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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?

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    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.

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  • 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 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

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

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

  • 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 a diverse group of students who are studying an equally diverse mix of courses 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."

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

Student stories

  • Joyce Nederpel

    Joyce Nederpel

    Bachelor of Social Science graduate

    "I wanted more from my job, to be more involved with children and families who are disadvantaged"

    I worked in childcare for many years and had worked my way up to management. I wanted more from my job, and wanted to be more involved with children and families who are disadvantaged. I attended the 2014 Open Day and spoke to Dr Anna Targowska who pointed me in the right direction in terms of the course I needed to do.

    As a student, I never had a bad experience with any lecturer; they were always happy to help, listen and challenge my thinking.

    And I didn't know how valuable the networking would be and how many opportunities it would open up. It was so much more than studying further to get a job.

    I went to Camp Kulin as camp counsellor, then did my second placement at Foundations Care which opened up a whole new world for me. This was the dream job, the job I have always wanted. It was incredible to learn from and watch my supervisor. I was extremely lucky! I was then offered a job and stayed on at Foundations Care as a case worker, starting my new journey.

  • Vanessa Vlajkovic

    Vanessa Vlajkovic

    Media and Communication student

    "As a person with two disabilities, there are many challenges to be faced in tertiary education"

    I have always loved reading and writing and I have a natural curiosity about the world around me, so journalism seemed like the ideal choice of major for me.

    ECU has excellent facilities and the staff are very accommodating.

    Being deafblind means I've had to advocate a lot for myself at uni, this has lead to a great improvement in my advocacy skills and my confidence, especially when communicating what I need and what works for me.

  • 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.