Bachelor of Art Theory (Honours) at University of New South Wales, Australia

The Bachelor of Art Theory (Honours) is a one-year advanced undergraduate degree for high-achieving students. It can be pursued after getting a bachelor's degree in art history, art theory, or a related field.


The Bachelor of Art Theory (Honours) is a one-year advanced undergraduate degree for high-achieving students. It can be pursued after getting a bachelor's degree in art history, art theory, or a related field.

Students can improve their knowledge and understanding of art theory as well as their analytical, problem-solving, and research skills by doing a major research thesis on their own. The degree could lead to a master's degree or a doctorate.

What you will study

Core Courses:

  1. The following courses provide students with 42 units of credit.

  1. DART4301 (12 UOC) is taken three times for a total of 36 UOC during the program.

  1. Contemporary Art Theories and Methods 

  1. Art Theory Honours Research Project


Students must take 6 UOC of the following courses, with the agreement of the Program Authelectivesority.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Modern art methods, ideas, histories, and institutions are all scrutinized and evaluated.

  2. Conduct thorough, self-initiated scholarly study to expand knowledge in contemporary art and cultural contexts.

  3. Examine the social, cultural, political, environmental, and institutional contexts of contemporary art.

  4. Work independently to explain complex theoretical concepts in artistic, scholarly, and professional contexts.

  5. Conduct extensive and long-term research that exhibits ethical sensitivity to a variety of local and global perspectives to contribute to current art and culture.

Career opportunities:

The  Bachelor of Art Theory can help students widen and deepen their understanding of art theory, including:

  1. Arts and cultural manager

  2. Gallery and event curator

  3. Arts policy administrator

  4. Creative director

  5. Art critic

  6. Art historian

  7. Cultural critic

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in art history, art theory, visual culture, cultural studies, or a related field (or be eligible to get one).

Applicants must be graduates of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) or another accredited institution. Admission requires a weighted average mark (WAM) of 70 or higher.

English Language Requirements

In order to study at UNSW, you may be required to provide proof of English proficiency, depending on your educational history and citizenship. UNSW demands a minimum level of English language competency for enrolment since English language skills are crucial for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments, and exams.

If you're studying for an Australian Year 12 certificate, you don't need to provide any additional evidence of your competence (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent). Your diploma will be used to prove your English language proficiency.

It will be mentioned in your application if proof of English proficiency is necessary. You can do so by demonstrating that you meet at least one of the following requirements:

  1. English language examinations and universities English courses

  2. Prior English language schooling is also a requirement.

UNSW Global has English language courses and programs to help you meet the English language requirements for the degree you want. You have a choice of options depending on your current English language ability. 

Fees and Scholarships

Indicative First Year Full Fee $8,435* in 2022

Commonwealth Supported Place: Band 2 Student Contribution 

*Based on a standard full-time load of 48 credit points, the Commonwealth Supported Place student contribution is an estimate of the amount payable in Year 1. (1.0 EFTSL). 

Your student contribution amount is decided by your academic program and the calendar year in which you enroll. The cost of enrollment is calculated at the time of enrollment. 

The amount of your student contribution is subject to annual review by the institution, and it may increase each year.

The following fees are a rough estimate of the average and only include tuition; other fees and levies are not included.


Every year, UNSW offers over $83 million in scholarships. We enjoy rewarding achievement and ensuring that the university is accessible to students from all walks of life. Whether you're a domestic or international student, our variety of scholarships, prizes, and awards can help you succeed.

$42,020 per course
  • Level
    Bachelor Honours
  • Delivery
    Online and On Campus
  • Duration
    1 years
  • Application Fee
    125 AUD
  • Intake
  • Language Test Score
  • Scholarship
    Full tuition fee scholarships