About the School of Arts
About the School
The study of Arts offers you a gateway to the diverse languages and arts practices of Asia, Europe and the English-speaking world.
For both beginners and advanced students, Arts units and courses, are challenging, stimulating and fun! By studying them you will gain knowledge and skills required to understand, analyse and appreciate the literatures, languages, media, theatre and musics of many cultures. You can study our units on campus or off campus (distance education mode). We offer optional intensive (residential) schools in many disciplines, and there are online discussion groups and real-time chat groups if you cannot study on campus but still want close contact with your lecturers and fellow students in your learning community.
You will learn to see the significance of cultural products in shaping a society’s view of the world. You will consider questions like: What do Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Camus, Dante or Shakespeare have to say about their time and what do they have to say to us today? In what ways does contemporary Australian theatre reflect changing views of the roles of men and women in society? How do you develop the script and storylines of television drama? How do you ‘read’ a film? How have digital technologies and communities changed our way of life? How has Australia produced actors like Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Geoffrey Rush and Hugh Jackman? How can we interpret the ‘classics’ in literature, music and theatre? How do performances of classical ‘western’ music vary from indigenous Australian, Indian and Japanese music performances? How do you prepare yourself intellectually and emotionally to act in or direct a play? What is the role of rhetoric in public speaking? How do you write creatively and effectively in a range of genres for professional and personal purposes? How do you go about writing in diverse, creative, professional and media genres?
You can learn a language and discover ways of life in the societies where that language is spoken. Here the questions for you to consider include: What do the literature and films of France and Germany reveal about current concerns? How do you learn Chinese calligraphy? How do Italians view themselves today? Why have manga (Japanese comics) and Japanese animation been so popular worldwide? What is the role of Islamic texts in contemporary Indonesian society? If you major in an Asian or European language you will also have the opportunity to complete some of your studies overseas.
Learning and Teaching
Our School teaches a wide range of subjects and comprises staff from Asian and European Languages, English, Media & Communications, Music and Theatre & Performance. All of our subjects are taught face to face on campus or by distance education so you can travel or live away from the campus without affecting your studies. The School is a leader in technological delivery, using online interactive media, podcasts and materials on CD or DVD to complement more conventional forms of teaching.
Our units can be studied in many degrees. The Bachelor of Arts is a broad-based degree, while other degrees offer the opportunity of specialising to a greater extent. For languages, the Bachelor of Languages offers the opportunity to spend two semesters abroad as part of your degree; and the Bachelor of Languages and International Business allows you to study a language one semester abroad and one semester completing an international business placement. You can also specialise in Media, Writing, or Film as part of the Bachelor of Media and Communications, in Drama through the Bachelor of Theatre and Performance and Master of Applied Theatre Studies, and Music in the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music with Honours. Other popular awards in which you can study our units include the Diploma of Modern Languages, the Graduate Certificate in Arts and the Graduate Certificate in Writing. You can undertake studies at undergraduate and postgraduate level (Honours, Master of Arts, Master of Arts (Hons), Doctor of Philosophy) in all discipline areas. We also offer the Higher Degree by Research in Creative Practice (Master of Arts (Hons)) and the Doctor of Philosophy).
For further information about Honours and Postgraduate study, please go to our Postgraduate Study page.
The School delivers programs to other tertiary institutions including the University of Newcastle (German), University of Southern Queensland (Indonesian) and the University of Wollongong (Indonesian). We are also part of the Regional Universities Indonesian Language Initiative (RUILI).
Many of our staff are leaders in their fields of research. We also pride ourselves on our supportive research environment for research students at Honours, Masters and Doctoral levels. The School of Arts is also the home of the Arts New England Centre for Research and Innovation in the Arts and has links with many local, national and international societies and organisations in the creative and performing arts, including the Alliance Française of Armidale, the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association, the Musicological Society of Australia (Northern NSW Chapter), the New England Conservatorium of Music, and the Dickens Project, a scholarly consortium based at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
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