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Undergraduate subject

Art History and Theory

Toi o Nehe, Toi Ariā

12 October 2023
Art History and Theory helps you to find messages encoded within the visual world, and to think about the effects they have in and on society.


Art History and Theory


This subject traces history and culture using artefacts, architecture, photos, and more. Learn to find meaning through objects and see how these affect our experiences.

Art History and Theory

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What will my study involve?

  • Learn in the main and city centre campuses.
  • Get hands-on with our James Logie Memorial Collection of ancient artefacts in the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities in the city, and Aotearoa New Zealand’s cultural collections at Te Puna Rakahau o Macmillan Brown | Macmillan Brown Library on campus.
  • Internship courses where you can gain practical skills and build connections.
  • Combine Art History and Theory studies with other subject interests like Classics, Anthropology, and languages.

Art History and Theory

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Art History and Theory major

For the major in the Bachelor of Arts, complete the following courses:




Art History and Theory minor

For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Product Design, Science, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Sport, or Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:

Postgraduate Diploma in Art Curatorship

The Postgraduate Diploma in Art Curatorship provides opportunities for those with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Theory or a Bachelor of Fine Arts to specialise in a mix of theoretical and applied courses to prepare for work in the art gallery and museum sector.

Art History and Theory

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Career opportunities

Throughout your studies, you will be putting into practice skills like critical analysis, attention to detail, perspective, cultural awareness, and research.

By examining artworks, you will gain ‘visual’ literacy, a skill that is applicable to many areas and careers.

Career pathways could include:

  • museum and gallery curatorship
  • heritage conservation
  • publishing
  • library science.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Art History and Theory.

Related brochures

Arts and the Community brochure

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Undergraduate Prospectus

Whakatairanga Ākonga

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International Prospectus

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