Diploma in Liberal Arts

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
0100749
Location:
  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne
  • Strathfield
Duration:

1 year full-time

Domestic students

Description

The Diploma in Liberal Arts provides students from diverse backgrounds with a flexible one-year introduction to tertiary studies through the completion of 80 cp of Arts units. Students completing the Diploma may choose their units from a wide range of Arts disciplines, subject to campus availability. For the discipline areas available, refer to the Bachelor of Arts Course Rules (Arts Sequences).

The Diploma in Liberal Arts prepares you for a wide choice of careers in areas such as government, industry, business, the creative arts and education.

It is a Diploma-level course that is offered to domestic and International students. The Diploma in Liberal Arts is offered to International students on a fee-paying basis.It is available to international students as a UniAccess-International program.

A student who successfully completes four or more units in the Diploma in Liberal Arts may be awarded the Non-Award Certificate in Liberal Arts.

The Diploma in Liberal Arts normally takes one year of full-time study or equivalent part-time study. The Diploma is an award at AQF level 5 – Diploma level.

Course duration

1 year full-time

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Brisbane (Attendance)
  • Melbourne (Attendance)
  • Strathfield (Attendance)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Sample Course Map

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 ENGL105
English Language Communication Skills
OR
HIST115
Global History: Six Degrees of Separation
OR
Elective
Elective Elective Elective
Year 1 - Semester 2 UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
HIST106
Australian Indigenous Peoples: Past and Present
OR
POLS104
Introduction to International Relations
OR
Elective
Elective Elective

International students must take UNCC100 and ENGL105.
Domestic students must take UNCC100 and one of the following three units: HIST115, HIST106 or POLS104.

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

Credit Points

80

Exit Point

A student who successfully completes four or more units in the Diploma in Liberal Arts may be awarded the Non-Award Certificate in Liberal Arts.

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

Brisbane
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - July
Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - July
Strathfield
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - July

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $6680 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only; subject to passage of legislation)

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed:

  1. Equivalent of year 12 level with the ACU minimum eligibility rank for Diploma programs;
    OR
  2. Entry via an alternative pathway as approved by ACU.

International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

Alternate entry provisions including an interview, English language testing and written assessment apply to students accepted through the Refugee Education Project.

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2020 Admission.

Admission criteria

The table below shows the range of ATARs/OPs (excludes adjustment factors) and Selection Ranks (may include adjustment factors) achieved by students who were accepted into this course last year. These may vary from year to year. Learn more about admission to ACU.

ATAR/OP range

For those offered places in 2020

OP Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest OP to receive an offer    
Median OP to receive an offer    
Lowest OP to receive an offer    
Rank Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest Rank to receive an offer    
Median Rank to receive an offer    
Lowest Rank to receive an offer    
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer <5 <5
Median ATAR to receive an offer <5 <5
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer <5 <5
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer    
Median ATAR to receive an offer    
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer    

Student Profile

Breakdown of how students entered this course last year and in what numbers.

Applicant background 2020
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
0 0.00%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 0 0.00%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
<5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of OP/Rank (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted where both OP/Rank and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum OP/Rank) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP/Rank was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum OP/Rank requirement) 0 0.00%
International students 0 0.00%
All students <5 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
Applicant background 2020
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
0 0.00%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 0 0.00%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) <5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 0 0.00%
International students <5 N/P
All students <5 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
Applicant background 2020
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
0 0.00%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 0 0.00%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
<5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 0 0.00%
International students <5 N/P
All students <5 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.

Further information

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Applying for admission

Direct Applications

Admission Pathways to this course

Admission Schemes

Work and Life Experience

  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Work experience – A Selection Rank can be calculated based on your work experience – you need to document all of your experience and provide supporting documentation

If you have a Selection Rank but it’s not enough for this course

Career paths

The Diploma in Liberal Arts prepares students for a diverse range of careers in areas such as government, industry, journalism, creative arts and education.

English language requirements

Overall score: 6.0. Individual score of 5.5 in all tests.

Pathways to further study

Diploma in Liberal Arts graduates may be eligible to progress their studies in a Bachelor of Arts. International students must meet the ACU English Language Proficiency requirements as defined by the Admission rules to be eligible for consideration into a Bachelor level degree.

More course information

A student who subsequently gains entry to the Bachelor of Arts may receive academic credit for relevant units (depending on pathway chosen) completed successfully in the Certificate or Diploma in Liberal Arts.

Contacts for future students

Enquiries:

International students

Description

The Diploma in Liberal Arts provides students from diverse backgrounds with a flexible one-year introduction to tertiary studies through the completion of 80 cp of Arts units. Students completing the Diploma may choose their units from a wide range of Arts disciplines, subject to campus availability. For the discipline areas available, refer to the Bachelor of Arts Course Rules (Arts Sequences).

The Diploma in Liberal Arts prepares you for a wide choice of careers in areas such as government, industry, business, the creative arts and education.

It is a Diploma-level course that is offered to domestic and International students. The Diploma in Liberal Arts is offered to International students on a fee-paying basis.It is available to international students as a UniAccess-International program.

A student who successfully completes four or more units in the Diploma in Liberal Arts may be awarded the Non-Award Certificate in Liberal Arts.

The Diploma in Liberal Arts normally takes one year of full-time study or equivalent part-time study. The Diploma is an award at AQF level 5 – Diploma level.

Course duration

1 year full-time

Start dates and campus availability

Brisbane
  • 20-Jul-2020 , 22-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021 , 21-Feb-2022 , 18-Jul-2022
Melbourne
  • 20-Jul-2020 , 22-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021 , 21-Feb-2022 , 18-Jul-2022
Strathfield
  • 20-Jul-2020 , 22-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021 , 21-Feb-2022 , 18-Jul-2022

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Yes. See Defer your offer.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.

Credit Points

80

Exit Point

A student who successfully completes four or more units in the Diploma in Liberal Arts may be awarded the Non-Award Certificate in Liberal Arts.

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course structure – 1st year

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 ENGL105
English Language Communication Skills
OR
HIST115
Global History: Six Degrees of Separation
OR
Elective
Elective Elective Elective
Year 1 - Semester 2 UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
HIST106
Australian Indigenous Peoples: Past and Present
OR
POLS104
Introduction to International Relations
OR
Elective
Elective Elective

International students must take UNCC100 and ENGL105.
Domestic students must take UNCC100 and one of the following three units: HIST115, HIST106 or POLS104.

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Course costs

  • Unit Fee: $2925.00 (2020)
  • Average first year fee: $23400.00 (2020)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $23400.00 (2020)

Important Note on Fees

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Essential requirements for admission

International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

Apply directly to Australian Catholic University.
To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed year 12 or equivalent with a minimum 50% pass, plus an IELTS overall score of 6.0 with an individual score of 5.5 in all tests.

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Career paths

The Diploma in Liberal Arts prepares students for a diverse range of careers in areas such as government, industry, journalism, creative arts and education.

English language requirements

Overall score: 6.0. Individual score of 5.5 in all tests.

Pathways to further study

Diploma in Liberal Arts graduates may be eligible to progress their studies in a Bachelor of Arts. International students must meet the ACU English Language Proficiency requirements as defined by the Admission rules to be eligible for consideration into a Bachelor level degree.

More course information

A student who subsequently gains entry to the Bachelor of Arts may receive academic credit for relevant units (depending on pathway chosen) completed successfully in the Certificate or Diploma in Liberal Arts.

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