single degree

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

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.

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, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and critique the historical, social, cultural and political contexts of art.
  2. Understand the relationship between art history, art theory and curatorial practices.
  3. Evaluate and investigate the structures and practices of public cultural institutions through active engagement with museums and galleries.
  4. Demonstrate practical knowledge of the processes associated with caring for collections and developing exhibitions.

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.

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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 curatorship courses from the following list:

ARTH2044 Art and Its Context: Materials, Techniques, Display 
ARTH2045 Curatorship Theory and Practice 
ARTH3057 Art and Politics of Collecting 

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
ARTH2162 Cyberculture
ARTH2163 Memory
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

Either:

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 Latin
Advanced Modern Chinese Language
Advanced Sanskrit Language
Advanced Spanish Studies
Ancient Greek
Arabic
Burmese 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
Mongolian Language
Russian
Persian
Sanskrit Language
Spanish
Tetum Language
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

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.

Honours

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

Majors

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 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

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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