The History of Art major introduces you to art within the whole spectrum of our visual experience.


There are many reasons to study the History of Art. Whether you enjoy looking at art, are keen to complement your own creative work, or if you wish to become more visually literate so that you are better equipped to engage with our image saturated environment, the History of Art major caters to a wide range of interests.

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Course description, features and facilities

In the History of Art major you will discover ideas and practices that challenge your preconceptions of the history of art in exciting and surprising ways. You will have the opportunity to study historical and contemporary art across a range of visual forms from famous art works to caricatures, from shop window displays to exhibition designs, from films to photography, and from advertising campaigns to maps.

Our staff have expertise in a number of areas including Renaissance Art and Architecture, Art and Architecture of the Seventeenth Century, Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Art, Aboriginal Art, as well as genres such as portraiture, landscape painting and print media, and in museum practices and the history of collecting.

Level 1 is designed as an introductory year in which you take two survey units that will prepare you for more focused study at Levels 2 and 3.

In Level 2 you will select two units and at Level 3 four units from a range of units that deal with particular genres such as portraiture or print media, or from units that address the art of historical and contemporary periods.

As you progress from Level 1 to Level 3, you have the opportunity to undertake a unit of study overseas as staff take small groups of students to locations such as Paris, London or Rome where you can study some of the best art collections, galleries and museums in the world.

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Student profile – Danielle Betty

I have always been interested in both the practical arts and history, consequently when I started university I was drawn towards a double major in the History of Art and Archaeology. Art history in particular, has given me the chance to explore how different artists creatively express their ideas.

As art is produced across human history, through studying this medium I have gained an understanding of historical and contemporary environments. I am also intrigued by the ability of art, to not only to be interpreted differently, but also to transcend barriers posed by language, by communicating visually, tactilely and offend through smell, taste and sound. Through my Art History degree I have studied a diverse range of artists, art periods and artistic mediums. In doing so, Art History has allowed me to discover what areas of the visual arts I wish to pursue during my studies.

Several field trips to galleries around the city, have given me the chance to study physical art works located within Perth. Here I have found an appreciation for Perth art collections and exhibitions.

Talks from curators and successful individuals within the arts, offer first-hand accounts on curatorial and conservational roles, which have increased my understanding of future employment.

This aspect of practical immersion is an exciting inclusion to my studies at the University of WA. For example, through my Archaeology major I travelled to the Burrup Peninsula to record Indigenous rock art. Both my Art History and Archaeology majors offer volunteer prospects, which are great practical learning experiences that help you develop skills for post-graduate studies and professions.

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UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.

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Professional recognition

Graduates who complete a History of Art honours course to a sufficiently high standard may be admitted to the Master of Curatorial Studies.  

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Career opportunities

Graduates with a History of Art major are well equipped to enter a range of careers.  Many of our graduates have gone on to careers connected in some way with the arts, such as arts administrators, curators, museum administrators, gallery directors, art historians, art conservators and arts festival administrators.

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Further study opportunities

Graduates who complete a History of Art honours course to a sufficiently high standard may be admitted to a Master of Philosophy or to a PhD.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. English competency
  4. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-1580
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards80
International Baccalaureate29

Additional information

Please note: to study this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to an undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. How to apply
  2. Semester one entry
  3. Semester two entry
  4. Fees
  5. Information for…
  6. Contact us

How to apply

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: Semester One (commencing in late February) and Semester Two (commencing in late July/early August).

Semester one entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Applications open mid-August, with the on-time deadline in late September the year prior. Submissions are available after this date, but a late fee applies

Refer to the TISC website or contact Future Students for further details.

Semester two entry

Apply through the University's Online Application System (OASys) for mid-year entry to a range of courses at UWA.

Applications generally open early May and close in late June.

Contact Future Students for advice.


As some units vary in cost, the actual student fee will depend on the mix of units you choose. The domestic student fees page has further details.

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History of Art: the details

Available 2017
Locations offered
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
6 hours teaching time, plus own study time
Standard full-time completion
3 years (BA), 4 years (BPhil(Hons))
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of ArtsAll majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
Contact details: course information
Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Visual Arts
35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, WA, 6016
(+61 8) 64882582