The Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship bridges the gap between art history as an academic discipline and the practicalities of curating collections and exhibitions.
The degree locates the study of art in a range of historical, social, cultural and political contexts. You can focus on Australian, Asian and International art, both historical and contemporary, and participate in intensive art history courses taught overseas. You will be able to deepen your understanding of art practice through courses drawn from the School of Art & Design and be exposed to the museum environment through tutorials and internships at national cultural institutions.
Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.
The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.
Art history and curatorship has a strong career orientation. Many of our graduates have taken up key positions in art galleries, museums and other cultural institutions. Some are in teaching positions relating to their specialisations, while others have entered the commercial world of culture and art. With a strong emphasis on critical analysis, research, problem solving and communicating with audiences in diverse ways, this degree provides valuable training for future managers in the arts, heritage and collections sectors, and more broadly across the public service and private enterprise.
Upon successful completion, students will be able to:
- Identify and critique the historical, social, cultural and political contexts of art.
- Understand the relationship between art history, art theory and curatorial practices.
- Evaluate and investigate the structures and practices of public cultural institutions through active engagement with museums and galleries.
- Demonstrate practical knowledge of the processes associated with caring for collections and developing exhibitions.
Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission to undergraduate degrees is based on meeting the ATAR requirement or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications:
• An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR
• A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate or international equivalent; OR
• At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level study at an Australian higher education institution or international equivalent; OR
• An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.
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The table below is a guide to the entry level required for domestic applicants. Exact entry level will be set at time of offer.
Domestic applicant entry requirements
Queensland Band equivalents are a guide only - selection is made on an ATAR equivalent that is not available to students.
International applicant entry requirements
International applicants may view further information on admissions requirements at Entry Requirements for International Undergraduate Applicants
The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs as required.
- QLD Band:
- International Baccalaureate:
ANU offers bonus points for nationally strategic senior secondary subjects, and in recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies.
Bonus points are applied to Bachelor degree applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedule, and no more than 10 points (maximum 5 academic points and maximum 5 equity points) will be awarded. Academic bonus points do not apply to programs with an ATAR cutoff of 98 or higher.
Visit the ANU Bonus Points website for futher information.
Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)
For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees
- Annual indicative fee for international students
ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.
Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are. Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.
For further information see the Scholarships website.
The Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship requires completion of 144 units, of which:
A maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses
The 144 units must include:
24 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:
12 units from completion of curatorship courses from the following list:
36 units from completion of art history and theory courses from the following list:
ARTH2043 Modernism and Postmodernism in Art and Design: 1850-2000
ARTH2044 Art and Its Context: Materials, Techniques, Display
ARTH2045 Curatorship Theory and Practice
ARTH2050 Photography and Art
ARTH2052 Art of the Modern Print
ARTH2056 Art and Architecture of Southeast Asia: Tradition and Transformation
ARTH2059 Art and Architecture of Asia: Histories and Traditions
ARTH2061 Postmodern Sublime
ARTH2080 Art and Visual Culture of the Long Eighteenth Century, 1660-1815
ARTH2081 Art of the European Courts, 1500-1815
ARTH2082 Art, War and Conflict
ARTH2093 Post-Colonial Discourses in Australian Art
ARTH2097 Victorian and Edwardian Art: Australia and Europe 1837-1914
ARTH2098 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art
ARTH2104 Asian Art In-Country
ARTH2160 Cartographies: Art Exploration and Knowledge
ARTH2161 Contemporary Australian Art
ARTH2164 Theories of the Object
ARTH2165 Theories of the Image
ARTH2166 Individual Research Unit
ARTH2167 Issues in Contemporary Craft and Design
ARTH2168 Renaissance and Baroque Art
ARTH2169 Introducing Asian Modernisms
ARTH2171 Australian Art: The Modern Period
ARTH2172 Costume, Fashion and Visual Culture
ARTH2170 Contemporary Asian Art
ARTH3057 Art and Politics of Collecting
ARTH3004 City Sites: studies in art and urbanity
FILM2005 Moving Pictures: Cinema and the Visual Arts
24 units from completion of one of the following language minors:
Advanced Ancient Greek
Advanced English Language
Advanced French Studies
Advanced German Studies
Advanced Hispanic Culture
Advanced Hispanic Linguistics
Advanced Italian Studies
Advanced Japanese Language
Advanced Korean Language
Advanced Chinese Language
Advanced Sanskrit Language
Advanced Spanish Studies
French Language and Culture
German Language and Culture
Italian Language and Culture
24 units from completion of courses listed in the following majors and minors:
Ancient History Major
Asian Art History Minor
Visual Arts Practice Minor
48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU
Unless otherwise stated, a course used to satisfy the requirements of one list may not be double counted towards satisfying the requirements of another list.
For information about honours, please see Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship (Honours)
|Year 1 48 units||ARTH1006 Art and Design Histories: Form and Space 6 units||Language Minor or Major/Minor List 6 units||ANU Elective Course 6 units||ANU Elective Course 6 units|
|ARTH1007 Art and Design Histories: Making and Meaning 6 units||Language Minor or Major/Minor List 6 units||ANU Elective Course 6 units||ANU Elective Course 6 units|
|Year 2 48 units||Curatorship list course 6 units||Language Minor or Major/Minor List 6 units||Art History and Theory List Course 6 units||ANU Elective Course 6 units|
|Curatorship list course 6 units||Language Minor or Major/Minor List 6 units||Art History and Theory List Course 6 units||ANU Elective Course 6 units|
|Year 3 48 units||Art History and Theory List 6 units||Art History and Theory List 6 units||Art History and Theory List Course 6 units||ANU Elective Course 6 units|
|ARTH3001 Art History and Curatorship Internship 12 units||-||Art History and Theory List 6 units||ANU Elective Course 6 units|
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Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship - Single Degree
|Year 1 48 units||ARTH1006 Art and Design Histories: Form and Space 6 units||6 units from Language Minor or Major/Minor List||Elective 1000-level Course 6 units||Elective 1000-level Course 6 units|
|ARTH1007 Art and Design Histories: Making and Meaning 6 units||6 units from Language Minor or Major/Minor List||Elective 1000-level Course 6 units||Elective 1000-level Course 6 units|