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Study Arts at Curtin
BH-ARTS

Arts

Bachelor honours degree

Gain a deeper understanding of a specialist topic and build your academic profile.

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  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
  • Duration
    1 year full-time
  • Credit
    200
  • CRICOS
    078137E
  • Location
    Curtin Perth
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Select your preferred campus:

New-to-Curtin applicants for first semester 2023 apply through TISC. See TISC application deadlines.
You may also be able to apply directly to Curtin from 16 January 2023 if places are still available.

2023

Semester 1

On campus and online

Semester 2

On campus and online

2024

Semester 1

On campus and online

Semester 2

On campus and online

2025

Semester 1

On campus and online

Semester 2

On campus and online

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Why study Arts at Curtin?

Transferable skills

Humanities courses teach transferable skills for international careers. 

Global Education

You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.

Specialist pathways

These courses are flexible, so you can follow your interests and create a unique, tailored program. 

Outline

Outline

High-achieving graduates of the Bachelor of Arts can enhance their degree with a one-year honours qualification.

An honours degree enables you to:

  • deepen your understanding of a specialist topic
  • produce an in-depth dissertation or creative work
  • enhance your research, analytical and communication skills
  • join a community of like-minded, inspiring researchers
  • increase your appeal to future employers
  • support your eligibility for doctoral level studies.

Specialise in a research area
In your honours year you’ll deepen your knowledge of your chosen area, with the guidance of an honours supervisor.

Your research topic will be related to your undergraduate studies.

After completing an in-depth independent study (with the support of your supervisor) you’ll apply the concepts learned to a dissertation or creative project.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

How this course will make you industry ready

This one-year program adds value to your undergraduate degree by developing your research, analytical and communication skills, preparing you for higher degree by research or industry employment.

What you'll learn

  • apply knowledge of abstract ideas to the investigation of a research or creative research outcome
  • critically evaluate the effectiveness of research techniques to apply an appropriate analytical mode of investigation
  • formulate a research question, apply an appropriate methodology to provide an informed address to that question, and assess the evidence gathered to reach a conclusion
  • effectively communicate orally, visually, and in written format an argument based on research and/or creative findings
  • access and apply in an accurate manner the appropriate information and communication technology resources for a research project
  • work independently to produce a dissertation or a combination of an exegesis and creative project
  • generate new understandings and interpretation of issues by drawing on a range of perspectives
  • employ new understandings within the field of Humanities to achieve research objectives
  • apply research skills both collaboratively and individually in a discipline

My Honours year was essentially a condensed version of my current PhD project – I am producing an exegesis and historical fiction novel that explores the testimonies of accused witches from Orkney, Scotland, during the 17th century. The degree taught me how to research and construct an argument in a short period of time. Throughout my Honours year I also learnt how to answer a single research question in two ways: through a miniature thesis and a creative project.

Ashleigh Angus

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

Select an option that best suits you:

You’re considered someone who has recently left university if:

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This may include applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It may also include applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course, you need to have:

  • completed an Australian bachelor or equivalent in the Arts field, with a course weighted average (CWA) of 65% or higher.

Higher education course switcher criteria

To switch into this course from another higher education course, you need to have:

  • completed an Australian bachelor or equivalent in the Arts field, with a course weighted average (CWA) of 65% or higher.

ATAR pathway

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    There are no essential WACE subjects for this course.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    There are no desirable WACE subjects for this course.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.5

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Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

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Application Requirements

Admission criteria:

Admission to honours is by invitation and follows high achievement in an appropriate bachelor degree. Any specific course entry and completion criteria must also be met.

Other criteria:

  • A bachelor degree in one of the Humanities honours majors, with a course weighted average of 65 or higher.
  • All applicants must submit a two-page research proposal outlining the intended focus of the honours project or dissertation and demonstrating the capacity to undertake research at an honours level.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL): Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Admission to honours is by invitation and follows high achievement in an appropriate bachelor degree. Any specific course entry and completion requirements must also be met.

A bachelor degree in the arts area, with a course weighted average (CWA) of 65% or higher.


In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

You will be required to submit supplementary information with your application.

Unsure what option suits you?

We’re here to help you navigate the complexities of university admission. Choose the support you need from the options below.

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

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Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees & charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees

Fee year: 2023

Student type Cost
Commonwealth supported $15,100*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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2023

Semester 1
  • On campus
  • Online
Semester 2
  • On campus
  • Online

2024

Semester 1
  • On campus
  • Online
Semester 2
  • On campus
  • Online

2025

Semester 1
  • On campus
  • Online
Semester 2
  • On campus
  • Online

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice

Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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