Art History and Visual Culture

Explore the rich history and culture of art and artists. 


Study art history and visual culture at The University of Adelaide

Discover the world of art and the important role it plays in representing and interpreting history. As an art history and visual culture student at The University of Adelaide, you will study works of art from Renaissance paintings and sculpture, to contemporary street art and film. Discover how images can form beliefs and values, creating social commentary on ethnicity, gender and class. You will study unique courses respected for their cultural and social relevance in the modern art world.

As an art history and visual culture student you will:

  • Analyse and interpret past and present images and objects
  • Study principal methods of art from the Italian Renaissance, Northern Renaissance and contemporary art
  • Develop specialist research, writing and communication skills
  • Learn to use and apply necessary digital technologies
  • Curate online exhibitions of old and new media works of art
  • Have exclusive access to collections at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

As an art history and visual cultures student you will benefit from the expertise of our teaching staff, who are active researchers and art historians. You will also have the opportunity to attend guest seminars by professional curators at the Art Gallery of South Australia, the South Australian Museum and the Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute.

Study Overseas

As a University of Adelaide student you will have access to over 100 overseas exchange programs around the world. The University of Adelaide has student exchange links with several universities including the College of William & Mary and Newcastle.  As a art history and visual culture student you can study overseas for one semester or one year and gain credit towards your University of Adelaide degree.

Career path

  • Teaching
  • Heritage organisations
  • Auction houses
  • Arts administration
  • Arts promotion
  • Arts policy
  • Librarianship
  • Non-profit arts organisations
  • Museum and gallery worker

How can I study art history and visual culture?

The diversity of subjects and effort put into the course assignments really helped me get the most out of this degree. The lecturers, peers and support the university has provided has been excellent. The courses, assessment tasks and tutorials have all contributed to my learning. Never at the start of the year did I think I would have the knowledge I have now!Ellen Ladd