Bachelor of Arts
With over 25 major subjects to choose from and spanning the humanities, social sciences, languages and creative arts, UC arts students can explore diverse subjects and worlds.
Over the three years of your degree, you will gain a number of transferable skills employers want, and there are unique practical experiences such as internships on offer too.
Features of the Bachelor of Arts at UC
- Flexible degree so you can specialise or study a wide variety of topics
- Develops skills recruiters want - research, writing, critical thinking, analysis and communication
- Option of an internship course in second and third year to gain practical experience
- A wide range of scholarship, postgraduate and career opportunities are available
Bachelor's degrees require University Entrance to gain admission to UC. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard.
You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.
Qualification structure and duration
The Bachelor of Arts requires a minimum total of 360 points:
- A minimum of 255 points of Arts courses
- The remaining 105 points can be from either Arts courses or courses from other degrees
A minimum of 225 points must be from courses above 100-level, with at least 90 points at 300-level.
Typical degree structure for Bachelor of Arts
Arts major courses
Arts minor courses
Other Arts courses
Courses from Arts or other degrees
Each small block represents a 15-point course. However, some courses may be 30 points or more.
Normally you can complete the two degrees in five years but some combinations may take longer. If you are considering a double degree you should get advice from a College of Arts Student Advisor or the Liaison Office.
Find out more information about Double degrees.
Subjects and courses
The Bachelor of Arts is a highly flexible degree that allows a wide range of choices from major and minor Arts subjects, as well as subjects from other degrees.
Majors and Minors
You will specialise in two areas to meet the requirements for either a major and a minor, or two majors (double major). You should include first-year courses that allow you to advance to 200-level in at least two or three subjects.
Every major has specific course requirements, but all consist of a minimum of 135 points in a single Arts subject. Of these, at least 60 points must be at 300-level and at least 45 points at 200-level.
A minor consists of a minimum of 75 points in a single Arts subject, including at least 45 points above 100-level.
Arts major and minor subjects
- Art History and Theory
- Cinema Studies
- Criminal Justice
- Cultural Studies
- English Language
- Human Services
- Management Science
- Maori and Indigenous Studies
- Media and Communication
- Political Science
- South Asia Studies (Not open to new enrolments in 2015)
- Te Reo Maori
Minor only subjects
Other subjects that are not available as majors or minors but can count towards Arts points for the Bachelor of Arts degree:
- Antarctic Studies
- Biological Sciences
- Communication Disorders
- Computer Science
- Health Sciences
- Resilience and Sustainability
Bachelor of Arts internships combine theory and practice and count towards your degree. UC offers internship papers at 200-level, 300-level and Honours, 400-level. You will gain a valuable taste of the professional world and find out what area you would like to work in after university.
All Arts subjects, including languages, can be started at first-year level without previous study.
A good standard of oral and written English is important.
Successful study to Year 13 is recommended for advanced Mathematics courses.
How to apply
Find out more about how to Apply for undergraduate qualifications.
The College of Arts has a wide range of options for postgraduate and graduate study with excellent research facilities.
This includes specialised research centres such as:
- Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies
- Social Science Research Centre
- New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies
- Te Awatea Violence Research Centre
- National Centre for Research on Europe
Graduate and postgraduate qualifications
- Bachelor of Arts with Honours
- Master of Arts
- Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
- Master of International Law and Politics
- Master of Maori and Indigenous Studies
- Master of Te Reo Maori
- Postgraduate Diploma in Art Curatorship
- Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism
- Postgraduate Diploma in Māori and Indigenous Studies
- Postgraduate Diploma in Te Reo Māori
- Graduate Diploma in Arts
- Doctor of Philosophy
Arts graduates enjoy a raft of exciting career destinations in media, government, international relations, arts, culture, heritage, archival, politics, public policy, writing, editing, PR, communications, conservation, tourism, teaching, community development, publishing, design, business, advertising or marketing.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
For the full degree requirements see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Arts.
For assistance with planning your programme of study contact the Liaison Office (new students) or visit the Liaison Office’s course planning page (new students), or a College of Arts Student Advisor (advancing students).