• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Art History
  • Major code ARTH-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate
Art History Major

The Art History major introduces students to painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, architecture, film, digital images and the decorative arts within their historical, social, cultural and political context.  Courses cover many aspects of art from prehistoric Australian Aboriginal art and classical antiquity through to the art of the present day, focussing on topics, which can illuminate specific trends and problems.



Due to structural changes in the undergraduate program rules in 2012, the courses that make up the new 2012 majors may be different to the pre-2012 majors, and therefore some courses cannot be counted between majors.  Students are advised to contact the CASS Student Office if they are unsure about their Majors.


Learning outcomes

Students who complete this major will have the skills and knowledge to:

  • identify artistic movements including their key proponents, and describe their development, evolution and interrelationships
  • differentiate and critique the historical, social, cultural and political contexts of works of art.
  • recognise and reflect on the practices, languages, forms, materials, technologies and techniques used throughout history in making art
  • closely analyse individual works of art, and interpret and communicate ideas to both specialist and non-specialist audiences using disciplinary language and conventions.
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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ARTH1002 Introduction to Art History 6
ARTH1003 Introduction to Modern and Contemporary Art 6

36 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ARTH1005 Myth, Ritual and Beauty: An Introduction to Asian Art 6
ARTH2015 Byzantine Empire 6
ARTH2027 Australian Art: 20th and 21st Century 6
ARTH2038 Byzantine Commonwealth 6
ARTH2039 Painters of Modern Life 6
ARTH2043 Modernism and Postmodernism in Art and Design: 1850-2000 6
ARTH2044 Art and Its Context: Materials, Techniques, Display 6
ARTH2045 Curatorship Theory and Practice 6
ARTH2049 Australian Art: Methods and Approaches 6
ARTH2050 Photography: A History in Art 6
ARTH2052 Art of the Modern Print 6
ARTH2055 Fabric of Life: An Introduction To Textile History 6
ARTH2056 Art and Architecture of Southeast Asia: Tradition and Transformation 6
ARTH2057 Art and Politics of Collecting 6
ARTH2059 Art and Architecture of Asia: Histories and Traditions 6
ARTH2060 Russian Art: Icons and Revolutions 6
ARTH2061 Postmodern Sublime 6
ARTH2093 Post-Colonial Discourses in Australian Art 6
ARTH2097 Victorian and Edwardian Art: Australia and Europe 1837-1914 6
ARTH2098 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art 6
ARTH2102 Art of Portraiture: History and Theory 6
ARTV2018 Cyberculture 6
ARTV2021 Indigenous Australian Visual Culture 6
ARTV2050 Cool Old Masters 6
ARTV2053 Contemporary Asian Art 6
ARTV2055 Costume, Fashion and Visual Culture 6
FILM2005 Moving Pictures: Cinema and the Visual Arts 6
NEWM2002 Screens, Art and Performance 6
ARTH2104 Asian Art In-Country 12
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