The School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies examines cultural, artistic, intellectual and spiritual traditions that have shaped, and continue to shape, today's world.

The School offers a fascinating range of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels which help you understand and appreciate some of the most important parts of our contemporary culture and its heritage.

World-class research

The School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies has an active and productive research culture.

Art History

Humans have used images to make sense of the world for millennia. Learn how to interpret art and images, and develop skills in research, analysis and writing.

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Available subjects

  • Art History
  • Museum and Heritage Studies


The legacies of ancient Greece and Rome are still with us today—in the language we speak, in our political systems and in our literature, arts and culture.

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Available subjects

  • Classical Studies
  • Greek
  • Latin

Religious Studies

Religion plays a major role in human experience, society and culture. Learn about the nature and history of religions, and the role they play in the world we live in today.

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Available subjects

  • Religious Studies

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  • Vic Classics in Europe

    For the past three months Diana Burton and Jeff Tatum have been Visiting Fellows at the Institute for Classical Studies at the University of London.

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Upcoming events

  • Wellington Classical Association

    VUW Postgraduate SeminarOur next event will supply you with multiple lecturers. It is the annual…

  • New Zealand Art Under Erasure

    If ‘New Zealand art’ is over, why keep talking about it? A seminar on the…

    Venue: City Gallery Wellington, Civic Square

  • No Common Ground

    NO COMMON GROUND is a one-day symposium addressing histories of feminist art, mana wahine and…

    Venue: Te Toki a Rata, Te Toki a Rata Building Lecture Theatre 1 (TTRLT1), Victoria University of Wellington