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Students who commenced study in 2016 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

Commencement year

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Managing faculty

Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture


Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture



The study of art history and theory involves the understanding and analysis of visual culture. Artistic practice is analysed through the lens of cultural theory, political ideology, social change or historical contexts, and considered in relation to other art. In undertaking art history and theory units, students examine a broad range of mediums and movements, from painting to post-modernism. They develop the critical analysis and writing skills that art critics, historians and curators use to create exhibition reviews, catalogue essays, curatorial statements and artist's statements. Art history and theory units help students gain the knowledge used by curators to develop exhibitions.


For the schedule of units required to complete a given course in this area of study, refer to the Handbook entry for the relevant course.

Relevant courses

F3701 Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours)