Welcome to the BA

We can't wait to meet you and show you how you'll be supported during your time in the Faculty of Arts.

Come and join us for our Orientation Events on Tuesday 21st February!

View your full schedule on the Faculty Orientation website: Orientation (unimelb.edu.au)


In the meantime, you can view a 2023 welcome address with Professor Véronique Duché, the Director of the Bachelor of Arts. Please also feel free to browse the recordings from the 2022 orientation information sessions below.

Meet the Director of the BA

A welcome address with Professor Véronique Duché, the Director of the Bachelor of Arts.

Did you know you can commence your Diploma in Languages from the beginning of your degree?  Check out the information here and view the video below.

Learn a Language in the BA

There are over 10 languages on offer in the BA. Find out what they are, where you start and how they fit into the BA or the Diploma in Languages.

Course Planning in the BA

The Course Planning team from Stop 1 explain the structure of the BA and answer student questions.

Getting Ready to Study Arts

Facilitated by Academic Skills advisors, Getting Ready to Study Arts will provide you with the essential skills and tips you need to be a successful Arts student.

1st Year in the BA: Peer Mentoring and Academic Advising

Learn about our key events in the 1st year of the BA, Peer Mentoring and Academic Advising. You’ll hear from both your mentors and academics.

Enterprise, Internships & Volunteering in the BA

Find out how you can complete an internship in the BA, as well as other work integrated opportunities such as enterprise projects and volunteering.

Global Experience in the BA

When it is safe to do so! Find out how you can have a global experience in the BA though exchange, study abroad, overseas subjects and internships.

Flagship Subject: Arts Discovery

Arts Discovery is our flagship subject for all commencing Bachelor of Arts (BA) students. It’s an essential introduction to the diversity and distinction of research in the humanities, social sciences and languages.

UMSU Campus Tour

Zip around Parkville campus with Isobel and Liv, two of your UMSU Host Program Directors! In this campus tour you'll see the essential sites that will help you find your way when you and the campus finally meet irl. With everything from common tram stops to facts about important Uni landmarks this is a one-stop-shop to navigating Parkville campus.

Tour script written by Sidonie Bird De La Cœur.

The Arts West Building

Arts West (Building 148) is the home of the Bachelor of Arts. The building is located on the Royal Parade side of the Parkville campus and is accessible from Professor's Walk, Medical Road and the Baillieu Library. The building contains 24 modern, high-quality teaching spaces, a digital studio, a gallery and a façade that displays images from the University's cultural collections.

For information on disability access please see the Arts West disability access web page or for further assistance please email Arts Student Programs.

Finding Study Spaces

We know many of you will be looking for quiet study spaces to use while you're on campus and attending online classes. There are study spaces on each level of the Arts West and the Old Arts buildings. You are also permitted to use empty classroom spaces as long as no timetabled activities are taking place. Use can use your Student Card to access these rooms.

The University's libraries also have many study spaces – it's advised you check the opening hours as these may be updated in accordance with public health requirements. Some of these are bookable – log into BookIt to check their availability and make a booking.

Student studying