Postgraduate study in Art History

Postgraduate study opportunities in Art History

Postgraduate courses in Art History explore a variety of approaches and methodologies in relation to European and American, New Zealand and Australian, Māori and Polynesian arts. The topics you can study range from individual artists such as Rembrandt to the social and cultural significance of public art and art galleries.

Postgraduate study in Art History is not limited to the traditional fine arts. You can also investigate the forms, meanings and values of different images and objects in the visual cultures (both contemporary and past) of various societies.

Research strengths in Art History

Our research interests inform both taught courses and student research. Art History has particular research strengths in the following areas:

  • Aotearoa New Zealand’s unique history of art
  • Māori, Pacific and indigenous art
  • Cross-cultural and inter-cultural representation and post-colonial theory
  • The study of museums. This includes the histories, roles and practices of different kinds of museums and art galleries; taonga and identity in museums; and the roles of museums in cultural politics. These courses are also offered as part of Museums and Cultural Heritage.
  • Portraiture from the early modern to the modern period
  • European early modern painting, tapestries and prints
  • Gender, ethnicity and visual culture
  • The psychology of art and critical theory particularly for modern and contemporary art
     

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Art History

The BA(Hons) is a stand alone degree at postgraduate level. It may be taken after a completed BA and is awarded as a separate qualification. The BA(Hons) may be used as the entry qualification for the one year MA.

Admission requirements

A BA with a major in Art History. You must have an average grade of ‘B’ or higher in 45 points above Stage II in the major.

Programme overview

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Required course of study

Consult the BA(Hons) schedule for the courses you may take and how to structure your study.

BA (Hons) students are required to take a total of 120 points, including a 30-point research component, for which they write a 10,000 word essay: ARTHIST 790. You should think about a topic over the summer and contact the Graduate Adviser to discuss this in order to pair you up with a supervisor. Regular fortnightly seminars are held during Semester One to assist you in developing the research project. Your supervisor will work with you to help shape the project and later in the year in reading and critiquing drafts.

Postgraduate Diploma in Art History

In addition to the BA(Hons), the PGDipArts is a stand-alone degree at postgraduate level that does not include the 30-point research component. International students often choose this programme.

Admission requirements

A BA with a major in Art History. There is no GPA requirement, but usually no lower than a 'B' average in the top 45 points above Stage II. If your GPA is any lower than this we can discuss Transitional Certificate options.

Programme overview

Postgraduate Diploma in Arts

Required course of study

This is a 120-point qualification. Consult the University regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Art History to find out more about the structure and content of the PGDipArts.

Master of Arts in Art History

Programme overview

Master of Arts

There are two separate MA options, depending on your entrance pathway.

120-point (one-year) MA

The 120-point MA requires one year of full-time study, with admission from a BA(Hons) or PGDipArts. It is available as either a research or taught masters.

Admission requirements

A BA(Hons) or PGDipArts in Art History with an average grade of B or higher (you should have completed a research component as part of the PGDipArts). The research masters has higher requirements.

Required course of study

Consult the MA schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take. 

240-point (two-year) MA

The 240-point MA requires two consecutive years of full-time study, with admission from a BA or approved equivalent qualification. It is available as either a research or taught masters.

Admission requirements

A BA with a major in Art History. You must have an average grade of B or higher in at least 45 points above Stage II in the major.

To progress to the second year of the MA

In the first 120 points of MA enrolment, you must achieve:

  • An average grade of B, or
  • For a research masters, any grade specified for enrolment in a thesis or research portfolio. If you do not achieve the required grade, enrolment for the MA cannot continue.

Required course of study

Consult the MA schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

Apply and enrol

To apply and enrol for postgraduate study, visit our page on how to apply.
 

Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships.

Contact a Graduate Adviser

For more information on postgradute study in Art History contact an Adviser.