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Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship

A single three year undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

BARTHC
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Field of Education
    • History
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Field of Education
    • History

If you’ve envisioned a life deciding what goes on the walls of the Louvre or digging through the catalogues of the British History Museum - this is the degree for you.

You’ll learn how to separate your impressionists from your post-impressionists, and your modernists from your post-modernists. You will also explore the artistic movement of Romanticism, and even pick up a romantic language if you choose.

Immerse yourself in specialised and exclusive tutorials at the National Gallery of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery and the Australian War Memorial. You also get practical experience with some of the world’s most exciting cultural institutions during your selected internship.

Career Options

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.

Employment Opportunities

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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of a Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship, graduates will be able to:

identify and analyse various theories in Art History, their art-forms and art-making techniques

  1. differentiate and critique the historical, social, cultural and political contexts of various theories in Art History, their art forms and associated art-making techniques
  2. investigate various theories, practices and techniques associated with public curatorship
  3. construct comprehensive linkages between theories in Art History and the practicalities of curating
  4. evaluate practices and techniques associated with public curatorship through visits to galleries, museums and participation in the internship
  5. demonstrate practical experience in the display of artefacts for public exhibitions in galleries and museums.

Admission Requirements

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.

Click HERE for further information about domestic admission.

More information about ATAR requirements for individual programs can be found HERE.

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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.

ATAR:
80
QLD Band:
10
International Baccalaureate:
28

Bonus Points

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
$35,904.00

Scholarships

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.

Program Requirements

 

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:

ARTH1006 Art and Design Histories: Form and Space

ARTH1007 Art and Design Histories: Making and Meaning

ARTH3001 Art History and Curatorship Internship

 

12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ARTH2044 Art and Its Context: Materials, Techniques, Display

ARTH2045 Curatorship Theory and Practice

ARTH2057 Art and Politics of Collecting

 

36 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ARTH2039 Painters of Modern Life

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

ARTH2055 Fabric of Life: An Introduction To Textile History

ARTH2056 Art and Architecture of Southeast Asia: Tradition and Transformation

ARTH2057 Art and Politics of Collecting

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

ARTH2102 Art of Portraiture: History and Theory

ARTV2018 Cyberculture

ARTV2030 Theories of the Object

ARTV2031 Theories of the Image

ARTV2050 Renaissance and Baroque Art

ARTV2052 Introducing Asian Modernisms

ARTV2053 Contemporary Asian Art

ARTV2054 Australian Art: The Modern Period

ARTV2055 Costume, Fashion and Visual Culture

FILM2005 Moving Pictures: Cinema and the Visual Arts

 

Either:

24 units from completion of one of the following language minors:

Advanced Ancient Greek

Advanced French Studies

Advanced German Studies

Advanced Hispanic Culture

Advanced Hispanic Linguistics

Advanced Italian Studies

Advanced Latin

Advanced Spanish Studies

Ancient Greek

Arabic

Chinese Language

Classical Chinese

French Language and Culture

German Language and Culture

Hindi Language

Indonesian Language

Italian Language and Culture

Japanese Language

Japanese Linguistics

Korean Language

Latin

Russian

Persian

Sanskrit Language

Spanish

Thai Language

Vietnamese Language

 

Or:

24 units from completion of courses listed in the following majors and minors:

Ancient History Major

Anthropology Major

Archaeology Major

Asian Art History Minor

English Major

Film Minor

History Major

Visual Arts Practice Minor

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

Honours

For information about honours, please see Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship (Honours)

Minors

Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective majorminor or specialisation.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units ARTH1006 Art and Design Histories: Form and Space 6 units 6 units from Language Minor or Major/Minor List Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
ARTH1007 Art and Design Histories: Making and Meaning 6 units 6 units from Language Minor or Major/Minor List Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Year 2 48 units ARTH2044 Art and Its Context: Materials, Techniques, Display 6 units OR ARTH2057; 6 units from 36 units list 6 units from Language Minor or Major/MinorList Elective Course 6 units
ARTH2045 Curatorship Theory and Practice 6 units OR ARTH2057; 6 units from 36 units list 6 units from Language Minor or Major/Minor List Elective Course 6 units
Year 3 48 units 6 units from 36 units list 6 units from 36 units list 6 units from 36 units list Elective Course 6 units
ARTH3001 Art History and Curatorship Internship 12 units 6 units from 36 units list . Elective Course 6 units

Single degree

Three years full time (144 units) - four courses per semester (24 units)
A maximum of 60 units of 1000 level courses
24 units of compulsory courses
12 units from List 1
36 units from LIst 2
Either:
One of the following language minors (24 units):
•    Advanced Ancient Greek
•    Advanced French Studies
•    Advanced German Studies
•    Advanced Hispanic Culture
•    Advanced Hispanic Culture
•    Advanced Italian Studies
•    Advanced Latin
•    Advanced Spanish Studies
•    Ancient Greek
•    Arabic
•    Chinese Language
•    Classic Chinese
•    French Language and Culture
•    German Language and Culture
•    Hindi Language
•    Indonesian Language
•    Italian Language and Culture
•    Japanese Language
•    Japanese Linguistics
•    Korean Language
•    Latin
•    Persian
•    Russian
•    Sanskrit Language
•    Spanish
•    Thai Language
•    Urdu Language
•    Vietnamese Language
Or
4 courses from the following list of majors and minors (24 units)
•    Ancient History Major
•    Anthropology Major
•    Archaeology Major
•    Asian Art History Minor
•    English Major
•    Film Minor
•    History Major
•    Visual Arts Practice Minor
Ele
ctives (48 units)









Double degree

This degree requires 96 units
A maximum of 36 units of 1000 level courses
24 units of compulsory courses
12 units from List 1
36 units from LIst 2
Either:
One of the following language minors (24 units):
•    Advanced Ancient Greek
•    Advanced French Studies
•    Advanced German Studies
•    Advanced Hispanic Culture
•    Advanced Hispanic Culture
•    Advanced Italian Studies
•    Advanced Latin
•    Advanced Spanish Studies
•    Ancient Greek
•    Arabic
•    Chinese Language
•    Classic Chinese
•    French Language and Culture
•    German Language and Culture
•    Hindi Language
•    Indonesian Language
•    Italian Language and Culture
•    Japanese Language
•    Japanese Linguistics
•    Korean Language
•    Latin
•    Persian
•    Russian
•    Sanskrit Language
•    Spanish
•    Thai Language
•    Urdu Language
•    Vietnamese Language
Or
4 courses from the following list of majors and minors (24 units)
•    Ancient History Major
•    Anthropology Major
•    Archaeology Major
•    Asian Art History Minor
•    English Major
•    Film Minor
•    History Major
•    Visual Arts Practice Minor

About this degree

Single degree
In a Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship program you will study a total of 144 units. Typically you will take 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) as a full time student giving you a total of 24 (6 unit) courses across your whole degree.
You'll need to complete 24 units of Compulsory Courses, 12 units from designated List 1 and 36 units from designated List 2, either a language minor (from the designated list of language minors) (4 courses), or 24 units from one of the following majors or minors - Ancient History Major, Anthropology Major, Archaeology Major, Asian Art History Minor, English Major, Film Minor, History Major or Visual Arts Practice Minor (4 courses). You'll also get to choose eight electives from courses right across ANU. You can use these electives to try a range of courses or to take a major or minor in a non-Arts subject.


Double degree
In a Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship degree program you will study a total of 96 units. Typically you will take 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) as a full time student giving you a total of 16 courses across your whole degree. However, for each semester you are likely to take 2 courses from your Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship degree and then 2 courses from the other half of your double degree – still a total of 4 courses a semester.
You'll need to complete 24 units of Compulsory Courses, 12 units from designated List 1 and 36 units from designated List 2, either a language minor (from the designated list of language minors) (4 courses), or 24 units from one of the following majors or minors - Ancient History Major, Anthropology Major, Archaeology Major, Asian Art History Minor, English Major, Film Minor, History Major or Visual Arts Practice Minor (4 courses).

Enrolment Status

While it's possible to enrol in fewer courses per semester, which is called studying part-time, it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree. If you are an international student you must always be full-time.
•    A course (usually 6 units) can only be counted towards one major or minor.
•    You need to enrol in courses for both First Semester and Second Semester.
•    You can’t study more than four courses (24 units) per semester, eight for the year.
•    You need to enrol in courses for your chosen major or compulsory courses
You may take 1000-level courses later in your program. But remember you can’t count more than ten 1000-level courses (60 units) towards your single degree or six 1000-level courses (36 units) towards your Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship half of the double degree

Important things to keep in mind when choosing your 1000-level courses

When you enrol for the first time you will study ‘1000-level’ courses. These courses have ‘1’ as the first number in their course code, such as ARTS1234.

Majors and Minors

See available majors and minors for this program

There is no specified major in this degree
You need to enrol in the following 1000-level courses
12 units of compulsory courses. These are:
•    ARTH1006 - Art and Design Histories:  Form and Space (Semester 1)
•    ARTH1007 - Art and Design Histories:  Making and Meaning (Semester 2)
If you are choosing a Language minor and you are a beginner, you enroll in the 1000 level courses listed under the relevant minor.  If you are not a beginner in the language then you are required to sit a language placement test before enrolling in the language courses. 
If you are choosing courses from the designated major and minor list (24 units), you need to enrol in the 1000 level courses of the chosen major or minor.

Electives

Single Degree
While you only need to enrol in courses from the compulsory list and/or one Language minor or from the designated list of majors and minors, you can use your electives to enrol in 1000-level courses for other Arts majors or minors. That way you keep your options open. Once you've selected courses for the major, the minor or a course from one of the designated areas listed, you should choose electives to make up the balance of your courses.

Study Options

Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship - Single Degree

Study Options

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

Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship - Double Degree

Study Options

Year 1 48 units ARTH1006 Art and Design Histories: Form and Space 6 units 6 units from Language Minor or Major/Minor List Degree B 6 units Degree B 6 units
ARTH1007 Art and Design Histories: Making and Meaning 6 units 6 units from Language Minor or Major/Minor List Degree B 6 units Degree B 6 units
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