Interested in doing Honours in 2013?
The School of the Arts and Media offers an Honours year of study for students majoring in English, Creative Writing, Music, Film, Dance, Media and Theatre and Performance Studies. Come along to the information session in Webster 327 on Tuesday 18 September, 3-4pm, and find out what an honours year is, why you would want to do it, and how to apply!
Studying Honours in the School of the Arts and Media at UNSW offers a chance to develop your research and professional skills guided by staff who are passionate about research and the development of new researchers.
Honours is an extra year of study, usually following immediately on from a pass degree, that combines aspects of undergraduate study with those of post-graduate research. It introduces advanced research training through the completion of a thesis or a creative or practice-based research project. Students who undertake Bachelors degrees in Australia typically have the opportunity to complete either a Pass degree or an Honours degree. A Pass degree, the standard course followed by most students, is structured around coursework and is usually completed in three years. An Honours degree is available only to students who have a grade average of 70% in a particular program of study, involves both coursework and advanced research training, and has an extra year of university study devoted to it.
Undertaking an honours year will allow you to get your first real glimpse of what being an academic involves. Your thesis/research project will be of your own devising and will involve you developing your own research questions and the wherewithal to answer them through original investigation, analysis and reporting. Completing an Honours degree brings many rewards. Some particularly notable ones are:
• obtaining a much deeper understanding of your academic discipline (Dance Education, English, Film Studies, Media, Music and Music Education, or Theatre and Performance Studies);
• working one-on-one with your supervisor and receiving instruction on the finer points of reading, writing and critical thinking;
• developing a sense of collegiality with a select group of honours students who will be your peers, and with whom you will share all the excitement, interests, aspirations, and insights that come with an intensive period of study.
How To Apply
Internal Domestic and International Applicants: If you are currently enrolled at UNSW then you need to complete the FASS Honours Application form and submit to the FASS Student Centre (ground floor Morven Brown building, 9385 2289, firstname.lastname@example.org) by the 10th of December 2012. You can download the application form from here:
External Domestic and International Applicants:
If you are not currently enrolled at UNSW all applications and enquiries must be directed to:
For Domestic applicants
Admissions Office (Honours)
Sydney NSW 2052
Phone: +61 2 9385 3228
Fax: +61 2 9662 4241
Application Form at http://www.unsw.edu.au/futureStudents/undergrad/sad/HonoursWeb.pdf (PDF)
For International applicants
Direct Admissions Office
Sydney NSW 2052
Phone: +61 2 9385 3656
Fax: +61 2 9662 1049
Apply online at https://apply.unsw.edu.au
Admission to Honours is subject to approval of the Head of School, and the availability of appropriate supervision. Candidates should therefore note that the minimum qualifications for entry to the various plans will not guarantee automatic admission. Please also note that SAM does not take mid-semester honours enrolments.
Students from institutions other than UNSW who wish to undertake Honours in Music may be required to attend an audition if their proposed program includes music performance, or to present a folio of compositions if their proposed program includes composition. This should be discussed with the program convenor for Music.
- DR. Brigitta Olubas
I want to apply for Honours and I come from another university. How and where do I apply?
Refer to How To Apply above, under External Domestic and International Applicants.