Art History BA | College of Arts

Art History BA

Immerse yourself in historical perspectives of the visual arts.

You will study methodologies and critical theory spanning Greek art to contemporary Canadian art, the interaction of past and present in a historical and social context. You will benefit from Art History’s interdisciplinary nature; it brings together the insights of other humanities and the sciences and links to contemporary studio practise.


  • Use our Bachinski-Chu Print Collection with over 1,600 works of art including Rembrandt, De Goya and Picasso.
  • Upper year students can take on placements with art galleries, museums, and other related organizations or complete independent research on a topic of your choosing.
  • Home of the Art Gallery of Guelph including Sculpture Park, our thriving arts community will provide access to experts and special events.
  • Travel to see some of the world’s most renowned pieces of art. Recently students have completed field studies to Los Angeles, Italy and France.


  • Public Art
  • Introduction to Art Theory and Criticism
  • The Italian Renaissance
  • Indigenous Arts in the Americas
  • Museum Studies
  • Gender and Art

Careers and Pathways

  • Exhibition and cultural event planner
  • Gallery coordinator/curator
  • Special Events Planner
  • Accredited Appraiser
  • Digital Curator
  • Teacher
  • Art Coordinator
  • Graduate programs in art history, art conservation, architectural history, design, museum studies, and curatorial studies


Last year students undertook paid positions in our print collection, including the planning, handling and storage.

The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.