Fine Arts and History of Art
What is History of Art?
Study of the History of Art empowers you to be a thoughtful and critical viewer of our increasingly visual world. By examining the construction, reception, and circulation of art objects across time, place and cultures, students develop historical knowledge, rigorous analytical skills, and the capacity to communicate critically about visual form. Through a cultivation of visual literacy, you will gain insights into how artists have imaged and imagined politics, religion, identity, and culture, while also discovering how art has shaped the history of ideas.
Our History of Art major covers a wide range of historical periods and visual media, ranging from Renaissance painting to contemporary performance art, with an emphasis on the visual traditions of Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia.
We offer two undergraduate majors (which can be paired with almost any other UWA major) for those aspiring to a career involving art, and postgraduate research courses for those seeking to specialise in fine arts or curatorial studies.
Dr Clarissa Ball
Dr Clarissa Ball is an art historian and the Director of the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies.Read more about Dr Clarissa Ball
Arvi Wattel is an art historian with international experience, and a lecturer at the UWA School of Design.Read more about Arvi Wattel