The Centre for Art History and Art Theory is part of ANU School of Art and focuses on teaching and research across a wide range of material and visual culture. It offers the Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship, and delivers courses in undergraduate programs, graduate coursework programs and graduate research programs. It also offers higher degree research (Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philsophy) in Art History and Art Theory.
Staff research specialisations are in the following areas: Asian art; Australian art; early modern to contemporary European art; curatorship and museology; photography; craft, decorative arts and design history. The Centre works closely with the national cultural institutions located in Canberra and organises a number of public events, conferences and workshops every year. It also hosts the Australian Consortium on Asian Art. Professor Helen Ennis, Sir William Dobell Chair of Art History, is the Director of the Centre.