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Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship

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The Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship 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 Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship student, you will be able to deepen your understanding of art practice through courses drawn from the School of Art & Design and be exposed to the museum environment through tutorials and internships at national cultural institutions.

Art History and Curatorship at ANU

ANU is ranked number one in Australia and tenth the world for arts and humanities.

The University is a leader in art history and curatorial studies, and for the past thirty years has been forging close connections with national cultural institutions in Canberra. ANU enjoys close links with the National Gallery of Australia, National Library of Australia, the Australian War Memorial and the National Portrait Gallery. These links ensure that you:

  • Have good access to major national collections for the entirety of your degree
  • Can combine academic excellence with a strong vocational emphasis
  • Remain at the forefront of current research and issues confronting galleries.

Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship students learn to:

  • Identify and analyse various cultural concepts in art history, their artforms and art-making techniques
  • Differentiate and critique the historical, social, cultural and political contexts of diverse periods, styles, and methods in art history
  • Construct comprehensive linkages between the study of art history and the practicalities of curating 
  • Evaluate practices and techniques associated with public curatorship through lectures and visits to galleries and museums
  • Participate in an internship to gain practical experience in the management and interpretation of artefacts and in their display for public exhibitions in galleries and museums.

Flexible Double Degree

The Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship can be combined with degrees in Arts, Law, Social Science, Business, Science, Engineering or Advanced Computing as part of the ANU Flexible Double Degree program. For a full list of degree combinations see

Study overseas

The ANU School of Art & Design international exchange program provides students with the opportunity to study overseas as part of their degree. The School maintains close connections with art and design partner institutions in Asia, Europe, Great Britain, Canada and the United States of America. A number of travelling awards are available to assist students with the cost of international exchange.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022

^Times Higher Education - Global University Employability Ranking 2021

Image: Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles being prepared for its journey from the National Gallery of Australia to the Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2016, ABC News.

Career options

Art History and Curatorship has a strong career orientation. Many of our graduates have taken up key positions in art galleries, museums and other cultural institutions. Some are in teaching positions relating to their  specialisations, while others have entered the commercial world of culture and art.

With a strong emphasis on critical analysis, research, problem solving and communicating with audiences in diverse ways, this degree provides valuable training for future managers in the arts, heritage and collections sectors, and more broadly across the public service and private enterprise.

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Samantha Miller, Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship/Bachelor of Visual Arts

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Art History and Curatorial Studies at ANU

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