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Start date:
25 February 2019
Not required*
*Offers made in 2018. More about ATAR
1 year full time or longer for part time


Extend your undergraduate qualification and develop your research skills with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at Victoria University.

Honours study will give you the opportunity to undertake advanced study in your chosen discipline, if you are a high-achieving graduate of bachelor degrees in:

  • Arts
  • Professional and Creative Writing
  • Music
  • Screen Media
  • Creative Arts
  • Marketing Communication.

You’ll undertake a significant research or creative project (thesis) with the guidance of an academic supervisor, as well as coursework subjects.

This course will allow you to develop the research experience, theoretical knowledge and analytical skills that are essential for masters or doctoral research programs.

Conducting your own research allows you to further explore an area of interest as well as contributing to your discipline. You’ll achieve a new level of intellectual stimulation and increase your capacity for informed conceptual thinking. 

Get in touch using the form on this page if you’d like to meet the course coordinator to discuss options.

Please note that this course has no psychology offerings. Instead VU's College of Health & Biomedicine offers a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours).

Everything you learn at Victoria University has direct links to the real world. We work with industry partners to share research and ensure our curriculum is in line with the latest in industry practice. We also provide you with access to world-class resources and workplace learning opportunities.

VU arts students and researchers have collaborated with:

  • SBS Television
  • Her Place Women’s Museum
  • Australian Centre for the Moving Image
  • Malthouse Theatre
  • Newport Islamic Society
  • Victoria Police
  • Footscray Community Arts Centre
  • Powerhouse Museum
  • Melbourne Rebels Rugby Team
  • Melbourne City Mission
  • Australian Multicultural Foundation.

You’ll learn from and be supervised by teachers who are renowned for their research and highly engaged with the academic and broader community. Our lecturers have professional backgrounds in their respective industries and draw on rich experience to bring their teaching to life. VU staff include among many others:

  • Dianne Hall (history)
  • Catherine Balmer (gender studies and sociology)
  • Karina Smith (cultural studies)

In the 2015 ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) ratings, VU received a ranking of world-standard for research in Language Communication and Culture, and Cultural Studies.

Delivery mode

Blended, Face to Face

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To transfer into this course from another apply online at our Admissions centre.

Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.

Careers in arts

Honours graduates have an advantage in employment over those with only an undergraduate degree. You’ll have demonstrated research and writing skills that will expand your career options. Honours study is a prerequisite for many public and private sector graduate positions.

Entry into many masters by research or PhD programs also requires honours study (at Victoria University and other universities around the world). In some cases, your honours study may provide credit towards postgraduate study, reducing the length of your next degree. Achieving high marks in honours can improve your options in securing postgraduate scholarships.

You’ll be prepared for a wide range of roles in government or the public service, community and non-government organisations, business, education and media.

Our graduates often go on to work in the following areas:

  • journalism, writing or strategic communications
  • teaching (a popular choice following completion of a Masters of Teaching)
  • arts administration
  • public servant and policy work
  • community sector professional roles
  • creative arts
  • software development
  • corporate management.

Career options with this qualification vary greatly depending on discipline. Some example average annual salaries for potential jobs are:

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Arts (Honours), students will be required to complete 96 credit points consisting of:

  • 48 credit points of Core studies
  • 48 credit points of Thesis studies

We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a broad understanding of a body of knowledge within the humanities, social sciences or creative arts along with cognate theoretical concepts with advanced understanding in some areas  
  2. use advanced cognitive, research and problem-solving skills to review, interpret and analyse knowledge to identify a research problem  
  3. plan and execute an independent project and/or piece of research and scholarship with some independence  
  4. communicate the results of independent research in discipline appropriate contexts to a variety of audiences.  
  5. demonstrate broad understanding of academic methodological concepts in a variety of disciplines within the humanities, social sciences, and/or creative arts  
  6. demonstrate a broad understanding of a range of theoretical concepts, perspective and applications in a variety of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences and/or creative arts  
  7. demonstrate competence in use of advanced academic conventions of writing, presentation and communication at an honours level  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.


Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.


Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about the university admission requirements for all applicants, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Admission requirements

Applicants for this degree will need to have met the academic requirements and prerequisites for this course outlined below.

The minimum criteria for admission varies depending on your education background. If you’re not sure which criteria applies to you, use the help tool on this page or make an enquiry and we can assist.

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the last 2 years)

  • Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (e.g. VCE) or
  • an Australian or overseas equivalent or
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB).

Importance of ATAR for this course


We consider both ATAR and other criteria


ATAR is not a consideration. We use other criteria

Why is ATAR not applicable?

You will not need an ATAR score to meet the admission requirements for this course. Only the successful completion of your secondary school studies, and any additional prerequisites. Our courses and support programs are designed to prepare students from diverse cultures for success, regardless of their prior experience, ATAR, age, socioeconomic or educational background.

Entry requirements

Find out if you meet the admission criteria for a bachelor degree at VU.

Special admission programs

Special admission programs are available to applicants who may come from a disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environment. These include:

  • Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) for VTAC applicants
  • Early Entry Offer Program (EEOP)
  • Special Consideration

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET/TAFE) study

This information is for people who have completed an accredited award at an Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Entry requirements

Find out if you meet the admission criteria for a bachelor degree at VU.

Applicants with higher education study

This information is for people who have completed an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) and have also completed:

  • a higher education (university) qualification OR
  • at least 6 months of continuous study in an undergraduate or higher qualification, at an Australian university within the last 5 years.

Entry requirements

To be considered for entry into the Honours year, students must have:
- completed an Australian Bachelor degree with consistently high results at the level of Distinction or High Distinction (or equivalent grades) and
- obtained a minimum of results at the level of credit or above (or equivalent grades) in at least 60% of the total number of undergraduate units attempted.

Applicants with work & life experience

This information is for applicants who left secondary school more than 2 years ago and do not have any formal academic history.

Entry requirements

Find out if you meet the admission criteria for a bachelor degree at VU.

Pathways & credits

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

All applicants must complete an A310 - Additional Information for Honours Courses.

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

Apply direct to VU

Apply direct to VU using our admission centre submit applications for one or more courses, track and save your progress and upload additional information.

Direct applications are due on 17 February 2019 for our next intake which starts on 25 February 2019.

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