Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences (BA/BCIS)

Conjoint Degree

Steve Jobs: “Technology Alone is Not Enough”

Joseph M. Calahan, Director of Cooperate Communications at Xerox, on the role the arts has in the technology sector, has said “Arts education aids students in skills needed in the workplace: flexibility, the ability to solve problems and communicate, the ability to learn new skills, to be creative and innovative, and to strive for excellence.”

But perhaps the most famous champion of the marriage between tech and the arts is the late Steve Jobs. He has been quoted as saying, “It is in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough—it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing.” 

Read more about Jobs' passion for the humanities in this New Yorker article.

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A sound understanding of computer and information sciences is essential for any industry today. The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences conjoint programme will equip you with skills and knowledge from two complementary disciplines, in as little as four years.

As a graduate of the BA/BCIS conjoint programme you will be prepared for a myriad of career opportunities across a number of different industries. You could combine your computing degree with a language major, helping prepare you for an international career in computer and information sciences. Or follow your passion for event management, culinary arts or social sciences, and develop core computing skills at the same time.

Quick facts

Programme code: AK3706
Level: 7
Points: 510
Duration: 4 years full-time/up to 9 years part-time
Venue: City Campus
Start date: 17 July 2017, 26 Feb and 16 July 2018

AUT encourages early application. There are limited places available. Late applications will be accepted if the programme is not full. Applicants will normally be selected on the basis of their level of academic achievement and may be required to attend a selection interview.

Entry requirements

From school:

  • University Entrance (NCEA, CIE or IB), and:
    • NCEA: Level 3 with merit, or equivalent
    • Applicants must meet the requirements for entry set by each of the degrees.

From previous tertiary education study:

  • Where a student is applying on completion of the first year of study in one of the degrees, they must have an average grade of B or better in their first year papers.

Selection criteria

  • Interview may be required

Note: Entrance to university does not guarantee admission to a specific programme of study.

Continued enrolment in this conjoint programme

In order to maintain enrolment, conjoint programme students must achieve a minimum of a B grade average (equivalent to a GPA of 5 on the most commonly-used 9-point grading scales) over the previous 120 points worth of study, or else they will revert back to one of the component degrees.

Conjoint study options — majors

In the Bachelor of Arts, you may choose to specialise in one of the following majors:
  • Chinese Language
  • Chinese Studies
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminology
  • Culinary Arts
  • Education
  • English and New Media Studies
  • Event Management
  • International Studies
  • Interpreting
  • Japanese Language
  • Japanese Studies
  • Māori Development
  • New Zealand Sign Language and Deaf Studies
  • New Zealand Sign Language — English Interpreting
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Translation

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In the Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences, you may choose to specialise in one of the following majors:
  • Analytics
  • Computational Intelligence
  • Computer Science
  • IT Service Science
  • Networks and Security
  • Software Development

View Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences study options >>

Contact us to find out more about the BA/BCIS:

For an application and for enrolment into the BA/BCIS, contact Robyn Bennitt -, phone +64 9 921 9999 ext 8480.

Last updated: 18-Jul-2017 2.21pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.