About the course
You can take the one-year Bachelor of Arts (Honours) as a qualification in its own right after a Bachelor of Arts, or as a pathway to a one-year Master of Arts. Postgraduate study is a unique opportunity to deepen your study of an academic area that you find intellectually rewarding and personally meaningful. As well as deepening your knowledge in small classes with some of New Zealand’s leading scholars, you can hone advanced skills that will be an advantage in any career. The BA(Hons) can enhance your career potential by sharpening your transferable skills and specialist knowledge. You can take the abilities you have honed through your study into many different roles. Our graduates combine their specialist knowledge with advanced communication, research and analytical skills in a wide range of careers. Postgraduate courses in Art History explore a variety of approaches and methodologies in relation to European and American, New Zealand and Australian, Māori and Polynesian arts. The topics you can study range from individual artists such as Rembrandt to the social and cultural significance of public art and art galleries. Postgraduate study in Art History is not limited to the traditional fine arts. You can also investigate the forms, meanings and values of different images and objects in the visual cultures (both contemporary and past) of various societies. Our research interests inform both taught courses and student research. We have particular research strengths in the following areas: Aotearoa New Zealands unique history of art, Māori, Pacific and indigenous art, Cross-cultural and inter-cultural representation and post-colonial theory, Portraiture from the early modern to the modern period, European early modern painting, tapestries and prints, Gender, ethnicity and visual culture and The psychology of art and critical theory.
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The University of Auckland

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The University of Auckland is a public research university based in Auckland, New Zealand. It is the largest, most comprehensive and highest-ranked university in New Zealand and consistently placed among the Top 100 universities in the world. The institution was established in 1883 as a constituent college of the University of New Zealand. Originally it was housed in a disused courthouse. Today, the University of Auckland is New Zealands largest university by enrolment, hosting about 40,000 students on five Auckland campuses.
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