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Bachelor of Arts Honours

Course code C34

This Honours course consists of a fourth year of study for students who have completed an undergraduate degree in Arts, Design, Media and Communications or Contemporary Arts. It consists of coursework and the preparation of a thesis.

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

C34

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $6,850

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup
Mount Lawley FT PT FT PT
South West FT PT FT PT
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Early closing date 12-02-2021

This course has an early closing date for applications. To avoid disappointment, we recommend you apply by this date.

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

C34

CRICOS code

088412G

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $30,850

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

1 year full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup
Mount Lawley FT FT
South West FT FT
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Early closing date 12-02-2021

This course has an early closing date for applications. To avoid disappointment, we recommend you apply by this date.

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

    All applicants are required to have a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 70 per cent or higher in their undergraduate degree . Alternatively applicants can apply with a lower WAM if they have demonstrated a particular aptitude and commitment to independent research. In these cases, students should contact the Honours Coordinator directly to discuss possible admission.

    All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Bachelor degree; or
    • Equivalent prior learning including at least five years relevant professional experience.

    For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

  • English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0);
    • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
    • University Preparation Course;
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment;*
    • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree;
    • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
    • Other tests, courses or programs defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

Applications for this course are not accepted through ECU's Experience Based Entry Scheme.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Mount Lawley, South West

Semester 1: Study part-time at Mount Lawley, South West

Semester 2: Study full-time at Mount Lawley, South West

Semester 2: Study part-time at Mount Lawley, South West

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Mount Lawley, South West

Semester 2: Study full-time at Mount Lawley, South West

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CCA5101Research Preparation20
CCA5102Literature Review20
CCA5103 ^Seminar Series20

Note: CCA5110 can be substituted for CCA5103 with the approval of the course coordinator.

Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CCA5204Thesis Preparation 130
CCA5205Thesis Preparation 230

^ Core Option

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Course notes

Important course notes

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply advanced discipline knowledge, research methods and technical skills to plan and execute research activities and/or creative outputs as they apply to the arts.
  2. Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise principles and concepts in arts with intellectual independence to generate new understanding.
  3. Communicate a persuasive explanation of arts knowledge including a discussion of research results appropriate to the audience in a variety of academic/professional contexts.
  4. Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and ethical awareness in a research and/or creative project as they apply to the arts.

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Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $6,850 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $30,850 *

* International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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    It wasn't like it was close to where I lived, or that I knew anyone studying here... I just looked, and ECU offered the best course for what I wanted.

    I started out studying Social Work. I was always interested in social and environmental issues, which inform my work. The environment and social justice were my interests – but communications and photomedia – these were the tools.

    My lecturers encouraged me to participate in Foto Freo, a festival that focused on photojournalism. I got some practical experience interning with the festival, and that really was the catalyst for me becoming passionate about documentary style work.

  • Tim Clifford

    Tim Clifford MLC

    ECU Arts graduate

    "It's a real privilege to be elected to parliament, and I have to pinch myself because I didn't plan to be here"

    Back in high school, I didn't want to be a politician – I thought politicians were these elites. My Mum used to work in a bar called The Albany Club, and I would go in there to see her after school and I'd see politicians and business owners. They were the big wigs in town: they made the big decisions and they made more money than us. I just never thought I would end up in parliament. Parliament was up on the hill and I was down here in state housing.

    I chose the degree – and that was a life-changing choice. There are a lot of people who say 'don't do this or that', but it's usually the people who put themselves out who get to where they want eventually. Education is so important, because it offers direction to people. Follow what you like doing, throw yourself into it and be passionate about it – that's the main thing.

Quick guide to uni-speak

    • ATAR is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate university courses in Australia. The ATAR is a percentile score which denotes a student's ranking relative to their state-wide peers upon completion of their secondary education.

    • CRICOS is the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. A CRICOS code is allocated to education institutions (like ECU) who are approved to recruit, enrol and deliver education to overseas students. Courses with a CRICOS code are available to international students who meet the entry requirements.

    • A major, or unit set, is your chosen area of in-depth study in an undergraduate course. It usually involves 8 units of study, or one-third of the units in a 3-year degree. Talk to your Student Information Office if you need help choosing a major subject.

    • Minors include between 4 and 6 study units in a specific discipline. Not all courses require you to complete a minor. Your minor subject doesn't appear on your printed degree (parchment), but is part of your academic transcript.

    • If you're enrolled in 3 or more units in a semester this is considered full-time study. To complete most 3-year degrees studying full-time you'll need to complete 4 units per semester, i.e. 24 units over 3 years.

    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

    • Most courses start in Semester 1 each year, usually in the last week of February. Some courses can be started in Semester 2 (we call this mid-year). There's a week of Orientation before each semester to help you get used to uni life.

    • A lot of our courses start in Semester 2 each year, usually in the last week of July. We call this mid-year. There's a week of Orientation beforehand to help you get used to uni life.

    • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelors degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points - that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

    • These are compulsory units you have to successfully complete as part of your course.

    • An elective is a unit you choose to study that counts towards your course requirements, but isn't compulsory. For some courses we recommend elective units. In some situations, a course coordinator may approve an elective unit as a replacement for a compulsory one.

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