Bachelor of Arts
Explore what it means to be human. The Bachelor of Arts can include study of the humanities, social and cultural studies, languages and music.
Anthropology and Sociology
Are you fascinated by society and human experience? Media, religion, art and politics are just some of the areas you will explore as you seek to better understand people and our society.
Archaeology is the only discipline that studies all of human history. From 3.3 million year-old stone tools, to 50,000 year-old Aboriginal sites in Western Australia, to yesterday's graffiti - it's all archaeology.
Architecture is the conceptualisation and design of built forms in response to economic, social and technological needs and desires.
What does modern Asia look like? From cultures, history and politics, through to religion, gender and environmental issues, you can explore the issues facing Australia's nearest neighbours.
More than one billion people globally speak Chinese (Mandarin), making it the most widely-spoken language in the world. Study Chinese and open up doors to an exciting international career.
Classics and Ancient History
UWA is the only university in Western Australia where you can study this major. It combines the languages, literature, history, art and material culture of the ancient Greek and Roman civilisations to give you a holistic picture of this vibrant and eternally relevant era.
Communication and Media Studies
Communication and Media Studies is one of the most exciting and rapidly evolving areas of study in today's media-driven world.
English and Cultural Studies
English and Cultural Studies gives you a unique opportunity to develop your reading, writing and thinking skills through the study of literature, film and television, and through producing your own creative writing.
Fine Arts is the creative exploration of ideas and the formation of concepts within the unique imaginative field of making art.
Studying French at UWA is more than simply learning a language. It's an experience which will open your mind to different cultures and enrich you with knowledge of history.
German is one of the most widely spoken languages in Europe and, as a result, can open doors to many enriching cultural experiences.
Wars, revolutions, conflicts and diasporas, nations, empires, economies, environments, cultures, emotions and people. In history, there are no questions that are off limits.
History of Art
Understanding the history of art enables students to explore in detail the ongoing significance of art as a platform for shaping and interpreting the world in which we live.
Human Geography and Planning
Human Geography and Planning are the essential disciplines for understanding the complexities of cities and regions and guiding their sustainable development.
Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage
How do Indigenous people view the world? How does Indigenous knowledge inform the world around us?
A major in Indonesian enables you to achieve a high level of fluency in the language and learn about the unique culture and history of the country.
Learn the language while also exploring the riches of Italy's cultural past and its dynamic present.
From contemporary culture to Japanese language, this major offers you a passport to appreciating one of Asia's foremost economic and cultural powerhouses.
The Korean Studies major combines learning the language with the study of Korea-related subjects in various disciplines.
Landscape Architecture is a creative, design-based major primarily concerned with the quality of the environment.
Law and Society
From human rights, decisions about birth and death, and crime and justice to Indigenous rights, freedom of expression and religion, the Law and Society major explores the impact of legal and social policy on all areas of our lives.
From sounds and words to how language is used in different societies and cultures, linguistics is the study of language and communication.
Music Specialist Studies
Whether you love performing or composing, Music Specialist Studies equips you with the skills for a career in the music profession. Study music at UWA and join one of the world's highest ranked performing arts programs.
Through Music Studies you have the opportunity to innovate, create, and expand your knowledge through performance, composition or musicology.
Does God exist? Do the sciences tell us the truth about the world? How can we say what we mean? Philosophy tackles these and other questions about life.
Political Science and International Relations
Political Science and International Relations provides an understanding of governments and political systems in Australia and internationally. You will learn about ideologies such as conservatism, liberalism, socialism, feminism and environmentalism.
Psychology (double major)
Psychology is the scientific study of mental processes and behaviour.
Psychology in Society
Psychology in Society is a fascinating and diverse area of study that touches upon many aspects of daily life.
Work and Employment Relations
Blend politics, law, sociology, economics, history and more as you investigate and challenge the policies and institutions designed to help both employers and employees get the most out of their relationship.
The learning experience
Paige Ryman, History and Ancient History
Paige Ryman reflects on how the supportive atmosphere at UWA enables you to be yourself while honing your passion for the Arts.
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Careers and further study
Associated professional pathway
- Media Producer
- Policy and Planning Manager
- Program or Project Manager
- Public Relations Professional
Arts – notable alumnus
To be considered for this course you need to:
- achieve the University’s minimum entry score (ATAR of 80 or equivalent)
- demonstrate English language competence
- satisfy any prerequisites for your preferred majors (refer to individual major descriptions for prerequisite details)
View our admission requirements for specific information, depending on your education history.
Direct Pathway informationIf you have a professional career in mind, take advantage of one of our Direct Pathways. A Direct Pathway gives you an assured place in one of our postgraduate professional courses (such as Law, Engineering or Medicine) from the start of your studies with us. The pathways combine a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, providing you with a clearer direction to your career of choice.
Alternative entry to UWA
We offer a number of other pathways for you to gain entry into our undergraduate degrees if you do not meet the standard admission requirements. Learn more about our alternative entry pathways.
About the Bachelor of Arts
The humanities deal with the histories, literatures and cultures of human civilisation, while the social sciences involve sociology, anthropology, political behaviours and other forms of human behaviour and organisation. With a choice of three European and four Asian language majors in this bachelor's degree (as well as the option to undertake individual units in Greek, Latin or Spanish) you can learn a new language and study its related popular culture, art, film and literature. The School of Music provides opportunities for developing performance skills in instrumental or vocal studies, composition and the study of musicology and music education. You will be engaged in a broad range of learning styles, from traditional lectures to interactive tutorials and practical workshops involving digital media. Staff members are not only dedicated teachers but renowned scholars and researchers who are international leaders and experts in their fields.
Why study Arts
Alternative entry pathways
UWA offers a number of alternative entry pathways for domestic and internationals students to be able to study with us. If your results do not qualify you for standard entry into the University, check our Alternative entry pathways for one that suits you.
Arts – highly cited alumni
Arts – David Bunting
Arts – degree structure
- 80 (75.00 for Broadway schools)
- February and July
- 3 years full time