Bachelor of Arts

Course Code 4000
Course duration /
Study mode

Course duration: Three years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Study mode: On-campus with distance education available for some units

Location Lake Macquarie

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Avondale's Bachelor of Arts (BA) is a three year degree designed to present arts within a Christian world view and to help you understand society and your role in it. The course gives you opportunities to develop your abilities in problem-recognition and solving, research skills, analysis, synthesis and creativity, critical and reflective thinking, and written and non-verbal communication.

The degree provides broad preparation for future employment, as well as a sound basis for those wishing to pursue graduate diplomas and other postgraduate qualifications.

Studying Arts will develop your higher critical thinking skills and encourage exploration of how you view the world and yourself. 

You will have the opportunity to progress in a variety of creative and humanitarian interest areas.


Career Opportunities


The career possibilities for Avondale Arts graduates are extensive due to the variety of disciplines offered and foundational skills imparted. 

Chaplaincy

  • School Chaplain
  • Hospital Chaplain
  • Youth worker

Communication

  • Print media
  • Advertising
  • Radio broadcasting
  • Television and video production
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Photo-journalism
  • Marketing
  • Publication and multimedia design

Counselling

  • Counsellor in agency or community based settings
  • School chaplain
  • School counsellor
  • Disability services
  • Telephone counselling
  • Private practice
  • Welfare and youth services

Graphic Design

  • Graphic design
  • Multimedia design
  • Commercial and fine art
  • Photography
  • Gallery curating

Humanities

  • Teaching
  • Journalism
  • Media and film
  • Management and administration
  • International development
  • Human resource management
  • Politics
  • Music
  • Public relations

IPDS

  • Development field worker
  • Projects director
  • Refugee work

Music

  • Performance
  • Concert agent and/or manager
  • Specialist music teacher in primary or secondary schools
  • Music tutor and/or lecturer
  • Music critic/reviewer
  • Music administrator

Psychology (after completion of necessary postgraduate studies for psychology registration)

  • School psychologist
  • Family Service Officer
  • Youth Justice Officer
  • Learning Support Personnel
  • Community Support Coordinator
  • Counsellor
  • Probation Officer
  • Assessment Officer
  • Job Placement Officer
  • Social Welfare Officer
  • Project Manager, Mental Health Project
  • Rehabilitation Counsellor

Visual Arts

  • Commercial and fine art ceramics
  • Commercial and fine art photography
  • Gallery curating

Admission Criteria


ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS

  • ATAR of 60.00+ or equivalent (e.g. OP of 16 or less) 

DISCIPLINE SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Most disciplines do not have specific admission requirements. Those that do are:

Mathematics (Major/Minor): Recent HSC Mathematics Extension 1 (or equivalent), or recommendation from Avondale's Faculty of Science and Mathematics. 

Music (Major/Minor): 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 Strand Convenor may be admitted with other appropriate music experience.

WORK AND LIFE EXPERIENCE

  • If an ATAR is below 60.00 (or equivalent), students may still be able to gain entry into this degree on a conditional basis. Work experience, educational qualifications and socio-economic background may be considered upon application.

Alternative admission may be obtained by one or more of the following methods:

  • Previous post-secondary qualifications,
  • Appropriate scores in the uniTEST and the Tertiary Online Written Assessment (TOWA),
  • Special consideration (disadvantaging factors impacting on Year 12 results).

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Overseas applicants will have their qualifications assessed by Avondale Admissions in line with the Admission Policy for Undergraduate Higher Education Courses found at http://www.avondale.edu.au/about/policies/display/?s=MjQ=  Overseas applicants are also required to satisfy Australian Government visa requirements http://www.avondale.edu.au/about/policies/display/?s=Mzg3

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English as per the Admission to Higher Education policy found at http://www.avondale.edu.au/about/policies/display/?s=MjQ=


Course Structure


Course Duration: Three years full-time (or part-time equivalent).

Study Mode: On-campus with distance education available for some units.

Maximum time to complete: 8 years

The BA is composed of 24 units (144 credit points) of study over six semesters. All units are worth six credit points.

Standard Structure (1 Major, 2 minors)

Year 1 Semester 1

  • Major A 100
  • Minor A 100
  • Core  - ARTS11110 The Art of Scholarship
  • Core - CHST16110 Studies in Christianity

Year 1 Semester 2

  • Major A 100
  • Major A 100/200
  • Core  - ARTS11100 Interpreting and Producing Media Messages
  • Core - ARTS 11120 Aesthetics, Imagination and Collaboration or approved alternative

Year 2 Semester 1

  • Major A 200
  • Minor A 100/200
  • Minor B 100
  • Core- Directed Elective

Year 2 Semester 2

  • Major A 200
  • Minor A 200
  • Minor B 100/200
  • Core  - CHST26110 Studies in Christianity 2 or approved alternative

Year 3 Semester 1

  • 2 x Major A 300
  • Minor B 200/300
  • Core  -  ARTS31121 Studies in Christianity III: Ethics, Social Responsibility and Communication Law or approved alternative

Year 3 Semester 2

  • Major A 300
  • Minor A 200/300
  • Minor B 200/300
  • ARTS 31100 Arts Independent Topic or approved alternative

Units available in 2017 are listed below :

Arts Core

ARTS11110 The Art of Scholarship

CHST16110 Studies in Christianity I

ARTS11100 Interpreting and Producing Media Messages

ARTS11120 Aesthetics, Imagination and Collaboration

CHST26110 Studies in Christianity II

Directed Elective

ARTS31121 Studies in Christianity III: Ethics, Social Responsibility and Communication Law OR THEO36113 Religions of the World

ARTS 31100 Arts Independent Topic

Special Units (Available only with Course Convenor Approval)

ARTS21110 Arts Guided Readings

ENGL21100 Literary Studies of the Bible

 

Chaplaincy Specialisation (12 units)

Not offered

Chaplaincy Major (8 units)

CNSL11100   Foundational Counseling Skills

And one of the units listed below:

CHMN16140   Introduction to Psychology of Ministry OR

PSYC213       Lifespan Developmental Psychology OR

CHPL21100    Principles and Practice of Chaplaincy

Plus: the units listed below:

CHPL31100   Clinical Pastoral Experience I

CHPL31110   Clinical Pastoral Experience II

CNSL31100   Counselling Ethics and Spiritual integration in Counselling

CNSL21120   Emotional & Behavioural Responses

CNSL21100   Foundational Counselling Theories

Note: THEO36113 Religions of the World is required in place of the core unit ARTS34300 Ethics and Social Responsibility

 

Chaplaincy Minor (4 units)

Not offered

Communications Specialisation (12 units)

Not offered

Communication Major (8 units)

COMM11100 Writing for Media Contexts

COMM21100 Effective Workplace Communication

COMM21110 Print Journalism Practice

COMM21130 Video Production & Digital Technologies

COMM21170 Public Relations: Principles and Practice

COMM31110 Creative Writing: The Art of Poetry and Short Story

COMM31150 Advanced Journalism Practice

COMM31190 Professional Internship: An Industry Experience

 

Communication Minor (4 units)

COMM11100    Writing for Media Contexts

And three of the units from the list below:

COMM21100 Effective Workplace Communication

COMM21110 Print Journalism Practice

COMM21130 Video Production & Digital Technologies

COMM21170 Public Relations: Principles and Practice

COMM31110 Creative Writing: The Art of Poetry and Short Story

COMM31150 Advanced Journalism Practice

 

Counselling Specialisation (14 units)

CNSL11100   Foundational Counselling Skills

CNSL21100   Foundational Counselling Theories

CNSL21120   Emotional and Behavioural Responses

CNSL21130   Advanced Counselling Skills

CNSL21140   Family Therapy Theories

CNSL31100  Counselling Ethics & Spiritual Integration in Counselling

CNSL31130   Clinical Internship I

CNSL31140   Clinical Internship II

CNSL31180   Personality and Psychopathology

PSYC102        Introductory Psychology I

PSYC213        Introductory Psychology II

PSCY213        Lifespan Developmental Psychology

CNSL31150   Couple Counselling

CNSL31160   Child and Adolescent Therapy

 

Counselling Major (8 units)

CNSL11100   Foundational Counselling Skills

CNSL21100   Foundational Counselling Theories

CNSL21120   Emotional and Behavioural Responses

CNSL21130   Advanced Counselling Skills

CNSL21140   Family Therapy Theories

CNSL31100  Counselling Ethics & Spiritual Integration in Counselling

CNSL31180   Personality and Psychopathology

CNSL31150   Couple Counselling OR CNSL31160 Child and Adolescent Therapy

 

Counselling Major Education Variant (8 units)

CNSL11100   Foundational Counselling Skills

CNSL21100   Foundational Counselling Theories

CNSL21120   Emotional and Behavioural Responses

CNSL21130   Advanced Counselling Skills

CNSL21140   Family Therapy Theories

CNSL31100  Counselling Ethics & Spiritual Integration in Counselling

PSYC102     Introductory Psychology I

CNSL31160   Child and Adolescent Therapy

 

Counselling Minor (4 units)

CNSL11100   Foundational Counselling Skills

CNSL21100   Foundational Counselling Theories

CNSL21120   Emotional and Behavioural Responses

CNSL21130   Advanced Counselling Skills OR CNSL21140 Or Family Therapy Theories OR CNSL31100  Counselling Ethics & Spiritual Integration in Counselling

 

English Specialisation (12 units)

Not offered

English Major (8 units)

ENGL11100   Critical Approaches to Literature

ENGL11110   Drama Studies: Text and Performance

COMM21110  Print Journalism Practice

ENGL21120   Literature for Children and Young Adults

ENGL21130   Australian Literature: Issues & Contexts

ENGL31100   Renaissance Literature: Texts and Performance

ENGL31110   Global Voices: Literary Movements of the Twentieth Century

COMM31110  Creative Writing: The Art of Poetry and Short Story

 

English Minor (4 units)

ENGL11100   Critical Approaches to Literature

And two units from the following list:

ENGL11110   Drama Studies: Text and Performance

ENGL21120   Literature for Children and Young Adults

ENGL21130   Australian Literature: Issues & Contexts

ENGL31100   Renaissance Literature: Texts and Performance

ENGL31110   Global Voices: Literary Movements of the Twentieth Century

Plus one unit from the following list:

Comm21110   Print Journalism Practice

COMM31110  Creative Writing: The Art of Poetry and Short Story

 

History Specialisation (12 units)

Not offered

History Major (8 units)

HIST11100    What is History?

HIST31100    Historical Practice

Plus six units from the list below:

HIST21100    Beliefs and Myths of the Ancient World

HIST21100    Culture, Politics and War in the Ancient World

HIST21120    Studies in Revolutions

HIST21130    Reformation Era

ARTS31180   Studies in Postcolonialism

ARTS31190   The Nature of Representation: Medium and Message

HIST31110    The World at War 1914-1945

VISC31100    History and Theory of Art

HIST11140     Australian History: Key themes

Note: In 2017 the following units will be offered once only:

HIST21090    Medieval Europe

HIST21091    Middle Eastern History and Politics

 

History Minor -  (4 units)

HIST11100    What is History?

Plus 3 other history units at 200/300 level (excluding HIST21000 and HIST22000)

 

International Poverty and Development Studies Specialisation (12 units)

Not offered

International Poverty and Development Studies Major (8 units)

GEOH11100 Responding to Global Issues

GEOH12000 Environmental Issues

GEOH21100 Globalisation and the Asia Pacific

GEOH21110 NGOs and Ethics

GEOH31120 Domestic Placement

GEOH31100 Geographies of Development

And two units from the list below:

GEOH31110 Cities and Urban Places

EDUC30103 Multicultural and Indigenous Studies

GEOH21120 International Placement

THEO36113 Religions of the World

 

International Poverty and Development Studies Minor (4 units)

GEOH11100 Responding to Global Issues

GEOH12000 Environmental Issues

And two units from the list below:

GEOH21100 Globalisation and the Asia Pacific

GEOH21110 NGOs and Ethics

GEOH21120 International Placement

 

Music Specialisation (12 units)

MUSC11100  Performance I

MUSC11110  Performance II

MUSC11120  Musicology I: Medieval & Renaissance

MUSC11130  Musicology II: Baroque & Classical

MUSC21120  Musicology III: Romantic

MUSC21100  Performance III

MUSC21110  Performance IV

MUSC21130  Musicology IV: Post Romantic & Modern

MUSC31100  Performance V

MUSC31140  Musicology V: Ethnomusicology & Composition

MUSC31110  Performance VI

MUSC31150  Musicology VI: Australian Contemporary Music & Composition

 

Music Major (8 units)

MUSC11100  Performance I

MUSC11110  Performance II

MUSC11120  Musicology I: Medieval & Renaissance

MUSC11130  Musicology II: Baroque & Classical

MUSC21100  Performance III

MUSC21110  Performance IV

MUSC31140  Musicology V: Ethnomusicology & Composition

MUSC31150  Musicology VI: Australian Contemporary Music & Composition

 

Music Minor (4 units)

MUSC11100  Performance I

MUSC11110  Performance II

MUSC11120  Musicology I: Medieval & Renaissance

And one unit from the list below

MUSC31140  Musicology V: Ethnomusicology & Composition

MUSC31150  Musicology VI: Australian Contemporary Music & Composition

The additional following electives are available to music students in consultation with the Director of Music:

CHMN16120 Worship and Communication

MUSC31160  Musicology VII

 

Psychology Specialisation

Please refer to the BA Course Convener for further information.

 

Visual Arts Specialisation (12 units)

Not offered

Visual Arts Major (8 units)

VISC11100    General Painting & Drawing

VISC11130    Ceramics Theory and Practice

VISC21100    Life Painting and Drawing

VISC21120    Digital Photography and Concepts

VISC21130    Sculpture Theory and Practice

VISC31110    History and Theory of Art

VISC31185    Art Studio A

VISC31190    Art Studio B

 

Visual Arts Minor (4 units)

VISC11100    General Painting & Drawing

VISC31100    History and Theory of Art

 

And 2 units from the list below:

VISC11130    Ceramics Theory and Practice

VISC21100    Life Painting and Drawing

VISC21120    Digital Photography and Concepts

VISC21130    Sculpture Theory and Practice

VISC31185    Art Studio A

 

Graphic Design Specialisation

Not offered

 

Graphic Design Major

Not offered

Graphic Design Minor

GDES11100   Digital Design Fundamentals

GDES21100   Print Media Design

And two units from the list below:

VISC21120    Digital Photography and Concepts

GDES21130   Digital Media Design I

GDES31100   Multimedia Design & Concept

Additional Majors offered

Accounting

Biological Science

Human Resource Management

Marketing

Mathematics

Religious Studies


Practical Experience


Internship opportunities are incorporated into both Communication and International Development and Poverty Studies. International Poverty and Development Studies students are required to complete an overseas development experience of at least three weeks in duration.


Accreditation


Avondale is a self-accrediting Higher Education Provider, and the Bachelor of Arts course is offered within the terms of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).  In 2014 Avondale was granted self-accrediting status by TEQSA.


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