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Bachelor of Art Theory (Honours)

Seek and solve problems to improve life on earth
Undertake a significant independent research thesis and deepen your knowledge and understanding of art theory. Follow your passion and expand your horizons.
Commencing Terms
Term 1
Duration
1 Year(s)
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Campus
Paddington
Codes
Program code 4516
CRICOS code 082204J
Entry Requirements
View all admission criteria
Fees
2024 Indicative first year full fee
$9,500*
2024 Indicative full fee to complete degree
$9,500*
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Overview

The Bachelor of Art Theory (Honours) is a one-year advanced undergraduate degree for high-achieving students. It may be undertaken after completion of an undergraduate pass degree in art history, art theory or equivalent.

The degree enables students to expand and deepen their knowledge and understanding of art theory, and to develop analytical, problem-solving and research skills through undertaking a significant independent research thesis.

The degree may be a pathway to a MPhil or PhD.

Why study this degree at UNSW?

  • Be supported by our diverse, open and inclusive Arts, Design & Architecture community.
  • Learn through research-informed teaching
  • Prioritise career success – UNSW won the Australian Financial Review’s Most Employable Students Award in 2020.
  • Benefit from strong industry links and partnerships
  • Access world class alumni connections
  • Join a global top 50 university (QS World University Rankings, 2021)
  • Join a community that’s part of the prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) universities
Program Code
4516
CRICOS Code
082204J
Campus
Paddington
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
48
Indicative Enrolments
N/A

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Entry requirements

Applicants are required to have completed (or to be eligible to complete) a Bachelor of Art Theory or other bachelors degree in art history, art theory, visual culture, cultural studies or related fields. 

Applicants may be graduates either of UNSW or another recognised institution. A weighted average mark (WAM) or equivalent of 70 or higher is an entry requirement.

English language requirements

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

If you need to improve your English skills before you start your degree, UNSW College’s Academic English Programs are for you. The programs are suitable for various English levels and help you prepare for university studies and life in Australia.

Applicants are required to have completed (or to be eligible to complete) a Bachelor of Art Theory or other bachelors degree in art history, art theory, visual culture, cultural studies or related fields. 

Applicants may be graduates either of UNSW or another recognised institution. A weighted average mark (WAM) or equivalent of 70 or higher is an entry requirement.

English language requirements​


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on whether you are from an English-speaking background or non-English speaking background. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

If you need to improve your English skills before you start your degree, UNSW College’s Academic English Programs are for you. The programs are suitable for various English levels and help you prepare for university studies and life in Australia.

Check the specific English language requirements for this program

Potential careers

  • Arts and cultural manager
  • Gallery and event curator
  • Arts policy administrator
  • Creative director
  • Art critic
  • Art historian
  • Cultural critic

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via the UNSW Apply Online portal and include a 500-word research proposal sent directly to the Program Authority, Dr. Grant Stevens at grant.stevens@unsw.edu.au. This proposal should outline the topic and area of interest so that an appropriate supervisor can be assigned. Admission is subject to the WAM requirements as well as supervisory capacity in the Faculty as determined by the Program Authority.

Ready to start your application?

Applications should be submitted via the UNSW Apply Online portal and include a 500-word research proposal sent directly to the Program Authority, Dr. Grant Stevens at grant.stevens@unsw.edu.au. This proposal should outline the topic and area of interest so that an appropriate supervisor can be assigned. Admission is subject to the WAM requirements as well as supervisory capacity in the Faculty as determined by the Program Authority.

Ready to start your application?

Fees & Scholarships

2024 Indicative First Year Full Fee
$9,500*
2024 Indicative Full Fee to Complete Degree
$9,500*

Commonwealth Supported Place: Student Contribution Band 2

*The student contribution for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 based on a standard full-time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The actual student contribution you will be liable for depends on your individual program of study and the calendar year in which you enrol. Actual fees are calculated upon enrolment. Student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the university and may increase each year during your studies (subject to caps determined by the Australian Government), effective at the start of each calendar year.

The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only - other fees and charges are not included.

2024 Indicative First Year Fee
$45,500*
2024 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$46,500*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed here.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

Scholarships


At UNSW, we award over $83 million in scholarships each year. We pride ourselves on rewarding excellence and making university accessible to students from all walks of life. Whether you’re a domestic or international student, our range of scholarships, prizes and awards can support your journey.


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