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A Flexible Degree

Arts & Design in the CommunityThis highly flexible degree traces its provenance to the era of the Renaissance man and woman. Those highly esteemed individuals who possessed a rich and diverse knowledge of, and interest in, both the arts and the professions.

The Bachelor of Arts allows you to study your areas of particular interest and strength. You can choose a mix of majors in the humanities and liberal arts, design, cultural heritage, communication, English language, literature and writing, as well as the professions.

The degree provides a broad spectrum preparation for many kinds of careers in the public and private sectors. Employers value its combination of generic skills in communication, creative and critical thinking, research, team-work, problem-solving and its diverse portfolio of practical and aesthetic knowledge.

The Bachelor of Arts offers a variety of flexible paths, combining vocational and professional areas of learning with the humanities.

Students can choose from over 50 different majors in areas such as Politics, Society and Culture, Communication, Architecture, Design and Media, as well as Professional Majors.

The University of Canberra (UC) has a robust international student exchange program which many Arts students can take advantage of thanks to the flexibility of their degree. Students can travel for short courses or six month exchanges to educational institutions throughout Europe, South America and Asia. More information on UC's Study Abroad and Exchange program can be found here.

Choose Another Campus

You can also complete a Bachelor of Arts, at the following locations (2nd year entry only, with approved credit):

  • TAFE Queensland, Brisbane, Southbank
  • Lignan Institute of Further Education (LIFE), Hong Kong

Course Information

High performing students may be eligible to enrol in the Bachelor of Arts and Design (Honours).

Your Creativity: Your Degree

Students are able to apply for admission into this degree by way of portfolios and brief interviews with our friendly team of academics.

Why Portfolio Entry?

Because your ATAR score is not always a true reflection of your creative potential. This pathway offers you the opportunity to show off your passion and keen eye for your chosen area(s) of study. School leavers will use this pathway to secure an offer in the Early Round of admissions. Mature Age Students will benefit from not worrying about their ATAR score (or equivalent) and focus on showcasing their personal talent and/or professional achievements in their chosen field.

What Should I Include in my Arts Portfolio?

The requirements for an Arts Portfolio allow you to give us a true insight on who you are and where your passions lie. Please address the following:

  • Response to the following questions (200 words each)
  1. What are some personal attributes that you feel will assist you to succeed at university?
  2. Where do you see yourself professionally after you complete your undergraduate degree? 
  3. Why do you want to attend the University of Canberra and study your selected course? 
  • Resume/CV

Include an up to date CV detailing your work history

  • Academic history

Please outline your academic history to date, if you are a school leaver please include a copy of your latest report. Your history can include but is not limited to the following: secondary schooling, leadership programs, sports coaching, umpiring accreditation, TAFE/Registered Training Organisation (RTO) qualifications, Industry training/accreditation, workplace training etc.

How do I Apply?

For application details and procedures, as well as information on upcoming Portfolio Workshops, please check our Arts and Design Portfolio Entry page. Or email your enquiry to

You can also watch the following short video presentation with Erin Hinton, Lecturer in Design & Architecture.

Career Options

  • Advertising account executive
  • Arts administrator
  • International development officer
  • Librarian
  • Museum curator
  • Policy analyst/adviser
  • Publisher
  • Research journalist
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Social/economic analyst
  • Technical writer