Diploma of Arts

The Diploma of Arts gives you core skills in writing and research, integrating a Christian worldview, as a pathway to teaching. This course is overseen by Program Director Stephen Brinton.

Course Description

Do you feel a calling to teaching, but didn't quite get the marks? The Diploma of Arts gives you a pathway into a Bachelor of Education. The course draws on the AC’s established areas of expertise while including offerings in general subject areas that are of interest to you. You will receive specialised knowledge and skills for skilled/paraprofessional work and further learning. 

With lecturers who bring not only academic expertise but practical experience into the classroom, the AC Diploma of Arts will provide an educational experience of holistic formation which will prepare you to change the world.


Course Structure

The course structure is based on two semesters (each of 13 weeks duration), with four subjects taught in each semester. It comprises:

  • 2 core subjects (20 credit points)
  • 6 elective subjects (60 credit points)

To qualify for award of the degree of Diploma of Arts a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 80 credit points, including satisfactory completion of the core subjects noted below.

For more information see the Student Handbook




Elective 6 subjects taken from accredited AQF Level 5, 6 or 7 subjects or above offered by the College.

 View the full list of subjects for this course.

For more details on which subjects you can choose, see the current enrolment guide for this course.

Admission Criteria


Applicants with Recent Secondary Education (within the past 2 years)

Applicants admitted on the basis of their recent secondary education must demonstrate the completion of NSW Higher School Certificate (or the completion of the interstate or overseas equivalent qualification and result) for admission into this course.

Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) Study

Applicants with a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification will demonstrate the completion of a Certificate III or higher qualification awarded by an authorised institution or registered training organisation (RTO).

The Program Director will conduct a pre-admission interview (either face-to-face or phone or via Zoom) with all applicants seeking entry into the course on the basis of a Certificate III qualification. This interview aims to assess academic suitability and preparedness of the applicant for undergraduate level study.

Applicants with Higher Education Study

Applicants whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a complete or partially complete higher education qualification must demonstrate the completion or partial completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree (or higher) by an authorised institution for admission into this course.

Applicants with Work and Life Experience

If you are under the age of 21 at the time of commencement, you can apply to a prescribed program of non-award study on the basis of provisional entry, and complete the provisional entry qualifying period to become a full candidate of this course.

If you are over the age of 21 at the time of commencement, you can apply for admission into this course on the basis of provisional entry, and complete the provisional entry qualifying period to become a full candidate.


Overseas students are required to demonstrate their English proficiency skills. Such students admitted into our programs must attain an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.5 (with no score below 6.0 in any of the four skillsareas). IELTS (or equivalent) is not required for applicants who have undertaken five years of required higher education study (or equivalent) in English from an approved country or who have completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification awarded in English under the Australian Qualification Framework by an authorised institution or registered training organisation.Applicants are encouraged to contact the International Student Officeif they are unsure of the equivalence of their English language proficiencytest scores.

Study Modes

Delivery Mode: Face-to-face
Locations: Sydney, Online.
Duration: 1 year full-time, 4 years part-time
Intakes: Semester 1, Semester 2

Fees & Timetable

A complete Fee Schedule for all Alphacrucis programs and courses can be found in our Fees Information section.

For a full list of course dates for new and continuing students, please see our Timetables.

FEE-HELP is available for eligible students to assist you in financing your studies. For more information and other options, please visit the Financing Your Study page. For students who cannot access government loans, an alternative option is Study Loans, a private student loan provider. To learn more about loans provided by Study Loans, click here.

Course Learning Outcomes

See Diploma of Arts handbook (pg 3).

What Makes AC Different?

“At AC, students are never a number. We are passionate about tailoring our learning and teaching to students’ individual needs, in small classes where each student is known and mentored by their lecturer.”

Stephen Brinton,

Program Director

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Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Diploma of Arts may find employment in ministry or church-based organisations; not-for-profit and mission-focused organisations; business and professional organisations; as well as educational institutions that require skills in research and critical thinking. The award provides a pathway into the Bachelor of Education (Primary and Secondary) degrees.

Student Services

For more information on the suite of student support services available, please see our Student Services section.


CRICOS Course Code: 089240D