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
  • Interpreting major: High level of competency in English and one other language. Interview will be required.
  • 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

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You can build your degree in a way that suits you and your interests, and include subjects from outside of the Bachelor of Arts as part of your studies.

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

Core courses (120 points)

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.

These courses align with different United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and you can choose from different courses for each of the core course themes. One of the core courses is the workplace experience you complete in your third year.

Your chosen major (120 points)

Your major is the subject area you want to specialise in. This makes up one third of your degree, and usually consists of eight courses related to your chosen subject. You can view the list of majors in this degree in the ‘Majors’ tab.

Flexible component (120 points)

You can choose one of the following options

  • Two minors (60 points each); or
  • A minor (60 points) and elective courses (60 points); or
  • A second major (120 points)

Your second major, minor(s) and elective courses can be from different AUT degrees; they don’t need to be from the Bachelor of Arts.

Build your degree

Use our online tool to build your own degree and see what your three years of study could look like.

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Skills you will develop

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

Graduate Profile

Your major is the subject area you want to specialise in. It makes up one third of your degree, and usually consists of eight courses related to your chosen subject.

Choose one of these majors as part of your degree

*This major focuses on New Zealand Sign Language and developing the skills to become a Sign Language interpreter. It doesn’t include the option to include courses from different subjects.

Add a second major

If you want to include a second major, you can choose another subject from the list above or view more options from different AUT degrees

Other undergraduate study options

With these 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 could also study double degrees, where you apply for and enrol separately in each of the two degrees. Double degrees can be completed either one after the other or at the same time. If you’re considering doing this, it’s important that you contact AUT to discuss your plans.

Postgraduate study

Certificate and diploma study options

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Quick facts
Programme code:
3 years full-time / part-time available
City Campus
27 Feb 2023
17 Jul 2023
$7,669 - $8,479 (for 120 points)
($6,595 - $7,405 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
$32,074 (for 120 points)
($31,000 tuition fees + $1074 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

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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