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Study History and Art History at Otago


Our teaching and research covers a wide variety of themes, perspectives, time periods, and regions.

We specialise in the histories of New Zealand, the Pacific, Asia, Europe, Britain and Ireland and North America, and the art of the Medieval, Renaissance, Modern and Contemporary periods.

Students can also study the worlds of advertising, television, film, and celebrity culture in the Visual Culture programme, which is housed within the department.



We offer a complete range of degree programmes in History and Art History and Theory including:

Postgraduate & research


The Department has a strong research culture and a vigorous postgraduate programme.

Because of the strength and range of its cultural institutions, Dunedin is an excellent location for undertaking undergraduate and postgraduate research in history, art history and theory, and visual culture.


Contact Us

2nd Floor Arts 1 (Burns) Building
Tel 64 3 479 8606

Department of History and Art History/Te Tari Kōrero Nehe me te Mahi Toi Onamata
University of Otago
P O Box 56
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand

Acting Head of Department

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Associate Professor Mark Seymour

Undergraduate enquiries


Associate Professor Alex Trapeznik

Postgraduate enquiries

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Associate Professor John Stenhouse