Art Theory/Arts - 4806

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Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Art & Design


Campus: Paddington

Career: Undergraduate

Typical Duration: 4 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 3

Max UOC Per Semester: 27

Min UOC For Award: 192

Domestic Entry Requirements: See Domestic Entry Requirements

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Bachelor of Art Theory (Honours)

Bachelor of Art Theory (Major)

Bachelor of Arts (Major)

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Program Description

This program has been replaced by Program 4817 Bachelor of Art Theory/Bachelor of Arts.

The BArtTh BA degree is the equivalent of four years full-time study. It enables students to combine the broad range of offerings available in the BA with the focused study of the visual arts and visual culture provided by the BArtTh. The BA component of the degree offers a wide range of complementary humanities and social science studies. Graduates will be prepared for employment in the arts and cultural industries.

Students undertaking this combined degree program complete the core requirements of both the Bachelor of Art Theory and the Bachelor of Arts, together with approved electives.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

The BArtTh component will provide graduates with:
  • A rigorous understanding of art and design history and theory;
  • A capacity to make informed critical judgements about various forms of contemporary and historical visual culture;
  • An understanding of the global dimensions of visual and artistic forms
  • An understanding of art in the context of its exhibition and display
  • A capacity to undertake research in art history and visual culture
The Program Objectives of the UNSW BA are:
  • To develop informed understanding of human experience, human culture and human society
  • To teach the tools and methods of understanding associated with Humanities and Social Science disciplines, and to encourage students to perceive the relationships between these disciplines
  • To encourage the breadth of vision and critical thinking associated with interdisciplinary scholarship and research
  • To enable students to place contemporary Australian society and culture in an historical and comparative context
  • To engage critically with fundamental questions about value in both ethical and aesthetic contexts
  • To develop the skills of critical, creative and imaginative thinking about society, culture and the arts
  • To promote the techniques and value of reasoned and openminded discussion and debate
  • To foster understanding of the experiences and world-views of other times, other places, and other cultures.
The Graduate Attributes for this Program are as follows:
  1. The skills involved in scholarly enquiry
  2. The ability to engage in independent and reflective learning
  3. Information Literacy - the skills to locate, evaluate and use relevant information
  4. The capacity for enterprise, initiative and creativity
  5. A capacity to contribute to, and work within, the international community
  6. The skills required for collaborative and multidisciplinary work
  7. A respect for ethical practice and social responsibility
  8. The skills of effective communication
  9. An in-depth engagement with the relevant disciplinary knowledge in its interdisciplinary context.

Program Structure

The Bachelor of Art Theory/Bachelor of Arts consists of 96 UOC of Art Theory courses and 96 UOC of Arts courses.

BArtTh component:
  • Compulsory core courses (30 UOC) consisting of:
  • Art Theory Major (SAHT) courses (66 UOC)
BA component:
  • Home Major stream (54 UOC)
  • Minor stream (36 UOC)
  • Prescribed Faculty Elective (6 UOC)
The following home major streams are available in the Bachelor of Arts:
  • Asian Studies
  • Chinese Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminology
  • Dance Studies
  • Development Studies
  • English
  • Environmental Humanities
  • European Studies
  • Film Studies
  • French Studies
  • German Studies
  • History
  • Indigenous Studies
  • International Relations
  • Japanese Studies
  • Korean Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Media, Culture and Technology
  • Music Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Spanish and Latin American Studies
  • Theatre and Performance Studies
Minor Streams

All majors are available to be completed in minor stream ("Non-designated Minor"). There are, however, some areas of study that are only available as Minors. These are known as "Designated Minors". Art History and Theory cannot be taken as a Minor in the Dual Award. The Designated Minors for the Bachelor of Arts are:
  • Arts and Social Sciences
  • Australian Studies
  • Greek Studies
  • Indonesian Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Women’s and Gender Studies
External Minor Streams

External Minors are Streams of study offered by other Faculties.
  • Economics (Australian School of Business)
  • Geography (Faculty of Science)
  • Human Resource Management (Australian School of Business)
  • International Business (Australian School of Business)
  • Psychology (Faculty of Science)
Language Studies for Commencing Mid-Year Students

If your language skills are assessed as Level A in Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced or Professional you cannot commence study until Semester 1.
Award with Distinction

High achieving students who secure a WAM of 75 across their program and who have completed at least 48 UOC of their program at UNSW are eligible for the award of their Pass Degree "with Distinction".


Honours in BArtTh Component

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

Honours in Bachelor of Arts Component

After completion of 144 UOC including all of the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts dual degree, high achieving students may apply for admission to the Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences (Honours) program 4504. Entry to Honours requires a WAM of 70 or higher in the stream(s) seeking to be further studied.

Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences (Honours) program 4504

Academic Rules

The Academic Rules for the BArtTh/BA and the online enrolment facility provide students with a wide range of course choices. The online enrolment facility checks that students meet the enrolment requirements for individual courses but not that a course complies with Program Rules. Students are responsible for ensuring they are enrolling in accordance with the Academic Rules outlined in the Program Structure above. Students should not assume that because they have enrolled in a course online that the course is automatically credited to their degree program.

BA Academic Rules


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Program Schema (pdf download)

Domestic Undergraduate Admission - Selection Criteria

All applicants are assessed on the basis of previous academic achievement, however additional selection criteria are available to some applicants. Please refer to the Admissions Information here.

Related Program(s)

4803 Art Theory
3403 Arts

Area(s) of Specialisation