Bachelor of Arts Professional (Indigenous Studies)

Swinburne University Of Technology

Program Overview

Indigenous ways of being and doing are being increasingly understood for not just their historical value, but for their place in contemporary society. This major provides a number of opportunities to learn such concepts and how to utilise them in future careers including the role of Indigenous Knowledges in a range of contemporary fields, and concepts of Indigenous entrepreneurship in today's world.You’ll experience contemporary community organisations and the issues they face in the capstone unit to learn and adopt culturally safe practices which can be applied to your professional career.  

In Swinburne’s Bachelor of Arts (Professional) apply your knowledge and analytical thinking directly into your desired career with a mandatory 12-month paid work placement.In this arts degree you’ll examine how societies interact and evolve, and how to develop plans of action with a strong focus on building your confidence to make a difference.With a depth of knowledge and transferable skill set of critical thinking, written and verbal communication, cultural competency, and digital literacy - you’ll be ready for a dynamic career across a range of industries that meets the demands of a tech first workforce.



  Course Duration

48 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 31,000


IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 79

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  • Technology and Society
  • Skills and Strategies for Social Change *
  • Changemakers in Action *
  • Arts Internship *
  • Indigenous Australian Experiences
  • Unlearning the Past: Indigenous Australian History
  • Indigenous Representations
  • International Indigenous Perspectives
  • Resistance, Activism and Empowerment *
  • Indigenous Enterprise and Entrepreneurship *
  • Indigenous Knowledges *
  • Contemporary Communities *

Guaranteed Entry ATAR: 70

Or, via Early Entry Program – range of criteria with school recommendation. Head here for more info on this program and the VTAC code associated with this entry pathway. 

Successful completion of one of the following:

  • the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification.
  • completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including Certificates IV (completed), Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas, Associate Degrees and Degrees).
  • Applicants without a formal qualification may be considered for entry if they have significant and relevant work experience and/or upon completion of the STAT test.

The cost of studying at Swinburne University of Technology varies largely depending on the type of university and the degree chosen. More often than not, humanities, arts, and education courses are less expensive than degrees in medical, engineering, or management. Furthermore, students who choose to study at the postgraduate level typically pay higher tuition fees, which again vary depending on the programme chosen. Most universities provide scholarships or financial aid to students in order to help them offset their tuition costs. Students should be aware that additional course fees and incidental expenses may not be included in tuition. On average, international students can expect to pay A$31,000 annually, to study in Swinburne University of Technology.

Depending on your study areas, you may find employment in advocacy, advertising, anti-corruption, business, consumer protection, community development, corrections, cultural services, entertainment, human rights, government, indigenous engagement, large multinational organisations, marketing, media and communication, NGO/aid work, public relations, unions, youth services, and writing.

Your career may commence with a graduate program or begin with roles such as: advocate, community development officer, diversity officer, government relations coordinator, intelligence analyst, security assessor, strategic advisor, ethics officer, NGO/aid worker, policy analyst/coordinator, political correspondent, electorate officer, politician, account coordinator, business administrator, support officer, advertising executive, campaign coordinator, volunteer coordinator, communications officer, copywriter, digital content creator, executive assistant, journalist, and marketing officer.

Alternatively, you may continue onto postgraduate study for a career in primary or secondary school teaching, or to specialise at a more advanced level in media and communication, writing, or a business area of interest.

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