Art and Design

The cultural contributions made through arts and design are essential for a vigorous and forward-thinking Australian society. These fields enable individuals to express their views on the world in engaging ways. Art & Design at ANU encompasses art theory; Asian art history; ceramics; curatorial studies; digital arts; design arts; drawing; glass; painting; photography and media arts; print media; sculpture and spatial practice; and textiles. Students can study the physical crafting of artistic outputs from a technical as well as theoretical perspective, to gain deeper insights into contemporary practice.

Design has a vital role in shaping a fast-moving world: it’s about applied creativity, engagement and collaboration, as well as the art and craft of making. Our visual arts are creating opportunities to develop specialised skills and interdisciplinary practices. Studies in art history and curatorship bridge the gap between art history as an academic discipline and the practicalities of curating collections and exhibitions.

Check the School of Art & Design website for more information on the faculty, research, projects, latest news, upcoming events and more.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024

^Times Higher Education - Global University Employability Ranking 2023-24

Image: Rachael Hanrick, National Arboretum Trivets, 2018, laser cut Blackwood and Rock Maple veneered ply, felt backing, laser cut stencilling and enamel paint, various sizes (c.23cm long) Image courtesy of the artist.

Key facts

3 in Australia
38 for Arts and Humanities in World*

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

Degree programs

Bachelor of Arts

Key facts

3 in Australia
38 for Arts and Humanities in World*

3 year full-time
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 131003
CRICOS Code: 074016B
Bachelor of Design

Key facts

3 years
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 139103
CRICOS Code: 092387C
Bachelor of Visual Arts

Key facts

3 years
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 139104
CRICOS Code: 073991G
Graduate Certificate of Studies

Key facts

0.5 Year FT or 3 Years PT
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830584
CRICOS Code: 082261M
Master of Art History and Curatorial Studies

Key facts

3 in Australia
38 for Arts & Humanities in World*

1 year full-time
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830041
CRICOS Code: 108306G
Master of Contemporary Art Practices

Key facts

3 in Australia
38 for Arts and Humanities in World*

1 year full-time
Semester 1 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830024
CRICOS Code: 108308E
PhD & MPhil

Key facts

2-4 Year FT or 4-8 Year PT
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

Hear from our students

Art has been a way for me to reflect on the practice of interpreting and what it means to be that person between two parties.
Josh Ophel , Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours)

My brilliant career

"The in-depth teaching that I received at the ANU School of Art, alongside the encouragement to explore ideas, ultimately resulted in what I have achieved through F!NK + Co and has inspired many other budding and successful creatives."
Robert Foster , BA (Visual) ‘85, GradDipArt (Visual) ‘86

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View discipline flyers

Art History and Curatorial Studies (major/minor)
Art History and Curatorial Studies flyer
(PDF, 616.62 KB )
Bachelor of Arts
 Bachelor of Arts flyer
(PDF, 3.99 MB )
Bachelor of Design
Bachelor of Design flyer
(PDF, 197.57 KB )
Bachelor of Visual Arts
Bachelor of Visual Arts flyer
(PDF, 221.05 KB )
Graduate Certificate of Studies
Graduate Certificate of Studies flyer
(PDF, 5.06 MB )
Master of Art History and Curatorial Studies
Master of Art History and Curatorial Studies flyer
(PDF, 2.11 MB )
Master of Contemporary Art Practices
Master of Contemporary Art Practices flyer
(PDF, 3.98 MB )

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