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This subject is taught by the School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies.
From the rock paintings of aboriginal Australia to the work of contemporary artists using digital media—art history encourages you to think critically about art in all its forms. Art History at Victoria is a broad-based and comprehensive introduction to the history of visual art. You will not only learn about artists and art works, but also understand them as products of particular social and cultural situations.
An Art History major within the Bachelor of Arts (BA) starts with first-year courses giving a broad history of art as it unfolds in Europe, Asia, the Americas, and the Pacific. In second- and third-year courses you will study a range of art movements, from Renaissance and Baroque to Modernism and Postmodernism, and explore thematic approaches to the art of particular places and periods.
Victoria's Art History Programme teaches you to think critically, research independently, and write effectively. You will experience first hand the power of art, and realise its importance for humans as a way of giving meaning to their world.
Art History major requirements
- 40 points from ARTH 100-199
- 40 points from ARTH 200-299
- 40 points from ARTH 300-399
- 20 further points from ARTH 200-399 or approved substitute
Postgraduate Qualifications in Art History
For information specific to Art History, please see our Postgraduate Study page. For information about the postgraduate qualifications, please click on the Faculty links below.
You can order more information on this subject using our Request for Study Material form.
Victoria's Student Recruitment, Admission and Orientation Office offers advice on courses and help with planning your degree.
Contact the Humanities and Social Sciences' Faculty Student and Academic Services Office for information on admission, qualifications and courses, course advice and selection criteria, exemptions and prerequisites.
Art History courses are taught within the School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies. The Art History Office is located in Old Kirk 306, Old Kirk Building, Kelburn campus.
Phone: 0-4-463 5807
For a complete course listing, see the list of all Art History courses.
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|100 Level Courses|
ARTH 111 – Art History 1: Rock Art to Revolution
ARTH 112 – Art History 2: After the Revolution
ARTH 113 – Thinking through Art
|200 Level Courses|
ARTH 213 – Art in Aotearoa New Zealand
ARTH 214 – Art in the Pacific
ARTH 216 – Byzantine and Medieval Art
ARTH 217 – The Renaissance
ARTH 218 – The Baroque
ARTH 219 – Modernism and Modernity
ARTH 222 – Neoclassicism to Impressionism
ARTH 226 – Special Topic
|300 Level Courses|
ARTH 310 – Topics in Colonial Art
ARTH 311 – Topics in Contemporary New Zealand Art
ARTH 313 – Topics in Renaissance Art
ARTH 315 – Topics in 18th-Century Art
ARTH 316 – Topics in 19th-Century Art
ARTH 317 – Topics in 20th-Century Art
ARTH 318 – 'Primitivism' and Post-Colonialism
ARTH 319 – Topics in the History of Photography
ARTH 320 – Photography: 1900 to Now
ARTH 335 – Special Topic: Topics in Pacific Art
|400 Level Courses|
ARTH 401 – Art History Methodology
ARTH 402 – Theory and Context in Art History
ARTH 403 – Collections-based Topic
ARTH 405 – Special Topic: Surrealism and Oceania
ARTH 406 – The Cultures of Collecting
ARTH 407 – Reading Artists Writing
ARTH 408 – 18th Century French Art
ARTH 411 – Topics in Contemporary New Zealand Art
ARTH 489 – Research Project