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.

Global Career Flexibility

Majors available

Anthropology and Sociology

Are you fascinated by society and human experience? Media, religion, environment, art and politics are just some of the areas you will explore as you seek to better understand people and the societies in which they live and work.<br />


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!<br />


Architecture is the conceptualisation and design of built forms in response to economic, social and technological needs and desires.

Asian Studies

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

This major 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.<br />

Fine Arts

Fine Arts is the creative exploration of ideas and the formation of concepts within the unique imaginative field of making art.

French Studies

Studying French at UWA is more than simply learning a language. It's an experience which will open your mind to different cultures, enrich you with a knowledge of history and enable you to engage in real world issues.<br />

German Studies

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.<br />

Italian Studies

Learn the language while also exploring the riches of Italy's cultural past and its dynamic present.


This major offers you a passport to appreciating one of Asia's foremost economic and cultural powerhouses.<br />

Korean Studies

The Korean Studies major combines learning the language with the study of Korea-related subjects in various disciplines.

Landscape Architecture

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 General Studies

Studying Music General Studies allows you to continue your musical journey while pursuing other fields of interest.

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.

Music Studies

Through Music Studies you have the opportunity to innovate, create, and expand your knowledge through performance, composition or musicology.

Music: Electronic Music and Sound Design

Combine your love of music and technology in this creative-focused major. <br />


Do the sciences tell us the truth about the world? Does God exist? How can we say what we mean? Philosophy tackles these and other questions about life.<br />

Political Science and International Relations

Gain an understanding of governments and political systems in Australia and internationally and the values and ideologies that have motivated political action in modern society.

Psychology (double major)

Psychology is a fascinating and diverse area of study that touches upon many aspects of daily life, seeking to answer questions about how and why people behave the way they do.

Psychology in Society

Psychology is a fascinating and diverse area of study that touches on many aspects of daily life &#8211; seeking to answer questions about how and why people behave the way they do.

Spanish Studies

Learn the language and open your mind to the Spanish way of 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

UWA facilities include lecture theatres, case study rooms and break-out areas for group work and individual study.

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

As a Bachelor of Arts graduate, you can choose from a multitude of professional pathways. For example, Bachelor of Arts graduates are eligible to apply for a wide range of postgraduate arts courses, as well as professional postgraduate degrees in Law, Medicine, Engineering (if they also hold a major in Engineering Science) and many other areas.

Related careers

  • Anthropologist
  • Archaeologist
  • Editor
  • Historian
  • Interpreter
  • Media Producer
  • Musician
  • Policy and Planning Manager
  • Program or Project Manager
  • Public Relations Professional
Arts Practicum at UWA

Arts Practicum

Arts Practicum at The University of Western Australia

Arts – notable alumnus

Sir William Heseltine was private secretary to Queen Elizabeth II from 1986-1990. He graduated from UWA receiving a first class BA (Hons) in History. He joined the Prime Minister's department in 1951 and was private secretary to Sir Robert Menzies, Prime Minister 1955-1959.

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

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 information

If 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

Studying Arts equips you for every aspect of life. It enables you to discover your talents, interests and abilities and develop them fully. An Arts degree helps you develop highly sought after skills such as critical thinking, communication, reasoning ability and problem-solving. As an Arts student you can choose to undertake the Arts Practicum as part of your course. This provides you with valuable workplace experience. Many Arts students elect to study abroad for one or two semesters at one of the renowned universities with which we have an exchange agreement.

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

Bachelor of Arts alumni include:
  • Jo Horgan
    Founder, Mecca Cosmetica
  • Michael Sheldrick
    Global Director, Policy and Advocacy at The Global Poverty Project
  • Stephen Smith
    former Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs

Jo Horgan

Founder, Mecca Cosmetica

Jo put her money on beauty and created an Australian cosmetics empire. Now, this UWA graduate tells us what it took to chase her dreams and her advice for pursuing impossible.

Michael Sheldrick

Global Director of Policy and Advocacy at Global Citizen

Michael took his dream from Perth all the way to the United Nations. Now, he tells us how his UWA degree is helping him pursue impossible and his advice for others pursuing theirs.

Alumni Testimonial

Arts – David Bunting

I chose Archaeology because I could merge my interests of history, geography and anthropology with the outdoors.
Alumni Testimonial

Arts – degree structure

The Bachelor of Arts offers a choice of 25 majors. You do not need to choose your final major(s) until your second year so you can try out two or three different subjects to see which interests you most.
Bachelor of Arts

Quick details

Degree specific majors
  • 32
Minimum ATAR
  • 80 (75.00 for Broadway schools)
  • February and July
Full time completion
  • 3 years full time

Meet our students

Student STORY

Izzy's day at UWA

Arts – Facilities

Arts – Facilities

UWA Arts students have access to the University's libraries which house more than 850,000 books and more than 230,000 non-print items in a wide range of formats, from manuscripts to electronic databases. In addition there are study spaces around the campus, including by the picturesque Swan River.
Arts – Facilities
Alumni Testimonial

Arts – Deborah Katona

I stumbled into finishing a History major almost by accident. I was advised to study subjects I found interesting and was naturally drawn to the history units – they extended my knowledge and I was challenged to think critically about issues raised.
Alumni Testimonial
74th in the world for 'Social sciences and management' (QS, 2015)
109th in the world for 'Arts and Humanities' (QS, 2015)
47th in the world for 'Anthropology' (QS, 2016)