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Start Date

1 year(s) full-time


Program Code

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): N/A
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Assumed Knowledge

Degree overview

  • UniSA has over 159 Years of experience teaching visual arts, incorporating the former South Australian School of Art.
  • Learn in state-of-the-art workshops and studios.
  • Have access to a library that has the largest collection of art, craft and design resources in South Australia.
  • Benefit from our networks and relationships with industry – locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Use this qualification as a pathway toward a PhD.
  • Learn from teachers and academics who are established and practising artists, designers and researchers.
  • UniSA is No.1 for Student Satisfaction in Creative Arts1 and the only SA university ranked for art and design2.
  • Gain advanced practice and research skills – our visual art and craft, and contemporary art research is ranked world-class3.

1Ranked equal 10th, 2019 QS Subject Rankings
2ComparED (QILT): Course Experience Questionnaire 2018-19 – Overall Satisfaction Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.
3Results in Visual Arts and Crafts, and Creative Arts and Writing - Contemporary Art - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)



This honours degree will introduce you to high level research and help you develop the skills necessary to engage in rigorous research and analysis in the creative fields. It can be used in preparation for postgraduate and PhD studies, or for research or leadership roles in the dynamic creative industries.

You will be taught by leading creative researchers, academics and practitioners, and learn in state-of-the art on-campus workshops and design studios. As part of your studies you will work on a year-long project that involves the development of a research proposal, which is then realised through investigation, exploration, experimentation, analysis and implementation.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will learn skills necessary for completing research in creative disciplines. You will then apply these skills to frame and develop your own research project, producing a research outcome that responds to your research questions and your project aims and objectives. Outcomes are visual and/or written, as appropriate to your discipline and project. Throughout your research studies you will be supervised by an experienced research academic.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
AAD Research Methods VSAR 4003 4.5
AAD Research Practices ARCH 5052 4.5
AAD Honours Research Studies 1 VSAR 4008 9
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
AAD Honours Research Studies 2 VSAR 4009 9
AAD Honours Research Studies 3 VSAR 4010 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 and 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 will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • research proposals, creative artefacts and practice-based research presentations
  • a thesis or exegesis
  • literature/artefact review

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. 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


The honours component includes a minimum of one year of advanced studies in research and professional practice. You will receive First Class, Second Class or Third Class Honours, depending on your performance. You will graduate with strengthened creative and research skills, and a higher-level qualification than a bachelor degree. Your honours year will prepare you for future leadership roles.

Why Bachelor of Art and Design (Honours)

Why this Degree

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.

UniSA is great choice for students with a specific interest in creative and innovative fields. In our dedicated workshops and design studios you will have the opportunity to further develop valuable hands-on skills.

You will also benefit from our strong industry links and award-winning teaching staff and academics. 

Real-world connections

Our staff are highly trained industry professionals and academic researchers who bring with them years of experience, giving students opportunities to link with industry and build important networks. UniSA offers an extensive range of career-related events and workshops online, on campus and around Adelaide to develop your skills and increase your knowledge


Yusuf won the annual Helpmann Academy British School at Rome Residency, valued at $25,000.

The British School at Rome Residency (BSR) was an opportunity to reflect on what I had been doing and how I might take that forward on returning to Australia. My interest lay initially in Islamic geometric tile patterns such as the Cosmatesque tiles in Rome and other parts of Southern Italy. The live-in studio space at the BSR ensured that my creative practice was at the forefront of my thoughts.

After my Honours, I was awarded a scholarship for postgraduate research at UniSA and have started my PhD. The time to step away and reflect on my research interests, motivation and the intended outcomes has been invaluable.

Image credits: Mashrabiya by Yusuf Ali Hayat

Yusuf Ali Hayat

Bachelor of Art and Design (Honours)

Career outcomes

Your career

When you graduate from this honours degree you will have the skills needed to take on a range of roles in the creative arts and design industries. Careers to consider:

  • communication designer: develop creative communication design responses including identity, branding, publication, digital and interaction design for varied contexts
  • illustration and/or animation professional: create engaging pictures, characters and narratives for a broad range of applications including but not limited to, publishing, gaming, animation and film industries
  • artist: create original creative; produce work for public art, artists residencies or commission by an individual or organisation

You will also have the necessary research skills to embark on a research career, by undertaking a higher degree qualification such as a Masters by Research or Doctor of Philosophy.

How to apply

To apply to study with us go to the top of this page and click Apply. You will be directed to our online application portal.

Applications open on 1 September and close at 11.59pm on 30 November. Honours applicants need to provide extra documentation which must be emailed to CTV-TeachingLearning@unisa.edu.au. This comprises a 500 word statement of intent, plus a 500 word outline of your proposed research thesis or project. It is important that your research thesis aligns with the expertise and research agendas of UniSA's academic staff.

Applicants must complete details related to their thesis proposal on this form and be returned via email to CTV-TeachingLearning@unisa.edu.au.

Statement of intent (500 words): Outline your future career objectives for undertaking research study, together with a summary of your specific aims for developing your academic, creative and professional skills.

Proposal Outline and Portfolio: Succinctly state what your proposed research topic or project is and what discipline areas or fields of research you are considering working within.

Applicants are also required to provide a portfolio.

Please note: if you do not provide this information, your application will not be considered as UniSA needs to ensure that it has the appropriate supervision required for the topic or project to be undertaken.


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

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. 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 loads more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect 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 student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

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 advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

As an art and design student you will have access to:

  • studios and workshops
  • the University’s collection of art, craft and design resource materials, which is the largest in the state
  • Adelaide’s arts, culture and entertainment precinct, located close to our City West campus
Your study spaces

Your program director

I aim to create a learning environment where students are challenged.

Dr Doreen Donovan

Program Director

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Portrait image for Dr Doreen Donovan

Dr Doreen Donovan

Program Director


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What others are saying

During my Honours year I undertook an internship as a Curatorial Intern at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital for the Arts in Health program. This experience allowed me to develop my skills and see myself as a professional.

Lizzy Emery

Bachelor of Art and Design (Honours)

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Lizzy Emery

Bachelor of Art and Design (Honours)

Some of the most exciting South Australian artists are coming out of UniSA. I think it’s because the people who are teaching and mentoring us are so giving of their time and knowledge and have real-life experience to share.

Tara Rowhani-Farid

Bachelor of Art and Design (Honours)

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Tara Rowhani-Farid

Bachelor of Art and Design (Honours)