Faculty of Humanities
The Faculty of Humanities offers flexibility, a broad knowledge base, the ability to communicate your ideas effectively, experience in teamwork and skills in self-reliance.
The Faculty of Humanities offers undergraduate courses in Built Environment, Design and Art, Media and Communication, Education, Asian Languages and Social Sciences. While the range of degrees is quite diverse, all are comprehensive, flexible, multi-skilled, forward-thinking and practical.
Humanities offers a diverse range of postgraduate programs from Project Management, International Relations, Sustainability and Urban and Regional Planning, through to Education, Art, Librarianship and Information Management, Journalism, writing and performance. There is a strong practical emphasis in all these programs.
The faculty delivers courses that combine practicality and industry focus with innovation and creativity. Programs are offered in a variety of study modes that reflect innovative approaches to teaching and incorporate information technology to maximise student learning outcomes.
What graduates are doing
Humanities degrees from Curtin give students a solid foundation for their future careers, be it as architects, teachers, designers, journalists, planners, writers, producers or artists. Humanities courses have been proven to produce graduates with the highest levels of creative and critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills, which are transferable across all occupational fields.
In 2008, Elissa Down, a Curtin Film and Television graduate, released her first feature film The Black Balloon to rave reviews and it won a Crystal Bear Award for Best Feature at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival.
Fashion and Textile Design graduate Lauren Boyle won an award at the 2008 Perth fashion Festival for her newly-launched label, She Said Yoo Hoo.
Urban and Regional Planning graduate Kareen May won the 2007 National Young Planner of the Year Award, presented by the Planning Institute of Australia.
Alistair Yiap, who graduated from Jewellery Design in 2007, was named a ‘designer to watch’ in The Sunday Times’ magazine lift-out, STM, in December 2008.
Research and development
Research in the Faculty of Humanities is innovative, applied and relevant, and is frequently conducted in partnership with government and industry. The Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute seeks to develop innovative solutions to the major sustainability issues facing the community and businesses today.
Other research groups specialise in community development in Asia and the Pacific, creative technologies and Australian culture, providing elegant solutions to complex problems and a deeper understanding of Australia and surrounding regions.
Ian Bell, Bachelor of Arts (Humanities)