Online degree

Bachelor of Arts

Enrich your mind, diversify your skills and safeguard your future with our new work-ready arts degree at the University of Newcastle (UON).

Why join this degree?

Our online Bachelor of Arts degree lets you forge your own path. Tailor your studies & gain specialisations by choosing from 4 majors & minors offered on FutureLearn: Film, Media and Cultural studies; English and Writing; History; Sociology and Anthropology. You can read a description of each major, or other online majors here.

Learn to analyse & deconstruct the world around you by exploring ideas & theories, and studying society, culture, history, media & more.


Your core arts programs include practice-based projects that further develop skills across digital literacy, problem-solving, innovative thinking and work-readiness.
3 years
24 programs

What do I need to apply?

For details on entry requirements please see The University of Newcastle website.

Admission to the Bachelor of Arts requires an IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no section minimum less than 6.0. The test scores need have been taken within the last 2 years.

Example Degree Pathway

Download an example Degree Pathway for the BA online.

Please note this is an example only, please refer to the B Arts Program Handbook and relevant Program Plans to ensure you meet the program requirements of the B Arts program.

Commonwealth Support

Eligible students will be able to study the BA online as a Commonwealth Supported student. To be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported place, a student must be either an Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa, and meet the relevant citizenship and residency requirements. Further information is available here.

Terminology differences between University of Newcastle and FutureLearn

University of Newcastle   FutureLearn
Degree / Program = Degree
Course = Program
Module = Course

What are the learning outcomes?

  • Knowledge: The capacity to research, analyse, and apply knowledge from disciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives within the Bachelor of Arts.
  • Communication: The developed capacity to communicate effectively across written, oral, visual, and digital forms.
  • Critical thinking and research skills: The ability to identify high-quality information and critically analyse it as a user, researcher and producer, with a focus on well-reasoned argumentation.
  • Intercultural competence: The ability to engage with a range of diverse perspectives from which knowledge, beliefs, and values are developed and maintained from the local to the global, regional, and global levels.
  • Work readiness: A demonstrated capacity to engage in teamwork, initiative, problem solving, ethical decision-making, and to manage projects.

Please note Programs (and/or their titles) listed below may change.

What you’ll get as a degree student with FutureLearn

  • Learn when you want by watching videos, reading articles, doing tests, and completing assignments online
  • Join online discussions and collaborate with your peers in a virtual study group
  • Enjoy discussions with feedback from expert educators
  • Get full access to the university library, online resources and support

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