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Studying History, Art History and Theory, and Visual Culture


History, Art History and Theory, and Visual Culture are three of the most exciting subjects offered at university.

They are offered at undergraduate, honours and postgraduate level.

Undergraduate study in History and Art History
Honours study in History and Art History
Postgraduate study in History and Art History


Understand the past, shape the future

Understanding the past provides a compass that helps you navigate the present and shape the future. Regardless of geographic area or time period, studying history provides an unrivalled basis for making sense of an increasingly complex and unstable world.

The very human analytical and communication skills that history teaches are also keys for entry to a wide range of rewarding careers. Many of these – such as research, teaching, journalism, public policy, diplomacy, and the heritage and museum sectors – are also among those least likely to be overtaken by historical change themselves, in the form of automation or artificial intelligence.

Art History and Visual Culture

Art is an essential part of the human experience. It is seen and made everywhere. Works of art provide us with a means of understanding cultural and ideological changes in society through the ages.

The study of Art History and Visual Culture at Otago helps you to interpret the visual, think about how it communicated to people in the past and present, and what it means to people in various cultures in the past and in the contemporary world.

Resources for History, Art History and Theory and Visual Culture students

In Dunedin students have access to the following resources: