Art Theory/Soc Rsch & Policy - 4815

Program Summary

Faculty: College of Fine Arts


Campus: College of Fine Arts Campus

Career: Undergraduate

Typical Duration: 4.5 Years

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 216

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements

Information valid for students commencing 2013.
Students who commenced prior to 2013 should go to the Handbook's Previous Editions

Program Description

The Bachelor of Art Theory Bachelor of Social Research and Policy (BArtTh BSRP) is a 4½ year dual award program which combines the focused study of the visual arts and visual culture with an education in the social sciences, social research and policy.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

The BArtTh component will provide graduates with:
  1. A rigorous understanding of art, design and media history and theory;
  2. A capacity to make informed critical judgements about various forms of contemporary and historical visual culture;
  3. An understanding of the global dimensions of visual and artistic forms
  4. An understanding of art, design and media in the context of their exhibition and display
  5. A capacity to undertake research in art history and visual culture
The aims of the UNSW Bachelor of Social Research and Policy are:
  1. To develop students’ creative thinking and their capacity to evaluate ideas and policy problems critically.
  2. To provide skills in undertaking social research, including collecting and analysing data concerning issues and problems particularly in an applied policy setting.
  3. To stimulate informed community and academic debate, and contribute to enlightened policy-making through excellence in professional practice.
  4. To develop students' capacity to contribute to, and work within, the local, national and international community in an ethical way.
  5. To provide familiarity with the theories, bodies of knowledge and methods of social research and explanations that constitute one or more fields of study in social science.
  6. To provide an understanding of the interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary nature of social science.

Program Structure

Art Theory Core (30UOC)
Art Theory Major (66UOC)

Students must complete:
  • 66 UOC from approved courses in Art Theory
Bachelor of Social Research and Policy component

120UOC made up of:
  • Core social research and policy courses (54UOC)
  • Prescribed social research and policy electives (12UOC)
  • One stream (54UOC) from the approved list

Compulsory courses (54UOC) made up of:

Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
  • SLSP4600 Social Research and Policy Graduates in the Workplace (6 UOC)
  • SLSP4601 Social Research and Policy Internship (6 UOC)
Prescribed electives

Social Science prescribed electives: 12 units of credit (2 courses). Students should choose two course from the following list:
Or an appropriate course as agreed to by the Program Convenor.


54 units of credit from any of the "Internal Stream" or "External Stream" (denoted with '*') listed below:
  • Development Studies
  • Economics (60 UOC)*
  • Environmental Studies
  • Globalisation Studies
  • Human Resource Management (48 UOC)*
  • Indigenous Studies
  • International Business (48 UOC)*
  • Marketing (48 UOC)*
  • Media, Culture and Technology
  • Politics
  • International Relations
  • Sociology and Anthropology
*denotes majors offered by Faculties other than Arts and Social Sciences

Please download the Program Schema to view the program structure.


Honours in BArtTh Component

Students undertaking the BArtTh in Dual Award mode may apply to complete an additional year (48UOC) of study for the award of Honours. For details of Honours please see 4803 Bachelor of Art Theory.

Academic Rules

Students must complete 96UOC of Art Theory courses and 120UOC of Arts courses.


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Related Program(s)

4803 Art Theory
3420 Social Research and Policy

Area(s) of Specialisation