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The Diploma of Arts offers a pathway to a broad range of career opportunities

The upcoming semester for this program will be delivered in a multi-modal format, with classes designed to support and engage all learners. Whether they're on campus or abroad, all students will be able to access Bond's exceptional and personalised learning experience through dynamic and interactive lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops and lab sessions.

Whether you are looking to pursue a career in Communication, Creative Arts, Film and Television, Global Studies (Sustainability), Humanities, International Relations, Journalism, Psychological Science and Social Science the Diploma of Arts can start you on your journey.

Pathway into the third semester of a Bond Bachelor program

The Diploma of Arts is a two-semester program, allowing you to complete your diploma in only eight months. Upon successful completion of the diploma, you can pathway into the third semester of a Bond University undergraduate degree with a possible 80 credit points.

Below is an example of some of the degrees our diploma programs credit into.

Diploma ProgramBachelor ProgramNumber of Credits
Diploma of ArtsBachelor of Communication8
Diploma of ArtsBachelor of Communication (Business)8
Diploma of ArtsBachelor of Arts8
Diploma of ArtsBachelor of Psychological Science8
Diploma of ArtsBachelor of Journalism8*
Diploma of ArtsBachelor of Social Science8
Diploma of ArtsBachelor of International Relations8
Diploma of ArtsBachelor of Laws8
Diploma of ArtsBachelor of Business8
Diploma of ArtsBachelor of Film and Television8
Diploma of ArtsBachelor of Creative Artsup to 8**
Diploma of ArtsBachelor of Global Studies (Sustainability)8
Diploma of ArtsBachelor of Jurisprudence8
Diploma of ArtsBachelor of International Relations/ Bachelor of Business7

 *Students must choose an additional minor (4 subjects) to receive full credits.

**80 credit points available with a Communication Major. All other majors will receive 60 credit points.

Key features

  • Complete your diploma in only eight months
  • Integrate into the university environment from day one
  • Have the support of extra tutorials just for diploma students
  • Articulate into the third semester of the corresponding bachelor program

About the program

The Diploma of Arts opens up a wide range of career and further study opportunities in disciplines including Communication, Creative Arts, Film and Television, Global Studies (Sustainability), Humanities, International Relations, Journalism, Psychological Science and Social Science. Show more

The Diploma of Arts opens up a wide range of career and further study opportunities in disciplines including Communication, Creative Arts, Film and Television, Global Studies (Sustainability), Humanities, International Relations, Journalism, Psychological Science and Social Science.  The Diploma of Arts will teach students core skills to enhance their career prospects, whether that be a student fresh out of school or someone wishing to upgrade their qualifications. 

Successful completion of the Diploma of Arts guarantees students a place in most undergraduate degrees at Bond University, with a possible 80 credit points credited towards their new program of study.  Show less

ModeOn Campus and Remote
Due to current travel restrictions, this program will temporarily be delivered using a mixture of on-campus, remote and multi-modal classes to support and engage all students, from all parts of the world. 
Duration2 semesters (8 months)
Starting semesters
  • May 2022
  • September 2022
  • January 2023
  • May 2023
  • September 2023
  • January 2024
  • May 2024
  • September 2024
Program typeDiploma
Study areaCommunication and Creative Media, Foundation Programs, International Relations and Humanities, Social Sciences, Psychology and Counselling
Program codeCO-00021
CRICOS code0101729
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]

The Diploma of Arts is comprised of 8 compulsory subjects and 1 compulsory skills building subject. Students must complete the following eight (8) subjects for the Diploma of Arts:

*BCAS01-020 Academic Skills is a compulsory 0 credit point subject that provides you with core academic skills including referencing, academic writing and time management. It must be completed in your first semester (weeks 2 to 6).

Recommended study plan

For information regarding appropriate enrolment for each semester, we recommend that students see the Program structure and sequence webpage.

The below fees are based on the total estimated program fee divided by the number of standard full-time semesters required to complete the program. Fees may vary based on which subjects are selected and the number of subjects enrolled in for each semester.

Semester program fee:

  • Students commencing study in 2022: $15,800* per semester average
  • Students commencing study in 2023: $16,200* per semester average

Total program fee:

  • Students commencing study in 2022: $31,600
  • Students commencing study in 2023: $32,400

When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s accelerated schedule means you can finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than most other universities.

This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.

Find out your financing options and other costs to consider.

* The fees listed are average costs displayed to provide an indicative program cost only, they may differ to the indicative fee included in the Bond University offer letter due to differences in individual and exact study schedules.

Tuition fees are subject to change on an annual basis and will be charged at the appropriate fee for the year of enrolment.

* Note: for students commencing January 2021 the University has held the 2020 tuition fee amount in recognition of the current circumstances, with 2021 fees effective only from the University’s May 2021 semester.

Academic requirements

Domestic Applicants with recent secondary education
Entry score for 2021 entry

International Students

View the International academic entry requirements for diplomas. 

Alternative entry pathways

For those applicants who do not currently have the required academic qualifications, there are a number of alternative entry pathways:

  • Bond University Tertiary Preparation programs
  • Bond University Diploma programs
  • Other institutional Tertiary Preparation Programs
  • Vocational education and training qualifications (Certificate IV and above)
  • Prior higher education experience (at this university or another)
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) result 144
  • Professional or para-professional qualifications/experience
  • Employment experience (ANZCO Skill level 3 for 1 year full-time equivalent) verified by a statement of service from the employer stating the position title and length of service and a very brief statement on the tasks undertaken. 

For more information on what is required please visit our how to apply page.

English language proficiency requirements - IELTS Academic Overall 6.0 (no band less than 5.5) or equivalent

As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English language proficiency requirements for university study.

Credit for prior study

Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information

Key dates

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How to apply

In order to apply for study at Bond University, you will need to complete the online application form. To find out more about the application process please refer to how to apply.

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