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Diploma of Arts

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Overview

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.

Subject areas
Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

My qualification is from

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your fee

How to apply

What you'll study

Candidates of the Diploma of Arts may undertake units undertake units of study to a value of 48 credit points of up to three-years part-time. A typical unit of study has a value of 6 credit points. The Diploma can be completed in three ways:

(a) completion of a selected major (48 credit points), or

(b) completion of a selected minor, and 12 credit points of diploma electives, or

(c) completion of 48 credit points of diploma electives.

Units of study are to be chosen from any of the subject areas listed below, which may include an optional major or minor.

  • American Studies
  • Ancient History
  • Archaeology
  • Art History
  • Australian Literature (minor only)
  • Asian Studies
  • Biblical Studies and Classical Hebrew
  • Celtic Studies (minor only)
  • Cultural Studies
  • Diversity Studies (minor only)
  • Digital Cultures
  • English
  • Film Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • Jewish Civilisation Thought and Culture
  • Linguistics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Studies in Religion
  • Theatre and Performance Studies
  • Writing Studies

Units of Study

Applying for admission

Completion requirement

Under normal progression, a full-time student completes prescribed units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester. Part-time students may undertake prescribed units of study up to the value of 12 credit points per semester. You are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for your units of study.

Capstone (compulsory project)

Assumed knowledge

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

Applying for honours

Admission requirement

To be eligible for admission, you must either:

  • be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree or combined degree program at the University of Sydney and have approval for concurrent enrolment from the Deans of the Faculties and have completed one year fulltime (or equivalent part time) study; or
  • be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree or combined degree program at another recognised tertiary institution and have completed one year fulltime (or equivalent part time) study; or
  • have been awarded, or be eligible for the award of, an undergraduate degree from a recognised tertiary institution.

Course opportunities

Option to combine with

Professional accreditation

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.

Future study options

The diploma allows you to progress to an honours year or further postgraduate study in your chosen field.

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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