Diploma in Liberal Arts

Course information for - 2024 entry

Offered at 2 locations


1 year full-time

6.0 overall score (Individual score of 5.5 in all tests)
Fees (first year)*


The Diploma in Liberal Arts provides students from diverse backgrounds with a flexible one-year introduction to tertiary studies. You will have the opportunity to explore ideas and topics from a wide range of disciplines across the humanities and the arts, and the natural and social sciences. Designed to help students develop an agile mind and think critically about the world around them, this course will equip you with in-depth foundational skills and knowledge in a series of units selected from the Schedule of Unit Offerings for the Bachelor of Arts degree subject to campus availability.

In today’s constantly changing economic landscape, the Diploma in Liberal Arts degree will prepare you for a wide choice of careers in areas such as government, industry, business, the creative arts and education.

This Diploma-level course is offered to domestic and international students and normally takes one year of full-time study or equivalent part-time study. The Diploma is an award at AQF level 5 – Diploma level. A student who successfully completes four or more units in the Diploma in Liberal Arts may be awarded the Non-Award Certificate in Liberal Arts.


The Diploma in Liberal Arts prepares students for a diverse range of careers in areas such as:

  • government
  • industry
  • journalism
  • creative arts
  • education

Course details

Course structure

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Commencing Semester 1

  • ACOM105 English Language Communication Skills ORElective Units Arts Elective

    Onshore International Students must complete ACOM105 English Language Communication Skills. Strathfield students will be required to do this unit in North Sydney.

    10 cp
  • Elective UnitsArts ElectiveORSpecified UnitsHIST115 Global History: Six Degrees of Separation

    Domestic students must complete one of the following units: HIST106, HIST115 , POLS104

    10 cp
  • Elective Units Arts Elective10 cp
  • Elective Units Arts Elective10 cp
  • Core Curriculum Unit 1See the ACU Core Curriculum page for details10 cp
  • Elective UnitsArts ElectiveORSpecified UnitsHIST106 Australian Indigenous Peoples Past and Present ORSpecified UnitsPOLS104 Introduction to International Relations

    Domestic students must complete one of the following units: HIST106, HIST115 , POLS104

    10 cp
  • Elective Units Arts Elective10 cp
  • Elective Units Arts Elective10 cp

Commencing Semester 2

AQF framework

Diploma - AQF Level 5

Exit Points

Students completing the requirements for the Certificate in Liberal Arts may exit with that award.

Additional course information

A student who subsequently gains entry to the Bachelor of Arts may receive academic credit for relevant units (depending on pathway chosen) completed successfully in the Certificate or Diploma in Liberal Arts.

Entry requirements

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English language requirements

Overall score: 6.0. Individual score of 5.5 in all tests.

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

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Further study

Diploma in Liberal Arts graduates may be eligible to progress their studies in a Bachelor of Arts. International students must meet the ACU English Language Proficiency requirements as defined by the Admission rules to be eligible for consideration into a Bachelor level degree.


Course costs

  • Unit fee: $3196
  • Average first year fee: $25568
  • Estimate total cost: $25568

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support. 

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You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

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