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Liberal Arts

Welcome to Liberal Arts

Information Evenings for the Liberal Arts

Thursday 26th November 2009, Thursday 3rd December 2009, Thursday 21st January 2010
Where: Room T226, Level 2 Telford Building, Footscray Nicholson Campus
When: 6.00 pm
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Course Description

Liberal Arts

The Diploma of Liberal Arts is a broad based ‘Arts’ course focusing on both the humanities and social sciences. In addition to allowing students to explore a range of subject areas like cultural studies, history, literature, politics, cinema and film, environmental studies, philosophy, psychology and political economy the course also helps graduates to develop skills in complex writing, research, advanced communication, social inquiry and critical thinking. Students typically undertake study in the Liberal Arts to: expand their intellectual and cultural horizons; gain employability skills relevant to a changing and innovative workforce; and as a pathway to further study.

The course is particularly suited to mature-age learners who wish to return to study in the humanities and social sciences and have not completed Year 12 or have completed it some time ago and want to brush up on their academic skills. Exit Year 12 students wishing to study a in an Arts or social science based course can also benefit.

Students who have studied the Liberal Arts have gone on to study in a broad range of Higher Education courses including:

  1. Arts
  2. Social Work
  3. International Relations
  4. Psychology
  5. Education
  6. Professional and Creative Writing
  7. Social Science

The Diploma of Liberal Arts is a recognized formal pathway into degree courses in Arts, Communication, Education and Social Work. Completion of the Diploma can earn up to 8 credit points in these degrees.


Footscray Nicholson Campus (see campus map and information)

Course Duration and Modes of Study

The Liberal Arts at Victoria University can be taken in a number of study modes at a number of levels in both the day and the evening.

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Students can enter the flexible delivery stream of the course run in the evenings either at the beginning of the year (February) or in the mid year (July). This stream of the course is specifically designed for mature-age learners (people who did not complete VCE last year) in that it caters for students with competing life demands (work, family, etc.) and provides a relaxed and friendly environment. While the needs for mature-age learners are also catered for in the day-time stream, it is the focus of the evening offering.

This Dual Award Arts/Liberal Arts is a four-year combined dual award, comprising of the existing Bachelor of Arts (higher education) and the Diploma of Liberal Arts (TAFE) programs currently offered at Victoria University. In this course students will have the opportunity to undertake a wide range of humanities and social science disciplines.

Pathways / Career Opportunities

Perhaps the most valuable outcome of study in the Liberal Arts is a broadened understanding and engagement with the world in which we live. Studying in the Liberal Arts at Victoria University can change your life for the better in numerous ways because it can literally ‘liberate your mind’. The benefits of an expanded outlook are recognised by universities in that successful completion of the course qualifies students to apply for entry to a number of advanced study options such as degree courses in the humanities and social sciences. It also prepares students for emerging forms of work and careers that depend on qualities such as:

  • Complex Writing Skills
  • Research Skills
  • Advanced Levels of Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Initiative and Creative Thinking
  • Collaborative Skills
  • Cross-Cultural Communication Skills


The Certificate IV in Liberal Arts and Diploma of Liberal Arts currently provides pathways into a range of Higher Education courses such as:

  • Communication
  • Community Development
  • Education
  • Human Movement
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Law
  • Professional and Creative Writing
  • Psychology (Bachelor of Arts)
  • Public Relations
  • Social Work

Credit Recognition

Graduates of the Certificate IV in Liberal Arts have met the basic entrance requirements of most universities and will be eligible to apply for entry into a Bachelor of Arts degree at these institutions. Some institutions will also offer graduates of the Liberal Arts some credit toward their degree, depending on the degree course they enter. Graduates from the Diploma course are eligible for up to one year advanced standing or credit in a Bachelor of Arts. Other degree courses do award credit to students who have completed Diploma however, often not the full year (for example graduates entering into Education and Psychology will have to do some first year subjects). In the past graduates of the Certificate IV and the Diploma of Liberal have gone on to study at these universities:

  • Victoria University
  • Deakin University
  • LaTrobe University
  • Monash University
  • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
  • Swinburne University
  • University of Ballarat
  • The University of Melbourne

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process where a student may be granted credit or partial credit towards a qualification in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training.

Further details for students considering TAFE courses can be found on the RPL website

People undertaking these programs are entitled to have their current competency levels recognised in order to reduce the time taken to achieve the qualification, and should be provided with support if necessary to understand and undertake the RPL process. The processes used for offering and assessing RPL should be consistent with the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) requirements for mutual recognition (Standard 5) and Recognition of Prior Learning / Recognition of Current Competency ( Standard 8.2).

Entry Procedure

Application to the Liberal Arts for full-time or part-time study in the day or the evening, is made by completing a TAFE Direct Application Form.

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Selection Criteria and Entry Requirements
Selection for the Liberal Arts is based on a written application and interview. The primary criteria sort in this process is an interest in studying in the Arts/Humanities. The formal requirement for entry into the Liberal Arts is literacy and numeracy skills at least equivalent to NRS Level 5, Reading and Writing. This means applicants must have basic skills in communicating and writing in English.

Course Fees:
TAFE course fees are set by the government, and from 1 January 2008 the fees payable by students enrolled in the TAFE division may be made up of the following:

  • Tuition fee ($1.37 per student contact hour)
  • Amenities fee
  • Materials charges (where applicable)
  • Ancillary fee (where applicable)

Concession fees apply for health care card holders.

Further information

Phone: 9919 8637 or 03 9919 8641

For full-time or part-time study, apply direct to Victoria University by completing a TAFE Direct Application Form. Forms and application details are via the Apply section of this website

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