Works of art are portals of discovery that offer insights into past and present societies and cultures. Images and objects are repositories of our histories, revealing the things that seduce us, challenge us, inspire us, and communicate the complexity of human creativity.
This one-year (full-time) or two-year (part-time) program provides an introduction to the study of art and visual culture. We offer courses on campus and online that explore Renaissance art in Italy and Northern Europe, eighteenth-century European art during the Enlightenment, and global perspectives on contemporary art.
What will you do
Our Graduate Diploma in Art History is taught by academic staff at the University of Adelaide and enriched by the collections of the Art Gallery of South Australia. You will:
complete one core course and three electives of your choice
explore the making and meaning of diverse images and objects—from painting and sculpture to street art and digital media
build analytical and interpretive skills
undertake independent study projects on campus or online
learn from passionate, research-active art historians.
Where could it take you
This could be your first step towards a Master of Arts (Studies in Art History) or Master of Arts (Curatorial and Museum Studies), opening doors to a wide range of new and enhanced career opportunities. You could pursue roles in galleries, museums and auction houses. You might move into arts journalism or policy development. Perhaps you’ll work in marketing and communications or use your knowledge as a creative foundation area for primary and secondary teaching.