Study options

Career destinations

Graduates from the Department of Languages and Cultures can work in the following fields:

  • editing, publishing;
  • (award-winning) creative and professional writing;
  • teaching (a lot!);
  • theatre, television and film production;
  • acting and directing;
  • community and youth work;
  • public relations;
  • curation;
  • arts administration;
  • community arts;
  • photojournalism;
  • art therapy;
  • campaign or advocacy;
  • policy and research;
  • oh, and they become scholars and academics, too.



Our department contributes the following areas of study to the Bachelor of Arts:

These studies integrate arts and culture and theory and practice.

In addition to these areas of study, our department also hosts the Bachelor of Creative Arts, which includes all of the subject areas above plus:

You can study a language by:

  • enrolling in a Bachelor of Arts
  • completing a Diploma in Languages alongside another La Trobe degree
  • studying a language as an additional major in another La Trobe degree (subject space permitting)
  • enrol in a single language subject as an elective

You can also consolidate your language skills by entering a Study Abroad program.

Current students can enrol in a Diploma in Languages concurrently with most La Trobe undergraduate degrees.  Depending upon individual circumstances, students will have the opportunity to participate in exchange, 'in-country' studies or other self-funded short overseas programs, immersing themselves in the culture and language and potentially reducing the time needed for completion of the award.

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An Honours year is offered as a bridge between undergraduate and postgraduate study. It is one year of focused and intensive study in your chosen field, including an extended individual research project. It represents a gateway to higher degree study, either Masters or PhD, with high-achieving students becoming eligible for postgraduate scholarships.

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We supervise a range of Masters and PhD thesis topics across a broad spectrum of topics in English, Languages, Linguistics, Creative Writing, Screen Studies, Theatre and Drama and Visual Arts. We are especially interested in hearing from prospective candidates who are interested in developing practice-based research projects. For further information, please contact Dr Terrie Waddell on (+61 3) 9479 2396.

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