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COURSE

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

BH-ARTS

TAUGHT BY: Faculty of Humanities

DURATION

Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.

1year

CREDIT

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

200

About offering

Humanities Honours is designed for students who wish to deepen their knowledge and to open significant career options, either as a final degree or as the first stage of a pathway leading to a Higher Degree by Research. It is a one-year program that commences after completing the requirements for a Bachelor's degree, and 'adds value' to an undergraduate degree. It is a program that allows for in-depth independent study, thereby developing students' research, analytical and communication skills.

In the Humanities Honours program you'll join an inspiring community of researchers working with a dedicated academic staff of highly qualified professionals. The program facilitates research at an advanced level appropriate to emerging professional and academic practice. Research specialism is available in a wide range of areas encompassing all aspects of Humanities at Curtin University.

BA Honours applications close on 13 July 2018.

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

Why study Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

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.

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Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.5
Speaking 6.5
Reading 6.5
Listening 6.5
Overall band score 6.5

What kind of applicant are you?

Applicants with higher education study

Undertaken higher education study before? Find out how you can apply for a Curtin course and what credit you may be eligible for.

Applicants with higher education study

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.

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2018 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
HKDSE 15
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
WAUFP (CPS) 53
India (CBSE) 65%
Sri Lanka 5

Minimum academic entry requirements

Please select a country above.

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.

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Advanced standing / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on crl@curtin.edu.au or 1300 222 888.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please see our credit for previous study website or contact tne_pathways@curtin.edu.au.

Fees and charges

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees for 2018

Student type Cost

Commonwealth supported

What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)?

A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder (referred to as the “student contribution amount”). The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are also available for some postgraduate courses.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you’re eligible by visiting the Australian Government’s StudyAssist website.

$6,440*

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

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on [offering.credits] 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 do 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.

International student indicative fees for 2018

International onshore – fee paying
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $14,500*
Indicative year 1 fee $29,000*
Total indicative course fee $29,000*
Indicative essential incidental course fee N/A

The indicative fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. For information about fees at other locations please visit Curtin International’s offshore site.

Where you can study

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Where to get further information

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  • Curtin course code: BH-ARTS
  • CRICOS code: 078137E
  • This offering was last updated on: September 24, 2018