Undergraduate study in Art History

What can you study in Art History?

Art History examines the many roles the visual arts have played in different cultures and in different periods - aesthetic, social, religious, political and commercial. We explore not only painting, drawing and sculpture, but also architecture, photography, video, performance art, design and the graphic and decorative arts. Our lectures are visually stimulating, containing a variety of beautiful, puzzling and sometimes controversial images.

Stage I courses introduce you to the subject and provide you with the skills you need to study Art History.

Find out more about Stage I courses in Art History.

Undergraduate programmes in Art History

You can study Art History as a BA major or take elective courses.

Find out about your options for the Bachelor of Arts

From 2018 the BA minor in Art History will no longer be available for new admissions. If you are currently enrolled in the minor, please seek advice from the Arts Students’ Centre.
 

Planning your BA major in Art History

You can build your own pathway because we offer a wide variety of courses, taught by specialists in each area. While we encourage you to take courses from more than one area of Art History, you can choose to specialise in a single field. Areas of specialisation within Art History include: the history of European art, modern Euro-American art, Maori and Pacific art or New Zealand art.
 

Other useful subjects

If you are studying historical periods, complementary subjects include History, Classical Studies, English, and European Languages and Literatures. Modern courses in these fields are also useful if you are studying recent art, as is Media, Film and Television. If you are working on Māori and Pacific art, consider taking Anthropology, Māori Studies and Pacific Studies. Philosophy, particularly courses on aesthetics, is valuable for all areas of Art History.

European languages are extremely valuable if you are considering postgraduate study in Art History.
 

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art History

If you are beginning a BA in 2018

You can take a major in Art History as one of your two BA majors (a double major). You will need to pass at least 120 points (eight courses) towards each of your majors, including at least 45 points (three courses) at Stage III.

If you first enrolled in a BA prior to 2018 

Requirements for a BA major and minor

For a single major you must pass at least 135 points, including at least 60 points above Stage II.

For a double major you must pass at least 120 points in each of two majors, including at least 45 points above Stage II in each major.

For a BA minor you must pass at least 90 points, including at least 60 points above Stage I. BA minors will be discontinued for new admissions from 2018. If you are currently enrolled in a minor, please seek advice from the Arts Students’ Centre.

University regulations for the Bachelor of Arts.

How to choose your courses

You must choose your courses from those listed in the BA schedule for Art History. You must also meet any specific requirements indicated in the schedule.

2018 BA schedule for Art History

For help with degree planning

Arts Students' Centre