Bachelor of Art Theory


Bachelor of Art Theory (BArtTh)

Course Code: 4803

The contemporary world is filled with expressions of visual culture. Consider the role of visual imagery in museums, those on television and in virtual reality, as well as images viewed in public events and design fields. Developing our historical and theoretical knowledge of visual art and culture helps us better understand the world we live in.

The study of Art Theory at COFA provides a pathway to understanding contemporary trends in the fine arts, including painting, video, film, sculpture and digital art. With its specialist focus on visual culture of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, the degree combines the study of historical developments with theories and methods pertinent to the visual arts.

The Bachelor of Art Theory is a three-year full-time degree. Honours is available to eligible students and is completed during an additional year of study.

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Students gain a broad and integrated education in art history and theory of the modern period. The degree also offers an introduction to the arts professions, including curatorship, public and education programming, arts policy and management, and arts journalism.

Student Choice

Students are able to tailor their own degrees by choosing their own Art Theory majors, And throughout their study, students are able to fine-tune their skills and areas of expertise by undertaking electives in any area they wish, including Fine Arts, Design or Media Arts.

Degree Structure

  • Stage 1: In their first year, students undertake required courses introducing them to a range of histories and theories.
  • Stage 2 and 3: Students area able to tailor their degrees to reflect their own areas of interest through Art Theory courses and electives.