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Bachelor of Arts

Western Sydney University

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This degree is designed to develop your communication and personal skills, creativity, capacity for independent thought, adaptability to new situations, and problem-solving abilities.

There is a wide choice of 28 specialisations in Arts, which you can combine in different ways to design the degree that best suits your interests and career ambitions. Choose from majors including international relations, business, philosophy, languages, music, literature, criminology, psychology, society and culture, creative writing, tourism and more. Different specialisations are available at the various campuses. Before listing your preferences, check the location of your preferred specialisation.

Part-time study is generally completed in day classes as there are limited evening classes.

Teaching pathway through Bachelor of Arts: Students interested in a career in teaching or education should refer to Teaching and Education courses.

Areas of study

Anthropology, childhood studies, creative writing, criminology and criminal justice, culture and society, economy and markets, English, geography and urban studies, global business, heritage and tourism, history and political thought, Indigenous Australian studies, innovation and change, international English, international relations and Asian studies, Islamic studies, languages (Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese), linguistics, music performance, musicology, organisations and work, peace and development studies, philosophy, psychological studies, psychology, sociology.

Career opportunities

Arts administrator, teacher (with further study), writer/author, journalist, politician, diplomat (with further study), community planner, librarian (with further study), cultural and public policy analyst/adviser, clinical psychologist (with further study), researcher, public relations practitioner, historian, heritage and museum consultant, curator.

Professional recognition

Completion of the psychology testamur major, including 14 psychology subjects, will fulfil the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) three-year sequence in psychology requirements. Completion of an accredited fourth year will satisfy the educational requirements for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and the associate membership requirements of the Australian Psychological Society.

A minimum of two years of further study and/or supervised experience as a psychologist is required before full registration of provisionally registered psychologists. The psychological studies major does not meet APAC requirements for an accredited sequence in psychology.

Practical experience

Optional internship or volunteering opportunities with a local or overseas with an industry or community organisation; local or overseas study tour.

Fees and charges

Refer to Western Sydney University current fee information.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Assumed knowledge: Any 2 units of English (Band 4).

Recommended studies: English Standard.

Refer to Western Sydney University general admission criteria.

Other applicants

Refer to Western Sydney University general admission criteria.

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Further information

View all details of this course on the Western Sydney University website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2023)

Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2024 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.

  1. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in the last 2 years) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites.
  2. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  3. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.


– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NS = No Semester 1 offers
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria

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Course information
All classes are offered during the day unless otherwise specified.

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