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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 2021

^Times Higher Education - Global University Employability Ranking 2020

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.

Degree programs

Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship

Key facts

2 in Australia
21 for Arts and Humanities in World*

3 years
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 131100
CRICOS Code: 073993E

Bachelor of Arts

Key facts

2 in Australia
21 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 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 Year 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

2 in Australia
21 for Arts & Humanities in World*

1-2 years
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830044
CRICOS Code: 082272G

Master of Arts - Arts Administration/Master of Museum and Heritage Studies, joint with Indiana University

Key facts

2 years
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830094
CRICOS Code: 093290D

Master of Contemporary Practices in Art and Design

Key facts

2 in Australia
21 for Arts and Humanities in World*

2 years
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830021
CRICOS Code: 102927D

PhD & MPhil

Key facts

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

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

My brilliant career

Diane Morris, BA (Art History & Curatorship) '11

Hear from our students

My Enlighten highlight had to be dancing in front of a Kinect to generate a projection of a pixelated digital silhouette on the facade of the National Archives building. I may have looked silly, but if you feel good whilst looking silly, that’s all that matters, right?

Zoe, Bachelor of Visual Arts/Bachelor of Science

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