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.

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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.

Subjects

Elective 6 subjects taken from accredited AQF Level 5, 6 or 7 subjects or above offered by the College.

View the full list of subjects for this course.

For more details on which subjects you can choose, see the current enrolment guide for this course.

Admission Criteria

Academic

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).

The Program Director will conduct a pre-admission interview (either face-to-face or phone or via Zoom) with all applicants seeking entry into the course on the basis of a Certificate III qualification. This interview aims to assess academic suitability and preparedness of the applicant for undergraduate level study.

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.

Language

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 6.5 (with no score below 6.0 in any of the four skillsareas). 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 Officeif they are unsure of the equivalence of their English language proficiencytest scores.

Study Modes

Delivery Mode*: Face-to-Face (Campus class), Online Live (Zoom class), Online Recorded
Locations**: Sydney, Online
Duration: 1 year full-time, 4 years part-time
Intakes: Semester 1, Semester 2

* Our study modes are flexible so you can mix-and-match different modes throughout your course to fit your needs. For example, a face-to-face student can choose to attend some classes online or an online student may choose to take some subjects face-to-face.

** Some subjects may only be available in certain study modes each semester. Please check the timetable for the most up-to-date information. Face-to-face classes can be delivered weekly or via intensives, where the subject is delivered in a block over consecutive weekdays and/or weekends. Some subjects must be completed face-to-face to meet professional accreditation requirements.


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.

Student Services

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

CRICOS Code

CRICOS Course Code: 089240D