Art History


From the early modern to the contemporary, studying Art History at UQ enables you to explore in detail the ongoing significance of art as a platform for shaping and interpreting the worlds in which we live.

Art History provides practical skills in visual literacy and communication, critical thinking, historical analysis, academic research and writing, exhibition design and curatorship, opening doors to a variety of employment pathways in the visual arts industries and cultural sector, both nationally and internationally.

Art History is available to study as a Single Major (16 units) or an Extended Major (24 Units), and features courses on Australian art, Renaissance and Baroque Art, Modernism, the history of photography, contemporary art and critical theory, Indigenous arts of the Australia Pacific region, methodologies of art history, and arts writing and curatorship.

Students further benefit from a range of curatorial internship and professional development opportunities across Australia and internationally, as well as placements with the University of Queensland Art Museum. UQ offers one of the few fieldwork courses on Indigenous Australian art available in Australia, an invaluable opportunity to work in a remote indigenous community. Students are also able to undertake an intensive three-week study abroad course in Venice, immersing themselves in Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture, and attending the Venice Biennale.