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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.

  • VR print making lab
    Printmaking lab

    View the 360 Degree virtual tour

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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.

Student
stories

  • "I chose ECU because it is simply the best option for studying broadcasting in WA"
    Jerrie Demasi
    Jerrie DemasiECU Broadcasting graduate & Channel 9 Perth News presenter

    You get so much hands-on experience and real-world advice from lecturers and tutors who are often professionals in the industry.

    The lecturers offered a no-nonsense approach to the industry and really prepared me for a field of work that is not glamorous and not for the faint-hearted.

    I had no misconceptions about what I was signing up for which made me feel more than prepared for work experience. I have stayed in contact with my lecturer and she continues to help me with my career decisions – even today.

  • "I constantly find myself looking at signs and symbols and thinking, oh, this could be designed better"
    Aimee Chappell
    Aimee ChappellECU Design graduate

    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.

  • "Being able to work on The Innocence Project drew me to ECU"
    Georgia Williams
    Georgia WilliamsECU Psychology, Criminology and Justice graduate

    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.

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