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

The Art History and Theory major locates the study of art in a range of historical, social, cultural and political contexts. Building on a foundation of art history’s principal themes students have the opportunity to focus on a variety of subjects including Australian, Asian and International art, historic and contemporary. The major also offers a range of courses focussing on digital media, craft and design. Students develop the analytical skills necessary for critically evaluating images and objects and the ability to communicate effectively about works in different media to specialist audiences using professional conventions.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of key artistic movements and describe their development, evolution and interrelationships.
  2. Recognise and reflect on the practices, languages, forms, materials, technologies and techniques used throughout history in the making of art.
  3. Analyse and reflect critically upon the social, cultural, ethical context of historic and contemporary art.
  4. Interpret, communicate and present ideas, problems and arguments about art in modes suited to a range of audiences.
Back to the top


This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

A minimum of 6 from completion of the following course(s):
ARTH1006 Art and Design Histories: Form and Space     
ARTH1007 Art and Design Histories: Making and Meaning     

A maximum of 30 units may come from completion of 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    
ARTH2170 Contemporary Asian Art     
ARTH2171 Australian Art: The Modern Period     
ARTH2172 Costume, Fashion and Visual Culture     
FILM2005 Moving Pictures: Cinema and the Visual Arts     

A minimum of 6 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

ARTH3004 City Sites: studies in art and urbanity    
ARTH3057 Art and Politics of Collecting     

Back to the top

Responsible Officer: Registrar, Student Administration / Page Contact: Website Administrator / Frequently Asked Questions