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Art is the product or process of deliberately arranging items (often with symbolic significance) in a way that influences and affects one or more of the senses, emotions, and intellect. It encompasses a diverse range of human activities, creations, and modes of expression, including music, literature, film, photography, sculpture, and paintings. The meaning of art is explored in a branch of philosophy known as aesthetics, whereas disciplines such as anthropology, sociology and psychology analyze its relationship with humans and generations.

Clockwise from upper left:

A self-portrait from Vincent van Gogh

An African Chokwe-statue,

Detail: Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli

A Japanese Shisa lion

Traditionally, the term art was used to refer to any skill or mastery. This conception changed during the Romantic period, when art came to be seen as "a special faculty of the human mind to be classified with religion and science"Generally, art is made with the intention of stimulating thoughts and emotions.




  • ANU Art

    ANU Art

    The ANU School of Art (SoA) prepares students for professional careers in visual arts, media arts and design. It has built a reputation as a leading arts educator offering specialist training in Art Theory, Ceramics, Glass, Gold and Silversmithing, Painting, Photography and Media Arts
  • Sydney Art

    Sydney Art

    The Department was founded in 1967 as part of the Power Institute of Fine Arts and teaching began in 1968. For the decade following, it was still feasible to regard its central discipline as the history of painting, sculpture and architecture of Europe (with some reference to Australia). Since then, the Department has responded not only to radical transformations in the nature of art history itself, but to the explosion of 'visual studies' into the areas of film, television and the computer, into photography, design, costume, style and cultural studies.
  • Melbourne Art

    Melbourne Art

    Faculty of Arts is the original and oldest faculty at the University of Melbourne. They are a diverse faculty with a common commitment to innovation and community engagement. They offer programs as wide-ranging as Indigenous Studies, Classics and Indonesian language.
  • Monash Art

    Monash Art

    Monash faculty of Arts offers both first (or undergraduate) degrees as well as a range of postgraduate coursework programs and research degrees. At Monash Arts we are committed to providing you not just with an excellent academic education but also with an enjoyable educational experience that combines intellectual stimulation
  • UNSW Art

    UNSW Art

    UNSW Arts and Social Sciences is a recognised leader in arts, social sciences and humanities teaching and research with top rankings in the 2010 Excellence in Research for Australia report. We provide professionally relevant, socially engaged and intellectually stimulating programs, taught by leading academics and industry experts.
  • UWA Art

    UWA Art

    The award winning teachers and cutting edge research creates a vibrant and exciting student environment. The skills and knowledge that you learn from studying an Arts degree gives many choices of career and the flexibility to work in a multitude of different settings. Graduates have followed career pathways that have led to some of the most prestigious and senior positions in Australia.
  • Macquarie Art

    Macquarie Art

    The Department of Media, Music and Cultural Studies combines the academic disciplines of Media, Contemporary Music Studies, Critical and Cultural Studies and International Communication. Situated in the Y3A building the department offers a range of undergraduate, Honours and postgraduate coursework and research opportunities.
  • RMIT Art

    RMIT Art

    At RMIT School of Art you will be connected to the local, urban and global world through a quality education in fine art, visual arts, arts management, and public art. The School of Art has a long acclaimed position as the first preference Art School in Melbourne City and the State of Victoria.
  • UTS Art

    UTS Art

    The School of Design fosters a design culture through openness, flexibility and focus, at the dynamic centre of Sydney's creative industries precinct. Through high-quality dialogue with local and international industry and research-focused institutions we empower our individuals and our community, to build a solid and creative network.
  • Curtin Art

    Curtin Art

    The Department of Art is a major centre for visual arts education in Australia as well as internationally. Our students have access to first class facilities and technical support for practical work in a wide range of media. In addition to this our students have ample opportunity to gain hands-on professional experience in presenting art work to the public through the John Curtin Gallery; the largest and best equipped exhibition space of any University in Australia, and through the Department's links with local art agencies and institutions.
  • QUT Art

    QUT Art

    To design a better world, you need to understand real sustainable design. As a QUT design student, you are part of a vibrant, multidisciplinary school with excellent connections to the real world of the design and built environment professions.
  • Swinburne Art

    Swinburne Art

    Swinburne has a history of cutting-edge teaching. Our revolutionary programs in Design and in Film and Television define international best practice. Our students benefit from expert staff, passionate about their profession and their research. We have one of the best design research units in Australia and an internationally recognised PhD program. We are proud of our graduates and their many achievements.
  • Wollongong Art

    Wollongong Art

    The School is one of three Schools within the Faculty of Arts and incorporates the following programs: Media & Cultural Studies, Sociology and the Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies. The courses offered by our School contribute to the understanding and solutions to many of contemporary society’s complex issues and problems.
  • Canberra Art

    Canberra Art

    All programs at Canberra faculty of arts and design are designed to ensure that you graduate ready to launch your career, and are able to show potential employers both your professional knowledge and your skills in critical and creative thinking, communication, collegiality, and ethical practice.
  • Newcastle Art

    Newcastle Art

    The School of Drama, Fine Art and Music (incorporating The Conservatorium) has earned a reputation for delivering quality programs in the creative arts. The School has more than 1300 undergraduate and postgraduate students studying courses in Drama, Fine Art and Music. While many students study on campus, the School also delivers a number of courses online to over a dozen countries throughout the world.
  • Griffith Art

    Griffith Art

    Griffith College of art offers the widest range of visual art programs in Australia, on two campuses - South Bank in the heart of Brisbane’s cultural precinct or at the thriving arts community on the Gold Coast campus. Enjoy access to art galleries, exhibition spaces, studios and computer labs. While college facilities are highly advanced, Griffith College of art is also one of Australia’s oldest and most respected art and design colleges.
  • Deakin Art

    Deakin Art

    Deakin's performing and creative arts take you on a journey to the leading edge of contemporary dance, drama, film, media, visual arts and visual communication design. Creative and performing arts courses will develop your skills across a variety of techniques. Our courses have been developed in close consultation with industry and include a unique blend of theory and practice.
  • Tasmania Art

    Tasmania Art

    The Tasmanian School of Art is a creative hub engaging locally and globally in critical thinking and contemporary art and design practice. Our world class facilities, teaching and research programs and intimate collaborative communities provide a rich learning platform.
  • ACU Art

    ACU Art

    The School focuses on teaching and research in Humanities, Performing and Visual Arts and Social Sciences. It comprises staff experts in a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary areas:
  • Murdoch Art

    Murdoch Art

    The School of Media Communication & Culture (MCC) offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses including communication and media studies; film, television, radio and digital media production; games art and design, journalism, public relations, and gender and cultural studies.
  • Charles Darwin Art

    Charles Darwin Art

    Studying creative arts, humanities or music at Charles Darwin University offers opportunities that you won't find at any other university in Australia or, indeed, in the world. Because of our location, the University brings together a unique combination of teaching, research and study opportunities in central and northern Australia. We have campuses in the central Australian desert and the tropical Top End. The Darwin campus sits astride the frontier between Australia and Southeast Asia.
  • CQU Art

    CQU Art

    School of creative and performing arts has a reputation for providing a supportive, nurturing and friendly environment for exceptional students to work with distinguished staff and acclaimed national and international visiting artists.


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Last Updated: 30 November 2009
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