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

Entry requirements

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.

For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Arts or use the admission requirements checker.

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

Year 1
100 Level
100 Level
100 Level
100 Level
100 Level
100 Level
100 Level
100 Level
Year 2
200 Level
200 Level
200 Level
200 Level
200 Level
200 Level
200 Level
100 Level
Year 3
300 Level
300 Level
300 Level
300 Level
300 Level
300 Level
200 Level
200 Level
    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.

Double Degrees

It is possible to combine an Arts degree with other degrees such as the Bachelor of CommerceBachelor of Laws or Bachelor of Science.

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

Minor only subjects

Other subjects

Other subjects that are not available as majors or minors but can count towards Arts points for the Bachelor of Arts degree:


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.

Recommended preparation

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.

Further study

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:

Graduate and postgraduate qualifications

Career opportunities

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.

More information

For the full degree requirements see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Arts.

For more information email info@canterbury.ac.nz or freephone 0800 VARSITY (827 748).

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).

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