Bachelor of Arts

With the AUT Bachelor of Arts you can choose from majors in areas as diverse as languages, international studies, criminology, psychology, event management and education.

Build a degree that fits your passions and interests with the Bachelor of Arts. Get an in depth understanding of the wider world and your role in it, and learn how you can make a positive difference.

As you explore topics that unpack social issues, you’ll become a skilled problem solver, analytical thinker, communicator, researcher and questioner. The knowledge and skills you gain, combined with workplace experience opportunities in your final semester, will prepare you for meaningful careers in Aotearoa New Zealand and abroad.

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Minimum entry requirements

  • University Entrance or equivalent
  • Chinese Studies major: Not available for native speakers of Chinese.
  • Interpreting major: High level of competency in English and one other language. Interview will be required.
  • Japanese Studies major: Not available for native speakers of Japanese.
  • NZ Sign Language - English Interpreting major: High level of competency in English (NZSL fluency is not required). Interview will be required.

International student entry requirements

Useful New Zealand school subjects

All subjects are useful, in particular Art History, Classical Studies, English, Geography, History, Media Studies and other languages.

English language requirements

  • Interpreting and NZ Sign Language - English Interpreting majors: IELTS (Academic) 7.0 overall with 7.0 in Writing and Speaking, and 6.5 in Reading and Listening; or equivalent.
  • All other majors: IELTS (Academic) 6.0 overall with all bands 5.5 or higher; or equivalent.

English language requirements

Don’t meet the entry requirements?

Consider starting with:


Hospitality, Tourism and Events

Language and Culture

Māori and Indigenous Development (Te Ara Poutama)

Social Sciences and Public Policy

Additional majors and minors for bachelor’s degrees

Add an additional major or a minor to your bachelor’s degree and study another area that interests you. You can choose from a wide range of additional majors or minors.

Additional majors and minors for bachelor’s degrees

The Bachelor of Arts is highly flexible and you can build your degree in a way that suits you – study a single or a double major, select from a wide range of minors or add elective courses from another area of study.

To graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) you need to complete:

  1. Core courses (120 points)*
  2. Your chosen major (120 points) and
  3. One of the following options
    • A second major (120 points)**; or
    • A first minor (60 points) and a second minor (60 points)**; or
    • A minor (60 points) and elective courses (60 points)**

*Includes 30 points for your workplace experience (Work Integrated Learning course) or the course CLSY719 Foundations in Research for students planning to continue into postgraduate study
**From the Bachelor of Arts or another AUT degree

Core courses

All Bachelor of Arts students need to complete core courses that help you develop transferable skills and support your work in all other courses in the degree.

Academic Communication

Choose one of:

Culture and Society

Complete one course from each of the following clusters. Each cluster aligns with one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Skills you will develop

The outcomes for graduates of the Bachelor of Arts are outlined in the Graduate Profile below.

Graduate Profile

Broaden your options - study the Bachelor of Arts and:

Other double degree combinations may also be available. Contact your faculty to discuss your options.

Conjoint programmes

You study two degrees at the same time in a single programme of study. It’s usually possible to complete two three-year degrees in four to five years. You need to maintain a B grade average across all courses and do courses from each degree every year.

Double degrees

The difference between double degrees and conjoint programmes is that in the double degrees you apply for and enrol separately in each of the two degrees. If you’re considering doing this, it’s important that you contact AUT to discuss your plans. Double degrees can be completed either one after the other or concurrently.

Second majors and minors

Adding a second major or a minor allows you to study another area that interests you from a wide range of subjects, so long as your timetable permits.

Quick facts
Programme code:
3 years full-time / part-time available
City Campus
18 Jul 2022
27 Feb 2023
17 Jul 2023
$7,352 - $8,141 (for 120 points)
($6,418 - $7,207 tuition fees + $934 student services levy)
$31,334 (for 120 points)
($30,400 tuition fees + $934 student services levy)
  • Fees shown are based on a full-time workload for the points indicated next to the fee. The exact fee charged will depend on which courses you select at the time of enrolment.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for study beyond the current year, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay.
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.
  • Fees-free study may be available for domestic students

Scholarships at AUT

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The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.

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