Rank thresholdATAR: 60 SR: 60
Duration3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Online and Rockhampton
Next start termTerm 1, 2024
Study modeOn Campus, Online
Course codeCA10
First-year fee
$16,320 (Indicative) (CSP)
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Study the Bachelor of Arts to equip yourself with a multidisciplinary education in a range of humanities and social sciences disciplines. Discover unlimited choices in exploring your passion and interests.

The Bachelor of Arts provides you with a varied and multidisciplinary education, as well as the opportunity to gain knowledge in a range of humanities and social sciences disciplines.

You will experience a variety of perspectives, methodologies and learning styles and explore disciplines that study the way humans recognise, record and debate human practices, meanings and values. This will aid you in developing a contemporary understanding of both the human condition and how society operates.

You will benefit from the flexibility to structure your course to suit your career aspirations and interests with a wide variety of majors and minors to choose from.

Study experience

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    I chose the Bachelor of Arts as it was greatly versatile and catered to my love of writing. The best thing was the fact it was so rich in content and stimulated my mind.

    Katherine Butler

    Bachelor of Arts

Career Opportunities

The skills and knowledge that you gain within the Bachelor of Arts are transferrable across a wide range of industries and professions. You will gain life-long skills in creative thinking, critical reading, critical thinking, effective writing and communication skills, developing clear and cogent arguments, research, data analysis, understanding intercultural relationships, social justice, cultural heritage and environmental planning. These skills are regarded highly by those who recruit university graduates for government departments and various large companies and are beneficial to roles across a range of businesses and industries.

Explore endless career possibilities such as roles within government agencies, administration, publishing houses, environmental planning and management, media, journalism, libraries, museums, galleries, not-for-profit organisations, private companies, teaching, town councils, disability services, community sector organisations, youth workers and universities.

Structure & Availability


Course structure

You are required to complete 24 units that consist of four core units, two eight-unit majors and one four-unit minor.



Align your interests to suit your career goals. The below clusters provide you with a guide to choosing major and minor combinations. 




When followed by the Master of Teaching (Secondary) the Bachelor of Arts is an ideal option if you are seeking a career as a secondary school teacher. You will develop deep and extensive discipline knowledge that will be invaluable in your teaching career, and both courses, when studied sequentially, can be completed within 4.5 years of full-time study.



Telling stories, media, publication relations

The creative writing, media, journalism and public relations options provide you with well-rounded and relevant professional communication skills that are valuable and transferrable to any industry.


Geography and environmental management

The environmental management and geography options prepare you for a wealth of career opportunities in professions such as environmental planning and policy, natural and cultural heritage and town planning.


Creative arts

The visual arts and theatre studies options allow you to develop skills, knowledge and experience in creative arts and combine this with professional practices to ensure you graduate with valuable and transferrable skills for a career in creative arts.




Studying history gives you skills in analysing, contextualising and synthesising information. Combined with other areas of study, these skills open the door to employment opportunities in libraries, museums and galleries.


Unit information

For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.



Credit transfer information

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.


On-Campus Availability

Term 1, 2024Rockhampton
Term 2, 2024Rockhampton
Term 1, 2025Rockhampton
Term 2, 2025Rockhampton

Online Availability

Term 1, 2024Available Online
Term 2, 2024Available Online
Term 1, 2025Available Online
Term 2, 2025Available Online


Creative Writing 

Do you have a passion for writing? Our Creative Writing major allows you to develop the skills and knowledge needed as a writer in the digital age. You will develop a tool kit of writing styles and genres, including traditional fiction, non-fiction, poetry and scriptwriting, and experimental and hybrid genres such as speculative fiction, flash fiction, lyric essays, docufiction, and concrete poetry, among others.

English and Cultural Studies

This major brings together two distinct but complementary disciplines: literary studies, where literature is read for its own sake and for the values it reveals in stories, poems and plays about our lived and imaginary experiences, and cultural studies, where ideas and concepts derived from a broad study of culture are explored through a variety of texts including film, media, television, advertising and the like. You'll learn to apply critical thinking across various genres and participate in thoughtful debate.


You'll explore Australian geography and climate whilst forming practical skills with Geography Information Systems (GIS). This major also extends your knowledge into human geography, demographic analysis and sustainable environments.

History and Politics

This major offers a rich exploration of the historical events, politics, conflicts, cultures, values and traditions that have shaped our modern world.


This major introduces you to journalism and media relations, preparing you for a career in a range of genres. You'll graduate with foundational knowledge, including legal and ethical journalism, plus how to frame the narrative and write for various settings.

Liberal Arts

The Liberal Arts major is available to gain credit for studies you may have completed in another course. Approval from the Head of Course is required to access this major.

Pathway to Teaching (Early Childhood)(Primary) (Secondary)

If you're considering becoming a teacher, choose from our Pathway to Teaching majors in Early Childhood, Primary or Secondary Teaching. These majors are designed to fast-track you to our Master of Teaching, where you can apply for four units of credit.

Public Relations

You'll learn key concepts surrounding crisis communications, celebrity public relations, media industries, social media and society, ensuring your ability to communicate effectively within an organisational environment. As a graduate, you may find employment in employee relations, reputation and crisis management, media, content management, event management, communication strategy, and product development.

Theatre Studies

You'll explore medieval theatre, commedia dell'arte, Shakespeare and modernism and contemporary Australian and international theatre plays and practices. Plus, you'll master theatre methods and develop your creative approach.

Visual Arts

Expand your horizons with the study of self-expression and exploration through visual art. With visual art, you will seek out the connection between culture and society. Plus, you'll learn to analyse how culture impacts us as individuals and develop professional skills to connect with the art infrastructure.


Digital Storytelling

This minor introduces you to fundamental skills in visual design, digital video production, and narrative and documentary filmmaking techniques.

Discovering Theatre

Explore the origins of theatre, musical theatre, Australian drama and comedy's evolution within theatre in this minor.

Environmental Management

You will learn the big picture around why an organisation needs an environmental conscience. You'll explore Australian Government environmental legislation and develop essential skills such as impact assessment to help any organisation live up to its environmental license to operate.

Essential Geography

This minor introduces human geography themes, Australian geography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tools and Australian weather and climate.

First Nations Studies

In this minor, you will engage with colonialism taking you into the national context of First Nations Australians and perspectives in interface with non-Indigenous power and authority. You will develop skill sets to critically investigate, argue and interpret issues around identity, nationalism and power and to question issues and approaches that purport to be about ‘reconciliation’.

Liberal Arts

The Liberal Arts minor is available to gain credit for studies you may have completed in another course. Approval from the Head of Course is required to access this minor.

Literary Studies

Explore the complexities and delicacies of a variety of literary genres. You will also develop analytical skills and new perspectives to enhance your literary practices.

Strategic Communication

Strategic Communication is about using communication techniques with purpose. This minor shows you how to craft a message for a specific audience to ensure the message is received as intended and can be acted upon.

Visual Art Practices

Expand your horizons with the study of self-expression and exploration through visual art. In this minor, you'll work in a studio, think critically and engage in creative processes to develop a portfolio of your contemporary artworks.

Working with the Media

This minor will introduce you to the world of the media, from traditional to contemporary forms of journalism. You'll learn how the media operates, what they want and what makes the news.

World History

This minor introduces you to world histories, including ancient, medieval, modern and twentieth-century eras.

Writing Stories

Calling all storytellers, this minor helps you to develop and refine your skills in writing engaging works for different audiences and markets.

This course has no residential schools.

Journalism Project - COMM13110

Students who choose the journalism major will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement of 120 hours in a media related field.

Public Relations Project - COMM13111

Students who choose the public relations major will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement of 120 hours in a public relations related field.

Professional Practice and Experience - BUSN13004

This work-integrated learning will involve a placement in an organisation loosely related to one of the BA discipline majors. For example, a work placement in a museum.


Rank Threshold

 A rank threshold is the minimum competitive rank that applications will be considered for entry to this course. 

The rank threshold for this course is: SR 60 | ATAR 60.0


Student profile

If you would like to know more about entry scores for applicants with recent secondary education and the student profile for this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2023.



Institute profile

To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2023 view our Institute Profile.


Recommended study

No recommended study required


English (Units 3 and 4, C)

English (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent

English Language Proficiency Requirements

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification, or
  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall and minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no ore than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

International Students should visit http://www.cqu.edu.au/international for further information.

Each student will be assessed individually.


There are no implications for students in regard to security requirements.

You will have to meet this course's inherent requirements by demonstrating essential skills and attributes.

Fees & Scholarships

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee$16,320
Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee$17,556

Indicative first-year fee

The fees listed are indicative only and based on enrolling in a full-time study load for one academic year (generally, this is eight units over two terms). Your fees may vary depending on the units you select and the number you study per term. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Understanding your fees.

Commonwealth support and government assistance loans

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are subsidised by the Australian Government, meaning you are only required to pay the student contribution rather than full tuition fees if you meet eligibility requirements. If offered a CSP, you may be eligible for a HECS-HELP government loan. HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that assists you in paying your student contributions. Provided you meet the HECS-HELP eligibility criteria, you may use HECS-HELP to defer part or all of your student contribution fees. Learn more about paying for university.

Other study costs

Part of your course costs includes Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). There may also be additional costs as part of your studies, such as textbooks, technology expenses, travel expenses, professional certifications, uniforms, or vaccinations. Explore other study costs.

At CQUniversity, we believe higher education should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time, and we are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and stipends.
Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more. 

How to apply

StateAdmission Code
New South WalesOnline: 160131
Western AustraliaOnline: 150131
Northern TerritoryOnline: 150131
QueenslandOnline: 850535; Rockhampton: 850531
South AustraliaOnline: 150131
TasmaniaOnline: 150131
VictoriaOnline: 150131

If you have decided what you would like to study and are ready to apply, we’re here to help you along the way.

Before you apply, you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). If you do not have a USI, creating one is quick and easy. Simply visit usi.gov.au to create one.

Want to know more about application dates and other admission information?
View our important dates information and read about other admission considerations, such as information for domestic students with overseas qualifications, indigenous support, and elite athlete, coach and performer support.

What’s the best way to apply?

  • Option 1: Ideal for most situations, whether you have completed high school recently or some time ago.
  • Option 2: Ideal if you are studying with one of our partner study hubs.
  • Option 3: Ideal if you have previously studied with CQU.

Option 1: Ideal for most situations, apply via a tertiary admission centre

View the table below for the best application option based on where you live.

If you live in Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC)*
Queensland Apply via QTAC
New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Apply via UAC
Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory, South Australia Apply via ApplyCQUNI

*Please note that you may be required to pay a fee when applying via a TAC.

Option 2: Want to study with one of our partner study hubs? Apply via ApplyCQUni

Benefit from local support, space, technology and facilities offered by one of our delivery partners.

If you are studying with: Study Support
Murray River Study Hub Access to local study facilities.


Option 3: If you have previously studied with CQU, apply direct.

As a past CQU student, you may be eligible to apply directly to CQU for this course. To apply directly, your prior study with CQU must be a completed or partially completed CQU course or unit, including:

  • CQU’s Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS), Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), or Start Uni Now (SUN) units.
  • A CQU certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master or research higher degree, or a unit within these courses.