Diploma of Arts - CF36

The Diploma of Arts provides you with an opportunity to explore a humanities or social sciences discipline. Successful completion of the course will allow you guaranteed entry into the Bachelor of Arts at CQUniversity.




SR:60 ATAR:60




1 years full-time, 2 years part-time




No recommended study required



The Diploma of Arts provides you with an opportunity to explore a humanities or social sciences discipline at an introductory level, preparing you for employment in a range of fields, or further study. Successful completion of the course will allow you guaranteed entry into the Bachelor of Arts at CQUniversity.

During your education and training, you will 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 have the opportunity to gain crucial lifelong learning and transferable generic skills, such as critical thinking and problem solving, and you will be able to apply these skills to a range of employment opportunities and life situations.

As a graduate of the course, you may find career opportunities in administrative and assistant roles in a range of fields, including advertising, government administration and planning, communications, history, psychology and many more.

Core Units 8 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units None

You are required to complete eight units, comprising of two core units and six units from two majors and one minor (two units from each major and minor selected) from within the Bachelor of Arts. To view the range of majors and minors available, visit the Bachelor of Arts web page and view the majors and minors section

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

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

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2021Available Online
Term 2 - 2021Available Online
Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.
No information available at this time.
This course has no residential schools.

Rank Threshold
SR 60 | ATAR 60.0

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

Rank Cut-Off - minimum unadjusted
OP 14 | SR 67 | ATAR 61.45

Rank Cut-Off - minimum adjusted
OP 13 | SR 68 | ATAR 63.45

 The rank cut-off score is the competitive entry score that was needed to gain entry to this course in Term 1 2020. There is an unadjusted score before any adjustment schemes or factors were applied and an adjusted score if these were applied. Entry to courses is competitive and the cut-off score will vary from year to year and is provided as a historical guide of past performance.

Student Profile
If you would like to know more about entry scores and the student profile for this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2020.

Institute Profile
To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2020 view our Institute Profile.

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 full time 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 more 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 for further information.

Each student will be assessed individually.

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Completion of the Diploma of Arts will prepare you to pursue employment opportunities in fields such as:

  • advertising
  • arts administration
  • editing
  • government administration and planning
  • communications
  • copywriting
  • desktop publishing
  • environmental planning and management
  • geography
  • history
  • journalism
  • librarianship
  • research
  • nature and heritage conservation
  • political research
  • psychology
  • welfare
  • writing.
not applicable

Please refer to our international course fees page.

Scholarships are not available for this course.

South AustraliaONL: 5C6003
Western AustraliaONL: 150261
VictoriaONL: 1700110301 
New South WalesONL: 160261
QueenslandONL: 852595; ROK: 852591

If you apply via a Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC) listed under 'How to Apply', please use the relevant TAC code listed above to complete your application.

The Diploma of Arts is designed as an ideal pathway into the Bachelor of Arts. You will study core units in career communication, and communicating for success, and combine this with six discipline units from two majors and one minor. This ensures that if you decide to continue on with your studies, you will transition seamlessly into the second year of the Bachelor of Arts.

The Diploma of Arts gives you the opportunity to explore your interests, and gain well-rounded and transferable skills such as problem-solving, and critical thinking.

The course is designed so that you gain valuable communication skills that will prepare you for further study and your career, along with introductory knowledge and skills in your chosen discipline areas. You will have variety in your studies as you explore two units focussed on communication, two units from two different majors and two units from a minor.

Our easy to use online application system for international students will guide you through the process of applying for a course at CQUniversity Australia.

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Within the Bachelor of Arts there are a variety of extensive units to choose from — I’ve been able to pick which ones I can do. I feel like it has a lot more freedom and I really like the units in the degree.

Laura Stanfield

Bachelor of Arts