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.
Become World Ready
In an increasingly mechanised world, the arts and humanities will play a vital role in defining what it means to be human, and will create exciting employment opportunities that can not be replaced by automation.
I constantly find myself looking at signs and symbols and thinking, oh, this could be designed better
Explore your options
Meet a diverse group of students who are studying an equally diverse mix of courses at ECU Mount Lawley.
"The opportunities are endless"
Anthony Scott talks about his Criminology and Justice study experience at ECU.
"My ECU degree gave me the flexibility to gain a wide range of skills that enable success in the world of business"
The reason I chose a Bachelor of Communication at ECU was because I didn't really know what I wanted to do. There was flexibility within the course – instead of forcing me to specialise straight away, I had the chance to try a range of disciplines and then pick the areas I was most interested in.
I even did some acting units from WAAPA. Being able to communicate effectively and speak in public is such an important skill to learn.
"ECU's Photomedia course was the best course on offer"
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.