Master of Arts (Studies in Art History)

Degree Type Masters by Coursework
Duration 2 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3CM202
CRICOS 094060K

This degree is currently under review and is not accepting new admissions.

Investigate your ideas about art        

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 degree is designed to extend your knowledge in an area of art history you studied during the Graduate Diploma in Art History.

What will you do?

Our Master of Arts (Studies in Art History) includes supervision by research-active art historians. You will:

  • research and write a minor thesis on an independent topic.
  • partner with an individual academic mentor who’ll support and encourage your intellectual development.
  • build advanced skills in visual analysis, critical thinking and communication.
  • learn about the professional practice of art historians.

Where could it take you?

The minor thesis is designed to qualify you for higher degrees by research such as the Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy. You could also pursue careers 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.

  • Entry Requirements

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    SATAC Code 3CM202
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
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    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    Higher Education Study Bachelor degree or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 6.0 OR Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Art History with a minimum GPA of 6.0.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM202

    International applicants

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    CRICOS 094060K
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6.5 Listening 6.5 Speaking 7 Writing 7
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 20 Listening 20 Speaking 23 Writing 27
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 58 Listening 58 Speaking 65 Writing 65
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 176 Listening 176 Speaking 185 Writing 185
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor degree or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 6.0 OR
    Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Art History with a minimum GPA of 6.0.

    Applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement for direct entry may be eligible for a packaged offer to the Graduate Diploma in Art History leading to the Master of Arts (Studies in Art History) (conditional upon achieving a GPA of 6.0 in the Graduate Diploma in Art History)

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  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $26,000

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $35,500

    Scholarships

    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Graduates are equipped with transferable knowledge and skills in art historical methods and theories, and critical thinking, writing, and speaking, as a pathway for higher research degrees in Art History or careers in public, private and commercial galleries and museums, marketing and communications, auction houses, arts journalism, arts policy development, and a creative foundation area for primary and secondary teaching.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Potential careers

    Art Gallery Education Officer, Art Historian, Artist, Arts Administrator, Arts Educator, Curator

  • Degree Structure

    Stimulate your senses for pleasure or professional development with postgraduate study options that are held on campus at the University of Adelaide amidst the beautiful North Terrace cultural precinct, in the collections of the Art Gallery of South Australia, and in the global domain of digital art history with maximum flexibility online.

    In this degree you will be introduced to art history and will undertake an in-depth study of four courses. You will extend your study in one area in a research dissertation. You will develop the research skills necessary to investigate essential issues in art history including skills in visual analysis.

    The Master of Arts (Studies in Art History) is an AQF Level 9 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 2 years.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    To qualify for the degree of Master of Arts (Studies in Art History), you complete the following courses with a combined total of not less than 48 units.

    Core Courses
    Choose 6 units from the following: 
    ARTH 7001 Introduction to Art History and Visual Culture (6 units)
    ARTH 7005 Interrogating Australian Colonial Art (6 units)
    ARTH 7011 Modern Australian Art (6 units)
    ARTH 7016OL Contemporary Australian Art* (6 units)
    Please note: not all courses are offered each year.

    Research Dissertation
    Complete a research dissertation to the value of 18 units. 
    ARTH 7015A Research Project in Art History P/T Part 1 (0 units)
    ARTH 7015B Research Project in Art History P/T Part 2 (12 units)
    or
    ARTH 7012 Research Project in Art History (12 units)
    plus
    ARTH 7013 Curatorial and Museum Studies (6 units)

    Work Based Training
    Complete 6 units of work based training of 4 weeks or 20 days. 
    ARTH 7006 Art Museum Internship (6 units)

    Elective Courses
    Choose elective courses to the value of 18 units from the following (not already completed as a core course): 
    ARTH 7003OL Art History Research Project: Digital Curation (6 units)
    ARTH 7005 Interrogating Australian Colonial Art (6 units)
    ARTH 7008 Studies in Contemporary Art (6 units)
    ARTH 7009/OL Studies in Australian Indigenous Art (6 units)*
    ARTH 7010/OL Studies in Modern Art (6 units)*
    ARTH 7011 Modern Australian Art (6 units)
    ARTH 7016OL Contemporary Australian Art (6 units)*
    Please note: not all courses are offered each year.

    *OL courses are offered online
    Indicative study plan
    Year 1 Art History course Elective
    ARTH 7006
    Art Museum Internship
    Elective
    Year 2 ARTH 7013
    Curatorial and Museum Studies
    Elective
    ARTH 7012
    Research Project in Art History
    12 units
    Current students, please see the Study Plan Templates
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Last updated: Thursday, 29 Aug 2019