Honours - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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Managing facultyFaculty of Arts


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


Students are required to complete 48 points of study comprising a thesis and two coursework units.

The honours program in art history and theory is administered by the Department of Fine Art and Design in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture.

The coursework units and the thesis topic are chosen in consultation with the art history and theory honours coordinator.



Students complete the following two units:

  • VSA4002(A) Minor thesis part 1
  • VSA4002(B) Minor thesis part 2

Coursework units

Students complete the following two units:

  • AHT4012 Visual culture and its theories*
  • AHT4200 Advanced art theory reading unit

* Classes for AHT4012 (Visual culture and its theories) and AHT4503 (Advanced art theory) are held together. Students enrolled in AHT4012 produce an additional piece of assessment to make up the required 9000 word assessment total of a 12-point unit.

Intending honours students

Students intending to enter honours in art history and theory must have completed a major in that discipline.

Relevant courses

  • 0003 Honours degree of Bachelor of Arts
  • 0082 Honours degree of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws