Art History and Art Curatorship


Art History at the University of Melbourne aims to create knowledge and develop expertise in the history of the visual arts from the medieval to the contemporary. In an increasingly image-based culture, including a rapidly expanding museum and gallery industry, techniques in visual literacy are essential for a variety of professions as well as for daily life. We are passionately committed therefore to the provision of valuable learning opportunities and research supervision to a range of students (undergraduates, graduate and professionals), in different areas of art’s history as well as in curatorship.

Our academic staff includes scholars and museum professionals with expertise in various fields; and we offer a variety of thematic and interdisciplinary subjects, including

  • Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque art
  • Eighteenth and nineteenth-century European art
  • Modernism and Postmodernism
  • Australian Aboriginal art
  • Colonial, Modernist and Postcolonial Australian art
  • Contemporary Australian and international art
  • History and theory of art conservation
  • Curatorship
  • Museum and exhibition studies

Several courses taught on-site in New York, Florence and Central Australia provide intensive learning experiences and rare access to important collections. Additionally, strong relationships with leading cultural institutions locally, nationally, and internationally, enable us to offer unique research opportunities to students interested in continuing at graduate level.

The combination of an interest in the history of museums and an interest in conservation meant that I actually got to participate on a number of arts boards and that then got me interested in the museum sector. I've curated a couple of exhibitions and I'm still involved in a number of museum boards, mainly as an academic representative. Assoc. Professor Alison Inglis, Master of Art Curatorship Course Coordinator



Graduate coursework

Graduate research