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Arts & Humanities

Want to explore the complexities of the human mind and have a passion for communication in all its forms? Immerse yourself in this creative and engaging study area where you can choose from a diverse range of specialist and interdisciplinary courses in arts, design, media and communication, psychology, criminology and the social sciences.

Why ECU?

  • QILT logo

    Top public uni for Arts in WA

    ECU has been ranked top public university in Western Australia for teaching quality and student support in undergraduate Communications, Creative Arts, Psychology, and Humanities, Culture and Social Sciences. Source: QILT Student Experience Survey 2020.

  • The Good Universities Guide 2021

    Good Universities Guide

    In the 2021 Good Universities Guide, ECU graduates have given us a 5-star rating for teaching quality, skills development, student support, learning resources, learner engagement and overall student experience.

    The 5-star rating for undergraduate teaching quality has now been achieved for 14 straight years.

    Read more about the Good Universities Guide.

  • THE Impact Rankings

    THE Impact Rankings

    ECU has been ranked in the top 50 for Gender Equality (24th), Good Health and Wellbeing (24th) and Quality Education (41st) in the 2021 Times Higher Education Impact rankings, showing how universities are working towards the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

    Read more about the THE Impact Rankings

  • THE World University Rankings 2020 Top 100 Young

    THE Young University Rankings

    ECU has been ranked in the world's top 100 universities under 50 years old in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Young Universities Rankings, THE World University Rankings.

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.

Arts & Humanities

If you already know what you're interested in, choose a discipline.

Need some help deciding what to study?

Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

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Scholarship opportunities to reduce your expenses

Scholarships recognise those whose life journey may have been challenging, as well as students who've shown outstanding academic excellence and endeavour.

A scholarship can help you realise your ambitions by paying for fees, text books and living expenses.

Realise your dream with our scholarships

Specialised Social Science majors

We are the only university in Western Australia to offer specialised majors in Children and Family Studies and Human Services within a Social Science program.

This gives our Social Science graduates a broader range of career options.

Explore your options

  • Dr Nikki Rajakaruna's research focuses on policing and she has managed projects on police use of force, issues related to police integrity and the use of intelligence in policing.

  • Meet students from our Advertising, Screen Studies, Media and Cultural Studies and Broadcasting courses who are studying at ECU Mount Lawley.

  • "My prac placement at Youth Futures  turned into a full time role helping people experiencing homelessness get back on their feet."

  • Arts & Humanities Senior Lecturer Dr Christopher Kueh talks about his research and his design philosophy.

  • Meet students who are majoring in Visual Arts, Photomedia and Fashion courses at ECU Mount Lawley.

  • This course takes learnings from fields like Psychology, Social Science and Forensics and applies them to the world of crime. ECU Criminology & Justice student Declan Brooks-Crew tells us more.

  • Lecturer Brooke Chapman and students discuss Youth Work at ECU, including their practical experiences from year one.

  • Meet students majoring in Graphic Design, Interactive Multimedia and Environmental and Spatial Design at ECU Mount Lawley.

  • Meet a diverse group of students who are studying an equally diverse mix of courses at ECU Mount Lawley.

  • Dr Shane Rogers investigates the unique pattern of how our eyes move during conversation.

  • Design graduate Sasha Lai talks about the satisfaction of working on a client brief as part of her studies.

  • "I was given the tools needed to thrive as a business owner. I now employ over 40 young artists in WA."

  • Highlights from ArtsHum, the annual exhibition and awards show for our School of Arts and Humanities.

  • ECU's Arts courses are a dynamic, creative and critical immersion in culture, history and politics.

  • Meet students from our History, Politics, Media and Writing courses who are studying at ECU Mount Lawley.

  • Youth Work graduates and students talk about their placements as Youth Futures.

  • Dr Madalena Grobbelaar talks about the human mind and Counselling studies at ECU.

Student stories

  • Criminology and Justice student Georgia Williams

    Georgia Williams

    ECU Psychology, Criminology and Justice graduate

    "Being able to work on The Innocence Project drew me to ECU"

    ECU's Psychology and Criminology course offered units no other universities offered, including The Innocence Project. This hands-on project allows us to investigate real cases of alleged wrongful conviction. It has been extremely beneficial to work on this in teams, and use practical skills.

    The facilities are excellent and being able to study online is very helpful and convenient. This allowed me to continue my course when I moved interstate temporarily.

    The lecturers I had were fantastic; all friendly, approachable and experts in their fields. The entire study experience at ECU has been rewarding, enjoyable and has helped me grow as a person.

  • Grace Flynn standing in front of 2021 Perth Fringe World banner

    Grace Flynn

    ECU Media and Communication graduate

    "The level of practical experience I gained from the Journalism major was surprising and valuable."

    The level of independence I was granted as a Journalism student, particularly when undertaking assignments, was really beneficial for developing my communication skills and boosting my overall confidence as a student journalist.

  • Hania Owsinski

    Hania Owsinski

    ECU Communications graduate & Account Executive, Financial Times (New York)

    "Had I not studied at ECU, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to go to New York after graduating"

    The study tour and industry links gave me a window into my future. And unlike many university courses, you gain first-hand insight into every aspect of the advertising industry from media planning, to art direction, copywriting and branding.