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Study Arts at Curtin


Bachelor Honours Degree


Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
1 year full-time
Curtin Perth


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

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. 

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. Some of the most popular specialisations have included:

  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Asian Languages
  • Creative and Professional Writing
  • Cultural Studies
  • Design
  • Geography
  • History
  • Internet Studies
  • Journalism
  • Library and Information Studies
  • Literary Studies
  • Screen Arts
  • Social Sciences
  • Theatre Arts.

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.

Why study

  • This innovative program offers students the opportunity to develop a unique individual research project in a critical and supportive learning environment. Our on-campus facilities are among the best in Australia and the supervision, academic and technical support structures are widely recognised in Australia and overseas.
  • Our Honours programs in Humanities have established one of the most successful achievement profiles for graduates in the SE Asian region with a high proportion of graduates moving to MPhil, MFA and PhD studies at leading universities in Australia and overseas. Honours graduates who choose to enter higher degrees by research are able to apply for government and university scholarship support.
  • A Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from the Curtin faculty of Humanities is an internationally recognised indicator of academic success. Graduating students may choose to apply for entry to a Master of Philosophy, Doctor of Creative Arts or Doctor of Philosophy higher degree by research, available at Curtin or elsewhere. For those who choose to establish professional practice in the creative industries, the opportunities for employment with an Honours degree are thoroughly enhanced.

How this course will make you industry ready

Humanities Honours will enable students to deepen their knowledge in their chosen area of specialisation through the support of a supervisor and coursework units designed to develop skills in research and analysis. This one-year program 'adds value' to an undergraduate degree by developing students' research, analytical and communication skills, preparing successful graduates for higher degree by research or industry employment.

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.

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

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)
Writing 6.5
Speaking 6.5
Reading 6.5
Listening 6.5
Overall band score 6.5

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

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 includes 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 also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

  • 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.

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

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.

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.

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:


Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees for 2020

Fee year: 2020

Student type Cost
Commonwealth supported $6,680*

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.


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  • Curtin course code: BH-ARTS
  • CRICOS code: 078137E
  • Last updated on: December 11, 2019