Art History at the University of Queensland is designed to develop in-depth, specialist knowledge and expertise in theories and forms of the visual arts across a selection of different periods and cultures. From the Renaissance to the contemporary, studying Art History enables students to explore in detail the ongoing significance of art as a platform for shaping and interpreting the worlds in which we live. 


Why Study Art History?

Studying the Art History Major at the University of Queensland will enrich your understanding of the changing values of visual cultures across a diversity of intellectual approaches. The major includes courses on the following:

  • Contemporary Art and Critical Theory
  • Curatorship
  • Aesthetics
  • Art and Science
  • Modernism
  • Photography
  • Renaissance and Baroque Art, with complementary electives in film, philosophy and architecture.
  • Pre- and Post-Colonial Histories of Australian Art, Aboriginal Art, Arts of the Asia-Pacific and Methodologies of Art History.  

This major offers the only fieldwork course on indigenous Australian art in Australia, providing students with an invaluable opportunity to work in a remote Indigenous community. Students are also able to undertake a three-week intensive study abroad course to Venice, immersing themselves in the arts and architecture of Renaissance and Baroque Italy and attending the Venice Biennale, one of the most important global exhibitions of contemporary art.

Art History students further benefit from a range of substantive curatorial internship and professional development opportunities across Australia and internationally, as well as access to the UQ Art Museum, Queensland's second-largest public art collection of works by Australian Artists.

Careers in Art

The arts industry is an area of growth and UQ has an exception history of placing graduated in employment positions in private galleries and art institutions in Queensland, nationally and internationally.

Art History is extremely beneficial for those seeking professional careers in art galleries, art museums, state ministries and arts councils.

Art History students acquire practical skills in critical thinking, visual communication, academic research and writing, exhibition design, and historical analysis, opening doors to a variety of employment pathways.




What our graduates are doing

Tim Walsh
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Art History

Graduating in 2008, Tim went onto study at Sotheby's Institute of Art, before becoming the Gallery Manager at Milani Gallery, Brisbane.
Tim is also completing his Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Art History at the School of Communication and Arts.

Nicholas Smith
Bachelor of Arts (Art History)

Graduating in 2015, Nicholas had the opportunity to undertake a three month internship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC. Nicholas was one of ten inters offered a place, and the only international intern selected.
Nicholas is currently completing his Honours year in Art History at the School of Communication and Arts.