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The Associate Degree of Arts equips students with skills and knowledge to enable them to progress to a bachelor degree and enhance their employability skills.
The course prepares students for continuing study and/or participation in a range of areas relevant to the humanities. Given the broad base of the Bachelor of Arts, it can also lead to study in other areas of the University, such as Social Sciences, Education and Indigenous Studies.
Students complete a Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation as part of the Associate Degree of Arts. Alternatively, students who enter the associate degree with this Certificate IV qualification will be eligible to receive four units of advanced standing (credit).
The Associate Degree of Arts is being offered through the SCU College.
The Certificate IV component is delivered and awarded by North Coast TAFE.
The Associate Degree of Arts will enable employment at the para-professional level in a range of areas relevant to the humanities and social science. These include community relations, cultural policy, management and administration, education, publishing, public service, multimedia design, creative and cultural industries, politics, social justice and human rights.
Graduates who proceed to the Bachelor of Arts will have the opportunity to build critical thinking, creative practice, research and writing skills, with a strong emphasis on community engagement, giving graduates a wide range of career options at a higher level but in similar fields to the areas identified above. The flexible nature of the course structure enables students to choose more than one major and a range of elective units, which further enhances future career options. Depending on choice of majors, graduates may find employment in community relations, cultural policy, management and administration, education, publishing, public service, multimedia design, creative and cultural industries, politics, social justice and human rights.
The course includes core studies in the humanities that prepare students for further study through a choice of electives in the following areas: communication and cultural studies, history, governance and society, writing, media studies, art and design, contemporary music, languages.
These study options assist students’ progression to a major area of study (depending on units completed), should they decide to articulate into Southern Cross University’s Bachelor of Arts.
To qualify for the Associate Degree of Arts a total 16 units (192 credit points) must be completed.
This course offers an intermediate award (early exit point) at Diploma level.
Please note that some majors and units may not be available at each location. Unit availabilities are published for each study period and vary from year to year.
For course rules and a full list of units, please refer to the Specific Award Rules below.
|Locations||Students must attend the compulsory on-campus residential workshops in Lismore for specific units that include lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes and field trips|
|Distance Education||Session 1
|Coffs Harbour||Session 1
Southern Cross Drive, Bilinga
|Course Duration||2 years full-time; 4 years part-time|
|Fees and Charges||• Domestic fees
• Additional fee information
|Admission, Enrolment and General Enquiries||www.scu.edu.au/enquiries|
|Further Information||Ph: 1800 626 481
|Total Units:||Award Abbreviation:||2013 ATAR equivalent/OP:|
|UAC Course Code||QTAC Course Code||CRICOS Course Code|
|Coffs Harbour: 333354
Gold Coast: 333361
|Coffs Harbour: 053051
Gold Coast: 053061
A range of teaching methods will be used in this course, including a regular schedule of face-to-face and/or online contact with academic staff at TAFE and at Southern Cross University. Classes are delivered via a converged delivery model on campus and by distance education.
MySCU is a student’s point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.
The web-based program Blackboard Collaborate delivers advanced on-line learning environments for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces and classrooms. They can share files, presentations, and applications. If the session is recorded, students can view it afterwards.
Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and books of readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.
The SCU library provides a wide range of services including librarian assistance, print and electronic resources, a document delivery service, catalogues, databases, ebooks, ereadings, and full-text journal literature.
The Academic Skills Development team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, email, phone, and one-on-one support.
Assessment tasks align with the graduate attributes fostered through the course and include a range of different methods, including essays, response papers, online and class participation and presentations, blogs, reviews, individual and group work. All assessment items will be in accordance with learning outcomes and graded. Students will receive timely feedback on their assessment submissions.
SCU provides students with modern well-equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audio-visual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.
On-campus Undergraduate applications
To apply to study an undergraduate degree at a SCU campus, apply online through the NSW Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). For more information please visit either the UAC or QTAC websites: www.uac.edu.au or www.qtac.edu.au. A late fee applies for UAC and QTAC applications received after the 30th of September.
The following applications to study can be made online, directly to SCU:
Online applications for the Associate Degree of Arts involve four key steps:
Once registered you can exit and return to your application at any time.
At Southern Cross University, your previous study or work experience may help you cut time off your degree.
We recommend that you apply for advance standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount and type of credit awarded will determine your study plan.
For more details and how to apply please visit the Advanced Standing website.
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Social Science
Bachelor of Social Science, Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Social Welfare
SCU College will work in collaboration with North Coast TAFE and Gold Coast Institute of TAFE in teaching the Associate Degree of Arts.
See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.4.1 Requirements for an Award