The University of Newcastle, Australia

Your core arts courses include practice-based projects and optional internships that further develop skills across digital literacy, problem-solving, innovative thinking and work-readiness.

Learning streams

In addition to choosing majors, minors and structured program pathways, you can focus your studies through optional learning pathways:

Arts Majors and minors

Study diverse majors and minors to develop your core specialisation and take charge of your future. Choose from 14 majors in the arts and humanities, as well as 21 minors, and hundreds of courses.

Enjoy flexible degree options, choosing one of the following study pathways:

  • a single major
  • a single major and single minor
  • a single major and double minor
  • a double major
  • double major and single minor.

This degree is offered face to face between the Callaghan and Central Coast (Ourimbah) campus locations. A suite of majors, minors and courses are available online and via flexible delivery (e.g. blended, intensive, online or a combination of these). From 2019, there is the option to complete the program wholly online. Please refer to the program handbook for the majors and minors that are available via online delivery.

Advanced study options

For one extra year of study at the end of your Bachelor of Arts degree, you can gain a competitive edge and enhance your career prospects, opening yourself up to higher salaries and positions.

The Honours program will help refine your practical research skills. Over the year you will complete a research project focusing on a specific topic or problem in the arts and humanities. You could also utilise your research and writing skills or work placement experience to further your future work prospects.

Your studies and experience will allow you to secure innovative and exciting roles or lead into a career in research. Our diverse and multidisciplinary research and teaching clusters could also bring you in contact with national and international researchers enabling you to develop collaborative research projects.

The benefits gained from undertaking your Honours degree include the below:

  • you will develop high level analytical and research skills, along with expertise in your research area
  • you will set yourself apart in the highly competitive, global job market
  • enjoy access to extensive facilities and generous scholarships that are offered to Honours students
  • develop the abilities to make a significant and original contribution to your chosen field
  • you set the foundation for further postgraduate research such as a Research Higher Degree or Masters by coursework.

    Bachelor of Arts (Honours) program handbook


    Studying a degree combined with the Bachelor of Arts gives you the best of both worlds. The double degrees open new doors, allowing you to jumpstart your career with a stronger competitive edge in the job market. Own your future by expanding your areas of expertise and career options.

    In the course of your Bachelor of Arts studies, you might find that further studies undertaking a postgraduate degree can further your ambitions and qualify you for more specialised and rewarding careers.

    Depending on your chosen core specialisation, you may decide to undertake one of the below postgraduate qualifications.

    Bachelor of Music / Bachelor of Arts

    Why study music and arts at UON?

    Two qualifications in four years

    A combined degree offers greater breadth of learning, enhancing the academic and professional qualities gained in each separate degree. At the same time, it recognises the increasing need for students to graduate with multidisciplinary skills.

    When you study the combined Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Newcastle you can pursue your passion for music and arts and complete two qualifications over four years of full-time study.

    Broad study areas

    The flexibility of this combined music/arts degree allows you to study areas that present the best challenges, the most interest and the greatest enjoyment. You will have the opportunity to acquire the skills of analysis, research and logic: the skills which form the basis for any successful career. You will also acquire specialised skills in music and have the opportunity to develop your performance experience to a professional standard.

    Diverse careers

    Professional careers in music

    When you graduate with a Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Arts degree you can pursue a range of music-related careers including some of the following examples:

    • community or private music teacher
    • composer
    • freelance musician
    • music producer (recording or mixing)
    • musical director
    • orchestra player

    Professional careers in arts

    The arts component of your combined music/art degree offers further scope for employment.

    Depending upon your chosen major study, you may choose to build a career in:

    • business
    • government
    • management and administration
    • public relations
    • human resource management
    • marketing and teaching

    Learn from industry leaders

    Our Music staff have national and international reputations in performance, creative work, scholarly research and teaching. They are living and breathing creative artists, researchers and/or performers - and sometimes a combination of the three.

    Bachelor Music / Bachelor of Arts program handbook