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La Trobe University

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Diploma of Arts

  • Diploma

Ready to seize the day? Get the choice and flexibility to set yourself up for your dream career. Start your university adventure with La Trobe's Diploma of Arts.

Key details

Degree Type
1 year full-time
Study Mode
Online, In person
Intake Months
Feb, Jul
Domestic Fees
$11,723 per year / $11,723 total
International Fees
$11,723 per year / $11,723 total

About this course

Ready to seize the day? Get the choice and flexibility to set yourself up for your dream career.

Start your university adventure with La Trobe's Diploma of Arts. Choose your own future - we're here to help you achieve your dreams.

Get straight into your passions when you choose a stream and undertake the first year of the humanities and social sciences degree of your choice. Choose from criminology, global studies, media and communication, and more. Or choose from a wide range of electives - from politics and languages to environmental studies and public health - and study all the topics you're passionate about.

Once you've graduated, you could transfer into one of our most varied and flexible degrees - the Bachelor of Arts - or choose from a range of specialised programs including the Bachelor of Archaeology, the Bachelor of Global Studies and the Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

No matter which path you choose, you'll learn from world-class academics and leading researchers, and you'll build skills in critical thinking, problem-solving and collaboration - highly sought-after skills that are vital in today's workforce.

Get a taste of university life as you study side-by-side with Bachelor's degree students. What's more, we'll be with you every step of the way. Receive tailored advice from a dedicated Student Adviser and you can connect with discipline-based peer mentors. We'll help you enrol, choose your subjects and navigate university systems and requirements. You can also access La Trobe's Careers Service to help you shape your future.

You'll learn:

  • Critical thinking
    • Delve into complex problems. Experts say critical thinking will be a highly valued skill in the workforce of tomorrow.[1]
  • Emotional intelligence
    • Understand what drives our decisions. Learn how to connect to others with emotion and intelligence.
  • Creativity
    • Learn how to see new possibilities and turn them into reality.
  • Communication
    • Learn how to connect, communicate and collaborate with your university peers and future colleagues.

[1] Forbes, 2019, The 10 Vital Skills You Will Need For The Future Of Work ; PwC, 2020, 10 skills you need for future employment

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 5 - Diploma.

Sample course structure

Please note, the following course structure is indicative and subject to change depending on your course location, offer year or how you tailor your course with specialisations, majors, minors and electives. Structures for the following year are not normally finalised until October, so the sample provided is based on the most recently approved structure. For more information, please refer to the La Trobe University Handbook.

To qualify for the award of Diploma of Arts, students must complete a total of 120 credit points across 1 year.

Students who are planning to transfer into the:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Archaeology
  • Bachelor of Criminology
  • Bachelor of Global Studies
  • Bachelor of Languages and Linguistics
  • Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics
  • Bachelor of Media and Communication

should follow the described pathways.

Students should refer to the relevant pathway course handbook page to identify subjects in their chosen major.

Year 1 requires the completion of 120 credit points including:

  • 30 credit points from chosen Humanities or Stream subjects
  • 90 credit points from chosen Stream or Elective subjects
Study options

Core subjects are required subjects in your course. You need to complete these subjects to attain your degree.

See La Trobe University Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses.

  • Melbourne (Bundoora)

To view other campus handbook course details, please select relevant campus in the drop down.

Study locations



Career pathways

After graduation, you could choose to pursue further study or to work in entry-level positions across a wide range of industries.

Possible roles include:

  • Administration assistant
    • Support an organisation by monitoring phones and emails, scheduling meetings and performing basic administration tasks.
  • Events assistant
    • Help coordinate events by liaising with venues and supporting promotional activities.
  • Social media assistant
    • Help to create, edit and manage social media campaigns on platforms such as Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and Facebook.

Graduate outcomes

Graduate satisfaction and employment outcomes for Creative Arts courses at La Trobe University.
Overall satisfaction
Skill scale
Teaching scale
Employed full-time