Art History & Theory

Art History & Theory is about the history and interpretation of a variety of forms of art.

This includes paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, installations, etc.

Studying in this area involves learning how to 'look' at art – to understand how artists use colour, space, light, emotion, etc.

This includes being able to appreciate different artistic styles and being able to critique them.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Art critic
  • Art historian
  • Art dealer
  • Curator
  • Gallery manager
  • Arts journalist
  • Exhibition designer
  • Museum worker
  • Art history teacher

Income and employment prospects

Income

142% of national
median earnings


Employment

67%
Employed
2%
Unemployed
23%
Further study
8%
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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