Literary and Cultural Studies
|Indicative ATAR||70 Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.|
|Study method||Full-time or part-time|
|Intake||February or July|
|Duration||3 years full-time|
Literary and cultural studies focuses on the building of cultural meaning and the ways in which cultural values are articulated socially and creatively.
This major explores the making and circulation of meaning within a culture. You will focus on the construction of cultural values and the ways in which they are articulated through social and creative practice.
You will explore a number of media, including novels, advertisements, newspapers, photographs, paintings, film, fashion, popular music, social space and social media and how these encode and reflect the cultural conditions. By learning how to interpret encodings you can understand past and present culture.
This major suits students who are interested in literature, popular culture and how society came to be the way it is today.
The literary and cultural studies major is offered as part of the Bachelor of Arts. You can enhance your studies with a secondary major or choose from a range of elective units to support your career goals.You can study this as part of a double major:
- Theatre Arts
- Anthropology and Sociology
- Creative Writing
- Professional Writing and Publishing
- Screen Arts
*Please note not all majors are offered online
High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.
Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students
Indicative TER (ATAR) Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.
STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.
Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative
Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.
Mature age entry
Essential WACE courses
At least English 2A/2B, Literature 2A/2B or English as an Additional Language/Dialect 2A/2B
A TAFE certificate IV and evidence of English competency or a TAFE diploma.
All applications to commence study in first semester are made online through the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC). Applicants are required to choose one Bachelor of Arts major and use the TISC code for this particular major as their preference. If you wish to study a double major, you elect the second major once you have been accepted into the course.
Fees for Australian and New Zealand students
What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? -
A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the
student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.
All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.
Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.
Fees are indicative first year only.
*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.
This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website
If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.
This course can help you become a:
- Arts Administrator
- Public Relations Officer
You may find additional opportunities in:
- Public Relations
If you wish to become a freelance writer we recommend complementing your Literary and Cultural Studies major with a major in:
Below are a list of majors that will complement your Literary and Cultural Studies major if you wish to become a teacher:
Note: You will need to complete either a double degree with Secondary Education or a one-year Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary Education) after the completion of your Bachelor of Arts to become a qualified teacher.
If you wish to become an author, we recommend complementing Literary and Cultural studies with one of:
- You will acquire a broader and deeper understanding of cultural products and the dynamics of culture.
- You will gain communication, research, analytical and critical skills useful in many careers and industries.
- You will be taught by friendly, knowledgeable staff and join a network of successful graduates.