Art History deals with the study and the analysis of the origin, symbolism, and meaning behind art objects such as paintings, sculptures, or architecture. This course focuses on what an existing work of art portrays at the time of its origin, leading to a better understanding of the history of civilisation. The course will help students understand themselves better by providing a better understanding of cultures and history in terms of customs, fundamentals, and legacies.
Analysing a piece of work necessitates paying close attention to details such as the colour and architectural aspects of a painting. This will reveal a wealth of information. These are the details that are also investigated by museums and art firms. They are also investigated in the event of them having been damaged. These skills of Art Historians are not only used in analysing art history but also in other disciplines like public relations, speech writing, and news reporting.
Artworks are also subjected to research in order to determine the cultural and historical elements of the objects. This will greatly benefit artists by providing a clearer understanding of the possible connections of artwork to various eras and various myths. Art historians also visit art museums around the world to explore the histories of different cultures in order to develop a global awareness that will benefit public relations, professionals, and even politicians.
Art History courses place an emphasis on critical thinking and the development of core skills such as informed and critical reading, writing, and speaking skills. Students study the art and architecture of cultures from all over the world and millennia. They learn how to approach objects in a variety of ways while focusing on the aesthetic, historical as well as social significance of the objects.
The study levels of an Art History degree are:
Undergraduate Diploma (UGDip)
Graduate diploma (GradDip)
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
Master of Arts (MA)
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip)
Doctor Philosophy (Ph.D.) of Art History
The specialisation subjects offered in an Art History course include:
Medieval & Indigenous
Pottery & Ceramics
This course will undoubtedly prepare students for a variety of career paths. Art historians with transferable skills such as critical thinking, time management, and the confidence to be creative will land positions and job roles that are worth their degrees. Because these skills are closely related to visual literacy, they will also open up doors to opportunities outside the world of art. Advising those interested in making investments for artworks is also part of what an Art historian can provide in terms of service.
- The career options for Art Historians are varied and include:
Appraisal: Art and Estate
Art crime Investigator
Art Exhibit Installer
Art Insurance Adjustor
Art Investor / Lender
Art Librarian / Visual Resource Curator
- Audiovisual production
Commercial Art Gallery Managers
Conservator / Art Restorer / Conservation Scientist
Fine Arts Expert Witness
Museum Administrator / Director
Museum Educator Manager
Museum Educator Officer
Museum Exhibition Manager
Museum Reproductions/Retail Manager
State Art Agency Director/Staff Member