FutureLearn and Australian uni to deliver online arts degree

The 'try before you buy' BA degree from the University of Newcastle, Australia, will be a full-time, three year offering, beginning in February

FutureLearn, the social learning platform, and the University of Newcastle, Australia, have announced a partnership that will deliver an online undergraduate degree early next year.

The Bachelor of Arts Undergraduate degree will be a full-time, three year degree with the first semester starting February 25th 2019. Online students will learn at the same time as campus-based peers. Newcastle will offer flexible study options to their campus-based students by allowing them to choose online versions of modules where available.

The online BA adopts FutureLearn’s ‘try before you buy’ model, whereby learners are able to join the first stages in each course for free. This allows learners to see if the subject area is right for them, and get a sense of the work involved in the course, before committing to the full degree.

“The degree will be flexible – students can tailor their study to their interests and career goals, also accommodating life’s other commitments.”

Professor Catharine Coleborne, Head of School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle Australia, the academic lead for the new venture, said: “What is exciting about this degree is that we are opening up our BA degree to new learners who are curious about the world and who are keen to create ideas. The degree will be flexible – students can tailor their study to their interests and career goals, also accommodating life’s other commitments. We aim to showcase the exciting experience of being in an online classroom, with the added dimension of having students from varied perspectives and places participate.”

Online learners will be able to choose from a range of major and minor subjects. In addition to the core subjects, there will be courses in English and writing, film, media and culture, history, and sociology and anthropology.

Each of the programs will consist of 12 weeks, broken down into three week courses. You can learn more here.