Back to Find Courses page

Associate Degree of Arts

Associate Degree

Course snapshot

Domestic snapshot

  • Course abbreviation

    AssocDegA

  • Course code

    2207276

  • Credit points

    192


Overview

The Associate Degree of Arts is a two-year course (full-time or part-time equivalent) entry-level course that prepares students for continuing study and/or participation in a range of areas relevant to the humanities, culture, society and creative arts. It equips students with skills and knowledge that enable eligible graduates to progress onto a Southern Cross University Bachelor of Arts degree, to enhance their career opportunities.

Students have the option of receiving the equivalent of 4 units of credit (advanced standing) for a completed Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation, then studying 12 units in the Associate Degree of Arts to complete the award. Alternatively, students who enter the Associate degree without a Certificate IV qualification will study 16 units at SCU College to complete the award.

Students who progress to the University’s Bachelor of Arts have the opportunity to select areas of study from a range of disciplines including art and design, communication and cultural studies, contemporary music, governance and society, history, media studies, psychology, and writing, with the freedom to combine these majors with others offered by the University, such as sustainability or Indigenous studies.

This course if offered through SCU College.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

CLO 1 Exercise critical judgement and creative thinking to identify and analyse issues in a range of Arts and Social Sciences contexts.

Creativity

CLO 1 Exercise critical judgement and creative thinking to identify and analyse issues in a range of Arts and Social Sciences contexts.

Ethical practice

CLO 2 Apply ethical and sustainable values and practices within Arts and Social Sciences contexts.

Knowledge of a discipline

CLO3 Apply broad knowledge and skills within a range of Arts and Social Sciences contexts.

Lifelong learning

CLO4 Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning and work in broad Arts and Social Sciences contexts.

Communication and social skills

CLO5 Communicate information, concepts and solutions, individually and/or in a team, with an awareness of diverse cultural perspectives within a range of Arts and Social Sciences contexts.

Cultural competence

CLO5 Communicate information, concepts and solutions, individually and/or in a team, with an awareness of diverse cultural perspectives within a range of Arts and Social Sciences contexts.

The Associate Degree of Arts 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.

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Gold Coast Session 1 , Session 2 333361 053061
Lismore Session 1 , Session 2 333311 053111
Online Session 1 , Session 2 N/A N/A

Requirements

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.

Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of Associate Degree of Arts a candidate shall successfully complete not less than sixteen (16) units comprising:
    1. the TAFE Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation equivalent to four units or 4 units from Part B of the Schedule of Units;
    2. all units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units;
    3. four units from Part B of the Schedule of Units; and
    4. two electives.
  2. A candidate who while enrolled in the Associate Degree of Arts has completed 8 units from Part A and/or Part B of the Associate Degree of Arts may elect to be awarded a Diploma of Arts following withdrawal from candidature from the Associate Degree of Arts.

Course structure

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment.

Unit Code Unit Title Available Credit points Level of learning Notes
Students should select units from the same specialisation group to enable the completion of a major if they wish to progress to a Bachelor Degree
Session 1, Year 1
CUL00210 -  Australia, Asia and the World Introductory
COM10295 -  Written Communication Introductory
CUL00401 -  Indigenous World-Views Introductory
Part B Elective
Session 2, Year 1
SOC10399 -  Philosophy on Screen: Film and Television Introductory
HUM00271 -  Unruly Subjects: Citizenship Introductory
1 University-wide, undergraduate elective
1 University-wide, undergraduate elective
Session 1, Year 2
WRI10002 -  The Nature of Narrative: Self, Time, Place and the Environment Intermediate
Part B Elective
Part B Elective
Part B Elective
Session 2, Year 2
Part B Elective
Part B Elective
Part B Elective
Part B Elective

Unit Code Unit Title Available Credit points Level of learning Notes
Students should select units from the same specialisation group to enable the completion of a major if they wish to progress to a Bachelor Degree
Session 1, Year 1
CUL00210 -  Australia, Asia and the World Introductory
COM10295 -  Written Communication Introductory
CUL00401 -  Indigenous World-Views Introductory
HUM00270 -  Doing Cultural Studies Introductory
Session 2, Year 1
SOC10399 -  Philosophy on Screen: Film and Television Introductory
HUM00271 -  Unruly Subjects: Citizenship Introductory
1 University-wide, undergraduate elective
1 University-wide, undergraduate elective
Session 1, Year 2
WRI10002 -  The Nature of Narrative: Self, Time, Place and the Environment Intermediate
COM10627 -  Telling Tales: Introduction to Digital Storytelling Introductory
2 units from Part B Electives
Session 2, Year 2
4 units from Part B Electives

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes

Part A

CUL00210 Australia, Asia and the World Introductory
COM10295 Written Communication Introductory
SOC10399 Critical Thinking for Digital Times Introductory
HUM00271 Unruly Subjects: Citizenship Introductory
WRI10002 The Nature of Narrative: Self, Time, Place and the Environment Intermediate
CUL00401 Indigenous World-Views Introductory

Part B

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes
HUM00270 Doing Cultural Studies Introductory
SOC10400 Gender, Sexuality and Culture Intermediate

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes
HIS10016 Making History Introductory
HIS10725 US History: From Reconstruction to Globalization Introductory

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes
POL10244 Australian Politics Introductory
SOC00118 Introduction to Sociology Introductory

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes
WRI10001 Introduction to Creative Writing Introductory
ENG00400 Introduction to Written Texts Introductory

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes
COM00439 Theory in Practice: Issues in Media Studies Introductory
COM10627 Telling Tales: Introduction to Digital Storytelling Introductory

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes
ART10094 Digital Art and Design I Intermediate
ART10275 Digital Photography I Introductory

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes
MUS10509 Sounds, Styles and Cultures Introductory
MUS10545 Oceans of Sound: Global Music Cultures in the 21st Century Intermediate

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes
LAN10001 Chinese Language IA Introductory
LAN10002 Chinese Language IB Introductory