An Art History major covers a wide range of art practices including: painting, sculpture and architecture as well as film, photography and design. You will focus on gaining a historical understanding of art in its social context, as well as learning tools for visual analysis and criticism. European art history from the early Renaissance to the late 20th and 21st century is covered, with a focus on English, French and Italian visual arts. The department offers specialisations in modern, post-modern and contemporary art from Australia, the USA, Western Europe, East and Southeast Asia. The study of Australian art includes indigenous painting and new media.
To major in Art History, students must complete ARHT1001 Art and Experience and ARHT1002 Modern Times: Art and Film. You can then select from a full range of senior units of study available across the department. 36 senior credit points must be completed for the major.
Sydney Arts and Social Sciences graduates work in government departments at all levels, and major private sector consultancies and corporations, locally and overseas. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a range of subject areas that prepare graduates for careers in administration, education, business research, marketing, media, management consultancy, public relations, gallery and museum curatorship, hospitality and tourism, community and welfare. Our graduates are proficient in research and inquiry, and demonstrate personal and intellectual autonomy, and ethical, social and professional understanding, qualities sought after by leading employers all over the world.
Further study for major
Eligible candidates may proceed to an Honours year in the Bachelor of Arts, or apply for admission to a rich postgraduate program in the humanities and social sciences, comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Master degrees include capstone projects ranging from internships with government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas, the gallery and museum sector, and leading media organisations, to opportunities for independent research projects which prepare students for higher degrees by research.
Related subject areas
Film Studies, French Studies, Italian Studies