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Introduction to Art history

Art has been used as an expression of human emotion for centuries. Artists have long sought to interpret what they see in the world by creating imagery, performance, sculpture and installation pieces. Studying art history helps us make sense of their work and our world more broadly.

Whether you want to study art and fashion, Aboriginal art, contemporary, modern, or classical art, there’s an art history course sure to interest you. Discover the short courses, standalone subjects and full qualifications you can study with leading universities through Open Universities Australia.

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University of South Australia


Introduction to the GLAM sector

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Starts 16 Sep 2024

La Trobe University

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Starts 29 Jul 2024

La Trobe University


Icons and Anti-Icons: Ten Works of Art

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La Trobe University

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Griffith University


Bachelor of Arts

Innovators, communicators and creators start here!

Develop critical thinking, writing, and research skills in demand across all industries. You can follow your passion with majors and electives that interest you. Develop connections through peer learning, networking, and work experience.

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3 years full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Available majors

  • Art History
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Literature
  • Public Relations
  • Screen and Media Studies
  • Sociology
Curtin University


Undergraduate Certificate in Art History

Glimpses of the history of art and design

Gain a head start in fine arts studies with this introduction to art history’s key ideas and events. You’ll explore Australian art, modernism, and issues in contemporary art. Build your appreciation of art and design and work towards a fine arts degree.

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6 months full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

La Trobe University


Diploma of Arts

Start with the subjects you’re passionate about

Follow your interests on this humanities pathway into university. Choices range from languages to history, politics, and philosophy. Pick up important skills like critical thinking and collaboration. Shape your future in the arts and social science.

100% online

1 year full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Available majors

  • Arts stream
  • Global studies stream
  • Politics, philosophy and economics stream
  • Visual arts stream
University of Southern Queensland

Create, innovate, and adapt your visual art

Work with the forms of art you can see. You’ll build your technical skills and explore new media. Dive into historical and cultural concepts. Become a well-rounded visual artist ready for both creative work and arts administration roles.

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3 years full time or part time equivalent

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