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Diploma of Arts

Diploma of Arts

A Diploma of Arts prepares students for a broad range of further study in arts, communication or social science, by exploring a broad range of disciplines including linguistics, cultures, criminality and creativity. Graduates will be qualified to gain entry level positions in a range of fields using the practical team work and communication skills which they have acquired whilst studying at SIBT. Students who successfully complete the diploma will be eligible to enter second year of a bachelor’s degree at university.

Your direct pathway to University

2022 Fees

  International Students Australian Students (FEE-HELP approved)

Course fees




8 or 12 months


March, July, October


Level 4, 255 Elizabeth Street Sydney 



Diploma of Arts

The course can be completed over two or three sessions. It comprises of core (mandatory) and elective units. Students will study 8 units in total from the list below, 5 core units and 3 elective units. 

Core units

  • COMM101 Writing and Research for Arts and Communication
  • ARTS103 Ideas and Society
  • ARTS101 Reasoning and Argument
  • COMM104 Understanding International Communication
  • COMM150 Culture, Media and Communication

Choose 3 elective units

  • ARTS102 Understanding Crime and Criminality
  • COMM107 Language as Communication
  • COMM106 National and Global Media
  • COMM108 Digital Media Principles

Our friendly Student Advisors will help you to choose the most appropriate elective units for your program.


Admission requirements can be found at  


Second year of your university degree
Western Sydney University, Sydney City Campus

Bachelor of Social Science (Criminology and Criminal Justice)

Successful completion of an SIBT Diploma will allow you to enter a bachelor’s degree at Western Sydney University, Sydney City Campus with 8 units of credit.

You must complete and pass the required eight units for your Diploma. Graduates who achieve an overall average of 50% (taking into account all units attempted) will gain entry into Western Sydney University, Sydney City Campus. Students who do not achieve this will be considered for entry on an individual basis.

Employment and career paths

Federal, state or local government positions, Policing and  protection, Non Government Organisations, administration, creative industries, media and communication roles, community programs.

Average starting salaries

According to research conducted by Graduate Careers Australia ( average national graduate starting salaries are: 

  • Arts: $50,000
  • Social Science: $47,000
  • Humanities: $47,000

TEQSA accreditation

Provider Registration Number: PRV12046

Course ID: CRS1200495

This program is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework.

This program is available to domestic students and to international students studying in Australia on an Australian student visa provided the applicant meets the published entry requirements.

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