Duration
Full-time: 3 years
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2018 Semester One – 26 February
2018 Semester Two – 16 July
Available locations
City, Manukau
Points
360
Programme type
Undergraduate
Conjoint options available

Programme overview

You can choose from a wide range of subjects in the humanities, social sciences, cultures and languages.

Our new requirement for two majors encourages you to develop substantial knowledge in two areas and enhance your opportunities for careers or postgraduate study.

Our BA develops the skills that are essential for you to adapt and thrive in a fast-changing, globalised economy. You will be able to use your knowledge and skills in many different careers and employment settings.

You can enrich your degree through study abroad, internships and our Arts Scholars programme.

Conjoint options

Conjoint programmes let you pursue two undergraduate bachelors degrees at the same time.

Learn more about conjoints

Programme structure

The BA takes three years to complete if you are studying full time.

You will choose two BA subjects as your two majors (your ‘double major’). You will take eight courses (120 points) in each major. This includes at least three courses (45 points) at Stage III in each major.

If you would like to study Communication you can either choose it as one of your two majors, or complete our sixteen-course (240-point) specialisation in Communication.

At least half your courses (12 courses or 180 points) must be above Stage I level. The courses for your majors are included in this total.

As well as your majors, you will take elective courses in other subjects. You must study at least three BA subjects (including your majors).

You can include up to two courses (30 points) from other degrees. You will also complete two General Education courses.

You can choose to take an optional module instead of elective courses. A module is a group of three courses (45 points) that focuses on a specific skill or area of knowledge.

In your first year you will normally take eight courses: four in semester one and four in semester two. A typical pattern would be to take two courses in each of three BA subjects, choose one course in a fourth BA subject, and take a General Education course. This gives you an opportunity to discover your interests and strengths.

Towards the end of your first year you will choose your two majors. In later years you will concentrate on these subjects.

If you started your BA in 2017 or earlier refer to these requirements for the Bachelor of Arts.

Bachelor of Arts degree planner (PDF)

Sample programme structure

Double major

Year one 120 points
  • Name:
    Stage I course
    Type:
    First major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage I course
    Type:
    First major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage I course
    Type:
    Second major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage I course
    Type:
    Second major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage I course
    Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage I course
    Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage I course
    Type:
    Optional module
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage I course
    Type:
    General Education course
    Points:
    15 pts
Year two 120 points
  • Name:
    Stage II course
    Type:
    First major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage II course
    Type:
    First major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage II course
    Type:
    First major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage II course
    Type:
    Second major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage II course
    Type:
    Second major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage II course
    Type:
    Second major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage II course
    Type:
    Optional module
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage I course
    Type:
    General Education course
    Points:
    15 pts
Year three 120 points
  • Name:
    Stage III course
    Type:
    First major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage III course
    Type:
    First major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage III course
    Type:
    First major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage III course
    Type:
    Second major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage III course
    Type:
    Second major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage III course
    Type:
    Second major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage III course
    Type:
    Optional module
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage III course
    Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts

Sample programme structure

Specialisation in Communication

Year one 120 points
  • Code:
    COMMS 100
    Name:
    Communication, Technology and Culture
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    COMMS 104
    Name:
    Advertising and Society
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    DRAMA 100
    Name:
    Taking the Stage: Performance and Presentation Skills
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage I course
    Type:
    Communication major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage I course
    Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage I course
    Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage I course
    Type:
    General Education course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage I course
    Type:
    General Education course
    Points:
    15 pts
Year two 120 points
  • Code:
    COMMS 200
    Name:
    Writing in the Workplace
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    COMMS 202
    Name:
    Audiences and Theories of Reception
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    COMMS 204
    Name:
    Social Media
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage II course
    Type:
    Communication major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage II course
    Type:
    Communication major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage II course
    Type:
    Communication major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage II course
    Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage II course
    Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts
Year three 120 points
  • Code:
    COMMS 300
    Name:
    New Media and the Future of Communication
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    COMMS 301
    Name:
    Digital Communication and Practice
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    COMMS 302
    Name:
    Visual Communication
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage III course
    Type:
    Communication major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage III course
    Type:
    Communication major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage III course
    Type:
    Communication major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage III course
    Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage III course
    Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts

2018 entry requirements

My highest qualification is from:

Secondary school qualifications

If you're joining us from secondary school, here's what you need to enter the programme.

You are guaranteed entry to this programme if you meet these requirements.

  1. First, you must meet the University Entrance (UE) standard.
  2. You must also meet the rank score for this programme. Not sure about your rank score? Use our rank score calculator.
  3. You may need to have studied certain subjects or achieved credits in particular subjects.
  4. Some programmes have additional requirements, such as an interview, portfolio or references.
Guaranteed rank score, subject and other requirements

If your rank score is slightly lower than the guaranteed score, we encourage you to still apply. We will consider your application if places are available. If you don’t meet the requirements, you may be able to apply under our Undergraduate Targeted Admission Schemes.

  • Qualification
    NCEA National Certificate of Educational Achievement
    Score required
    150
  • Qualification
    CIE Cambridge International Examinations
    Score required
    150
  • Qualification
    IB International Baccalaureate
    Score required
    26

Read more about entry requirements for New Zealand secondary school applicants.

Tertiary qualifications

If you've studied at a tertiary institution, here's what you need to enter the programme.

You can transfer from another tertiary institution, or another University of Auckland qualification, if you meet these requirements.

Guaranteed grade requirements

These are the grades required for guaranteed entry to this programme. If your grades are slightly lower, we encourage you to still apply. We will consider your application if places are available.

Further requirements

You must have completed one semester’s successful bachelor degree study from a New Zealand university or one year’s successful study as part of an acceptable sub-degree or bachelors-level qualification from a New Zealand non-university tertiary institution.

See information about prior tertiary study requirements

Other pathways to study

You could be eligible for another programme, or check out these alternative pathways:

My highest qualification is from this country:

Secondary school qualifications

If you're joining us from secondary school, here's what you need to enter the programme.

You need to have one of the following:
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum total score of 24.
  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level. You must have completed a minimum of three A-Level subjects with at least a 'C' grade or higher. General Studies or similar general papers cannot be included.

GCE ‘A’ Level requirements apply to ‘A’ Level qualifications examined by bodies such as AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC, CCEA, Pearson Education Limited and CIE taken outside of New Zealand.

Minimum grade, subject and other requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place. Your GCE A level score is calculated on the best three academic subjects and General Studies cannot be included.

  • Qualification
    IB International Baccalaureate Diploma
    Score required
    26
    Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    6.0
  • Qualification
    GCE A Level General Certificate of Education Advanced Level
    Score required
    CCC
    Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    6.0

Tertiary qualifications

If you've studied at a tertiary institution, here's what you need to enter the programme.

You can transfer from another tertiary institution if you meet these requirements.

Guaranteed grade requirements

These are the grades required for guaranteed entry to this programme. If your grades are slightly lower, we encourage you to still apply. We will consider your application if places are available.

Further requirements

You must have completed one year’s successful bachelor degree level study at a recognised university (or similar institution). 

Other pathways to study

You could be eligible for another programme, or check out these alternative pathways:

  • Bridge your educational gap with a preparation and foundation programme.
  • If you have an offer of place from us that is conditional on meeting English language requirements, you may be considered for English Pathway courses from the University of Auckland English Language Academy (ELA)
  • If you are 20 on or before the first day of semester, have no formal University Entrance (UE) qualification, and are a New Zealand or Australian citizen or permanent resident you can apply for special admission.

How much does a Bachelor of Arts cost per year?

2018 fees

Domestic students
NZ$6,000 – $6,920.40*
International students
NZ$28,696 – $33,688*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. 2018 fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $6.78 per point, estimated at $813.60 for full-time study (120 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

Find out about financial support information

Scholarships and awards

Find out about the scholarships you may be eligible for.

Student loans and allowances

Are you a New Zealand citizen or resident? You could be eligible for a student loan or allowance.

Cost of living

Get an idea of how much accommodation and general living in Auckland will cost.

Key dates

Please note: We will consider late applications if places are still available. International students should start the application process as early as possible to allow sufficient time to apply for a visa.

Application closing dates

Semester One 2018
8 December 2017

Start dates

Here are the start dates for the programme.

Other important dates

See important dates for the academic year, including orientation, enrolment, study breaks, exams, and graduation.

How to apply

Applying for an undergraduate programme? Check out our step-by-step guide.

Modules

A Module is a grouping of three courses (45 points) on a particular theme which enables you to add value to your degree.

What are Modules?

Modules are a new feature of the Bachelor of Arts from 2018. 

Modules are optional. If you wish to, you may take one or two modules in addition to your two majors within the overall structure of the BA.

Modules are designed to complement the skills you will develop through your other studies. The skills you can expect to gain through BA study are outlined in our Graduate Profile.

The benefits of taking a module

By taking a module you can focus the study outside your majors on a specific, skills-based area.

This will enable you to add to your skill set for future employment, develop skills that you can use in the workplace, stand out from other graduates and enhance your career prospects. The content and skills offered by modules may help inform or benefit future potential career paths.

As Modules are formally acknowledged on your academic record, you will be able to demonstrate your ability in a specific set of skills or areas of knowledge outside your majors.

How do I take a Module?

To begin taking a Module, all you need to do is enrol in your first course.

Once you have completed the required courses, you will need to contact the Arts Students' Centre to have your Module formally added to your BA.

Modules available for 2018

Modules planned for 2019*

  • Communicating for Professional Contexts
  • Computation and Logic
  • Ethics and Social Justice
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Te Ao Māori/The Māori World
  • Pathways to Teaching

*These modules are currently under development and subject to approval.

Where could this programme take you?

Your BA study will help you to develop strong capabilities for many careers including advanced communication skills, critical and creative thinking, the ability to research and evaluate information, the ability to analyse problems and seek solutions, adaptability, and an awareness of different perspectives. You’ll be well-positioned to pursue new opportunities opened up by changes and developments in society, technology and business.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Account manager
  • Business development manager
  • Communications specialist
  • Digital content specialist
  • English language teacher
  • Policy officer
  • Research writer
  • Sales and marketing executive

Zak completed a Bachelor of Arts and is now a content producer for a digital agency.

Read more

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