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Arts & Design

At ECU, we've developed Arts and Design courses that prepare graduates with the skills needed to adapt to future workforces. These skills are key to future work as we creatively tackle social, environmental, economic and communication challenges.

Why ECU?

  • QILT logo

    ECU top in WA for Creative Arts

    In 2020, ECU was ranked the top university in Western Australia in the Creative Arts discipline for undergraduate teaching quality, overall educational experience, learner engagement, skills development and student support.

    QILT is an annual independent Australian government survey.

  • 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.

  • QILT logo

    ECU top in teaching quality

    For the fifth year in a row, ECU has received the top undergraduate teaching quality ranking of all 37 public universities in Australia.

    ECU was also the top-ranked public university in Australia for undergraduate skills development for the sixth year in a row.

    View QILT results.

  • THE Impact Rankings 2020

    THE Impact Rankings

    ECU has been ranked number 9 in the world for Quality Education and is in the top 100 overall in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact rankings, showing how the global higher education sector is working towards 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

Study world ready

Our courses give you the flexibility to mix and match subjects across the creative arts and design fields, or more broadly into areas like science, business, or law.

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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Domestic Students

International Students

Become World Ready

Experience Arts & Design at ECU.

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

Explore your options

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

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

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

  • 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.

Student stories

  • Wenbin Wang

    Wenbin Wang

    Master of Design (Fashion) graduate

    "My life is all about art and creativity. It's what I live for"

    Studying at ECU has totally changed my perspective on what design is.

    I've learned methods that helped me explore different ways to approach my collection, my research and my interaction with other designers and artists.

  • Aimee Chappell

    Aimee Chappell

    ECU Design graduate

    "I constantly find myself looking at signs and symbols and thinking, oh, this could be designed better"

    And thinking, "What if we did this?" I was always a visual artist and I just wanted to figure out a way to get a consistent income working in that field.

    Through the units in my degree, especially the Fremantle-based unit, The Happiness Project, I realised it wasn't just about graphic design. For me, it's about design communication, designing systems and figuring out how to help people – asking why are we doing this? Who does it affect? How is it helpful? Thinking with empathy.

    I'd always wanted to help people, but I never thought as a creative that I would find a way to both earn an income and do that.

  • 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.