School of Arts

School of Arts double majors

There are many interlinking careers and paths you can pursue through studying the Arts. That’s why we let you customise your degree to suit your individual interests and passion. With a Murdoch Arts degree, you can choose to major in two separate subject areas rather than just one, all in the same three years. By simply utilising your electives to build an entire second major, you have the opportunity to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts with two distinct specialisations. This degree also allows the added flexibility to combine your Arts major with designated programs from the Schools of Business and Governance, Law, and/or Psychology and Exercise Science.

There’s a variety of options to choose from:

  • Combine two different Arts majors into one specialised three-year degree.
  • Pick one Arts major as part of your three-year degree, and minor in up to two other Arts programs of your choice in the same timeframe.
  • Complete a five-year degree combining your Bachelor of Arts with either a Bachelor of Secondary Education or a Bachelor of Laws.

How to Apply for a Double Major:

You can only select one major when applying through TISC. Please ensure you apply for your preferred 1st choice when making this selection.
After you have accepted your offer, you can request for a second major to be added to your enrolment. Simply send a request for your 2nd major to be added via the student portal (Myanswers >Ask a Question).

You will receive written confirmation once this is complete and can self-enrol in your units.

Not studying a Bachelor of Arts? Don’t worry, many Murdoch degrees allow you to diversify your skills and build an entire Arts major into your electives without adding any extra course time.

Need more information on how to utilise your electives to create the degree you want? Speak to one of our friendly advisors in the Student Centre to help figure out your options.

Popular double major combinations

  

PR + Tourism Events

This double major will allow students to learn how Public Relations and Tourism and Events intersect, and give you the knowledge and skills to work within these industries both nationally and around the world. This combination encourages students to explore how public relations is used to promote unique travel opportunities and enhance visitor experience through socially responsible communication practices and targeted campaigns.

  

Screen + Sound

By combining Screen Production with Sound, graduates can combine two distinct creative disciplines, becoming a specialist with a broader outlook and advanced technical and creative skills. Graduates may go on to work in screen production with a position of strength and knowledge relating to sound.  Similarly they might work in sound with specialist knowledge in screen production and the skills to maximise the potential from each.

  

Community Development + Australian Indigenous Studies

This double major helps prepare people to work with Aboriginal community groups who live in regional, remote and urban settings. It combines the study of Aboriginal traditions, contemporary cultural forms, social challenges with ‘living’ examples of solutions and responses led by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people working together.

  

Communication and Media + Journalism

To be able to keep up in the ever-changing world of media you need to understand the environment that you’re working within. This combination gives you the very practical writing and technological skills of journalism, along with the critical knowledge that comes through Communication and Media Studies of how these industries operate.

  

English and Creative Writing + Theatre and Drama

Interested in staging a performance and analysing the dramatic text to understand how the playwright’s work comes alive? How about authoring a script yourself? In this double Major you’ll immerse yourself in the intersecting worlds of drama, literature and writing, discovering how each enhances and informs the other.

  

History + Philosophy

The combination of History and Philosophy shows us how the ideas that shape our lives originated, and how they have affected the development of human society. Combining the two fields will give you intellectual tools for understanding how we know what we know, and an ethical framework for interpreting the world.

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  • Asian StudiesAsian Studies Asian Studies
  • Australian Indigenous StudiesAustralian Indigenous StudiesAustralian Indigenous Studies
  • Communication and MediaCommunication and MediaCommunication and Media
  • Community DevelopmentCommunity DevelopmentCommunity Development
  • English and Creative WritingEnglish and Creative WritingEnglish and Creative Writing
  • Games Art and DesignGames Art and DesignGames Art and Design
  • Graphic DesignGraphic DesignGraphic Design
  • HistoryHistoryHistory
  • IndonesianIndonesianIndonesian
  • JapaneseJapaneseJapanese
  • JournalismJournalismJournalism
  • PhilosophyPhilosophyPhilosophy
  • PhotographyPhotographyPhotography
  • Public RelationsPublic RelationsPublic Relations
  • RadioRadioRadio
  • Religion/TheologyReligionReligion
  • Screen ProductionScreen ProductionScreen Production
  • SociologySociologySociology
  • SoundSoundSound
  • Theatre and DramaTheatre and DramaTheatre and Drama
  • Tourism and EventsTourism and EventsTourism and Events
  • Web CommunicationWeb CommunicationWeb Communication

Asian Studies

For political, economic, environmental and cultural reasons, the countries of East and South-East Asia play an increasingly important role in contemporary global change. This three-year degree offers the opportunity to study the media, religions, histories, politics, economics, sociology and anthropology of the Asian region.

Recommended double majors for Asian Studies include:

Graduates with a double major including Asian Studies will be suited to careers in:

International aid and development, youth and multicultural affairs, research, teaching, museum curating, travel industry consultancy, foreign correspondence, journalism, documentary film making, diplomacy, foreign affairs, and international public relations.

Click here for more information on a degree in Asian Studies.

Australian Indigenous Studies

Australian Indigenous Studies is a dynamic, exciting field of enquiry. This major explores the resilience of Australian Indigenous peoples - their contemporary cultural expression, life experiences, and aspirations. Students critically engage with and apply a range of theories related to national identity and Indigeneity, decolonisation, and social justice. Upon completion, students will have the skills and knowledges to be effective agents of social change. Opportunities for hands-on learning include a final-year capstone Work Integrated Learning experience in an Indigenous context. Internship and volunteering opportunities are available to students undertaking this unit.

Recommended double majors for Australian Indigenous Studies include:

Double major graduates within Australian Indigenous Studies have gone on to work in a diverse range of interesting careers, including:

Native title work, land councils, public policy, documentary film making, counselling, community development, Government, youth work, Indigenous affairs, community education, arts and cultural development, Indigenous health promotion, and employment and training.

Click here for more information on a degree in Australian Indigenous Studies.

Communication and Media Studies

This major provides students with skills and expertise for work in contemporary communication, media and cultural industries characterised by rapid change, digitalisation and technological innovation. Students are equipped with the knowledge base and skills for analysing and producing both traditional and new media texts, as well as understanding communication and cultural processes in the emerging creative industries. As the units in this major cover a wide range of critical communication issues, cultural theory and media concepts, students completing this course are well placed to embark on a research career in the industry or enrol for further studies at Honours and/or graduate level.

Recommended double majors for Communication and Media Studies include:

Graduates of a double major including Communication and Media Studies may consider careers in:

Corporate communication, digital communication, entertainment law, business development, media audience analysis, audience development, and media relations.

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Community Development

The Community Development major is designed to prepare students to work in various fields and industries where a relationship with community groups is centrally important. It provides students with the chance to combine the study of 'real' and working examples of practice, the social and policy context confronting contemporary communities, intellectual traditions used to understand community work and some of the skills that are important in everyday community-based settings.

Recommended double majors for Community Development include:

With a double major in Community Development, opportunities exist in the following areas:

Community development, international aid and development, youth work, indigenous affairs, resource industry community relations, natural resource management, arts and cultural development, community services and welfare, and community education.

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English and Creative Writing

English and Creative Writing offers students excellent opportunities to develop critical, conceptual and creative skills in order to become incisive thinkers, adept readers and imaginative writers. Students engage with a wide range of literary, theoretical, dramatic, and other texts, from the Renaissance to the present day, enabling them to hone their capacity for reflection and analysis. You will also develop the ability to write a diverse range of literary and related genres and learn to recognise and experiment with varied styles of representation and creative expression.

Recommended double majors for English and Creative Writing include:

Graduates of a double major including English and Creative Writing may consider careers in:

Advertising, public policy, arts and media practice, community development practice, public relations, writing, publishing, archival research, teaching, and journalism.

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Games Art and Design

Currently Australians spend more money on video games than film and television industries combined. The major in Games Art and Design is designed to help students take advantage of this growing global market. Taught by international games production experts, the course will provide students with three parts to a career in Games Art and Design: Production Art for 3D modelling, animation, and texture painting; Concept Art for 2D illustration and character design; and Game Designers, for level design and construction and high-level game development.

Recommended double majors for Games Art and Design include:

Graduates of a double major including Games Art and Design may consider careers in:

Games design, animation, games sound design, concept art, user interface and interactive design, player support, community management, and player relations management.

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Graphic Design

The Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design focuses on the generation of ideas and the creative ways they can be visually communicated across a range of print and digital media. Throughout the degree students will master industry specific software, critical design thinking, visual problem solving and authentic production techniques through a range of industry relevant projects. In the final year students will work with real world clients and develop a portfolio encompassing both print (branding and publication design) as well as digital environments (web and mobile app design) for a dynamic and rapidly changing global industry.

Recommended double majors for Graphic Design include:

Double major graduates within Graphic Design have gone on to work in a diverse range of interesting careers, including:

Interface and interaction design, online content production, print content production, titles design, motion graphics design, web strategy, web metrics analysis, and social media strategy.

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History

Today's world requires you to make decisions quickly, logically and creatively.  Studying History will develop your ability to respond to the demands of a fast-moving society by showing you how things come to be the way they are, and by developing your critical and creative faculties through research, analysis and effective writing.

Recommended double majors for History include:

Graduates of a double major including History may consider careers in:

Foreign service, public policy, intelligence and defence, market analysis, documentary film making and research, professional and creative writing, archival research, tourism, teaching, and curating museums or galleries.

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Indonesian

South-East Asia is a dynamic and rapidly industrialising region of tremendous cultural, economic and political importance to Australia. The Indonesian major is designed to give students advanced skills in contemporary Indonesian language. This can be combined with an Asian Studies major or minor, with units that examine Asian history, culture and contemporary issues. Students wishing to specialise in Indonesian may combine their Bachelor's degree with one or two semesters of Indonesian language study in-country as part of a Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies (GradDipAsianSt), undertaken through the national Australian Consortium for 'In-Country' Indonesian Studies (ACICIS), founded and hosted by Murdoch University. Several in-country Indonesian study options are also available within the undergraduate major.

Recommended double majors for Indonesian include:

Graduates of a double major including Indonesian may consider careers in:

Interpreting, teaching, research, archiving, journalism, broadcasting, diplomacy, law, foreign affairs, and tourism and events.

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Japanese

The Japanese language is a key to understanding the dramatic social and cultural change in modern Japan. The Japanese major, which is open to beginners and those with some knowledge of the language, consists of three years of interactive Japanese language study, fostering the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students are encouraged to combine this with a major or minor in Asian Studies, to strengthen appreciation of Japan's historical, political, economic and cultural context, and its global engagement. Options for in-country study in Japan are available.

Recommended double majors for Japanese include:

Graduates of a double major including Japanese may consider careers in:

Interpreting, teaching, research, archiving, animation, games design, journalism, broadcasting, diplomacy, law, foreign affairs, and tourism and events.

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Journalism

This major provides students with practical reporting, writing and producing skills in journalism and it investigates the ethical, legal and cultural contexts of the media. The major gives students the opportunity to work in an online newsroom. Students learn about the news media industry and about the influence of journalism on society.

Recommended double majors for Journalism include:

Graduates with a double major including Journalism will be suited to careers in:

Broadcasting, freelance writing, foreign correspondence, video journalism, photojournalism, digital communications, political journalism, travel writing, and public relations.

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Philosophy

Philosophy is the oldest academic discipline and the source from which the natural and human sciences have grown. The love of wisdom and the pursuit of truth are the greatest strength and the highest achievement of the human spirit. This kind of study develops our critical and rational faculties, instils a positive sense of impartiality and fairness in considering the views of others, and fosters a cautious, reflective attitude toward those things whose comprehension may exceed our current opinions and beliefs.

Recommended double majors for Philosophy include:

Philosophy in combination with other Arts disciplines prepares students to become critical global citizens. Our graduates have gone on to work in a diverse range of interesting careers, including:

Research, corporate and creative writing, editing, public policy, teaching, community services, foreign correspondence, environmental consultancy, and advocacy.

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Photography

The Photography major will provide students with a comprehensive set of practical photographic and digital imaging skills in combination with theoretical knowledge to enable them as photographers to develop their vision and progress their career. Students will have their practice informed by an in-depth study of the power and meaning of image and its cultural-historical context.

In addition students will be equipped with contemporary network and marketing skills key to their success as creative producers.

Recommended double majors for Photography include:

Graduates of a double major including Photography may consider careers in:

Advertising, freelance photography, fine art, fashion, audio visual design, cinematography, photo journalism, professional photography for photographic agencies, corporations, and government agencies.

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Public Relations

This major prepares students for careers in public relations and communication. It explores Australian and international theories and practices, with an emphasis on ethical communication and stakeholder engagement. Students develop critical thinking, evaluative and analytical skills and learn to write and present, work in teams, and communicate online. They also learn to develop public relations strategies to achieve organisational objectives.

Recommended double majors for Public Relations include:

With a double major in Public Relations, opportunities exist in the following areas:

Community relations, corporate communication, media relations, publicity, public relations, public affairs, corporate communication, litigation, business development, digital communications, social media management, sponsorships, and audience development.

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Radio

This major introduces students to live radio broadcasting and audio production in a range of creative formats. Students broadcast on Radio Fremantle and online, giving them a unique opportunity to experience radio production in a real-life industry environment. Students completing this major will be equipped with a wide range of skills covering reporting, presenting, producing, digital recording and editing. They will also have an understanding of how the industry operates and of the place of radio in the Australian and global media landscape.

Recommended double majors for Radio include:

Double major graduates within Radio have gone on to work in a diverse range of interesting careers, including:

Radio production, radio presenting, web radio development, broadcast journalism, sponsorship/advertising, business development, and promotional design.

Click here for more information on a degree in Public Radio.

Religion

Human societies are, for better and for worse, profoundly shaped by their religious traditions. Even secular western society is deeply influenced by its religious inheritance. Religious studies explores the different expressions of human religiosity and compares them within their cultural, historical and political contexts. It studies critically a wide range of religious traditions, their foundational texts, practices and histories. In addition, it explores how different religions engage with specific issues, such as the nature of God, human mortality, ethics, social issues and society.

Recommended double majors for Religion include:

A major in Religion provides an excellent range of critical, analytical skills. It also provides multicultural and multidisciplinary perspectives on vital aspects of human social structures and interactions. As such, a Religion major is an excellent basis for careers in:

Public service, diplomatic service, education, non-profit organisations, advocacy, multi-faith chaplaincy, and museums.

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Screen Production

This major trains students to be film-makers. Students will learn current screen industry practices and their theoretical principles, including script-writing, producing, directing, cinematography, digital video editing, sound recording and design, post-production digital compositing, and photographic skills. Units cover a mix of screen practice and image theory, and students can choose one or both of two specific production pathways: drama or documentary. Students will engage in the film-making formats of documentary, drama, music-video, experimental, webisodes, television studio, and more.

Recommended double majors for Screen Production include:

Double major graduates within Screen Production have found careers as:

Cinematographers, sound recordist/designers, directors, video journalists, editors, online content creators, community development practitioners, production designers, and scriptwriters.

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Sociology

Sociology helps us to grasp the connections between the personal and the social in a global context. It helps us understand how changes in the structure of society, the material world (e.g. technology), the economy, cultural systems of beliefs and values, and access to power, influence us as members of society. Sociology is particularly interested in class, gender, ethnicity, religion and social change. Sociological knowledge and skills are increasingly important in a wide range of professions and occupations, and provide a broader perspective for understanding the world.

Recommended double majors for Sociology include:

Graduates with a double major including Sociology will be suited to careers in:

Local, state and federal public service, welfare services, family support, mental health services, policy development and research, legal services, and advocacy.

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Sound

Sound incorporates the way sound is used both in media and in everyday life. This major focuses on the practice of contemporary sound design and production, combining a mix of theory and production in areas such as popular music, sound for film and games, studio recording, music technology, live sound and sound design.

Recommended double majors for Sound include:

Double major graduates within Sound have gone on to work in a diverse range of interesting careers, including:

Music/sound therapy, games sound design, live sound engineering, audio visual design, web audio design, sound editing, and audio content creation.

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Theatre and Drama

Theatre and Drama introduces students to a range of important theatrical and dramatic texts. It also provides students with the opportunity to develop skills in reading and responding to this material both creatively and critically. Students will develop a thorough understanding of the role and function of dramatic work and performance in a range of different social and cultural contexts. You will also learn about the important theoretical and philosophical frameworks supporting these art forms, and will be guided in the development of skills in acting, writing and production.

Recommended double majors for Theatre and Drama include:

Graduates of a double major including Theatre and Drama may consider careers in:

Acting, directing, producing, youth work, arts and cultural development, sound design, stage managing, theatre technician, scriptwriting, and teaching.

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Tourism and Events

Tourism and events, including festivals, are important social, political and economic phenomena in many parts of the world. The uniqueness of this degree is that it is offered from within the Social Sciences and is developed within the framework of tourism for sustainable development. Graduates of this degree will enter the workforce with knowledge of the wider tourism system, policy issues relating to tourism and events, and a wide understanding of the nature of socio/cultural, environmental and economic impacts of tourism and events.

Recommended double majors for Tourism and Events include:

Graduates with a double major including Tourism and Events will be suited to careers in:

Event coordination, travel consultancy, local and state Government, environmental planning, hotel management, tourism operations, community development, eco-tourism, arts and cultural development, and travel writing.

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Web Communication

Web Communication combines an exciting mix of web design, digital marketing and public relations. Students will learn how to design and develop strategies for web communication campaigns using a range of digital media including, social media, websites, mobile technology, games, video and online news media. Students will learn all about conveying information and ideas using networks such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, powerful search engines such as Google and Yahoo and well-designed and written websites and blogs to deliver creatively planned strategic outcomes for organisations.

Recommended double majors for Web Communication include:

Double major graduates within Web Communication have gone on to work in a diverse range of interesting careers, including:

Web content strategy, online copy editing, web production, player support, community management, web metrics analysis, social media strategy, web radio development, web content production, web content creators, and television and film production.

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