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Master of Art History and Curatorial Studies (Advanced)

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan VAHCS
  • CRICOS code 082273G
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan VAHCS
  • CRICOS code 082273G

Program Requirements

The Master of Art History and Curatorial Studies (Advanced) requires completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

A minimum of 24 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ARTH6045 Curatorship Theory and Practice

ARTH6057 The Art and Politics of Collecting

ARTH8012 Methodologies of Art History

ARTH8013 East-West Interactions in Art

A maximum of 48 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ARTH6039 Painters of Modern Life

ARTH6043 Modernism and Postmodernism in Art and Design: 1850-2000

ARTH6044 Art and Its Context: Materials Techniques Display

ARTH6050 Photography and Art

ARTH6052 Art of the Modern Print

ARTH6055 Fabric of Life: An Introduction to Textile History

ARTH6056 Art and Architecture of Southeast Asia: Tradition and Transformation

ARTH6059 Art and Architecture of Asia: Continuity and Change

ARTH6061 Postmodern Sublime

ARTH6080 Art and Visual Culture of the Long Eighteenth Century, 1660-1815

ARTH6081 Art of the European Courts, 1500-1815

ARTH6082 Art, War and Conflict

ARTH6093 Post-Colonial Discourses in Australian Art

ARTH6097 Victorian and Edwardian Art: Australia and Europe 1837-1914

ARTH6504 Art of Portraiture: History and Theory

ARTH6598 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art

ARTH8004 Exploring Asian Art in Asia

ARTH8014 Art Museum Internship: Collection Management

ARTH8015 Art Museum Internship: Audience Development

ARTH8016 Readings in Art History and Curatorial Studies

ARTV6007 Contemporary Australian Art

ARTV6008 Cyberculture

ARTV6103 Memory

ARTV8107 Arguing Objects

ARTV8207 Writing About Art and Creative Practice

ASIA6073 Chinese Calligraphy: History and Practice

MUSC8008 Museums, Art and Society in the Asia-Pacific

24 units from completion of THES8102 Thesis

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.

Admission Requirements

By transfer from Master of Art History and Curatorial Studies with a minimum GPA of 6/7 as well as the approval of an identified supervisor for the research project/thesis.

If the total number of units attempted exceeds 72 in the same teaching period in which the 72nd unit is attempted, exactly 72 units will be used in the calculation of the weighted average mark with units from the course with the highest mark applied first followed by further units from courses in descending order of marks.

Students will be awarded up to 72 units of course credit for completed courses listed in this Masters (Advanced) degree.

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students

Cognate disciplines

Anthropology, Art History, Art Theory, Classics, Fine Arts, History, Museum Studies.

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

For more information see:

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.

Where better to study art history and curatorship than surrounded by Australia’s national cultural and collecting institutions? What’s more, where better to study Art History than in Australia’s premier practice-led research institution, the ANU School of Art. Here, you will study the history of art while surrounded by the making of art.

At ANU you can take advantage of our strong connections to the National Gallery of Australia, the National Museum of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Library and the Australian War Memorial to participate in our renowned internship program.

And like many of our graduates before you, you might even find yourself working there.

Our leading Master of Art History and Curatorial Studies program offers courses in Australian and Asian art; 19th – 20th century Australian and European art and design; modernism and postmodernism; curatorial practice, all taught by our specialist art historians.

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

A Master of Art History and Curatorial Studies (Advanced) will advance your career working in art galleries, museums and other cultural institutions; the arts, heritage and collections sectors; the commercial world of culture and art; and in teaching and education.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. differentiate and critique at an advanced level the historical, social, cultural and political contexts of diverse periods, styles, and methods in Art History
  2. closely analyse at an advanced level individual works of art, and interpret and communicate ideas to both specialist and non-specialist audiences using disciplinary language and conventions;
  3. construct comprehensive linkages between the study of Art History and the practicalities of curating;
  4. complete a major piece of research in the field of Art History and Curatorial Studies
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