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Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Art History and Theory

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


University of Canterbury


The Bachelor of Arts is a highly flexible degree that allows a wide range of choices from major and minor subjects or specialisation pathways, as well as courses from other degrees.

Art History and Theory: Art History and Theory helps you to find messages encoded within the visual world, and to think about the effects they have in and on society.

This subject traces history and culture using artefacts, architecture, photos, and more. Learn to find meaning through objects and see how these affect our experiences.

What will my study involve:

Learn on campus and in Te Matatiki Toi Ora | Arts Centre campus in the city centre. Get hands-on with our James Logie Memorial Collection of ancient artefacts in the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities in the city, and Aotearoa New Zealand’s cultural collections at Te Puna Rakahau o Macmillan Brown | Macmillan Brown Library on campus. Internship courses where you can gain practical skills and build connections. Combine Art History and Theory studies with other subject interests like Classics, Anthropology, and languages.

Throughout your studies, you will be putting into practice skills like critical analysis, attention to detail, perspective, cultural awareness, and research. By examining artworks, you will gain ‘visual’ literacy, a skill that is applicable to many areas and careers. Career pathways could include: museum and gallery curatorship heritage conservation publishing library science.

Entry criteria

Applicants must have completed New Zealand University Entrance through NCEA; or Cambridge International Examinations (CIE); or International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) or any other equivalent overseas qualification.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Academic with an average score of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Total minimum score of 80, with at least 19 in reading, writing and listening. Please note UC only accepts TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date, not My Best scores.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): PTE with an overall score of 50 and no PTE communicative skills score below 42.
  • CAE or CPE: Minimum score of 169 with at least 162 in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
  • CCEL EAP: Level 2 with a minimum C+ grade.
  • Language Cert: B2 Communicator (LRWS) overall with High Pass.

Applications after the deadline date (8 December) will be considered if places are available.

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