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.
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:
- The Hocken Collections, which holds nationally significant archival, photographic, and art collections
- Archives New Zealand holds government-related records, and has a Dunedin office
- Toitū Otago Settlers Museum is an important resource for local history, photographs, and portraits
- The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand Archives is the national repository for the Presbyterian church
- Dunedin City Council Archives hold records and a photographic collection of importance to the city
- Dunedin Public Library has the McNab Collection specialising in New Zealand material and the Reed Collection specializing in medieval manuscripts and early printed books
- The Dunedin Public Art Gallery is a rich resource for art historians, as are the host of galleries and art spaces within the city
- Special Collections, University of Otago Library, holds rare books and manuscripts from the pre-1800 period, as well as material relating to the 19th and 20th centuries