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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.

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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.

Why ECU?

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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Become World Ready

Experience Arts & Humanities at ECU.

  • A staff member using the drawing facilities on our ECU Mount Lawley Campus.
    Drawing Studio

    A staff member using the drawing facilities on our ECU Mount Lawley Campus.

  • WA Screen Academy Sound Studio on ECU Mount Lawley Campus.
    WA Screen Academy Sound Studio

    Our Sound Studio on ECU Mount Lawley Campus is one of the postgraduate learning facilities available to WA Screen Academy students.

  • ECU Psychological Services Centre - Waiting room.
    Modern training facility

    The ECU Psychological Services Centre provide high quality, accessible and affordable psychological services.

  • Fashion studio on ECU Mount Lawley Campus
    Fashion Studio

    Fashion studio on ECU Mount Lawley campus.

  • Video production facilites on ECU Mount Lawley Campus.
    Don McAlpine Output Suite

    The Don McAlpine Output Suite on ECU Mount Lawley Campus is one of the postgraduate learning facilities available to WA Screen Academy students.

  • Live fashion show in the Edith Spiegeltent at Mount Lawley Campus as part of the annual ArtsHum graduate exhibition.
    Fashion comes alive

    Live fashion show in the Edith Spiegeltent at Mount Lawley Campus as part of the annual ArtsHum graduate exhibition.

  • ECU Psychological Services Centre - Consultation room.
    Consultation facilities

    Our Trainees can provide psychological services to people experiencing anxiety, depression and emotional issues.

  • Visual Arts student Melissa Fry creating her exhibit for ArtsHum, the annual graduate exhibition at Mount Lawley Campus
    ArtsHum exhibition

    Visual Arts student Melissa Fry creating her exhibit for ArtsHum, the annual graduate exhibition at Mount Lawley Campus.

  • Photography studio
    Photography studio with backdrop and flash hoods

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  • Design Room
    Design Room on ECU Mount Lawley Campus

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  • Building 10 exterior
    Building 10 exterior

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  • ECU Psychological Services Centre building in City of Wanneroo.
    ECU Psychological Services Centre

    The ECU Psychological Services Centre is a modern training facility that provides services to the community.

  • A Visual Arts student working in the Painting Studio at Mount Lawley Campus.
    Work in progress

    A Visual Arts student working in the Painting Studio at Mount Lawley Campus.

  • VR art gallery
    Gallery 25 exhibition space

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  • Broadcasting and Journalism students in the new Radio ECU studios on Mount Lawley Campus.
    Radio ECU studios

    Broadcasting and Journalism students in the new Radio ECU studios on Mount Lawley Campus.

  • Electronic Production TV Studio
    Electronic Production TV Studio

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  • Postgraduate Broadcasting Radio Studio on ECU Mount Lawley Campus.
    Postgraduate Broadcasting Radio Studio

    Students using the Postgraduate Broadcasting Radio Studio facilities on our ECU Mount Lawley Campus.

  • ECU Psychological Services Centre - Observation room.
    Observation facilities

    Our Trainees can provide psychological services to people experiencing stress management and burnout.

  • VR print making lab
    Printmaking lab

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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

Laura's inventive approach to mental health

Laura Butshiire is studying a Bachelor of Social Work in the hope of one day working as a school social worker – and she is well on the way to achieving her dream.

Laura is already having an impact on the mental well-being of kids. She has run workshops at Clarkson Primary School where dogs, aerobics, basketball, parkour, dance and chalk art were all part of the program to promote mental well-being.

"The aim was to teach students practical ways of becoming more mentally healthy and for children to be able to implement strategies to look after their own mental health which they'll be able to carry through primary school, teen years, and even into adulthood," she said.

Explore your options

  • Lecturer Madalena Grobbelaar and students discuss what they like about studying Counselling at ECU, including the ability to combine with other disciplines like Psychology.

  • Lecturer Lekkie Hopkins and students discuss Social Science at ECU, including majors in Children and Family Studies, Community Work and Human Services.

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

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

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

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

Student
stories

  • "Passionate about people? Study Social Science"
    Alfred KoechSocial Science student

    Social Science is the scientific study of human society and social relationships. It's a broad discipline that can lead to a range of career directions.

    In this video Alfred Koech talks about his experiences as a Social Science student at ECU. Alfred came here from Kenya to study and to pursue his passion – working with people.

  • "This is the kind of learning environment that pushes people to really think about things!"
    Rebecca Bayliss
    Rebecca BaylisBachelor of Psychological Science student

    I did a lot of research before deciding on ECU. I wanted to make sure that I would be attending a university that fit with my personality, had a stellar reputation, and would give me the best opportunities post-graduation.

    I scoured each university’s website, attended open days, and visited student information centres to speak to representatives face-to-face. ECU checked all the boxes for me. In my opinion, it has the best Psychology program in WA.

    As a student, you can never really foresee the things that end up making all the difference. The lecturers at ECU are phenomenal. Nobody is too busy to answer a question or set up a meeting to get assignment feedback and it’s just obvious that they care about the things they are teaching. The level of participation and discussion in my classes is amazing – this is the kind of learning environment that pushes people to really think about things!

  • "ECU has helped me realise the type of youth worker I want to be"
    Mahendran Swominathan
    Mahendran SwominathanYouth Work student

    My study experience at ECU has been really enjoyable. The lecturers are extremely helpful, providing me with career advice as well as support within the course.

    So far, I've undertaken three work placements, and all have been valuable. Not only have they helped me put theory into practice, they’ve also helped me realise the type of youth worker I want to be.

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