• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Art History, Visual Arts, Creative Arts, Arts, Design
  • Major code AHIT-MAJ

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

  1. identify key movements art and design, describe their development, evolution and interrelationships;

  2. recognise and reflect on the practices, languages, forms, materials, technologies and techniques used throughout history in art and design;

  3. analyse the social, cultural, ethical context of historic and contemporary art and design; and

  4. interpret, communicate and present ideas, problems and arguments about art and design in modes suited to a range of audiences.

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

12 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

ARTH1006 Art and Design Histories 1: Cultures and Meaning  (6 units)

ARTH1007 Art and Design Histories 2: Vision and Materiality(6 units)

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

ARTH2043 After the Bauhaus: Design from the Interwar Period to the Age of Climate Crisis (6 units)

ARTH2044 Art and Its Context: Materials, Techniques, Display   (6 units)

ARTH2045 Curatorship History and Evolution (6 units)

ARTH2050 Photography and Art   (6 units)

ARTH2052 Art of the Multiple  (6 units)

ARTH2056 Art and Architecture of Southeast Asia: Tradition and Transformation   (6 units)

ARTH2059 Art of Asia: Histories and Traditions (6 units)

ARTH2061 The Postmodern and the Contemporary: World Art, 1970 to the Present (6 units)

ARTH2080 Art and Visual Culture of the Long Eighteenth Century, 1660-1815   (6 units)

ARTH2081 Art of the European Courts, 1500-1815   (6 units)

ARTH2082 Art, War and Conflict   (6 units)

ARTH2097 Art of the Long Nineteenth Century (6 units)

ARTH2098 Australian First Nations Art and Culture (6 units)

ARTH2104 Asian Art In-Country   (12 units)

ARTH2161 Contemporary Australian Art   (6 units)

ARTH2162 Art in the Digital Age  (6 units)

ARTH2166 Individual Research Unit   (6 units)

ARTH2167 Issues in Contemporary Craft and Design   (6 units)

ARTH2168 Renaissance and Baroque Art   (6 units)

ARTH2169 Introducing Asian Modernisms   (6 units)

ARTH2170 Contemporary Asian Art   (6 units)

ARTH2171 Australian Art: The Modern Period   (6 units)

ARTH2173 Art and the Moving Image (6 units)

ARTH2174 Art, Medicine, Gender from the Renaissance until Today (6 units)

ARTH2175 Across the Pacific: Australian Interactions with American Art and Art-Worlds (6 units)

ARTH2176 Cross Currents in Australian First Nations and Non-Indigenous Art and Culture (6 units)

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

ARTH3004 City Sites: Studies in Art, Design and Urbanity  (6 units) 

ARTH3057 Art and Politics of Collecting  (6 units)

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