College of Arts and Law

It is my pleasure to introduce the College, which was established on 1 January 2017, by aligning the previous Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Law as a single entity.

The College brings together teaching and research expertise in humanities, law, social sciences and creative arts to create a multi-disciplinary hothouse for exploring new ideas and knowledge that will help shape the futures of individuals and societies, both locally and internationally.

The College offers a diverse curriculum that encourages students to take a multi-faceted approach to exploring issues and ideas and provides learning experiences, including local placements and international exchanges, that prepare them for exciting and meaningful careers.

The College hosts a number of institutes that reflect its research strengths. The Institute for the Study of Social Change, the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute and the Asia Institute Tasmania challenge current thinking, educate and inform, and contribute to the formation of public policy and the creation of better communities.

I invite you to join our College - as a student, researcher, staff member, supporter – to play your part in creating the future.

Professor Noel Frankham, Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Arts and Law

Who we are

Graduates impacting the world

College of Arts and Law graduates are critical thinkers, problem-solvers and effective communicators. They are people who don’t shy away from a good discussion, the chance to argue a case, or think outside the box creatively.

Dr Lionel Nichols, YouTube video

Dr Lionel Nichols studied International Relations and Law. Today, as a Barrister specialising in International Law, he is prosecuting some of the biggest cases of our time.

Find out more about our International Relations program

Rebecca Birrell, YouTube video

From designing a major installation at a World Heritage Site to the wine label of Australia's highest selling pinot, Rebecca Birrell approaches design from a broad perspective.

Find out more about our Art program

Lucy Breaden, YouTube video

In 2010, Lucy Breaden graduated with First Class Honours in Journalism. Today, Lucy brings the news to Tasmania five nights per week from the news desk at WIN television.

Find out more about our Media program

Our courses

Whether practical, conceptual or theoretical, out students develop the skills, experience and proficiency necessary to work and succeed within their chosen profession. Our courses are supported by a number of unique study opportunities and experiences.


Research in the College of Arts and Law addresses important issues for Tasmanian and wider culture and society. This work spans diverse disciplines across the social sciences, humanities, law and visual and performing arts.

Researchers contribute to all five of the University’s research themes Creativity, Culture and Society; Environment Resources and Sustainability; Better Health; Marine, Antarctic and Maritime; and Data, Knowledge and Decisions.

Our research helps shape contemporary debates at local, national and international levels, contributing to changes in law, policy, professional practice and quality of life. These strengths also underpin our undergraduate and research degree programs.

All fields of research within the College were ranked at world standard or higher in the last Excellence in Research Australia assessment, conducted in 2015.

Find out more about our research and research degrees through our affiliated research institutes and centres and our schools:

Researcher profile

Dr Michelle Phillipov, YouTube video

Food, Media and the Public

Dr Michelle Phillipov is an expert in media and communications. Her work is concerned with the meanings we derive from cultural representations and practices. She is exploring how the media is shaping our relationship with food, and in particular, what this means for food producers.

Read more about Michelle
Browse our academic staff profiles

Research Institutes and Centres

Find out more about the institutes and centres affiliated with the College of Arts and Law.