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Undergraduate History and Art History and Visual Culture...


Bachelor of Arts

A Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Art History and Theory, or Visual Culture offers you opportunities to explore the histories, cultures and visual worlds of a diverse set of peoples, places, and time periods, giving you a broad perspective on the human and visual experience in the past and in the contemporary world.

All students are welcome to study history, art history and theory, and visual culture at Otago. No prior knowledge or qualifications is needed.

Many of our students combine their study of history, art history and theory, and visual culture students with Politics, Classics, Philosophy, Design, Film and Media, Māori, Indigenous and Pacific Studies, English and Anthropology. Our students also take degrees in Law and Commerce.

Not only are the courses we offer diverse, but we also encourage and foster a research culture from undergraduate level. Dunedin is home to some of the premier cultural institutions in the country, and the Department of History and Art History regularly incorporates the art, photographs, and archives of local institutions, galleries and libraries into our undergraduate teaching.

We provide training in the core skills required for employment in the creative fields. You may want to become a curator, work in advertising, journalism, public relations, be involved in the heritage sector, or the world of fashion, get involved in the art market or preservation. A Bachelors of Arts in History, Art History and Theory or Visual Culture will help you gain employment in these industries.

For a description of all courses offered by the Department of History and Art History please visit the History Papers page, or the Art History and Visual Culture Papers page.

Student Exchange

Including some study overseas is an easy way to enhance your understanding of History, Art History, or Visual Culture as well as your Otago BA, and a hugely rewarding experience. The University of Otago Student Exchange Programme allows you to study at a university overseas and credit History, Art History, and Visual Culture papers towards your major or minor in these subjects.
Because there are some important restrictions on 300-level papers and the Otago major, students interested in going on exchange are strongly encouraged to talk with the Department’s Exchange Student Adviser early in their degree. For further information about the Programme and partner institution, see


Further Information

Questions concerning undergraduate study should be directed to the department’s Academic Subject Advisors Associate Professor Alex Trapeznik