Diploma of Arts

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Diploma of Arts is designed to provide candidates who have already completed a bachelor's degree in a different field, with an academic foundation in the humanities. The diploma allows you to progress to further postgraduate study in your chosen field. An Arts qualification is ideal for those who wish to develop personal and professional skills as a basis for employment or as a foundation for postgraduate study.

Course outline

Study plan

Candidates of the Diploma of Arts undertake units of study to a value of 48 credit points (cp) of up to three-years part-time. A typical unit of study has a value of 6cp. At least 36 senior cp must be undertaken in a specific subject area.


What is a major?

A major is usually a two-year defined sequence of study, generally comprising specified units of study in a particular subject area. Majors are included on students' testamurs. The Diploma of Arts requires that students complete one major from the subject areas taught by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Social Sciences. A major consists of 36 credit points (cp) in senior (2000/3000-level) units of study (6cp each) from a single subject area of study. The exact requirements for majors may differ between subject areas. Most majors require the completion of at least two junior (1000-level) prerequisite units of study (6cp each). A major requires the completion of 24 senior credit points chosen from units of study listed in the table for that major.

Core majors

Further course information

Progression rules

Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and performance-related activities prescribed for their units of study.

What is an elective?

An elective is a unit of study within a degree, usually an option within a course. Electives allow more detailed study of a particular subject. Electives can be selected from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences or from other faculties within the university (subject to permission from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences).

Course opportunities

Most subject areas within the Diploma of Arts allow for students to take part in an international exchange.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Career opportunities for graduates of the Diploma of Arts depend on the area of study undertaken. A diploma is often a springboard to a postgraduate degree or a way of focusing your study in a particular area by doing a short course.

Further study

Eligible candidates may apply for admission to a rich postgraduate program in the humanities and social sciences, comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Master degrees include capstone projects ranging from internships with government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas, to opportunities for independent research projects which prepare students for higher degrees by research.


Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must either:

* be enrolled in an undergraduate degree or combined degree at the University of Sydney, other than undergraduate degrees or combined degrees offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ( includes all combined degrees with a Bachelor of Arts component and the Bachelor of Liberal Studies); or
• be enrolled in an undergraduate degree or combined degree at another recognised tertiary institution; or
• have been awarded, or be eligible for the award of an undergraduate degree from a recognised tertiary institution.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University via the Online Application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

For other useful information, visit our How to Apply page.

Assumed knowledge

Depends on subjects selected. Please see the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Handbook for details.

International students

How to apply

Not available to International Students

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