Art history is a vital and dynamic discipline, which teaches critical thought and independent research. Art History fosters the ability to think creatively, to see the world through perspectives other than our own, and to question our assumptions. The value of such skills is undeniable.
The programme at Victoria provides historical, social, cultural, political and aesthetic frameworks for understanding visual art and culture. Teaching specialisms include historical and contemporary New Zealand and Pacific art, European art, and in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and history of photography.
Art History at Victoria plays a critical role in supporting Victoria University’s focus on ‘cultivating creative capital.’ The discipline’s academic strength is enriched by the extensive experience of staff as curators, writers and critical commentators who play active roles in the wider cultural sphere. The department’s location in Wellington ensures access to the city’s diverse arts infrastructure, including the prestigious Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi on campus.