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

The Asian Art History major draws upon expertise from across ANU, including the School of Cultural Inquiry, the School of Art and the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, and explores traditional and contemporary art, architecture and film of a range of styles and genres within their historical, social, cultural and political context.  Courses cover many aspects of Asian art from Chinese calligraphy through to contemporary art from India and Japan.  The major also addresses the complex interrelations in the development of Asian and Euro-American art. 


Learning outcomes

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

  • identify movements and traditions in Asian art and describe their development, evolution and interrelationships
  • explain and differentiate the historical, social, cultural and political contexts of Asian works of art
  • recognise and reflect on the practices, languages, forms, materials, technologies and techniques used throughout history in making Asian art
  • closely analyse individual Asian 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
ARTH1006 Art and Design Histories: Form and Space 6
ARTH1007 Art and Design Histories: Making and Meaning 6

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

Code Title Units
  ARCH 2600: Archaeology of Buddhism
ARTH2056 Art and Architecture of Southeast Asia: Tradition and Transformation 6
ARTH2059 Art and Architecture of Asia: Histories and Traditions 6
ARTV2052 Introducing Asian Modernisms 6
ARTV2053 Contemporary Asian Art 6
ASIA2073 Chinese Calligraphy: History and Practice 6
ASIA2078 Arts in Contemporary Taiwan 6
GEND2031 Cinema in Southeast Asia: Genre and Cultural Identities 6
  INDN 3007: Intro SEAsian Performing Arts
MEAS2106 Persian Art 6
ARTH2104 Asian Art In-Country 12
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