Study a Diploma in Arts at UniSA


Fifi-Odule Munezero, UniSA College student

Diploma in Arts


The Diploma in Arts is a two year program providing a pathway into Aboriginal cultures and Australian society, arts, communication and media, communication design, contemporary arts, English and creative writing, history and cultural studies, illustration and animation, international relations, journalism, linguistics, media arts, performing arts, product design, social science (human services), social work, sociology, and urban and regional planning degrees at the University of South Australia.

Who is it for? 

Diploma programs are designed primarily for people who do not have the qulifications required to get directly into a degree at UniSA.

Selection Rank
Program length 2 years (or part-time equivalent)
Prerequisites or assumed knowledge      None
STAT entry 139 or higher
TAFE/RTO entry Complete an award from a registered training organisation at Cert 3 or Cert 4 level.
Note: Applicants who have completed a TAFE/VET award at Diploma level or above, or who have studied at higher education level for more than two years will not be considered for admission to the program.
Program fees Commonwealth Supported
Locations Metropolitan campuses (SATAC code 426011)

Key Features

Diploma Stage 1

In this stage you will learn:

  • how the university works
  • how to write academic assignments
  • how to reference
  • how to manage your time and important base knowledge in communication and social science
  • Everything you need to succeed when you progress to your degree.

Diploma Stage 2

In this stage you will:

  • start studying first-year courses from your linked bachelor degree
  • sit in the same lectures and tutorials as other first-year bachelor degree students
  • be able to come back to UniSA College for additional support

Upon successful completion you will graduate with a university diploma qualification. Following this, you will continue seamlessly into the second year of your linked degree (with up to 8 course credits).

We suggest you preference Foundation Studies at UniSA College as your backup option for this program.

More information about this program

New packaged program

Diploma in Arts, Bachelor of Arts
4 year program
SATAC code: 424621

Apply for this packaged program to undertake the Diploma in Arts as a pathway into the Bachelor of Arts only.

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Other pathway programs

What will I study?

Stage 1 Courses include:

Individual and Group Skills
Introduction to Global Issues and Identities
Introductory Physics
Future Ideas: Information and the Internet
Critical Thinking: Media and Academia
Applied Computing Practices
Foundation Mathematics 1: Algebra and Trigonometry
Australian Culture and Society
Science for Tertiary Learning
Maths Fundamentals
Business Fundamentals
Digital Literacy: Screen, Web and New Media
Introductory Quantitative Skills
Introductory Economics and Finance
Introduction to Human Behaviour
Communication for Academic Purposes

Stage 2 Courses Include:

You will start studying first year courses from your linked bachelor degree.

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