Graduate Diploma in Art History

Degree Type Graduate Diploma
Duration 1 year full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3GD003
CRICOS 041725A

Inspire your intellectual creativity with 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 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.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 3GD003
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team

    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    Higher Education Study A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent or a completed Graduate Certificate in Art History.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3GD003

    International applicants

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    CRICOS 041725A
    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 5.0 OR successful completion of the Professional Certificate in Art History
    Additional Entry Requirements
    Available in both internal and external modes. To study externally (online) please visit the following website:

    How to Apply
  • 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


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

    Find a Scholarship.

  • 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 Masters coursework in art historical research or curatorial and museum studies, as well as 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.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Potential careers

    Arts Administrator

  • Degree Structure

    You will be introduced to the discipline of Art History and curatorship with in-depth study undertaken in four courses. You will develop foundation knowledge and critical skills in visual analysis, contextual research of diverse images and objects, art historical methods and theories, and different modes of writing about art.

    The Graduate Diploma in Art History is an AQF Level 8 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 1 year. 

    Academic Program Rules

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

    Example Study Plan

    To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Art History, complete the following courses with a combined total of not less than 24 units.

    Core Courses
    Complete courses to the value of 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)

    Elective Courses
    Complete courses to the value of 18 units from the following:
    ARTH 7002OL The Work of Art in Context: Independent Study (6 units)
    ARTH 7003/OL Art History Research Project: Digital Curation (6 units)**
    ARTH 7004/OL Art in the Age of Enlightenment (6 units)
    ARTH 7016OL Contemporary Australian Art (6 units)
    Please note: not all courses are offered each year

    *OL courses are offered online
    ** If you wish to do further study in either the Master of Arts (Curatorial and Museum Studies) or the Master or Arts (Studies in Art History), you must complete this course as one of your electives.
    Indicative study plan
    Year 1 Art History core course Elective
    Elective  Elective 
    Current students, please see the Study Plan Templates
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  • Further Information

    Further enquiries
    Phone: +61 8 8313 7335 (toll free 1800 061 459)

    The annual Open Day provides an excellent opportunity to see our campus, meet with academics, and discuss your study options.

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Last updated: Thursday, 29 Aug 2019