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Diploma of Arts (DART)
  • CRICOS: 045302C

Study Mode
  • On-campus
  • External

  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)
  • Semester 3 (November)

Number of Units
  • 8 units

  • 1 year or part-time equivalent

  • Toowoomba

View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

Taste-test university studies

Do you want to try-out university study but not sure where to start? USQ’s Diploma of Arts will let you sample and see if you want to continue on to a bachelor’s degree. Personalise your diploma by choosing courses that interest you. Perhaps it is Journalism, Anthropology, Biology, History, Marketing, Tourism Management, Visual Arts or Engineering that you want to study.

Upgrade your knowledge

Do you have the necessary subject knowledge to meet the entry requirements for your chosen degree? If not, upgrade your knowledge of subjects such as Biology, Physical Sciences or Human Physiology with USQ’s Diploma of Arts.

Take your study to the next level

Enjoy your studies? You can go on to other USQ degrees such as USQ Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Communication or Bachelor of Business and transfer some or all your credit from your Diploma of Arts study.

Residential schools

In addition to the courses listed below, external students will also have the opportunity to come on-campus for residential schools where you will attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials, use the facilities and meet staff and other students.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 1
plus 2 x units from First Discipline area
plus 2 x units from Second Discipline area
plus 2 x units from Third Discipline area
plus 1 x approved course 1
Total 8
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for international students' first year of study (8 units) in this program:

Study Mode Cost
External/Online AUD 20720
On-campus AUD 23680

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2018 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements

  • Subject pre-requisite: English (4 SA) or equivalent. Find your country's level of qualification and minimum entry requirements for this program.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Admission pathways

Pathway programs are also available if you don't meet the English entry requirements mentioned above.

How to apply

CRICOS: 045302C

Note: Semester 3 intake is only available via distance education.

Closing dates

USQ accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 1, 2018 - Monday 26 February 2018.
  • Semester 2, 2018 - Monday 16 July 2018. 
  • Semester 3, 2018 - Monday 19 November 2018. 

Credit for previous study or work experience

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for credit to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

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