Start date


1 year(s) full-time


Program Code


Assumed Knowledge

AUD$ 30,900 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2024

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
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Degree overview

  • Develop your ability to independently undertake research.
  • Learn from world-class educators and researchers in your chosen area of interest.
  • Study at a university ranked No. 1 in Australia for research impact and engagement1
  • Join South Australia's No. 1 university for Learning Resources in Creative Arts2.
  • Pursue further education after graduation, such as Master of Research or a doctoral qualification.
  • Complete your own thesis and graduate with in-depth knowledge in your chosen field of specialisation.

12018 ARC Engagement and Impact Assessment (EI), Combined Impact –Approach to Impact and Engagement on Assessed Fields.
2ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2021-22, Learning Resources Indicator (Undergraduate). SA public universities.



This one-year Honours degree will equip you with advanced skills in research, critical thinking and writing.

Under the guidance of an appointed academic supervisor you will complete your own thesis or artefact-plus-exegesis project, and graduate with an in-depth understanding of your chosen field of specialisation.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

The key focus of the Honours degree is research and the production of a pure thesis or artefact-and-exegesis at the end of your studies. Your research could be based on one of the following subject areas:

  • Australian Indigenous knowledge and Australian studies
  • International relations, politics, peace and security studies, Asian studies, and international risk
  • Applied linguistics and language studies
  • Sociology, social work and social studies
  • Communication, media and cultural studies, and public relations
  • Professional and creative communication, including creative writing
  • Literary studies
  • Journalism, professional and technical writing
  • Digital media studies
  • Film and television production, screen studies and performing arts

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Honours Thesis 1 LANG 4010 9
Research Methodologies and Methods SOCU 4006 9
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Honours Thesis 2 LANG 4011 9
Key Ideas and Theories SOCU 5021 9

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects, as well as to contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12–26 hours of study when at university and 14–28 hours of independent study per week.



Your studies at UniSA will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • essays
  • research proposals
  • annotated bibliographies
  • research methodologies
  • review of methodologies
  • seminar presentations
  • the Honours thesis or an artefact-plus-exegesis

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities


This one-year Honours degree equips you with advanced skills in research, critical thinking and writing.  You will receive First Class, Second Class or Third Class Honours, depending on your performance. You will graduate with industry experience and connections, and a higher level qualification than a Bachelor degree.

Your Honours year will prepare you well for a career in industry or put you on a pathway to postgraduate research.

Why Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Why this Degree

This program is a substantial research degree that allows you to develop expertise in a particular area of study of your choice, under the guidance of an experienced academic supervisor.  Graduating with an Honours degree will set you apart from the crowd, ensuring you have a competitive edge and are well-placed for a career in industry, research or further postgraduate study.

In this Honours degree, you will be taught by our world-class educators and researchers, with expertise in complementary disciplines such as linguistics, language studies, screen studies, media and communications, sociology, politics, psychology, social work, human services, arts and Aboriginal studies. 

Our relationships with industry and government bodies enables our students to contribute toward improving public policy, community development, and social, creative and economic outcomes in Australian society. 

Real-world connections

You will work alongside experienced academics when you complete research and a thesis, or an artefact-plus exegesis, during this one-year degree. This affiliation not only provides exceptional learning opportunities, but is also an important networking opportunity. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

This could be you

UniSA’s Bachelor of Arts is taught by world-class educators and researchers and enables you to pursue two areas of academic interest at once. Hear from UniSA student Luke Heathorn and Program Support Coordinator Louis Everuss on what it's like studying our Bachelor of Arts degrees.

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Career outcomes

Your career

Arts students go on to enjoy rewarding careers in a range of industries, including: 

  • Publishing
  • Creative industries
  • Government and diplomacy
  • Media
  • Education
  • The arts
  • Arts management
  • Community and social services
  • Policy and research 

As an Honours student you may also choose to pursue a career in research – graduates with Honours are highly sought after by prospective employers, particularly in academia and research environments.

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.


Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a UniSA student, you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also gain access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • career advice and mentoring
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • accommodation services 
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA.

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can offer help with the English language too. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with modern facilities including lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

As an arts student you will have access to:

  • The on-campus Multimedia Languages Lab, which connects users from around the world in real-time
  • The Hartley Playhouse, a 200-seat auditorium
  • TV and radio studios, including our internet radio station UniCast
Your study spaces

Your program director

I am a Senior Lecturer in Screen Studies at the University of South Australia.  I am also an internationally recognised researcher who specialises in film, media and visual culture studies, often bringing film into dialogue with other disciplines in the humanities.  Prior to academia, I worked as an Assistant Curator of Exhibitions with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, where I helped to curate a number of film programs, exhibitions, screen and art related events for the public. I believe my commitment to high-quality, interdisciplinary research and teaching, as well as its real-world application will enable Honours students to achieve their best in this degree.

Dr Eric Hsu

Program Director

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Dr Eric Hsu

Program Director


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"The best part about doing Honours was the opportunity to specialise in an area I'm passionate about. Through writing a thesis, I developed skills and knowledge in issues-based communication and PR in the Defence industry, a field I want to work in after graduating."

Lisa Ranson

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Senior Communications Advisor, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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