Associate Degree in Arts

Deakin University

University can be a challenge, which is why we've designed a course that offers you a supported learning environment and a guaranteed pathway into Deakin's Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Criminology. The Associate Degree of Arts teaches you the learning skills you need to be successful at university, including communication, digital literacy, critical thinking and teamwork skills. From your first trimester, you'll also complete units from your target degree (depending on which stream you choose). Deakin's Associate Degree of Arts is the perfect stepping stone to university study. You'll benefit from supported entry into tertiary study, while building your confidence and skills to complete your target degree. Choose the general or criminology stream and learn how to navigate university in a supportive learning environment. You'll experience smaller class sizes with world-class teachers in our state-of-the-art facilities, and get a taste of what it takes to become a successful university student. In addition to foundation units, you can follow your passions by choosing from a range of electives.

Entry Requirements:

Entry will be based on performance in: a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education OR a Certificate III OR other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent, including completion of or enrolment in a Vocational Education and Training course and/or relevant work or life experience


To qualify for the Associate Degree of Arts students will be required to complete 16 credit points of study, comprising: 4 credit points of foundation units 12 credit points of units taken from the General stream or the Criminology stream and Academic Integrity AAI018 (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

Subjects you can Study:

Advertising; Anthropology; Arabic; Buddhism; Children's literature; Chinese; Creative writing; Criminology; Design; Digital media; Drama; Education; Film, television and animation; Gender and sexuality studies; Geography and society; History; Indonesian; International politics; International relations; Islamic studies; Journalism; Language and culture studies; Literary studies; Media studies; Middle East studies; Philosophy; Photography; Politics and policy studies; Professional experience and practice; Public relations; Sociology; Spanish; Sport and society; Studies of religions; Sustainability and society; Visual arts

Study Pathways:

Students who successfully complete the A250 Associate Degree of Arts are guaranteed entry into A300 Bachelor of Arts (General stream students) or A329 Bachelor of Criminology (Criminology Stream students) and may receive up to 16 credit points of Credit for Prior Learning into these courses. Following successful completion of the Associate Degree of Arts, students may also apply to transition, with credit, into a selected range of other Bachelor degrees, including Communications, Psychology, Health Science, Nursing, Commerce, Management or Science (including Marine Biology).

Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Waurn Ponds No info Yes Part time 4 years
Waurn Ponds No info Yes Full time 2 years
Burwood No info Yes Part time 4 years
Burwood No info Yes Full time 2 years

Why study with us

Deakin is the number one university in Victoria for graduate satisfaction and among the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

With industry connections, world-class facilities and a practical approach to learning, Deakin students gain more than just a qualification – they graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

Facilities and services

Deakin has a reputation for cutting-edge technology, innovative facilities and flexible learning environments. There are five campuses – Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds, Geelong Waterfront, Warrnambool and the Cloud Campus – offering students the flexibility to study in a location that suits them.

All students, regardless of their campus or mode of study, benefit from a range of valuable services including accommodation, financial assistance, health and wellbeing, and study and learning support. 

Admission and selection

If you’re thinking about applying for a course at Deakin, you can get all the information you need through the "how to apply "pages. Discover eligibility requirements and pathways for your chosen course, learn how to write and submit a successful application, and find out if you’re eligible for scholarships or recognition of prior learning.

Study options

As a Deakin student, you can choose from full-time, part-time or intensive study options across Deakin’s bachelor, postgraduate and research degrees. You’ll also have the opportunity to study abroad, explore cross-international study, gain an internship, or work in simulated environments to tailor your learning experience and get a head start in your dream career.

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