The Master of Art History and Curatorial Studies bridges the gap between art history as an academic discipline and the practicalities of curating collections and exhibitions.
The degree locates the study of art in a range of historical, social, cultural and political contexts. You can focus on Australian, Asian and International art, both historical and contemporary, and participate in intensive art history courses taught overseas.
As a Master of Art History and Curatorial Studies student, you will gain an understanding of art practice through courses from the School of Art & Design (SOA&D) and be exposed to the museum environment through tutorials and internships at national cultural institutions.
The Master of Art History and Curatorial Studies program offers courses in a range of fields including Australian and Asian art; 19th – 20th century Australian and European art and design; modernism and postmodernism; curatorial practice, all taught by our specialist art historians. Students wishing to pursue a research project in greater depth have the opportunity to apply for the Master of Art History and Curatorial Studies (Advanced).
As a Master of Art History and Curatorial Studies student at ANU, you will find the nation’s premier cultural institutions as well as the thriving local art scene at your doorstep. SOA&D students are able to take advantage of the close proximity of ANU to the National Gallery of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Film and Sound Archive, the National Library of Australia, the National Museum of Australia and Canberra Museum and Gallery. Students have classes in these institutions and are regularly able to visit world-class exhibitions.
In conjunction with the national institutions and galleries around Canberra, a widely acclaimed internship program is available in the Master of Art History and Curatorial Studies program. These internships run over two semesters and count towards the overall degree.