Postgraduate study in Art History

What can you study in Art History?

Postgraduate courses in Art History explore a variety of approaches and methodologies in relation to European and American, New Zealand and Australian, Māori and Polynesian arts.

The topics you can study range from individual artists such as Rembrandt to the social and cultural significance of public art and art galleries.

Postgraduate study in Art History is not limited to the traditional fine arts. You can also investigate the forms, meanings and values of different images and objects in the visual cultures (both contemporary and past) of various societies.

Our research interests inform both taught courses and student research. We have particular research strengths in the following areas:

  • Aotearoa New Zealand's unique history of art
  • Māori, Pacific and indigenous art
  • Cross-cultural and inter-cultural representation and post-colonial theory
  • Portraiture from the early modern to the modern period
  • European early modern painting, tapestries and prints
  • Gender, ethnicity and visual culture
  • The psychology of art and critical theory

Entry requirements

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Art History

A BA with a major in Art History. You must have an average grade of ‘B’ or higher in 45 points above Stage II in the major.

Master of Arts in Art History

120-point (one-year) MA

A BA(Hons) or PGDipArts in Art History with an average grade of B or higher (you should have completed a research component as part of the PGDipArts). The research masters has higher requirements.

240-point (two-year) MA

A BA with a major in Art History. You must have an average grade of B or higher in at least 45 points above Stage II in the major.

Structuring your specialisation in Art History

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Art History

Consult the BA(Hons) schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

2019 BA(Hons) schedule for Art History

Master of Arts in Art History

Consult the MA schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

2019 MA schedule for Art History

Courses

Explore the courses you can take as part of a specialisation in Art History:

Postgraduate courses

Scholarships and awards

Help and advice

For help with planning your degree and enrolling in your courses, please contact the Arts Students' Centre.

If you would like to find out more about studying Art History, you can contact a Postgraduate Adviser.