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Which arts and humanities courses to study abroad?
Doodle Nandi

Doodle Nandi is a content editor for Hotcourses India- an IDP company, and helps write articles that help students with their study abroad journey.


31 Aug 2018 89 Book icon 7 mins Share

Which arts and humanities course abroad should you study?

There could be some arts and humanities courses that are tailor made for you. Learn which course to shortlist for your abroad studies

31 Aug 2018 89 Book icon 7 mins Share
Which arts and humanities courses to study abroad?

Often students who want to pursue higher studies abroad get caught in a dilemma when it comes to decide a course or programme. The common question that pops up in their mind is ‘How on earth should I choose one course that will change my life?’

Here is a list of arts and humanities courses abroad that will bring a whole new change in your life. You need to pick one that suits your academic profile. We also give you some tips on how to decide which arts courses are meant for you:


Humanities is the study of human behaviour combined with how we are closely linked to literature, history, music, art and religion. It’s a broad domain that deals with complex situations through a logical approach.

Who should study humanities?

  • Students who are passionate about understanding human experience take up studying humanities.
  • Students who feel their word knowledge is narrow, and therefore studying humanities could be one way they can expand their knowledge.
  • Humanities is a subject that lets students improve their writing and critical reading skills. If you are interested in it, then this is your subject.
  • Students who often find themselves debating about world politics and human conditions must settle down with a degree in humanities.

Universities abroad to study humanities

  1. Murdoch University
  2. Massey University
  3. La Trobe University
  4. Centennial College
  5. The University of Sydney

Creative writing

Often it’s the aspiring writers who strive to keep their passion alive, regardless of the rejections that they face in their lives, choose to study creative writing abroad. Creative writing at a good institute abroad can widen students’ outlook.

The course helps students hone their skills and also nurture their dream through several outstanding writing projects. Most universities abroad that teach creative writing have a multi-cultural and multi-lingual faculty of academics. They can bring a positive impact in the lives of students.

Who should study creative writing?

  • People who would never give up writing, no matter how many times their drafts are rejected or books are returned by publishers.  
  • Creative writing is for a creative mind who knows that he/she can create magic with words.
  • If you are firm that through creative writing you can maintain your sanity, then give it a shot.
  • If your dream is to write one book, which would be an international best seller, then there’s nothing that can stop you from choosing this subject and exploring your options.

Universities abroad to study creative writing

  1. The University of Sydney
  2. University of Adelaide
  3. Douglas College
  4. University of Sheffield
  5. University of Technology Sydney – UTS

Game art and design

We live in a world where technology is taking over many things. There are artists who rely on their paintbrush and paper for a daily living. On the other hand, we have visual artists who work with the help of softwares to create illustrations, graphic design materials and more.

In addition, there are students who indulge in animation and cinema using the current technology that’s available.

The creation of online games has a wider impact on young people in a society. It requires tremendous patience and creative thinking power.

Who should study game art and design?

  • Students who have a love for online games and are tech-savvy often decide on choosing this subject.
  • Students who believe online gaming and designing can revolutionise the digital space and way people think and educate others.
  • Online games are also effective modes of learning, especially for early-age-group children. There are students who want to pursue this subject with the hope of creating outstanding learning material.

Universities abroad to study game art and design

  1. University of South Wales
  2. LaSalle College
  3. Centennial College

Liberal arts education

A liberal arts education comprises majors in arts, sciences and humanities along with a scope to study other areas like philosophy, anthropology, political science, etc. It’s a subject that revolves around multi-disciplinary areas to give students a holistic learning experience.

Who should study liberal arts education?

  • If you want to be a good communicator in a professional space, then a degree in liberal arts education can help.
  • Students who want to gain an interdisciplinary knowledge must choose to study liberal arts.
  • Also, if you are one of those who want to expand their learning zone, connecting with people from all over the world, then a degree in liberal arts might help.

Universities abroad to study liberal arts education

  1. University of Bristol
  2. The University of Sydney
  3. University of Adelaide
  4. Douglas College
  5. Keele University

Economics and finance

The economy determines the health of a state and country. It’s a branch of study that lets you make business decisions using key tools and tactics. This study area is not limited to just demand and supply curves in a society. It comprises several other methods to analyse the growth of business and nation in more effective ways.

Who should study economics and finance?

  • Those who are god in maths or who start loving it later in their lives.
  • If you want to be a good communicator and also move on to business and finance sectors, then study a degree in economics and finance abroad.

University abroad to study economics and finance

  1. University of Leeds
  2. University of Sheffield
  3. University of Wollongong
  4. University of Liverpool
  5. Curtin University


Philosophy is the area of study that only few people are interested in. A general assumption is philosophers have never been able to or solve any problems, except rationalising through their theories.

But the reality is a far cry from what we often see and believe in. Most philosophers have the ability to find logic in anything that happens around the world, and they have a vision that stands distinct from the remaining population.

Who should study philosophy?

  • If you are interested to know the fundamental truths about life and existence (don’t yawn now!), then studying philosophy can open a whole new world for you.
  • If you have been an ardent follower of Socrates but do not want to restrict yourself to him, but explore the teachings of other equally popular philosophers like him, you can choose to study philosophy.
  • Philosophy is interconnected with many other subjects and is considered to be the oldest one. The very name of the subject is interesting as much as studying it. If you believe in it, then go for it.

Universities abroad to study philosophy

  1. University of Sheffield
  2. University of Glasgow
  3. La Trobe University
  4. Douglas College

Social science

We live in an interconnected society where every individual is connected to another through various ways. Social science is the branch of study that deals with the study of how a human society evolves and works in a constantly changing world.

Who should study social science?

  • If you’re curious to know the past, then social science could be your subject.
  • Social science covers a wide area of subjects, including politics, economics, education, history, law, sociology, anthropology and archaeology. If you’re willing to study any of these courses, then you can choose to take social science.
  • If you are keen to study human behaviour and the society that surrounds us, then this’s an ideal course choice for you.

Universities abroad to study social sciences

  1. University of Southern Queensland
  2. University of Glasgow
  3. University of Technology sydney

History and geography

Though we have excavated our past and have come to know many richest histories and also explored several mountains and rocks and landscapes, there are still several things left unknown. Some students are thrilled by the opportunities that history and geography beholds.

Who should study history and geography?

  • It’s not just for travel buffs; anyone who’s keen to know about what created this world and how it was created will be interested in history and geography.
  • Those two subjects are inter-related with science. Students who are at an intersection of choosing between science and arts can try studying history and geography.

Universities abroad to study history and geography

  1. University of Bristol
  2. University of Sheffield

There are two types of geography that are popular: human and physical geography.

Universities abroad to study human and physical geography

  1. University of Bristol
  2. University of Glasgow
  3. Victoria University of Wellington
  4. The University of Western Australia
  5. Keele University
  6. University of Central Lancashire
  7. University of Southern Queensland

Language and culture studies

Some students have ambition to work with different sectors whereas some students want to move on to do artistic things in their lives. Learning languages can help you earn a considerable livelihood since the vast majority of language lovers travel around the whole world, either writing or teaching the language to other people. Thus, making a living from what they love doing most.

Cultural studies comprise other domains like sociology, anthropology, history, etc. The hierarchy in this subject coincides with many other groups of subjects. Therefore, it’s also a significant branch of study.  

Who should study language and culture studies?

  • Since both subjects involve understanding people and their cultures and languages, students who like interacting with people and understanding the relationship that certain groups of people have with their languages and cultures must choose to study this subject.
  • Students who have always had an inherent passion to learn and work with different ethnic groups of people can choose to study this subject since it can create a lot of opportunities for them.

Universities abroad to study language and cultural studies

  1. Murdoch University
  2. University of Bristol
  3. Massey University
  4. The University of Sydney
  5. Deakin University

Visual arts and design

Often we see a different group of students who are naturally inclined towards creative objects and have tremendous willpower to pursue creativity as a profession. Visual arts and design is a wide domain interspersed with many forms of media and art that’re visually appealing.

Who should study visual arts and design?

  • Students who are focused and passionate about designs and love to co-create visual artwork, such as film-making and photography.
  • Students who find a sense of accomplishment by doing visuals.
  • This field of study is vast and often students who study it find themselves employed as graphic designers and illustrators in different sectors. With experience and perseverance, some students move on to become art directors. So if you want to work in any of these roles in any of these sectors, then this could be your subject.

Universities abroad to study visual arts and design

  1. University of Wollongong
  2. Eastern Institute of Technology
  3. Australian Catholic University
  4. Purdue University

Performing arts

Performing arts is the branch of study that deals with performers from various backgrounds and with different artistic skills. They could be actors, dancers, theatre artists, screenwriter, music director or art administrators.

While one group of people in the world indulge in science and technology and all things academic, there’s another group of people who indulge in entertainment. And both domains are dependent on each other.

Who should study performing arts?

  • Students who are street smart and love to pursue their passion for performance as their livelihood. 
  • Students who are inspired by arts and artists are naturally inclined to study performing arts as a subject in their college.
  • There are many famous people who studied performing arts as a major. A student who follows the footsteps of such persons will be more interested in studying performing arts.

Universities abroad to study performing arts

  1. Douglas College
  2. University of Plymouth
  3. University of Gloucestershire
  4. University of Portsmouth
  5. George Mason University

Fashion studies

Fashion studies is more than just walking on ramps and doing countless shoots at beautiful locations. This study area comprises the art of making designs and experimenting different textiles and fabrics and trending styles.

A typical fashion design graduate always eats, breathes and lives fashion. It’s a wearable art form that makes someone proud of their creation. There is no dull moment in a fashion student’s life and he/she is constantly trying to rise amongst the top because in the world of fashion, it’s of utmost importance to constantly reinvent yourself along with the trend.

Who should study fashion design?

  • There are many people who idolise Coco Chanel (Are you one?) as someone who had a distinct sense of fashion in earlier times, who has also become a trendsetter for generations.
  • If you have been a fan of chic, sophisticated fashion products, then this could be your subject.
  • If you are one of those who decided to take up a career in fashion after watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s or The Devil Wears Prada, then you might want to go ahead.
  • If you have been making several sketches about designer wears in your secret drawing notebook, it’s time to confess to your family that you want to study fashion.
  • Fashion industry is highly competitive. Unless you make contacts, it could be difficult to survive. If you have what it takes to sustain in the industry, then it’s all yours.

Universities abroad to study fashion design

  1. Auckland University of Technology
  2. Massey University
  3. Southern Institute of Technology
  4. Birmingham City University
  5. University of South Wales
  6. Sheffield Hallam University

Did we cover everything that you wanted to know? You can have a word with our counsellors to know more about arts courses abroad. If you want to study any of the above courses mentioned in this article, do get in touch with us. Our counsellors will detail you about the academic requirements to study abroad. 

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