Master of Arts (Art history)


Students enrolled in an Art History or Art History and Curatorship program also have the opportunity to learn on the job. The ANU has arrangements with a number of national institutions, as well as smaller galleries and museums, for students to undertake internships as part of their study program.

Typical courses

  • Art and Architecture of Asia: Continuity and Change
  • Art and its Context: Materials, Techniques, Display
  • Art History Internship
  • Art History Seminar Methodology
  • Art History Sub-Thesis (MA Program)
  • Art of the Modern Print
  • Australian Art: 20th and 21st Century
  • Curatorship Theory and Practice
  • Fabric of Life: An Introduction to Textile History
  • Modernism and Postmodernism in Art and Design:
  • 1850-2000
  • Painters of Modern Life
  • Post-Colonial Discourses in Australian Art
  • Russian Art: Icons and Revolutions
  • The Art and Politics of Collecting
  • Victorian and Edwardian Art: Australia and Europe
  • 1837-1914

Our rankings

At the ANU you can learn from experts in your field. In the 2010 QS World University Rankings ANU was ranked number one in Australia and 13 in the world for social sciences, and number one in Australia and 17 in the world for arts and humanities.


Applicants should have a four year Bachelors degree with Honours in a cognate area from an Australian tertiary institution or its international equivalent. Equivalence may be met by the completion of the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Art History) with a minimum 70% course average.