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Arts and Humanities
- #22 in the world
- QS World University Rankings 2020
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Discover the richness of creative arts with our wide range of subject areas. From music to museum and heritage studies, art history and curating to theatre and performance studies, or visual arts to film studies, we have a degree for you.
By studying with us, you will acquire the theoretical knowledge of your chosen subject area and skills in critical analysis from academics with extensive industry networks and experience. Build your own creative arts identity and prepare for a career in the creative or academic field of your choice.
In today’s image-saturated world, the ability to interpret critically the visual qualities of a given object is highly relevant. Study art history to gain skills in understanding and interpreting visual communication, expression and innovation. Explore the rich and fascinating history of creating, viewing and experiencing works of art and architecture. Understand and recognise how art is a profound and persistent human impulse.
For those aiming to compete for specialist and academic posts in museums and universities, a research degree is becoming increasingly important. The rewards of working on new material or bringing new approaches are great, and the University offers breadth and depth of supervisory expertise in Art History and related fields.
Film Studies opens us to other worlds and other ways of seeing. This major develops critical visual literacy, equips you with a range of skills for understanding and analysing cinema as a vital and yet everyday part of modern life and expands your knowledge of the social, cultural, aesthetic and political dimensions of cinema in different contexts and at different times.
The Master of Moving Image offers you a hands-on education in contemporary moving image production by teaching you how to develop a film project from concept to screen. Taught at Sydney College of the Arts, where you will have access to our editing laboratory, gallery spaces, art studios, practical expertise and shared postgraduate culture.
Museum and Heritage Studies will equip you with a contextual understanding of core historical and theoretical developments in museum and heritage studies. You will learn the frameworks for managing collections and sites and develop a practical understanding of the modes of interpretation used in the museum and heritage sector.
The research programs involve independent research work and the preparation of a thesis under the supervision of the director of the program, and other academic staff in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
Music is offered through the renowned Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where we give you the tools to engage in the interpretation, analysis, performance and writing of popular music, music for film and television and digital media, classical music and various forms of music worldwide.
Theatre and Performance Studies looks at a broad range of aesthetic, social and everyday performances across theatre, dance or live art and the stage, to the performative dimensions of politics, sport, cinema and popular culture. Explore a range of different approaches to performance making, engage with professional artists-in-residence and learn how to document performative events and build these observations into a detailed critical analysis.
Research in Theatre and Performance Studies engages with a broad range of aesthetic, social and everyday performances, from practices that we might readily recognise as theatre, dance or live art through to the performative dimensions of law, politics, sport and other kinds of activity.
Visual Arts is focused on providing you with the conceptual, theoretical and technical skills you need to succeed as a practising artist or in a range of careers in the creative industries. Taught primarily at Sydney College of the Arts, you will have access to our gallery spaces, art studios, practical expertise and shared postgraduate culture.
In addition to meeting the academic admission criteria for our Bachelor of Visual Arts, Bachelor of Visual Arts and combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degrees you will need to submit a portfolio of your artwork.
* QS World University World Rankings by Subject 2019
** Please refer to individual course requirements and visa details (for international students) regarding eligibility for part-time study.
Studies across creative arts will allow you to work in a range of creative fields, including writing, digital media, theatre and drama and the film industry. Career pathways include: