The Bachelor of Art Theory degree is designed for those looking to develop the intellectual and critical skills to make an impact in the arts and cultural sector. Through both structured and flexible learning pathways, the degree will help you analyse the complex ways that art reflects and influences society. As you investigate the social, cultural and political contexts for art, you will learn to develop and communicate powerful, incisive ideas.

The degree is grounded in the fundamentals of art history and theory, allowing you to engage with fields such as Australian Indigenous art, global contemporary art, new media, performance art and museum studies. Our instructors are leading experts in their fields who offer a dynamic and rewarding learning experience.

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Indicative Enrolments



  • Art History and Theory

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career opportunities

  • Arts and cultural manager
  • Gallery and event curator
  • Arts policy administrator
  • Creative director
  • Art critic
  • Art historian
  • Cultural critic

Entry requirements

2018 Lowest Rank
2019 Guaranteed Entry


2018 A Levels
2018 IB Diploma

How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the ‘Apply’ section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply.

For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January.

Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

Alternative entry or pathways

At UNSW Art & Design we look for creative talent. As such, some students are admitted solely on their ATAR, or equivalent, and some are identified by demonstrating their creative potential by preparing and submitting a portfolio of art, design, media or written work.

Submitting a portfolio can boost your chances of admission to Australia’s leading faculty of art and design. For more info and to see specific guidelines and deadlines visit Art & Design's Portfolio Entry page.

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Other information

You may be eligible to enrol in a separate year Honours program upon completion of this degree. Find out more.

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