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Explore the areas of study available to you across the arts, built environment, design, education, social sciences, and more. Each study area offers a variety of courses, programs, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and research opportunities.

Join us to engage in the histories and ideas that drive contemporary art and culture. With our degree in art history,  you’ll be ready for a dynamic career in the contemporary art world and creative industries in Australia and internationally. 

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Become a global leader in architecture, planning and construction. We’ll engage you in real-world projects in our hands-on learning environment, helping you better understand the cities we live in through architecture and design.  

 

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We’ll empower you to produce innovative contributions to contemporary literature and fresh, experimental writing across genres in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and ficto-criticism.  

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Join our versatile and adventurous design program where you'll develop critical thinking and innovative skills. Delve deep into key design principles and how they can change our societies. Experience our world-class studio facilities and learn from industry leaders through our internship program.

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Gain the skills to negotiate the complexity of global development. Provide solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges from urbanisation to environmental health and from poverty to inequality.

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We offer an extensive range of postgraduate study options that help you become a critical contributor in education. Our dynamic subject areas include curriculum and assessment, educational policy and leadership, educational psychology and higher education.

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UNSW English literary studies ranks in the world’s top 40 departments of English literature. You’ll study with teachers and researchers who are deeply passionate about their work and believe that English is more than an academic discipline. 

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Our interdisciplinary teaching and mentoring will provide you with a solid foundation to actively engage with contemporary social and environmental issues. We’ll help you become the environment and society custodians our world needs.

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Over its 120-year history, film has evolved from a novelty item to a medium that informs every aspect of society and contemporary life. Studying film studies at UNSW will help you tell stories, share human experiences, document reality, and expand perceptual horizons as an experimental art form.  

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Thrive in an environment where contemporary art and culture is centre stage, where you’ll be encouraged to explore your ideas with a range of artistic processes, mediums and techniques. You’ll develop your independent artistic practice in a supportive community of artists and thinkers.

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In this vibrant, cross-disciplinary study area, you’ll analyse gender as part of a wider context of social relations. You’ll have the opportunity to study world history, human rights, sex and desire, women’s writing, Asian cultures, and queer and gender theory, as part of a constantly evolving gender studies subject area.

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Immerse yourself in world history and discover how history shapes the world we live in. You’ll explore diverse aspects of our human past, from ancient history to histories that tackle some of the greatest questions of contemporary times. 

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Learn from professionals with real-world experience and become a global citizen. You’ll engage with contemporary global challenges and think creatively about how to solve those challenges.

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You’ll explore the importance of intercultural communications and how language skills, cross-cultural understanding and the ability to engage with people from other countries and cultures have become essential in our daily lives. 

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With us, you’ll dive into the complexities of language and learn how linguists deal with issues of language learning. You’ll discover the impact of language on multicultural communities and you’ll become and advocate in promoting multilingualism. 

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Contemporary media is dynamic, global, complex and influential. We offer a range of options so you can tailor your degree to your specific interests. Visit us to find out how you can develop career-ready skills in the media industry.

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Media arts allows you to develop creative, practical and adaptable skills in a fast-evolving field. Working in a studio-based learning environment, you’ll gain hands on skills together with theoretical studies that encourage critical thinking, contextual awareness and innovation.

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Join us to discover new ways of creating and presenting music. You’ll learn from internationally recognised and passionate academics. We’ll help you make music with confidence, artistic conviction and social commitment.

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In studying philosophy, you’ll learn to examine and question the fundamental concepts of human knowledge. You’ll learn to elaborate ideas in writing and speech, tackle problems and engage effectively in debates and discussions.

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Think critically by unpacking the international politics that shape our world today. Examine politics and international relations through a contemporary and historical perspective and become a global contributor to change.

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Learn the science of policymaking and how it impacts our society. Learn how to advocate for change in areas such as disability, housing, development, economy and regulation.

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Become a driver of change in your community. You’ll be part of a dynamic and collaborative program that will help you make a positive impact at all levels of society whether it be counselling and advocacy, community work or research and policy development.

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Explore the realities, conflicts and challenges of social life by asking the big questions: ‘What makes life meaningful?’ ‘Why do we disagree, and why do we care?’ You’ll be introduced to fresh and innovative perspectives that will challenge everyday cultural assumptions.

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Explore live performance in all its diversity. Be part of stage plays with professional directors, work with a team on collaborative creations, stage an action in public spaces, or create a solo for just you and the audience. We’ll help you uncover the creativity of performance around us.

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This dynamic study area will prepare you for a career as a professional interpreter or translator. You’ll make critical contributions to cross-linguistic and cross-cultural communication in today’s globalised society.

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