I have always been interested in both the practical arts and history, so when I started university I was drawn towards a double major in the History of Art and Archaeology. Art History, in particular, has given me the chance to explore how different artists creatively express their ideas. Because art has been produced across human history, through studying this medium I have gained an understanding of historical and contemporary environments. I am also intrigued by the ability of art to not only to be interpreted differently, but also to transcend barriers posed by language, by communicating visually, tactilely and often through smell, taste and sound.
Through my Art History degree I have studied a diverse range of artists, art periods and artistic mediums. In doing so, Art History has allowed me to discover what areas of the visual arts I wish to pursue during my studies.
Several field trips to galleries around the city have given me the chance to study physical art works located within Perth. Here I have found an appreciation for Perth art collections and exhibitions. Talks from curators and successful individuals within the arts offer first-hand accounts on curatorial and conservational roles, which have increased my understanding of future employment. This aspect of practical immersion is an exciting inclusion to my studies at the University of WA. For example, through my Archaeology degree I travelled to the Burrup Peninsula to record Indigenous rock art.
Both my Art History and Archaeology majors offer volunteer prospects, which are great practical learning experiences that help you develop skills for postgraduate studies and professional practice.