A Bachelor of Arts program enriches students' understanding of how human beings make, recognise, and debate about life's meaning and the values that support civilisation. All Arts disciplines teach students to develop their capacity for critical analysis and argument as well as an awareness of the value of language as a political, intellectual, creative and communicative tool. Students can combine courses from Business, English, and Media Studies, Indonesian Studies, Geography, History, and International and Political Studies, building expertise in one or more of these disciplines.

Entry Requirements:

Only available to Trainee Officers for the Australian Defence Force. Must have Australian Year 12 studies or equivalent tertiary or overseas qualifications. Recommended study is English (Advanced). Trainee Officers must be selected by the Australian Defence Force and meet the academic requirements to study at UNSW Canberra.


144 units of credit, a minimum of 2 majors. Each major consists of courses totally no less than 48 UOC, with at least 36 UOC from level 2 and level 3 courses, with at least 18 UOC at level 3.

Subjects you can Study:

Business; English and media studies, Geography, History, Indonesian studies, International and political studies; Art History and Theory; Arts and Social Sciences; Asian Studies; Australian Studies; Chinese Studies; Creative Writing; Criminology; Development Studies; Economics; Development Studiespar Economics; English; Environmental Humanities; European Studies; Film Studies; French Studies; Geography; German Studies; Indigenous Studies; Human Resource Management; International Relations; Italian Studies; par Japanese Studies; Korean Studies; Linguistics; Media, Culture and Technology; Modern Greek Studies; Music; Philosophy; Politicspar Politics and International Relations; Psychology; par Sociology and Anthropology; Spanish and Latin American Studiespar Theatre and Performance Studiespar Women's and Gender Studies

Study Pathways:

Honours available.

Further information:

In addition to lodging a UAC application, Trainee Officers must complete a Defence Force Recruiting (DFR) process. Applicants must apply to DFR via defencejobs.gov.au or by telephone 13 19 01.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00100G

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Canberra No info No Full time 3 years
UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) is a campus of UNSW Australia, located in Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory.

Working at the intersection of a leading university and a military academy, UNSW excels in teaching undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral research students across arts, business, engineering, IT and science.

Undergraduate programs are tailored to educate trainee officers and midshipmen in the Australian Defence Force.

Undergraduate engineering programs, along with post graduate and doctoral research programs, are open to the general community as well as Defence personnel.

Provider CRICOS: 00100G

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