Associate Degree in Arts

1. About Associate Degree in Arts


The Associate Degree in Arts is a 2 year fulltime course. Whilst the Associate Degree provides the possibility for some specialisation it does not provide sufficient skill, knowledge or understanding as would be gained by the more rigorous development in the Degree. Associate Degree in Arts students will complete some foundational Christian studies. The course provides opportunity for specialisation in one or more areas through choice of a Major or Minor and Elective subjects. Associate Degree in Arts graduates will be able to engage in analysis and evaluation of information but the level of independent critical analysis, reflection and application is less than that of a three‐year degree as these skills are further developed in third year subjects which are not part of the Associate Degree. The Associate Degree in Arts is a pathway into a Bachelor of Arts and also an exit point from the Bachelor of Arts. Associate Degree in Arts graduates may engage in paraprofessional work in a variety of contexts such as church ministry, youth work, administration and support. They will be valued team members providing skills in analysis, problem definition and solving and communication.

Course Outcomes

  • Broad knowledge of the principles and concepts of one or more specialised areas of study
  • Broad knowledge of the Christian tradition in one or more of its central and varied forms
  • In-depth knowledge of the chosen specialisations
  • Awareness of key themes, debates and methods of the chosen areas of specialisation
  • Ability to, identify, analyse and evaluate the ideas and arguments of others
  • Cognitive, technical and creative thinking skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge and ideas with depth in areas of specialisation
  • Communication and analytical skills to interpret and coherently present knowledge and ideas that may be in response to complex problems
  • Apply knowledge and skills in planning, problem solving and decision making in para-professional settings both autonomously and through team collaboration
  • Adapt knowledge, skills, concepts and techniques of the area of specialisation to varied contexts including further study

Delivery locations

  • Online (Partial)
  • Wantirna (Full)
This course is only available to domestic students (those not requiring a student visa).

Course Structure

The Associate Degree in Arts is composed of 16 subjects of 6 credit points each completed over 2 years full time equivalent (96 credit points in total).

Students undertaking this award are required to complete:

  • Core Subjects (30 credit points)
  • Minor from the BA (24 credit points)
  • Minor from the BA (24 credit points)
  • Electives from any undergraduate course offered by the College (18 credit points)

  • Students may not undertake more than 12 credit points at “700” (Advanced level).
  • Students are expected to undertake two specialisations of at least 24 credit points by means of Minors.
  • Students will study at least 36 credit points of “600” (Intermediate level) subjects.
  • Students may not import more than 48 credit points from other institutions.
  • Students must not include more than 24 credit points in Practicum (PR) subjects in the Associate Degree.

2. Essential requirements for admission

English Language Requirement

An applicant for studies in this course will be deemed to have sufficient English proficiency if:

  • They were born in one of the following countries and have completed at least one qualification (secondary or tertiary) in one of those countries and the language in which the qualification was undertaken was English
    • American Samoa; Australia; Botswana; Canada; Fiji; Ghana; Guyana; Ireland; Jamaica; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Singapore; Solomon Islands; South Africa; Tonga; Trinidad and Tobago; United Kingdom; USA; Zambia; Zimbabwe.
  • They were not born in one of the following countries but have completed senior secondary study or at least one year of full-time university study in one of these countries and the language in which the qualification was undertaken was English:
    • American Samoa; Australia; Botswana; Canada; Fiji; Ghana; Guyana; Ireland; Jamaica; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Singapore; Solomon Islands; South Africa; Tonga; Trinidad and Tobago; United Kingdom; USA; Zambia; Zimbabwe.
  • They have successfully completed a senior secondary qualification, a post secondary Diploma qualification of at least two years, an undergraduate program of three years or more, or a postgraduate program of two years or more FT or more, undertaken in a non-English speaking country provided the study:
    • was completed in an institution which is listed in the International Handbook of Universities, World Higher Education Database, UK Naric Database or AEI NOOSR guides or an institution accredited through one of ICETE’s registered accrediting bodies and is confirmed by the institution as having been conducted and examined solely in the English language.
  • They have attained results as listed in one of the following qualifications:

    Test Minimum Results
    IELTS Academic 6.0 (no band less than 5.5)
    TOEFL (Paper based) 550+ Test of Writing English 4
    TOEFL (Internet) 76+ Writing 18
    Pearson Test of English (Academic) 57 No communicative score below 50
    Cambridge English Advanced 54 No less than Borderline in writing

3. Admission Criteria

A. Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)

ATAR Based Admission

Satisfactory completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)* or equivalent obtaining an ATAR score of 55

*Please note that VCAL is not considered equivalent to VCE for Higher Education admission.

Other Admission Options

Students who had exceptional circumstances in the completion of their secondary studies may be admitted with evidence of difficulties from the secondary institution, medical practitioners and/or other professionals who can attest to the impact upon the prospective student’s ATAR

B. Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Students must have successfully completed a Certificate IV or above.

C. Applicants with higher education study

Students with previous higher education study, including successful completion of Eastern College Australia’s Diploma of Arts may be admitted to the course.

Advanced standing may be granted for a maximum of 96 credit points in recognition of studies completed at a University recognised under Section 4.4.2 and 4.3.33 of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006.

To be admitted under this category the applicant must provide evidence that the qualifications held are recent and relevant to the course for which application is being made and demonstrate an ability to read and write in English at a level necessary to satisfactorily study an undergraduate degree.

D. Applicants with work and life experience

  • Mature Age entry for those who have reached the age of 21

4. How to Apply

You can apply directly to the College via our online application form available at

5. Advanced standing/academic credit/recognition of prior learning (RPL)

You may be entitled to credit for prior learning, whether formal or informal. Formal learning can include previous study in higher education, vocational education, or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience. Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information about credit and recognition of prior learning please see or call the College on 9790 9200 and speak to the Registrar


Applied Linguistics Minor
Community Development Minor
Counselling Minor
Counselling Practicum Minor
Dramatic Arts Minor
Education Studies Minor
English Minor
History Minor
Maths Minor
Philosophy & Religion Studies Minor
Psychology Minor
Visual Arts Minor
Youth Studies Minor
Youth Studies Practicum Minor
Associate Degree in Arts Core Core

Units attached to this course

Unit Code Unit Name
AR540.306 Arts and Creativity
AR546.306 Arts and Spirituality
AR641.306 Drawing 1
AR643.306 Painting 1
AR653.306 Dramatic Arts 1
AR655.306 Dramatic Arts and Communication 1
AR742.306 Drawing 2
AR745.306 Painting 2
AR746.306 Aesthetics and the Visual Arts
AR747.306 Visual Arts and Society
AR754.306 Dramatic Arts 2
AR756.306 Dramatic Arts and Communication 2
AR757.306 Dramatic Arts and Society
AR758.306 Aesthetics and the Dramatic Arts
BB524.306 Introduction to the Bible
CD520.306 Community Development and Social Change
CD530.306 Sociology of Development
CD621.306 Leading and Organising for Social Change
CD622.306 Art and Community Development
CD631.306 Social Inequality and Marginalisation
CN510.306 Introduction to Counselling
CN522.306 Counselling Theory and Practice 1
CN611.306 Counselling Skills
CN622.306 Counselling Theory and Practice 2
CN631.306 Ethical and Professional Practice for Counselling
CN642.306 Family Counselling
CN644.306 Counselling Applications 1
CN645.306 Counselling Applications 2
CN732.306 Counsellor Health in Practice
CN791.306 Issues in Counselling
CN793.306 Directed Study Project in Counselling
ED520.306 Developmental Learning and Pedagogies
ED521.306 Twenty-first Century Learning and Teaching
ED621.306 Ecology and Management of Learning Environments
ED622.306 Students with Additional Needs
ED623.306 Information Communications Technology and Design
ED724.306 Learners, Educators and Social Contexts
ED731.306 Curriculum, Assessment, Evidence and Data
ED732.306 Professional Identity and Engagement: Ethics and the Law
ED792.306 Directed Study in Education Studies
HS502.306 Introduction to Christian History
HS570.306 The World We Live In: World History Since 1945
HS631.306 Reformation Church History
HS632.306 History of the World Christian Movement
HS635.306 Empires and Globalisation
HS636.306 Contact, Conflict and Reconciliation
HS637.306 Radicals, Reformers and Revolutionaries
HS705.306 Early Church History
HS750.306 Australian Church History
HS775.306 Wesley and the Methodists
HS792.306 Directed Study in History
LN504.306 Right Writing
LN521.312 Introduction to Language Learning and Linguistics
LN533.306 Literature, Philosophy and Civilisation
LN621.306 Introduction to Sociolinguistics
LN622.306 Introduction to Phonology
LN630.306 Introduction to Literacy
LN632.306 English Literature Survey 1
LN661.306 Language and Community in Australia
LN662.306 Write Creatively
LN734.306 English Literature Survey 2
LN735.306 Reading Great Books
LN736.306 Modern Literature
LN762.306 Developing Materials for Minority Languages
LN763.306 Literacy Theories in Minority Contexts
MN557.306 Spiritual Development for Young Adults
MN621.306 Leadership 1
MN721.306 Leadership 2
MN756.306 Integration of Vocation and Faith
MS743.306 World Religions
MT560.306 Basic Calculus
MT580.306 Statistics for Decision Making
MT610.306 Ordinary Differential Equations
MT640.306 Linear Algebra with Application
PH500.306 Varieties of Religious Experience
PH502.306 Thinking Belief
PH641.306 Encounters between Philosophy and Theology
PR570.306 Cross-Cultural Experience
PR682.312 Youth Work Field Education 1
PR724.306 Counselling Field Education 1
PR725.306 Counselling Field Education 2
PR781.306 Youth Work Field Education 2
PS511.306 Introduction to Psychology
PS623.306 Abnormal Psychology
PS626.306 Human Lifespan Development
PS651.306 Community Psychology
PS680.306 Research, Design and Statistics
PS740.306 Social Psychology
PS761.306 Personality Theory and Application
PS793.306 Research Project in Psychology
RP790.306 Independent Study Project
TH507.306 Foundations for Faith
TH570.306 Living in Christ
TH604.306 Faith, Reason and Justice
TH671.306 Theology of Everyday Life
YT540.306 Culture and Sociology of Youth
YT541.306 Youth Work and the Youth Sector
YT602 Group Work and Program Design
YT620.306 Vulnerability and the Youth Experience
YT630.306 Youth and Spirituality
YT650.306 Professional and Ethical Practice for Youth Work
YT721.306 Positive Youth Development
YT742.306 Practices of Youth Work
YT750.306 Ethical and Professional Practice for Youth Work
YT791.306 Issues in Youth Studies

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