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Bachelor's degree

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

BA
11 August 2023

With 40 subjects to choose from, as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) student at UC you can follow your passion and gain valuable skills. Find out about studying a BA through our Te Kaupeka Toi Tangata | Faculty of Arts.

DURATION

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Structure - Duration
3 years full-time

START

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Structure - Start In
Semester 1 or 2 (February or July)

POINTS

360

TUITION FEES

2024 tuition fees estimate per 120 points:

  • Domestic — $6,932
  • International — $32,313

Overview


Bachelor of Arts

Introduction

With 40 subjects to choose from, BA students can follow their passion and gain valuable skills.

Over the three years of your degree, you will gain the critical thinking, creative problem-solving, and communication skills that employers want. Unique practical experiences such as internships are on offer too.



Bachelor of Arts

Why Study - Body

What will my study involve?

  • Courses offer field trips, real-world case studies, performances, internships, and community projects.
  • Choose from over 30 Arts subjects as your major and minor, double major, or specialisation.
  • You have the option to study a minor from additional subjects across Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Product Design, Science, Sport, and Youth and Community Leadership.
  • Get involved with some of the many Arts related student clubs including Arts Society, JSoc, PolSoc, Classoc, and Musoc.

Bachelor of Arts

Entry Requirements - Body

Entry requirements

Admission to UC with University Entrance (or equivalent) is required to enrol.

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.

See Admission and enrolment for all information on enrolling at UC.

Recommended preparation

All Arts subjects, including languages, can be started at first-year level without previous knowledge of the subject. A good standard of spoken and written English is important.

Successful study to Year 13 is recommended for advanced Mathematics courses.

Bachelor of Arts

Subjects and Courses - Body

Subjects and courses

The Bachelor of Arts is a highly flexible degree that allows a wide range of choices from major and minor subjects or specialisation pathways, as well as courses from other degrees.

See ‘Planning my degree’ below for an example degree structure diagram.

Specialisations

Specialisations include a set programme of courses centred on a broad theme. These allow you to develop expertise in more subjects than a major, as well as the opportunity to customise your study to your particular interests.

Bachelor of Arts

Career - Body

Career ready

  • Gain practical experience by adding an internship in your second or third year of study.
  • Learn sought after workplace skills such as writing, critical and creative thinking, problem-solving, and communication.
  • Graduates will be ready to work in media, politics, conservation, iwi organisations, tourism, heritage, international relations, and more.

Find out more about what can you do with a degree from UC.

2024 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $6,932
  • International — $32,313

2023 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $6,743
  • International — $30,738

SSL estimate (per 120 points):

  • 2024 — $1,100.40
  • 2023 — $992.40

Planning my study


Bachelor of Arts - Major/minor pathway example degree structure

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Arts - Specialisation pathway example degree structure

Each small block represents a 15-point course. However, some courses may be 30 points or more.

This diagram is an example only – other combinations are possible. For specific course requirements, see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Arts.

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Structure - Body

How do I plan my degree?

The Bachelor of Arts requires a minimum total of 360 points:

  • at least 255 points from Arts courses, including two compulsory 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.

The degree takes 3 years of full-time study, or can be studied part-time for up to 10 years.

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

Majors, minors, and specialisations

BA students have the option of completing either:

  • a major and a minor
  • two majors (a double major)
  • a specialisation
  • a specialisation and a minor.

Each major has specific course requirements, but all consist of a minimum of 135 points in a single Arts subject. Of these, at least 45 points must be at 200-level and at least 60 points at 300-level.

A minor consists of a minimum of 75 points, including at least 45 points above 100-level, in a single subject chosen from Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Product Design, Science, Sport, or Youth and Community Leadership degrees.

Specialisations offer a pathway that groups courses from different subjects into a central theme. Each specialisation is made up of 225 points of compulsory courses across different subjects, with a minimum of 90 points at 300-level and 180 points at 200-level or above.

Double degrees

It is possible to study a Bachelor of Arts alongside other degrees at the same time, such as the Bachelor of Criminal Justice or Bachelor of Social and Environmental Sustainability.

Find out more information about Double degrees.

Conjoint degrees

You can study a conjoint degree and merge your Bachelor of Arts with options such as the Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Science, so that you can complete major subjects from multiple areas in a shorter timeframe.

Find out more information about Conjoint degrees.

Brochures

Arts and the Community

Toi me te Hapori

Brochure of all arts-related undergraduate study at the University of Canterbury.
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Undergraduate Prospectus

Whakatairanga Ākonga

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