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

Adjustment Factors

ANU offers rank adjustments for a number of adjustment factors, including for high achievement in nationally strategic senior secondary subjects and for recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. Rank adjustments are applied to Bachelor degree applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedules, and no more than 10 points (maximum 5 subject/performance-based adjustments, maximum 5 equity-based adjustments and maximum 5 Elite Athlete adjustments) will be awarded. Subject and performance-based adjustments do not apply to programs with a minimum selection rank of 98 or higher. Visit the ANU Adjustment Factors website for further 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 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

This following information is to be read in conjunction with the program rules that are outlined on the “Study” tab.   Please always make sure that you refer to the program rules for the year that you commenced your program.

Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship consists of 144 units. Most courses are worth 6 units each, with 48 units (8 courses) per year being the standard full-time load.

A course (usually 6 units) can only be counted towards one list such as in a major or minor or designated list. For example, you are not permitted to count POLS1005 towards the International Relations Major and the Human Rights Major.

For the Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship you will need to complete:

  • Four compulsory courses (24 units)
  • Two curatorship courses from the designated list (12 units)
  • Six art history and theory courses from the designated list (36 units)
  • 24 units from Language minor or major/minor List
  • Eight electives from across the ANU (48 units)

Please note that you are only permitted to count ten 1000-level courses (60 units) towards your program.

You are advised to complete a Program Plan for the Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship. This will help you seek advice on your course choices, ensure you meet the program requirements and give you a plan that you can refer to for the duration of your program.

Double degree

This following information is to be read in conjunction with the program rules that are outlined on the “Study” tab.   Please always make sure that you refer to the program rules for the year that you commenced your program.

Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship Double Degree program consists of 96 units. Most courses are worth 6 units each, with 48 units (8 courses) per year being the standard full-time load. During each semester you are likely to take two courses from your Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship degree and another two courses from the other half of your double degree – making up a total of four courses per semester.

A course (usually 6 units) can only be counted towards one list such as in a major or minor or designated list. For example, you are not permitted to count POLS1005 towards the International Relations Major and the Human Rights Major.

You will need to complete:

  • Four compulsory courses (24 units)
  • Two curatorship courses from the designated list (12 units)
  • Six art history and theory courses from the designated list (36 units)
  • 24 units from Language Minor or Major/Minor List

Please note that you are only permitted to count six 1000-level courses (36 units) towards your degree.

You are advised to complete a Program Plan for the Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship. This will help you seek advice on your course choices, ensure you meet the program requirements and give you a plan that you can refer to for the duration of your program.




Enrolment Status

While it is possible for domestic students to enrol in fewer than four 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.

First year students are not permitted to study more than four courses (24 units) per semester.

If you are beginning your program in Semester 1, you should enrol for all your courses for both Semester 1 and Semester 2 (8 courses for full time), so that you can plan your study year.



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. Whilst it is important to take 1000-level courses in your first year (so that you can meet the pre-requisites for later year courses) they also can be taken later in your program.

You can only count a maximum of 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.

In your first year you need to enrol in:

  • Following compulsory courses:
    • ARTH1006 Art and Design Histories: Form and Space (Semester 1)
    • ARTH1007 Art and Design Histories: Making and Meaning (Semester 2)
  • 1000-level courses from the Language minor or major/minor.
  • Elective courses for students undertaking the single degree.



Electives

For students in the single degree, your electives (48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU) can be additional courses from your discipline (including the option of a major or minor) or courses from another ANU College. If you have an interest in another discipline, for example management, psychology or mathematics, then you should explore first year courses in your area of interest. In particular look at the majors and minors. These will give you an idea of the first year courses you can study.

If you are interested in undertaking a language and have prior knowledge/experience with that language you may need to undertake a placement test – you should check with the relevant language area for further details.



Study Options

Study Plan

Please refer to the "Study" tab.

Study Options

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