Deakin University

Associate Degree of Arts

Deakin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00113B

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 day one you’ll be a part of the Deakin community and campus atmosphere. From your first trimester, you’ll also complete units from your target degree (depending on which stream you choose) to ensure you are ready to transition into your bachelor degree. Choose from 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.


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)


  • Advertising
  • Anthropology
  • Arabic
  • English - Children's literature
  • Chinese
  • English - Creative writing
  • English - Literature
  • Criminology
  • Design
  • Digital media
  • Drama
  • Education
  • Gender and sexuality studies
  • History
  • Indigenous Studies, Indonesian
  • International politics
  • International relations
  • Journalism
  • Media studies
  • Middle East studies
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Politics and policy studies
  • Professional experience and practice
  • Public relations
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Sport and society
  • Visual arts

Standard 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

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).

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Geelong Waurn Ponds Yes
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 4 years
Melbourne Burwood Yes
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 4 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Geelong Waurn Ponds, Melbourne Burwood.

Course fee shown is indicative and actual fees may vary.

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