Art History Major

Bachelor of Arts, 3 years full-time, Parkville. CRICOS code: 002167E

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Students who complete this major will:

  • Develop broad critical knowledge and understanding about the field of art history
  • Acquire competency in the main concepts and issues developed in the discipline of art history
  • Develop the confidence to produce conceptually and empirically informed analyses of art and the issues surrounding its production, circulation and interpretation
  • Develop an understanding of the role of the visual arts within different cultures and societies
  • Understand the importance of an independent approach to knowledge that uses rigorous methods of art historical inquiry and appropriate theories and methodologies that are applied with intellectual honesty and a respect for ethical values

Course Description

Offered by the School of Culture and Communication

The University of Melbourne is the premier provider of art history education in Australia. Thematic and interdisciplinary subjects deal with the theories of art history, art markets and other issues. Areas of specialisation include late antiquity, medieval, renaissance, baroque, 18th and 19th century European art, modernism and postmodernism, contemporary art, Indigenous Australian art and international art.


  • Art curatorship
  • Arts promotion
  • History
  • Arts policy
  • Communications

Access Object-Based Learning 

As part of Ancient World Studies, you will have the opportunity to experience Object-Based Learning (OBL) throughout your studies.

Object-Based Learning encourages you to engage directly with cultural objects in a manner that moves away from the traditional, passive approach to imparting knowledge. With access to two Object-Based Learning labs equipped with in-built display cases, you will have the opportunity to engage directly with cultural objects to closely assess and analyse how these objects relate to theory.  

The integration of objects into subjects taught in the Bachelor of Arts is made possible by drawing on the University's vast cultural collections.

Photo credit: John Gollings
Photo credit: John Gollings

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