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Study Arts at Curtin

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor Degree

B-ARTS

Course
Bachelor of Arts
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70
Duration
3 years full-time
Credit
600
Location
Curtin Perth

Outline

Ideal for imaginative individuals, these courses develop your creativity and critical thinking.

Emily Cousins

I’m doing a double degree in a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in public relations and journalism and loving every minute. It’s amazing how the communications industry is constantly changing and evolving – it keeps life exciting! I’d like to work for a major fashion magazine, or coordinate events like the VMAs or do publicity for celebs – as long as I’m living in different cities around the world and getting paid to write and create, I know I’ll be living the dream.

Transferable skills

Humanities courses teach transferable skills for international careers. 

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Broad career options

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

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The Bachelor of Arts is a flexible degree where you can tailor your studies to your creative passions and career goals.

Our majors combine theoretical study and practical, industry-relevant content, so you graduate confident and ready to launch your career.

Build your degree

You can choose to study a single major or a double major. A single major provides more flexibility in your degree structure, while a double major offers you the benefits of studying two complementary disciplines in equal amounts.

This degree comprises 600 credits worth of units. You'll study 300 credits in the major of your choice (STEP 1) and 300 credits through one of the four options (STEP 2).

STEP 1: CHOOSE YOUR MAJOR

Select an area that inspires you:

STEP 2: COMPLETE YOUR DEGREE STRUCTURE

This step usually happens after you accept Curtin’s offer for your chosen major. Each of the options outlined below are subject to availability.

Option 1: a second major
With this option you benefit from studying two disciplines in equal depth and graduating with a double major. You may choose a second Arts major, or you may choose a second major from the Bachelor of Creative Arts or Bachelor of Commerce majors below:

Option 2: two specialisations
You may study any two specialisations from any of Curtin's four faculties (Humanities, Business and Law, Health Sciences or Science and Engineering) to complement your major. Examples include Chinese, Digital Design, Human Rights, Journalism and Web Media. 

See the full list of specialisations

Option 3: a specialisation and electives
You may choose to study one specialisation to gain expertise in a second field, and then choose four elective units to complete the structure of your degree.

Option 4: electives
You may choose to study eight elective units from any of Curtin’s four faculties, provided you meet the unit prerequisites. 

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

  • Our degrees are forward-thinking and practical, offering you comprehensive grounding in theory and a range of skills.
  • If you choose a single major, you can tailor your program to follow your own interests, drawing upon a variety of disciplines.
  • Some majors allow you to enhance your learning with a secondary major from within business.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

Some majors are professionally recognised by associated industry bodies.

What you'll learn

  • apply broad discipline knowledge in a range of theoretical and practical situations through research and practical application
  • think creatively and critically to generate innovative solutions to complex social, political and artistic problems
  • access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from a range of sources
  • communicate effectively in professional and public contexts
  • apply technologies appropriately
  • demonstrate responsibility and lifelong learning skills by applying critical reflection and being proactive
  • describe global and cultural issues and their impact
  • demonstrate respect for human rights, cultural diversity and the particular rights of Indigenous Australians
  • work ethically and professionally, both within a team and independently

Admission criteria

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

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing6.0
Speaking6.0
Reading6.0
Listening6.0
Overall band score6.5

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

I recently attended high school

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the achievement of the required ATAR within the last two years. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR.

  • STAT entry : Written English and either verbal or quantitative

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

Other admission options

  • Recipients of the John Curtin Undergraduate Scholarship will receive an early offer to study this course.

  • Successful StepUp Entry and StepUp Equity Adjustment Admission Pathway (StepUp Bonus) applicants will be eligible to be considered for admission into this course.

  • Portfolio entry is available for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio that includes evidence of your academic achievements, qualifications and ability.

  • If you’re an indigenous applicant who hasn’t met Curtin’s minimum admissions criteria, the Centre for Aboriginal Studies offers bridging courses that are tailored to help you gain entry into this course.

Lowest selection rank to which a recent Year 12 student offer was made (including the consideration of any equity or other adjustment factors)

View the lowest selection rank (incorporating ATAR plus any adjustments) of an applicant to which an offer of a place was made in the most relevant recent intake period, this includes any ATAR adjustments.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

I have work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR.

  • STAT entry : Written English and either verbal or quantitative
  • Portfolio entry is available for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio that includes evidence of your academic achievements, qualifications and ability.

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

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70 OR
  • TAFE:
    • AQF Certificate IV - Separate evidence of English language proficiency is required; or
    • AQF Diploma; or
    • AQF Advanced Diploma.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR.

  • STAT entry : Written English and either verbal or quantitative
  • Portfolio entry is available for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio that includes evidence of your academic achievements, qualifications and ability.

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

I’ve gone to university before

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.

Not all Curtin courses accept course switchers from other institutions.

  • Open University Australia units may be used to meet the admission criteria for this course. Find out more about this pathway option.
  • Curtin offers a variety of bridging courses to help you meet the admission criteria for this course. Find out more about our bridging courses.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR.

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

Curtin course switcher criteria

Our admission criteria for minimum entry apply to Curtin course switchers. For information on how to meet Curtin's minimum entry requirements, please see our admission criteria web page.

Higher education course switcher criteria

Our admission criteria for minimum entry apply to other higher education course switchers. For information on how to meet Curtin's minimum entry requirements, please see our admission criteria web page.

Some majors may require a portfolio or interview.

Some majors in this course are not available to international students studying in Australia on a study visa; please refer to information provided for individual majors.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees

Fee year: 2021

Student typeCost
Commonwealth supported $9,200*

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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2021

Semester 2
  • On campus
  • Online

2022

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

2023

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

2024

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

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

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  • Curtin course code: B-ARTS
  • CRICOS code: 068750M
  • Last updated on: September 19, 2021