Honours Programs


Applying for Honours in Art History and Curatorship, Visual Arts and Design

Admission to Honours in the School of Art and Design is assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Academic achievement: applicants must have a weighted average mark (WAM) of 70% or greater across 36 units (6 courses) at 2000- and 3000-level in art or design subjects, pending on your degree.
  • Merit of the applicant’s project proposal: applicants must provide a written proposal describing their proposed Honours project – the area of research, research process, subjects, themes, contextual research and methodology. More information about writing a proposal is available below.


Step 1: Submit Thesis Supervision form and project proposal to the School of Art and Design

Applicants for Honours must submit the following two documents electronically to admin.somad@anu.edu.au:

  • College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) Thesis Supervisor Confirmation Form, signed by the applicant.
    • Please note: A supervisor will be appointed to you by the Honours convenor, based on your project proposal. Do not nominate a supervisor or seek their signature – leave this field blank.
    • Once a supervisor has been allocated, the form will be returned to the applicant, signed by your supervisor, the convenor and the Head of School. The applicant must then upload the completed form to their online application for the Honours program (see below).
    • For Art History and Curatorship, students must approach potential supervisors directly, in consultation with the CAHAT Honours Convenor. It is the student’s responsibility to provide their Honours supervisor with the Thesis Supervisor Confirmation Form to sign.
  • A project proposal of of between 800 and 1000 words (not including references) describing your proposed Honours project. See below for detailed instructions on how to format and assemble your project proposal.
    • Applicants who are already enrolled in an ANU Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship, Bachelor of Visual Arts or Bachelor of Design program are not required to submit a portfolio for assessment – only the thesis supervision form and the research proposal.
    • Applicants who are completing their Bachelor degree at an external university are required to submit, in addition to the Thesis Supervisor Confirmation Form and project proposal:
      • A portfolio of work comprising a maximum of 10 jpeg files. These can be submitted by email or by file-sharing service (OneDrive etc.). For Art History and Curatorship this should take the form of a written research paper (2000 words minimum).
      • Two written references from academics, artists, designers or technologists who can speak to your research, skills and experience.
      • A scanned copy of your official academic transcript from your home institution. Screenshots or unofficial transcripts are not acceptable.

Please note that applications submitted without the necessary material will not be assessed.

Both documents must be submitted in PDF format to admin.somad@anu.edu.au no later than 11.55pm on 10 October. Please name files with your surname first.

This timeframe allows for completed Thesis Supervisor Confirmation Forms to be returned to applicants in time to submit their formal applications by the closing CASS deadline of 31 October. Once you have received your approved Thesis Supervisor Confirmation, please complete step 2.

Step 2: Apply to ANU Student Central for admission to Honours

Lodge your formal application for the Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) or the Bachelor of Design (Honours) by following the below links and clicking on ‘Apply’:

Make sure that you upload both your research proposal and your completed Thesis Supervisor Confirmation Form with your application. Your application is not complete without these.

Enquiries about the application process should be directed to admin.somad@anu.edu.au from your ANU student email address, or from your applicant email address for non-ANU candidates.

Important information: Writing a project proposal for Honours in the School of Art and Design

Applicants should organise their project proposal under the following headings:

The applicant:

  • Name
  • ANU ID number
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • List the academic staff whom you worked closely with in your third year
  • Have you discussed your proposal with any academic staff at SOAD?

The project:

  • Title of the proposed project
  • Summary of the proposed project (maximum 50 words)
  • Project proposal (800-1000 words)
    • background
    • importance
    • contextual review (artists, designers, academics, authors that inform this proposal)
    • proposed methodology/methods
  • Bibliography (not included in word count)
  • Requested studio area (if applicable)
  • ANU equipment you anticipate using (if applicable)

More information about preparing a proposal can be found at the following link, provided by the Academic Skills and Learning Centre.

Updated:  6 October 2022/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications