialist knowledge. You can pair studies from more than 30 subject areas available in Arts and gain the foundational knowledge to pursue the career you want. Here are some examples:

  • Ancient World Studies + Latin = Archaeology
  • Art History + French = Art curatorship
  • Criminology + Psychology = Forensic psychology
  • Development Studies + Sociology = Local government, NGOs
  • English and Theatre Studies + History = Teaching
  • Politics + Environmental Studies = Environmental activism
  • Linguistics and Applied Linguistics + Chinese = Translation
  • Media and Communications + Creative Writing = Journalism
  • Psychology + Linguistics and Applied Linguistics = Speech pathology
  • Psychology + Media and Communications = Marketing
  • Sociology + Psychology = Social work

Graduate employment

Many of our graduates who do not go onto further study, are employed in a diverse array of fields. Some of these include: government - Victorian Public Service and Australian Public Service (via Graduate Employment Programs); non-government organisations (such as in project coordination, research, policy support and advocacy); and media and communications organisations (such as in  journalism cadetships, communications, online content management and media monitoring).

All our graduates have diverse skills and work in a wide range of occupations, depending on where their passions, experience and opportunities have taken them.

Watch some of our graduates talk about how they’ve used their Bachelor of Arts in their careers, then explore their stories to learn what it’s like to study Arts at Melbourne.

Employers of our graduates include:
  • Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
  • Australian government
  • Fairfax Media
  • Museum Victoria
  • Oxfam
  • Penguin Books
  • State Library of Victoria
  • United Nations
  • Victoria Legal Aid.
Entry-level positions taken up by recent graduates include:
  • Arts administrator
  • Business consultant
  • Communications officer
  • Conservator
  • Editor
  • Executive officer
  • Media adviser
  • Policy officer
  • Project officer
  • Research assistant
  • Student adviser
  • Technical writer
  • Training coordinator
  • Travel writer.
Mid-career positions held by our graduates include:
  • Advertising specialist
  • Communications manager
  • Community organiser
  • Human resource adviser
  • Journalist
  • Land economist
  • Political adviser
  • Project manager
  • University academic

Julia Gillard AC

Julia Gillard graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1989 from the University of Melbourne.

Her distinguished career includes serving as Australia's 27th Prime Minister, being the first female to do so since the country's inception. In 2017, Ms Gillard received the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) "for eminent service to the Parliament of Australia, particularly as Prime Minister, through seminal contributions to economic and social development, particularly policy reform in the areas of education, disability care, workplace relations, health, foreign affairs and the environment, and as a role model to women."

Graduate pathways

Once you've completed your undergraduate degree, you can go on to gain employment or begin a graduate degree and work towards a professional qualification such as law, engineering or medicine. Or you could join our graduate research community and contribute to our world-changing research.

Your graduate degree will be internationally recognised, and set you apart from those who study a traditional Australian single or double degree.

Explore the graduate pathways available once you complete your undergraduate degree here.