Overview

Read a brief overview of the programmes offered by the School of Art History, Classics, and Religious Studies.

The School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies (SACR) was established in 2001, bringing together four programmes, each with a proud history and a reputation of high academic standards. We continue to deliver excellence in teaching, research and scholarship in our respective fields.

The Art History Programme was established as an independent programme in 1995. It provides frameworks for understanding visual culture and experience through examination of their historical, aesthetic, cultural and political contexts. Courses in Western art from the medieval period to the present, including focused study of European, New Zealand and Pacific art, encourage students to develop understanding of the ideas and theories that surround art and other forms of visual representation. Teaching and research are augmented by two of the University's major assets, the Adam Art Gallery and the Victoria Art Collection.

The Classics Programme, one of the original subjects offered when Victoria was established over 100 years ago, focuses its teaching on the literature, history, myth and culture of the Greek and Roman worlds. An art and archaeology strand includes an option for senior students to undertake a field trip to Greece.

The Religious Studies Programme, established in 1970, is one of the largest such programmes in Australasia. Religious Studies staff form an enthusiastic team of creative specialists, whose work places emphasis on the contemporary relevance of religion, and the interface between religion and politics, society and culture.

The Museum and Heritage Studies Programme was initiated after a national forum with the cultural sector in 1997 which led to the introduction of a new taught Master's degree in 2000. The current director was appointed in 2005, and Museum and Heritage Studies is now recognised as the leading programme for research, postgraduate courses and supervision in the country.