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Postgraduate subject

Art History and Theory

Toi o Nehe, Toi Ariā

06 November 2023
Develop expertise in how to look at things in detail, and gain insight into histories and cultures.


Art History and Theory


Studying postgraduate Art History and Theory helps you understand theories of art, material culture and aesthetics, and their relevance in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Choose from several qualifications and pathways of study that can prepare you for a rewarding career in the art and cultural sectors.

Art History and Theory

What will my study involve?

  • In addition to the expertise of its teaching staff, UC Art History and Theory is well connected to local galleries, museums, and libraries.
  • You can benefit from unique research opportunities, take internships, and create important relationships during your study with the department.

Art History and Theory


Multiple qualifications are available at postgraduate level, and courses cover many topics, providing theoretical frameworks to better understand the history of art and visual culture, and opportunities for independent research.

At postgraduate level, the subject splits into Art History, Art Theory, and Art Curatorship courses.

Art History and Theory

Career opportunities

Our graduates work in history and conservation, curatorial roles, research, museums, cultural heritage, and art administration.

Their advanced writing and analytical skills mean that graduates have also made careers in publishing, journalism, and media.

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

Related brochures

Postgraduate Prospectus 2024

Whakatairanga Tāura

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International Prospectus

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