Dr Clarissa Ball

Started at UWA: 1990

Art historian and Director of the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies

The act of making art is one of humanity’s most pervasive activities.Dr Clarissa Ball

Dr Clarissa Ball is an art historian and the Director of the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies.

Over her long career at UWA she has enjoyed working with students so that they achieve their intellectual potential, watching graduates develop highly successful careers at the local, national and international level.

She is now the Head of Department for Fine Arts and History of Art within the School of Design.

“At UWA the cutting-edge focus areas of Film, Art and Biotechnology, and Art and Environment, allow you to develop your artistic skills across established and emerging mediums. Fine Arts gives you the opportunity to artistically articulate and debate some of the most challenging and difficult issues facing our world.

“In an era that is barraged by images, knowing how to unpack what we see has never been more important. How we read, interpret and understand visual information is vital in a world that, increasingly relies on images rather than written or spoken words as its primary form of communication. Such visual literacy is at the core of the History of Art.”


  • BEd, ECU
  • BA, UWA
  • PhD, UWA
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