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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.

  • 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.

  • 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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  • Design Room
    Design Room on ECU Mount Lawley Campus

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  • VR art gallery
    Gallery 25 exhibition space

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  • ECU Psychological Services Centre - Observation room.
    Observation facilities

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

  • ECU Psychological Services Centre - Consultation room.
    Consultation facilities

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

  • Photography studio
    Photography studio with backdrop and flash hoods

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

  • VR print making lab
    Printmaking lab

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  • 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.

  • Fashion studio on ECU Mount Lawley Campus
    Fashion Studio

    Fashion studio on 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.

  • Building 10 exterior
    Building 10 exterior

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  • 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Student
stories

  • "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.

  • "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.

  • "The program was challenging, stimulating and very exciting"
    Leilani Kwan
    Leilani KwanCriminology & Justice student

    I am the first ECU student to participate in the Evidence Based Policing Internship Program with the WA Police, as part of my studies in the Bachelor of Criminology and Justice course at ECU.

    This initiative is designed to provide high‑calibre university students the opportunity to gain practical experience and the chance to apply their research, evaluation, critical analysis and writing skills in a dynamic work environment.

    My project consisted of data analysis, evaluative research, data selection and processing, which I found highly complementary to my existing course of study at ECU. I cannot emphasise enough the value of this experience.

    It has provided me with a strong motivation to contribute to work efforts regarding crime and criminal justice.

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