Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts is a broad-based degree requiring the study of a range of disciplines. It aims to develop committed, well-prepared graduates who can function effectively and contribute positively to the workplace, community, church and society. The degree aims to develop students' abilities in problem recognition and problem solving, research skills, analysis and synthesis, and critical and reflective thinking upon society and the human condition in a framework of Christian values. The BA degree provides a broad preparation for future employment in many fields and a sound basis for those wishing to pursue honours or postgraduate degrees.

Areas of Study

At Avondale, you can choose units from a range of areas:
  • Communication
  • Counselling
  • Diploma of General Studies
  • English
  • Geography
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • International Poverty and Development Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Visual Arts
  • Visual Communication

Course Code



Three years full-time or equivalent part-time

Mode of Delivery

On campus (Lake Macquarie)


The BA and associated double degrees are accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

The CRICOS registration code for the Arts degree is:
Bachelor of Arts 057294K

Entry Requirements

General Admission Requirements apply to all the majors in the BA, with the following additional requirements for specific majors:

Mathematics major

Recent HSC (or equivalent) Mathematics Extension 1, or recommendation of the School of Science and Mathematics.

Music major

Admission to the Music major is by interview, audition and placement tests. Applicants should normally have studied music for approximately six years, but with approval of the Music Convenor may be admitted with other appropriate music experience. The written theory placement test will consist of questions on key signatures, scale writing (major and minor), intervals, cadences, writing in four vocal parts, and melody writing based on the Australian Music Examinations Board (5th grade level).

Course Information Booklet

For more details on the content of this course please download the following booklet:

Bachelor of Arts

Unit Synopsis

The Undergraduate Handbook contains detailed information on each unit.

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'I really appreciate the diversity of subjects that are offered under the communication banner. You get to dabble in writing, video, radio and other great options. The course really opens doors to new experiences and opportunities.’ —Linden Chuang

‘Studying Arts with a major in Geography has made me more aware of people-centred issues. It has really opened my eyes to the global concerns which need to be addressed.’ —Hala Fua

‘Without IDS I would have no direction or valuable reason for my life. The world’s problems are there—and it is our duty to do something. Once I realised this, I knew I had found my purpose.’ —Anna Tennyson

The music course places equal value on both the performance and the theoretical aspect of music. The lecturers and students are supportive and encouraging. It’s a really healthy atmosphere for growing musicians. I’ve been exposed to so many different types of music, and that has deepened my passion for music.’ —Dell Lawrence

‘Avondale is an awesome place to begin your career. The atmosphere is great and with the smaller classes you learn a lot. To study Psychology here is a great opportunity in my life!’ —Josh Hamilton

‘I really enjoy the amount of practical work we get to experience in the art department. You are encouraged to try different media and experiment with materials to enhance your ability. The lecturers are approachable and always willing to help.’ —Rebekah Behan

‘With small classes and one-on-one time with lecturers, my course has nurtured my creativity, pushing my designs to the limit.’ —Reuben Ennor



A major in Communication can take you to careers in:
  • Print media
  • Advertising
  • Radio broadcasting
  • Graphic design
  • Television and video production
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Photo-journalism
  • Marketing
  • Publication and multimedia design

Graphic Design

  • Graphic
  • Multimedia design
  • Commercial and fine art
  • Photography
  • Gallery curating
and other creative careers that require visual communication skills


Humanity majors can be found employed across a broad spectrum of careers such as:
  • Teaching
  • Journalism
  • Media and film
  • Management and administration
  • Librarianship
  • International development
  • Human resource management
  • Politics
  • Music
  • Public relations


IDS career opportunities include:
  • Development field worker
  • Projects director
  • Refugee work


A specialisation in music can lead to a range of careers including:
  • Performance
  • Concert agent and/or manager
  • Specialist music teacher in primary or secondary schools
  • Music tutor and/or lecturer
  • Music critic/reviewer
  • Music administrator


Students who complete a three-year BA or BSc course with a specialisation in Psychology may consider the following career examples:
  • Family Service Officer
  • Child and Family Therapist (Child Protection)
  • Youth Justice Officer
  • Community Road Safety Officer
  • Learning Support Personnel
  • Community Support Coordinator
  • Trainee Manager
  • Team Leader
  • Counsellor
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Human Resource Trainee
  • Probation Officer
  • Assessment Officer
  • Youth Worker
  • Job Placement Officer
  • Social Welfare Officer
  • Project Manager, Mental Health Project
  • Rehabilitation Counsellor

Visual Arts

Some of the career opportunities include:
  • Commercial and fine art ceramics
  • Commercial and fine art photography
  • Gallery curating

Visual Communications

Career possibilities may include:
  • Graphic design
  • Multimedia design
  • Commercial and fine art
  • Photography
  • Gallery curating

as well as other creative careers that require visual communication skills.

Financial Information

The information provided is a guide but will give you an estimate as to the costs associated with studying at Avondale. Actual fee amounts vary on the enrolled course and the units that are taken. Please contact us if you have further questions.


If you are a domestic full fee-paying student, you may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance. FEE-HELP is available for most Avondale higher education courses. FEE-HELP is a Commonwealth loan scheme that assists eligible students to defer payment of their tuition fees. FEE-HELP can cover all or part of a student’s tuition fees, up to a lifetime limit of $86,422 (2011). The $86,422 (2011) FEE-HELP limit is indexed each year. A loan fee of 20% applies to FEE-HELP loans for undergraduate courses of study. The FEE-HELP limit does not include the loan fee. No repayment is required until your income exceeds $44,912 (2010-2011)(CPI indexed).

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Updated By: Brian Greentree