Life is all about exploring your interests and discovering new ones. And as an arts student, that’s what you’ll do.

One degree offers many courses of action

A range of opportunities

Study history and politics, international development and global studies, literature, creative and visual arts, media and digital journalism, economics and business communications, and more.

By studying arts, you’re gaining the skills to think critically, communicate clearly, and apply ethical decision-making to a range of professions and industries. Really, with an arts degree there are just too many possible career outcomes to list.

Explore the range of courses that we offer at If you don’t meet the state-based requirements for entry into your degree, don’t panic. There are lots of ways into arts at ACU. Explore our pathways to get started.

History and politics
International development and global studies
Media and digital journalism
Creative and visual arts
Business communications

Stories from arts

Australia to Africa, one way
Anne-Marie Reddan has started a charity, contracted typhoid and malaria (twice), and married a Ugandan pop star.
Game of genders
Caitlin Francis was looking closely at Game of Thrones long before everyone was talking about it.

Meet our people

Professor Michael Ondaatje
National Head, School of Arts

Professor Michael Ondaatje is the National Head of the School of Arts, and a Research Associate at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.

He was awarded his PhD with distinction from the University of Western Australia in 2008, and his thesis on African-American conservatism was recognised with the Robert Street Prize for the most outstanding PhD across all of the university’s disciplines.

Karina Teh
Visual arts student

“I really enjoy the intimate and personal experience that ACU provides for its students.

The lecturers, teaching staff, and technical officers all have incredible knowledge, care personally for their students, and provided me with artistic experiences I could never have dreamed of.”