Undergraduate study in Art History

What can you study in Art History?

Art History examines the many roles the visual arts have played in different cultures and in different periods — aesthetic, social, religious, political and commercial. You can explore not only painting, drawing and sculpture, but also architecture, photography, video, performance art, design and the graphic and decorative arts.

Our lectures are visually stimulating, containing a variety of beautiful, puzzling and sometimes controversial images.

You have particular opportunities to study Māori and Polynesian visual cultures, the art of Aotearoa New Zealand, European and American art and visual culture throughout history and up to the contemporary period, and museums and curating.

Structuring your major in Art History

You can take a major in Art History as one of your two BA majors (a double major). You will need to pass at least 120 points (eight courses) towards each of your majors, including at least 45 points (three courses) at Stage III.

If you first enrolled in a BA prior to 2018

  • For a single major you must pass at least 135 points, including at least 60 points above Stage II.
  • For a double major you must pass at least 120 points in each of two majors, including at least 45 points above Stage II in each major.
  • For a BA minor you must pass at least 90 points, including at least 60 points above Stage I.


Explore the undergraduate courses you can take as part of a major in Art History. You would normally take Stage I courses in your first year, Stage II in your second and Stage III in your third.

Required courses

You must pass the following courses as part of the Art
History major:

  • Three courses from ARTHIST 107, 109, 114, 115, 200-247
  • Three courses from ARTHIST 300-347
  • You may also include up to two courses from CLASSICS 280, HUMS 101, 300, PHIL 212

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 our Undergraduate Adviser.