Diploma of Arts

The Diploma of Arts gives you core skills in writing and research, integrating a Christian worldview.

Course Description

This one-year course includes an introduction to Academic Writing and Research and an introduction to Christian Worldview. Students can then choose six elective subjects.

This course is an opportunity to study Humanities, Theology and Christian Worldview at an academic level without committing to a full bachelor program.

Upon completion, students may apply to pursue further studies in a range of AC courses.


Course Structure

The course structure is based on two semesters (each of 13 weeks duration), with four subjects taught in each semester. It comprises:

  • 2 core subjects (20 credit points)
  • 6 elective subjects (60 credit points)

To qualify for award of the degree of Diploma of Arts a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 80 credit points, including satisfactory completion of the core subjects noted below.

For more information see the Student Handbook.

Admission Criteria


Applicants with Recent Secondary Education (within the past 2 years)
Applicants admitted on the basis of their recent secondary education must demonstrate the completion of NSW Higher School Certificate (or the completion of the interstate or overseas equivalent qualification and result) for admission into this course.

Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) Study

Applicants with a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification will demonstrate the completion of a Certificate III or higher qualification awarded by an authorised institution or registered training organisation (RTO).

Applicants with Higher Education Study

Applicants whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a complete or partially complete higher education qualification must demonstrate the completion or partial completion of an AQF Level 5 Diploma (or higher) by an authorised institution for admission into this course.

Applicants with Work and Life Experience

If you are under the age of 21 at the time of commencement, you can apply to a prescribed program of non-award study on the basis of provisional entry, and complete the provisional entry qualifying period to become a full candidate of this course.

If you are over the age of 21 at the time of commencement, you can apply for admission into this course on the basis of provisional entry, and complete the provisional entry qualifying period to become a full candidate.


Overseas students are required to demonstrate their English proficiency skills. Such students admitted into our programs must attain an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 5.5 (with no score below 5.0 in any of the four skills areas). IELTS (or equivalent) is not required for applicants who have undertaken five years of required higher education study (or equivalent) in English from an approved country or who have completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification awarded in English under the Australian Qualification Framework by an authorised institution or registered training organisation. Applicants are encouraged to contact the International Student Office if they are unsure of the equivalence of their English language proficiency test scores.

Study Modes

Locations: Online, Sydney
. Full-time Duration: 1 year
Part-time Duration: Up to 4 years
2023 Intakes: Nov Intake
2024 Intakes: Sem 1, Sem 2, Nov Intake

See the timetable to confirm individual subject location and mode availability.

Fees & Timetable

A complete Fee Schedule for all Alphacrucis programs and courses can be found in our Fees Information section.

For a full list of course dates for new and continuing students, please see our Timetables.

FEE-HELP is available for eligible students to assist you in financing your studies. For more information and other options, please visit the Financing Your Study page. For students who cannot access government loans, an alternative option is Study Loans, a private student loan provider. To learn more about loans provided by Study Loans, click here.

Course Learning Outcomes

See Diploma of Arts handbook (pg 3).

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Diploma of Arts may find employment in ministry or church-based organisations; not-for-profit and mission-focused organisations; business and professional organisations; as well as educational institutions that require skills in research and critical thinking. The award provides a pathway into the Bachelor of Education (Primary and Secondary) degrees.


“The Arts program at Alphacrucis launched me into the deep end of spiritual reflection and faith development, and increased my capacity for further learning. I look back at my study journey and see the clear 'before and after' effect of the Arts program on my life and faith. I'm so grateful for my journey at AC."

Sam Stewart

Arts Graduate



Student Services

For more information on the suite of student support services available, please see our Student Services section.

CRICOS Course Code: 089240D