The Bachelor of Art Theory (Honours) is a one-year advanced undergraduate degree for high-achieving students. It may be undertaken after completion of an undergraduate pass degree in art history, art theory or equivalent. The degree enables students to expand and deepen their knowledge and understanding of art theory, and to develop analytical, problem-solving and research skills through undertaking a significant independent research thesis. The degree may be a pathway to a MPhil or PhD.

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Indicative Enrolments


*Not published - The number of students is less than five and is hidden to maintain privacy.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

  • Arts and cultural manager
  • Gallery and event curator
  • Arts policy administrator
  • Creative director
  • Art critic
  • Art historian
  • Cultural critic

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to have completed (or to be eligible to complete) a Bachelor of Art Theory or other bachelors degree in art history, art theory, visual culture, cultural studies or related fields.

Applicants may be graduates either of UNSW or another recognised institution.A weighted average mark (WAM) or equivalent of 70 or higher is an entry requirement.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via the UNSW Apply Online portal and include a 500-word research proposal sent directly to the Program Authority, Dr. Grant Stevens at grant.stevens@unsw.edu.au. This proposal should outline the topic and area of interest so that an appropriate supervisor can be assigned. Admission is subject to the WAM requirements as well as supervisory capacity in the Faculty as determined by the Program Authority.

For further enquiries please contact Dr. Grant Stevens at grant.stevens@unsw.edu.au or the UNSW Art & Design Student Centre at artdesign@unsw.edu.au.



2021 Indicative First Year Fee


Commonwealth Supported Place, Student Contribution Band 2 \

*The student contribution for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 based on a standard full-time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The actual student contribution you will be liable for depends on your individual program of study and the calendar year in which you enrol. Actual fees are calculated upon enrolment. Student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University and may increase each year during your studies (subject to caps determined by the Australian Government), effective at the start of each calendar year.

The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included.

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