Undergraduate Program

Art is a profound and persistent human impulse. Art History explores the history of making, viewing and experiencing works of art and architecture. It asks key questions such as what is art for, what does it mean, and how does it function in broader culture? These questions will be part of a dynamic encounter with complex and compelling works of art. You will gain the historical knowledge and analytical skills to make sense of such works across time and space, to relate them to each other and to the specific historical and cultural contexts for which they were created.

Art History can be studied at undergraduate level as a major or as a minor. Additionally, Single units of study can be taken as electives to complement other study in your degree. You can also choose to further your studies in Art History by combining the Bachelor of Arts degree with the new Bachelor of Advanced Studies. Research study is available at Honours and Postgraduate Research degree level.

Structuring Your Study

Under the new degree requirements, which apply to students enrolling in 2018 (and to students who enrolled in 2017, if they wish to switch to the new curriculum) a Major in Art History comprises two 1000-level Art History units, two 2000-level Art History units, and four 3000-level Art History units. One of the 3000-level units must be an Interdisciplinary Project unit. A Minor in Art History comprises two 1000-level Art History units, two 2000-level Art History units, and two 3000-level Art History units. (An Interdisciplinary Project unit is not required for a Minor.)

Under the previous degree requirements, which apply to students enrolling in 2017 or earlier (except for students who enrolled in 2017 and who wish to switch to the new curriculum), a Major in Art History requires at least six senior (i.e. 2000-level or 3000-level) Art History units. At least one of these units must be at 3000-level.

Please see below for more detailed information relevant to you, depending on which of the three categories you fall under:

 I am continuing in my current degree I would like to move to the new curriculum