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1 year(s) full-time


Program Code


Assumed Knowledge

2021: AUD$ 29,400 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

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

  • Learn from world-class educators and researchers1.
  • Develop your ability to independently undertake research.
  • Pursue further education after graduation, such as Masters by Research or a doctoral qualification.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)



This one-year honours degree will equip you with advanced skills in research. Under the guidance of an academic supervisor you will complete a thesis and research project. You will graduate with an in-depth understanding of your chosen specialisation.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

The key focus of this honours degree is research and the production of an honours thesis at the end of your studies. Your research will 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
  • communication, media and cultural studies, communication and media management, and public relations
  • professional and creative communication, children’s literature, poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, literary studies, editing and publishing, journalism, and professional and technical writing
  • media arts, digital media communication, interactive multimedia, digital design, web development, animation, drama, film and television, music, and performing arts
  • education

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 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 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
  • research methodologies
  • review of methodologies
  • presentations
  • honours thesis

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


This one-year honours component includes 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 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 research.

Why Bachelor of Arts (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.

When you study arts at UniSA you will also be taught by our world-class educators and researchers1; we also have some great on-campus facilities to assist with your learning, including a Multimedia Languages Lab where you can connect in real-time with native speakers from around the world. There's also the fully-equipped Hartley Playhouse, journalism newsroom, plus a state-of-the-art TV and radio studio.

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Real-world connections

You will work alongside experienced academics when you complete research and a thesis 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.

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 degrees 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 student at the University of South Australia 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, laboratories, and areas 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 have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, 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 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, a 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

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

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

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. 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 arts student you will have access to:

  • our 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

Saige Walton is a Senior Lecturer in Screen Studies and one of the research leaders affiliated with the Creative People, Products and Places group (CP3).

Her research focuses on the intersections of film, art and visual culture.  She is particularly interested in the relationship between screen aesthetics and the body, often drawing on phenomenological philosophy, art history, media archaeology and other film-philosophical frameworks to help to make ‘sense’ of art and film.  She also researches and teaches in screen genres, film, landscape and environment, experimental film/media, horror studies and intermediality.

She is the author of Cinema's Baroque Flesh: Film, Phenomenology and the Art of Entanglement (Amsterdam University Press, 2016).  Her articles on the embodiment of film/media aesthetics appear in journals such as Culture, Theory and Critique, The Cine-Files, Cinéma & Cie, NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies and the New Review of Film and Television Studies.  Her current book deals with the embodiment and ethics of a contemporary cinema of poetry.  She also serves as an editorial board member with the international journal, MAI: Feminism and Visual Culture.

Prior to joining the University of South Australia, she taught screen, media and cultural studies subjects at the University of Melbourne, Australia.  She is also a former Assistant Curator of Exhibitions with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne.

Dr Saige Walton

Program Director

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Portrait image for Dr Saige Walton

Dr Saige Walton

Program Director


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