Arts and humanities

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Career outcomes

Our arts and humanities graduates have pursued careers as:

  • artists
  • community workers
  • editors
  • educators
  • entrepreneurs
  • graphic designers
  • historians
  • humanitarian workers
  • librarians
  • marketing consultants
  • musicians
  • policy professionals
  • researchers
  • sociologists
  • writers

About arts and humanities

One degree offers many courses of action. When you study arts and humanities with us, you’ll open up your world by exploring your interests in greater depth, mastering new subjects and learning how to think critically. Choose from a range of majors and minors including history, mathematics, creative arts and visual arts.

See the world

Our arts and humanities students go on amazing adventures. Your opportunities could include semester exchanges, intensive overseas units – where you might tour literary and theatrical landmarks in New York or follow 600-year-old flood markers around Rome – or studying a Core Curriculum unit at our Rome Campus or in Beijing, Leeds, Paris or New York.

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A personal touch

Small classes sizes and engaging teaching staff who know your name make studying arts and humanities at ACU a quality experience. Our staff are widely and well-published researchers and practitioners in their chosen field and are recognised for their teaching excellence as well as their commitment to creating a supportive, personalised learning environment.

Reward excellence

Work hard in your first year and you may be invited to join the National School of Arts’ Scholars Program. The small group of students invited into this annual program have the chance to work with the school’s top research staff and to devise and complete an individual research project with a mentor.

Become job-ready

We'll work with you from day one to ensure you’re ready for a rewarding career after graduation. Our Arts Advantage Program will give you the tools to confidently step into the job market. You can also volunteer at a non-profit organisation to build on-the-job skills, or be a part of the Big Idea – a social enterprise competition designed to provide innovative ideas to help homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged Australians. Past students have volunteered with organisations such as local charities, youth theatre groups, animal welfare groups, community radio, refugee support groups and museums.

Meet our students and staff

Louis Kuhlmann

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

“So many of my teachers at ACU have been hugely influential. I can say with complete confidence that I am a far different person now than who I was at the beginning of my degree.

Being a smaller university, you have an opportunity to really get to know your teachers. In my experience, all of them are genuinely interested in getting to know their students too. This has been invaluable to my learning.

Coming here I made a conscious effort to get involved in the things I was interested in, rather than the things I thought had some practical value to help me reach some destination. It has allowed my university experience to be much more about discovering my passions and making my career fit me, rather than the other way around.”

Professor Michael Ondaatje

National Head, School of Arts

Professor Ondaatje is a professor of History and is also a member of the University Senate.

A historian well known for his work on African American history and politics, Professor Ondaatje is a regular commentator in the Australian and international media and has delivered numerous public lectures. He is the author of the prize-winning book, Black Conservative Intellectuals in Modern America.

In 2012, the Academy of the Humanities awarded Professor Ondaatje the Crawford Medal, ‘Australia’s most prestigious award for achievement and promise in the humanities’. In 2013, he was selected by the United States Embassy in Australia for the International Visitor Leadership Program.

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