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 [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
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Degree overview

  • Gain a comprehensive introduction to research training and advanced professional skills tailored to your selected UniSA Creative disciplinary focus, including Contemporary Art, Communication Design, Illustration Animation, Product Design, Cultural Studies, Film and Television, Journalism and Professional Writing, Communication and Media, Creative Writing, Social Media, Screen Studies and more.
  • This Honours degree is an additional qualification that provides graduates with advanced skills, research capabilities and the capacity to adopt leadership roles in their chosen discipline.
  • Access custom-built workshops and studios.
  • Benefit from our networks and relationships with industry – locally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Use this qualification as a direct pathway toward a PhD.
  • Learn from teachers and academics who are established researchers and creative practitioners.
  • Have access to a library with the largest collection of art, craft and design resources in South Australia.
  • UniSA is ranked #1 in South Australia for Learning Resources in Creative Arts1 and also holds the top rank in the state for Art and Design Facilities2.
  • UniSA, incorporating the former South Australian School of Art, has over 159 Years of experience teaching visual arts - our visual art and craft, and contemporary art research is ranked world-class3.

UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities4, we’ll ensure you get the experience your future profession demands so it’ll feel like you’re studying one minute and in a career the next.

1ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2021-22, Learning Resources Indicator (Undergraduate). SA public universities.
2ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2021-22, Creative Arts – Learning Resources Indicator (Undergraduate). SA public universities.
3Results in Visual Arts and Crafts, and Creative Arts and Writing - Contemporary Art - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
4UNSTOPPABLE® is a Kellogg Company trade mark used under licence. Ranked #52, 2023 THE Young University Rankings.



This one-year Honours degree (or two years part-time) will introduce you to high-level research and help you develop the skills necessary to engage in rigorous research and analysis in your selected creative discipline. It can be used in preparation for postgraduate and PhD studies or research and leadership roles.

You will be taught by leading researchers, academics and practitioners and have access to custom-built on-campus facilities and design studios. As part of your Honours 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. You will be equipped with research and theoretical skills, knowledge of academic writing conventions and advanced technical skills in your selected discipline, positioning you as an emerging leader in your field.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will learn skills necessary for conducting research in disciplines including Contemporary Art, Communication Design, Illustration Animation, Product Design, Cultural Studies, Film and Television, Journalism and Professional Writing, Communication and Media, Creative Writing, Social Media, Screen Studies and more. You will apply these skills to frame and develop your own research project, producing an outcome that responds to your research questions, project aims and objectives. Outcomes are visual and/or written, as appropriate for your disciplinary focus and project. Throughout your research studies you will be supervised by experienced research academics.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Research Methods (Creative) CREA 4004 4.5
Research Practices (Creative) CREA 5001 4.5
Honours Research 1 (Creative) CREA 4001 9
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Honours Research 2 (Creative) CREA 4002 9
Honours Research 3 (Creative) CREA 4003 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 will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • research proposals 
  • creative artefacts
  • research presentations
  • a thesis or exegesis
  • literature/artefact review

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


The Honours degree is 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 critical, creative and research skills, and a higher-level qualification than a Bachelor’s degree. Your Honours year prepares you for future professional leadership roles and/or entry to Higher Degree Research study in your discipline.

Why Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours)

Why this Degree

Graduating with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (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 an excellent choice for students with a specific interest in disciplines offered in the creative fields. You will have opportunities to engage with UniSA research centres and access dedicated workshops and design studios for opportunities to further develop valuable technical skills.

You will also benefit from our strong research and industry links with award-winning academics. 

Graduates consistently demonstrate outstanding success in high-profile opportunities, including national and international prizes, scholarships, commissions, residencies and public exhibitions. These include the following: Helpmann Academy British School British School at Rome Residency, Guldagergaard International Ceramic Museum Denmark, National Museum of Women in the Arts Washington DC, National Gallery of Victoria, Bendigo Bank Art Prize, Institute of New Zealand Design Awards, AGDA Design Awards, and Research Training Program PhD scholarships.

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 with this Honours degree, you will have the advanced skills needed to take on a range of roles in creative arts, design and cultural sectors.

The Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) qualification builds on the career opportunities available in your specific undergraduate discipline area. However, an Honours degree is an additional qualification characterised by high levels of motivation, discipline and self-sufficiency, which are sought after by industry, government and professional organisations.

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

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 Honours student you will have access to:

Your study spaces

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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)