About the Faculty

Welcome to our Faculty community.

The University of Adelaide first offered official lectures in 1876, with just one degree on offer: the Bachelor of Arts. Today, the Faculty of Arts still offers the Bachelor of Arts -  alongside a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

For over 130 years, staff in the Faculty have educated generations of students interested in the humanities, social sciences, music, creative arts and teacher training. Over that time, our fundamental aims have not changed: we want to help you to think, research and communicate clearly and creatively. We want to give you access to academic staff and fellow students who can help you develop your intellectual skills and academic abilities. We want to connect you with our many alumni who can assist you through your studies and who can guide your careers.

We encourage you to take advantage of the extraordinary life and study experiences available at The University of Adelaide. You will have the opportunity to learn from and interact with some of the best minds. You can also choose to study overseas at one of our many exchange partners through the Global Learning program, or complete an internship aligned with your interests. For those of you choosing to study on campus, the Faculty is set in Adelaide’s cultural precinct, close to the central business district, within easy reach of the many activities and opportunities the city has to offer.

We look forward to meeting you!

Our schools

The Faculty is comprised of four schools, offering a broad curriculum across the fields of Humanities, Social Sciences, Education and Music.

Our teaching

Study alongside leading researchers in the Faculty of Arts. With undergraduate, postgraduate, honours and masters on offer, the Faculty of Arts provides students with studies in many different disciplines.

Our graduates have gone into the community prepared to make an lasting impact on the world. The Faculty of Arts is also home to the first indigenous Rhodes Scholar, Rebecca Richards.


Our research

Research in the Faculty of Arts encompasses a wide variety of disciplinary approaches to documenting, clarifying, shaping and enriching thought and behaviour, policy and planning. Research undertaken by the Faculty is independently ranked by the Excellence in Research Initiative for Australia (ERA). 

Our research has been ranked as at, above, or well above world standard in creative writing, performing arts, demography, philosophy, anthropology and development studies, human geography, political science and historical studies. 

One of our Research Centres, the J.M Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice was established in recognition of our first Nobel Prize winner, J.M. Coetzee. One of the most lauded of living writers, J.M. Coetzee's work is an inspiration for the centre's activities in terms of excellence and engagement with social and political issues.

We also actively build research strengths through a number of means including applications for nationally competitive research fellowships and grants, internal funding schemes and our acclaimed research centres.