The UNSW Bachelor of Arts is a three-year, full-time degree that prepares you for a career in a variety of industries and roles. It also provides you with a broad education that will give you the ability to hone your interests and passions. Ultimately, it’s a dynamic, exciting degree that equips you to turn your passion into action.  

This degree gives you the licence to explore your specific interests and broad career aspirations. It will open up a world of opportunities, helping you to define your career pathway. The flexibility of a Bachelor of Arts degree allows you to pursue your career aspirations across a range of disciplines within the humanities and social sciences, including languages, arts, history, philosophy and business. In whichever area you choose to study, you’ll develop transferable skills and the tools to think critically, communicate effectively and conduct independent research. 

Design Your Degree

Study at UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture is both flexible and rigorous. It enables students to pursue what sparks their passion while developing a deeper knowledge of specific fields. Your education will allow you to develop a broad range of highly transferable skills and in-depth knowledge in your chosen areas of study. 

With over 26 subject areas available to study, the UNSW Bachelor of Arts provides you with a wide array of subjects for tailoring a bespoke study experience that’s unique to your interests, aspirations and career goals. Choose from exciting study options, such as politics and international relations, history, Asian and European studies, international business, languages, sociology and anthropology and developmental studies.  

Our diverse array of internationally-minded subjects brings a truly global perspective to your learning. Our subject offerings are continually updated and re-engineered to ensure our students receive a contemporary and relevant education.  

Study Abroad 

At UNSW, we use advanced and forward-thinking teaching methods to challenge traditional ways of thinking and find solutions to today's global issues. We encourage a universally-minded education with opportunities to broaden your horizons through over 200 partner universities in over 38 countries. Students can spend a term overseas at a partner university studying with International students and receive credit towards their degree.  

Students who undertake a Bachelor of Arts are career-ready through industry experience, internship subjects and local and international Work Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunities. Previous global internship opportunities have included working with ChildFund in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos and participation in the Paris Peace Forum. 

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Your Career 

Studying a Bachelor of Arts at UNSW will allow you to develop sought after skills, ensuring your adaptability in today's fast-paced global world. At this socially and politically progressive university, you’ll learn critical thinking, creative problem solving, and persuasive communication, which is relevant in any role.  

Our graduates can be found all over the world in a range of industries including diplomacy, social justice, publishing, international affairs, media, politics, business and entrepreneurship. You can pursue a wide range of career options due to the broad nature of the degree, giving you the ability to pursue your passion as you discover it. 

What Our Alumni Say

Courtney Houssos

"It was while I was at university, studying at UNSW, that I discovered that my passion could become my career. The ability to learn across so many different disciplines sets you up so well, especially in today's marketplace. I have the opportunity to affect change across a range of areas within New South Wales"

– The Honourable Courtney Houssos, MLC. UNSW Bachelor of Arts Alumni


You can find more information on this degree including entry requirements on the UNSW Degree Finder.

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Double degree options

Our double degrees enable you to broaden your opportunities and study different areas simultaneously.