Arts & Humanities
If you have a passion for communication and for understanding fellow humans, this study area can lead to exciting employment or self-employment opportunities.Find out more
Arts & Humanities at ECU
Communication is fundamental to human existence - we need to understand how people communicate with each other, both verbally and visually.
From understanding language to understanding politics and even understanding mindsets, communication is also a major theme at ECU.
Here, you can study courses as diverse as Media and Communication, Criminology, or Design. Or choose from Psychology, Arts or Counselling courses.
Our course structures allow you to specialise in one area, or gain expertise in multiple areas. We know that the more multi‑skilled you are, the more likely you'll be able to succeed in today's complex technological, social and creative world.
To increase your chances of finding employment, we mix practical, hands-on experiences and industry placements with a solid theoretical background.
Study areas, degrees and majors
At ECU, we group similar fields of work into study areas – Arts & Humanities is one of them.
Within each study area you can choose a degree, for example a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Counselling.
For some degrees, you can choose a speciality, or major, like Advertising, Fashion, English or Children and Family Studies – or even a double major.
Postgraduate degrees involve coursework or research. For example, a Master of Design (by coursework), or a Master of Criminal Justice by Research.
Arts & Humanities
If you already know what you're interested in, choose a discipline.
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