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Art History and Theory courses increase enjoyment of art by increasing understanding and training you in observation thinking and writing.
There are great career opportunities for our graduates, many of whom have been successful in gaining positions in the art world. They have secured jobs in universities, polytechnics, schools, museums and libraries, as well as in journalism, marketing, tourism and heritage conservation. Whatever your background and whatever your career aims, we know that the time you spend studying Art History and Theory at Canterbury will prove to be a positive and rewarding experience.
Why study Art History and Theory?
Art History and Theory are actually separate, though related subjects. Students may specialise in one of these or undertake a mixture of the two as part of their degree. They involve the study of visual culture and, in particular but not exclusively, 'fine art' images and objects. You will study various media including painting and drawing, architecture, sculpture, photography and printmaking, ceramics, furniture and weaving. Also, art institutions and practices, such as collecting, patronage, art education, art criticism and iconography are all considered.
Vincent Van Gogh
The night cafe, 1888.
Our courses reflect your lecturers' specialisations that include European art and other indigenous art, contemporary art, American art, East Asian art, Māori art, and architectural history. Some of the lecturers also specialise in subjects beyond Art History and Theory such as literature, anthropology, cultural studies, and aesthetics.
News and Features
Please note: Art History and Theory is now located on Level 5, History Building.
Art History and Theory Seminars
The Art History and Theory department run seminar series on practical aspects of the discipline of art history. Further details will be posted here.
Mahi-aRinga: Introducing Customary Material Culture (ARTH108/MAOR114)
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Art History and Theory Undergraduate Essay Writing Prize 2013. This year, all essays submitted for undergraduate courses in Art History and Theory will be eligible for the Art History and Theory Essay Writing Prize.
The top essay for each course will go into the final, and in November a group of lecturers will read the essays and decide upon the winner.
As well as winning the Art History and Theory Undergraduate Essay Writing Prize for 2013, the winner will receive $250. With the writer's permission, the winning essay will also be posted on the Art History and Theory website.
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