School of Arts

School of Arts double majors

There are many interlinking paths and careers you can pursue through studying the Arts. That is why we let you customise your degree to suit your individual interests and passions. With a Murdoch Creative Media, Communication or Arts degree, you can choose to major in two separate subject areas in the same three years it takes to complete one. By simply utilising your general electives units to build an entire second major, you have the opportunity to graduate with two distinct specialisations. Degrees within the School of Arts also allow the added flexibility to combine your major with other designated programs within Schools such as Business and Governance and Law.

There is a variety of options to choose from:

  • Combine two different School of Arts majors into one specialised three-year degree.
  • Pick one School of 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.
  • Complete a five-year combined degree with a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Communication.
  • Complete a four-year degree combining your Bachelor of Communication with either a Bachelor of Creative Media or a Bachelor of Criminology.

How to Apply for a Double Major:

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). A second major can be added to your degree at any time before you graduate.

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

Not studying within the School 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

  

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.

  

Photography + Journalism

A combined degree in Journalism and Photography will provide graduates with the diverse range of skills needed for employment in a rapidly changing media landscape. In an increasingly visual culture, versatility in communication across multiple platforms is crucial, and this hands-on course will provide both the practical and theoretical knowledge needed in our digital age.

  

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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Explore all of our majors

  • Global Media and CommunicationGlobal Media and CommunicationGlobal Media and Communication
  • 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 RelationsStrategic Communication
  • Screen ProductionScreen ProductionScreen Production
  • SociologySociologySociology
  • SoundSoundSound
  • Theatre and DramaTheatre and DramaTheatre and Drama
  • Tourism and EventsTourism and EventsTourism and Events

Global Media and Communication

In this course you’ll develop the knowledge and creative skills you need to work as a communication specialist. You will learn to communicate effectively using text, sound and vision and will develop research skills that enable you to analyse global media issues, cultural and media policies and audience behaviour. You will examine political power, public policy, political institutions, ideas and processes, and their transformations at national and global levels.

Recommended double majors for Communication and Media Studies include:

Graduates of a double major including Global Media and Communication 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, professional and/or creative writing, publishing, archival research, teaching, copywriting, 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 Creative Media 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 service design.

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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, broadcasting, diplomacy, 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 media 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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Strategic Communication

In this course you’ll learn how to be a strategic communicator in a global world. You will be taught how to communicate and engage with diverse stakeholders and audiences by learning how to create strategic content, manage social media accounts, research and develop public relations and communication strategies and write for traditional and digital media. You will explore Australian and international communication theories and practices, with an emphasis on ethical communication and critical thinking. Working with real-life clients, you will also research and analyse information, develop proficiency in writing and presentations and cultivate the creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial skills needed to be a strategic communication expert.

Recommended double majors for Strategic Communication include:

With a double major in Strategic Communication, 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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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, 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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