Arts at Monash is your comprehensive gateway to a wide range of fascinating and rewarding areas of study across the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Pair this with a Master of Cultural and Creative Industries and fast track your way to a higher qualification.
In your Bachelor of Arts degree you will choose from a select range of majors related to the destination Masters degree. You’ll also have the scope to choose from almost 40 different areas of study for your Minor and electives, including languages, social sciences, communications, politics, human rights, and international relations. While developing an informed, critical awareness of the fields you're most passionate about, you’ll lay the groundwork for a wealth of exciting careers.
As a high achieving student (75% average), in the third year of your degree you will start to transition into the Masters degree. The Master of Cultural and Creative Industries is a program built on the recognition that the cultural sector is one of the most exciting and innovative ones in the contemporary world. Music, film, new media, computer games, publishing, music, the visual and performing arts, tourism, crafts, design and fashion all offer dynamic careers now and in the future. Policymakers at city, national and international levels understand that the benefits of the cultural sector go beyond monetary value and are essential for social well-being. Key to the future of developed and developing countries, this interdisciplinary program provides you with a critical overview of a rapidly growing sector and its many employment opportunities.
As preparation for transitioning into the Masters degree during your third year, you will select from one of the following areas for your major:
- Communications and media studies
- Film and screen studies
The Bachelor of Arts offers both diversity and focus, and builds informed, skilful and critically aware citizens of the world. In addition to your major, you can sample from a wide range of study areas, giving you a comprehensive base across areas in the arts, humanities and social sciences. You'll develop a rich understanding of human difference and communication, the complexities of social organisation, and humankind's trajectory through the past and into the future.
With many opportunities to undertake study overseas, or via a study tour or internship program, you’ll become an expert in your chosen area, and will be work ready, equipped with the core skills employers in all sectors are looking for including:
- written and verbal communication skills
- teamwork skills
- listening and decision-making skills
- leadership and negotiation skills
- methods to build rapport and confidence
- critical-thinking skills
- problem-solving skills
- research skills
The Master of Cultural and Creative Industries offers an individual road map to dynamic careers in the independent arts and creative/cultural industries; working in cultural policy, governance and community development; and/or seeking to place cultural economies in an historical context, and its implications for contemporary practice.
The course offers a research or internship project component, which provides the opportunity to work in interdisciplinary contexts to combine theory and practice in responding to local and global issues at individual, community, corporate and government levels. For instance, you may participate in the unit Shanghai City Lab, a unique program aimed at immersing students in the cultural economy of Asia's new global metropolis.
This course leads to two separate degrees.
- the Master of Cultural and Creative Industries
You will gain all the benefits of a Bachelor’s degree and a Masters course (see Bachelor of Arts/Master of Cultural and Creative Industries).
As a graduate with a degree in Arts you’ll be prepared for global employment opportunities in a wide range of occupations and settings. The Masters course is designed to prepare you to work in the arts, cultural and creative industries. It provides project-workers and creative entrepreneurs with the big picture and informed insight you’ll need to turn your passion into a successful self-directed career.