Bachelor of Arts

Gain the lifelong, transferable skills employers are seeking with one of Western Australia's most diverse degrees.

Global Career Flexibility
Minimum ATAR

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 explored to better understand people and the societies in which they live and work.


Archaeology is the only discipline that studies all of human history. From 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.

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.


Are you fascinated by crime and the human mind? Crime, psychology, ethics and law are just some of the areas you will explore as you seek to better understand people and the criminal justice system.

English and Literary Studies

English and Literary 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

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.

Gender Studies

Examine thought-provoking issues around gender and sexuality in society today with a major in Gender Studies.

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 no-go areas and no questions 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.

Italian Studies

Learn Italian 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.

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, 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.

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.


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.

Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Choose a double major that combines three intellectual disciplines deeply intertwined and which have much to offer one another.

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, 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

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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.
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Related careers

  • Anthropologist
  • Archaeologist
  • Editor
  • Historian
  • Interpreter
  • Media Producer
  • Musician
  • Policy and Planning Manager
  • Program or Project Manager
  • Public Relations Professional
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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.

Admission 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 admission entry pathways.

About the Bachelor of Arts

UWA's Bachelor of Arts is one of the most diverse degrees in Western Australia, with 35 majors to choose from (Criminology and Gender Studies coming in 2020 subject to approval). Spanning music and design to law, humanities and social sciences, our Bachelor of Arts provides you with the lifelong, transferable skills that employers are seeking, giving you an immediate competitive edge in the employment market. Our graduates also enjoy the highest average starting salaries for Bachelor of Arts graduates in Australia (University Rankings Australia, 2018).

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Quick details

Degree specific majors
  • 35
Minimum ATAR
  • 80 (75.00 for Broadway schools)
  • February and July
Full time completion
  • 3 years full time

Why study Arts?

Studying UWA's Bachelor of Arts lets you cultivate your passions while developing the transferable skills that employers need and an Arts degree provides.

Transferable skills are sometimes referred to as 'people skills' because they're about personal attributes that are essential in every industry. Importantly, these skills can never be automated, ensuring you’ll be ready and well equipped for work.

These include:

  • Strong reasoning ability
  • Problem solving and investigation
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Teamwork skills
  • Written and verbal presentation skills
  • Self-management and self-motivation
  • Emotional judgement and professional ethics 
  • Time management and ability to work under pressure
  • Decisiveness and conflict resolution
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Responsibility and leadership
  • Complex and analytical reasoning

Developing your transferable skills experience via UWA's Bachelor of Arts will set you apart from the competition while preparing you for the jobs of the future.


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Prominent alumni

UWA Bachelor of Arts alumni include:
  • Shaun Tan
    Academy Award-winning artist, writer and film maker
  • Jo Horgan
    Founder, Mecca Cosmetica
  • Tim Minchin
    Composer/lyricist, musician, comedian, actor, writer and director
  • Jarrad Seng
    Music and travel photographer and filmmaker
  • Michael Sheldrick
    Global Director, Policy and Advocacy at The Global Poverty Project
  • Stephen Smith
    Former Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • Iain Grandage
    Artistic Director of Perth Festival
  • Kasia McNaught
    Founder of Bloom Digital
  • James Evans
    Associate Director of Bell Shakespeare
  • David Ritter
    CEO of Greenpeace Australia Pacific
  • Sir William Heseltine
    Former Private Secretary to Queen Elizabeth II

82% positive outcome

The percentage of 2018 graduates with a positive outcome (working part time, full time or in further study) four months after graduation.

Harry Sanderson

"The first time I came here, I remember being amazed at the campus; not only its physical presence, but the fact it was built as a place of learning for all different types of people. That feeling has never wavered. UWA remains a place where people are challenged and pushed to achieve more in their own area of interest. I’m constantly interested to hear about the things people are doing here and inspired to do better by their example."

Harry is an Arts/Law student at UWA. Read more about Harry's story.


Degree structure

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Industry connections

Arts Practicum

Choosing to undertake the Arts Practicum as part of your course gives you valuable workplace experience and industry connections, providing you with a bridge between university study and employment. Organise your own Arts Practicum or take part with one of our hosts. Our host organisations cover a wide range of sectors, including:

  • The public sector
  • Politics and industrial relations
  • Non-government organisations
  • Creative industries
  • Journalism and media
  • Advertising,communications, marketing and public relations
  • Business and market research
  • People management and human resources
  • Languages and intercultural communication
  • Heritage, museums, libraries and archives
  • Sport, leisure and recreation
  • Universities and research institutes
Industry connections

83% graduate skills satisfaction

The percentage of students satisfied with their skill development in 2018.
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Arts Practicum

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Alumni Testimonial

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. After graduating, I completed the graduate program at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, although I've also had the opportunity to fill positions with other departments within the public service. The environment I work in can be demanding and complex, and I constantly apply the critical thinking, analysis and writing skills developed during my degree course in a professional setting.
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Joshua Sanchez-Lawson

"Throw yourself into the vibrant campus culture of volunteering that UWA has to offer. There’s no better way to make friends, make an impact, learn new skills and forge valuable networks all at once."

Joshua Sanchez-Lawson graduated from UWA with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Law and Society, and Communications and Media Studies. Read more about Joshua's story.

Student STORY

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Study Abroad

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Our facilities

UWA Bachelor of Arts students have access to a range of world-class facilities that enhance your learning and give you hands-on experience before you enter the workplace.

These facilities include:

These are complemented by our University-wide facilities including our 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. There's also a wide range of study spaces around campus, including by the picturesque Swan River.


92% graduate qualities satisfaction

The percentage of 2018 graduates satisfied with the development of their desirable qualities over the duration of their course.

Meet our students

Arts Alumni Testimonial

David Bunting

I chose Archaeology because I could merge my interests of history, geography and anthropology with the outdoors. My studies and experiences have led to a number of opportunities working with a variety of Aboriginal groups as a consultant archaeologist with a range of resources companies such as FMG, Rio Tinto, Newcrest Mining and various government departments such as Main Roads. I have worked at BHP for the past seven years in a variety of heritage-related roles and have since shifted to a broader role which involves community development and sustainability planning.
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UWA is ranked in the world's top 50 institutions for Psychology (QS 2019)

68TH in the world, 1ST IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA, AND A 5 STAR+ RATING for 'Social sciences and management' (QS, 2018)
105th in the world, 1ST IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA, AND A 5 STAR+ RATING for 'Arts and Humanities' (QS, 2018)
50th in the world, 1st in western australia and a 5 star+ rating for for 'performing arts' (QS, 2018)