Bachelor of Arts

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





3 years full-time
6 years part-time

Credit points


Indicative fee

$6,566.00* per year (more)
* 2019 indicative annual CSP fee

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Entry requirements


OP 2019


Rank 2019 (more)

OR VET qualification

Certificate III

Offered in

Trimester 1, Trimester 2 and Trimester 3


  • English (4SA)

Assumed knowledge


OP 1-6 Guarantee

If you receive an OP 1-6 or equivalent and meet subject prerequisites, you are guaranteed a place in this program.

Why choose this program?

With a variety of exciting majors to choose from and the freedom to combine any two, Griffith University's Bachelor of Arts gives you the power to create your own unique skill set and prepare for the careers of the future.

Whether you are looking for a career in management, leadership, journalism, public relations, policymaking, research and analysis, writing and communications or research, this degree will help you achieve your goals.

You have the option to develop specialist expertise in contemporary fields like security studies, Islam-West relations or politics and international studies, or pursue a professional path by studying journalism, public relations or creative writing. You can also study more traditional fields including sociology, history or literary studies.

The Griffith Bachelor of Arts is an innovative program that offers a combination of traditional and emerging study areas relevant to an ever-changing global environment.

You will gain the understanding, insight and skills to find and communicate creative solutions to contemporary challenges. You will also develop advanced writing and presentation skills, as well as research and project management skills. Plus, as a graduate, you will be equipped with in-depth knowledge about states, societies and cultures, past and present.

In your final year, you will have the opportunity to complete an internship or work-based project, which will ensure that you graduate with the practical skills employers want.


You can choose any two of the following majors:

  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Drama
  • History
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Islam-West Relations
  • Journalism
  • Language in Society (offered at Nathan only)
  • Languages (including Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Modern Greek* and Spanish)
  • Literary Studies
  • Politics and International Studies
  • Public Relations
  • Screen Studies
  • Security Studies
  • Sociology

* Offered online via cross-institutional study with Flinders University, South Australia.

Attendance information

The Bachelor of Arts may be undertaken full-time or part-time at either the Nathan or Gold Coast campus. A full-time student will generally attend 12 hours of scheduled classes per week throughout the trimester. Classes are generally scheduled during the day but some are offered during the evening between Monday and Friday.

Student Income Support

To be classed as a full-time student, you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points each standard study period. The minimum credit points for full-time enrolment in this program is 30 credit points.

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 are deemed standard study periods. As Trimester 3 is a non-standard study period, continuing students moving from one year to the next will not be required to study during this trimester to be eligible for student income support.

Domestic students who commence in Trimester 3 may be eligible for student income support from the onset of study provided they are enrolled full-time in this study period.

Please refer to the Australian Government website for more details.

My career opportunities

As a graduate of our Bachelor of Arts, you will have flexible, broad-based skills in writing, analysis and synthesis of information, research and policymaking. With these transferable skills, you will be able to shift easily from one occupation or industry to another.

Creative Writing
You will be equipped for an exciting career as a creative and professional writer prepared for work in advertising, communications, marketing, editing or publishing.

Criminal Justice
You will be equipped for work in advocacy, law enforcement, policymaking, or as a liaison officer.

You will be equipped for a career in community arts and cultural development, applied theatre, arts and health sector, and drama education as well as offering transferable skills in relation to your other major study.

You will be equipped for a career as a social historian, museum curator, record keeper, project manager, or researcher.

Indigenous Studies
You will be equipped for work in advocacy, advising, community liaison, policymaking, or research.

Islam-West Relations
You will be equipped for work as an adviser or analyst, or for a role in community liaison, consultancy, policymaking, or research.

You will be trained for work in media industries with capabilities in video and radio production, news and current affairs reporting and media campaigns.

Language in Society
You will be prepared for a career in English/ESL teaching, publishing, journalism, sales and marketing, media, advertising and public relations, and organisational communication.

You will be prepared for a career in education and teaching, translation and interpreting, tourism and hospitality, publishing and journalism, sales and marketing, advertising and public relations, international business, law, commerce, and the arts.

Literary Studies
You will be prepared for a career in communications, marketing, editing or publishing.

Politics and International Studies
You will be equipped to work as an analyst, consultant, policymaker, or in diplomacy or research.

Public Relations
You will be prepared for a career in communications, media liaison or public relations.

Screen Studies
You will gain widely applicable skills in analysis and communication with expert knowledge to complement screen industries training and capabilities to work as a critic, reviewer, or researcher.

Security Studies
You will be equipped for work as a policy adviser or analyst, agency administrator, or community liaison leader, with abilities to become a consultant, advocate or academic.

You will gain capabilities to work in policy planning, advocacy, social research, community or urban development and human services.

Pathways to further study

Students who graduate with an appropriate GPA may undertake an additional year of study in the Honours program which may qualify the student for further postgraduate studies. Graduates may also be eligible to apply for entry to a graduate teacher preparation degree which may lead to further career opportunities in education and teaching.

Commonwealth supported students

  • The fee is indicative of an annual full-time load (80 credit points) in a program categorized to one of the Australian Government's three broad discipline areas (student contribution bands). A student's actual annual fee may vary in accordance with his or her choice of majors and electives. The Australian Government sets student contribution amounts on an annual basis.
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Fee-paying undergraduate (domestic) students

These fees are only applicable to domestic students who are not Commonwealth supported including:

  • Full-fee paying domestic students who commenced their program prior to 2009.
  • International students who have been approved to pay domestic tuition fees after obtaining Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency or a permanent humanitarian visa and who have not obtained a Commonwealth supported place.
Tuition fees
  • A fee-paying undergraduate student pays tuition fees.
  • Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • The tuition fee is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student is enrolled.
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Program fees for the Bachelor of Arts (1016)

Year of study Fee category/Band Fee per CP Tuition fee 80cp
2020 Fee Band 28.5 $356.25 $28,500.00
2019 Fee Band 27.5 $343.75 $27,500.00

Eligible undergraduate fee-paying students may defer their tuition fees by taking out a FEE-HELP loan which is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). Payment of the loan is via the taxation system when income reaches a specified level.

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