2005-2006 University of Guelph Undergraduate Calendar

X. Degree Programs

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Art History (ARTH)

School of Fine Art and Music, College of Arts.

The School provides for concentrated study in Art History or Studio Arts, or for a more balanced study combining the two disciplines. Both Studio Art and Art History degree programs require some work in both the programs. Many Art History courses are also open to non specialized students.

The Art History program covers historical perspectives on the visual arts, study of the methodologies of art history and critical theory, and consideration of contemporary issues in the practice and display of art. Students pursuing a Major or Minor in Art History are required to take a minimum number of courses in each of three areas of focus in the program: Western Art; Visual Arts of the Americas; and Art Theory, Critical Methodology and Museology. The groups of courses that comprise these areas of focus are listed below.

Students interested in the study of Art History in conjunction with other programs are recommended to look at the Minors offered in Visual Arts of the Americas, Museum Studies, and Art Theory and Criticism. Specific requirements for the Art History Honours Major and Minor are listed below.

Student Counselling

The students who elect to take a substantial number of courses in Art History with the objective of graduate work are advised to obtain counselling from faculty regarding their choices. It is important to know that graduate studies in Art History will usually require a reading knowledge of at least 2 languages other than English. German, French, Italian and Latin are among the most useful choices. Cognate electives in other disciplines in the College of Arts (such as History) will almost certainly prove an asset.

Art History Core Requirements

All students are required to complete the following core courses [2.00 credits]:
ARTH*1220 [0.50] The Visual Arts Today
ARTH*1510 [0.50] Art Historical Studies I
ARTH*1520 [0.50] Art Historical Studies II
and one [0.50] of the following:
SART*1050 [0.50] Integrated 2-D Media
SART*1060 [0.50] Media Convergence

Major (Honours Program)

A minimum of 9.00 credits is required, including:

  1. the Art History core

  2. 2.00 credits from the Western Art area of focus including: 0.50 credit in Ancient (ARTH*2150, ARTH*3150), 0.50 credit in Medieval (ARTH*2540, ARTH*3540), 0.50 credit from Renaissance & Baroque (ARTH*2550, ARTH*2950, ARTH*3100, ARTH*3550, ARTH*3640), 0.50 credit from Modern (ARTH*2280, ARTH*2290, ARTH*2580, ARTH*2600, ARTH*3520, ARTH*3570)

  3. 1.50 credits from the Arts of the Americas area of focus

  4. 1.00 credits from the Art Theory, Critical Methodology and Museology area of focus

  5. 2.50 additional credits in Art History

Note: a minimum of 4.00 credits in Art History must be at the 3000 level or above, including at least 1.00 credits in Art History at the 4000 level.

Minor (Honours Program)

A minimum of 5.00 credits is required, including:

  1. ARTH*1220, ARTH*1510, ARTH*1520

  2. 3.50 additional credits in Art History including 0.50 credits in each of the three areas of focus and at lest 2.00 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Areas of Focus
Western Art
ARTH*2150 [0.50] Western Art: Greece
ARTH*2280 [0.50] Western Art: Modern Architecture
ARTH*2290 [0.50] Western Art: Photographic Media
ARTH*2540 [0.50] Western Art: Medieval
ARTH*2550 [0.50] Western Art: Italian Renaissance
ARTH*2580 [0.50] Western Art: Late Modern
ARTH*2600 [0.50] Western Art: Early Modern
ARTH*2950 [0.50] Western Art: Baroque
ARTH*3100 [0.50] Perspectives: Structure and Space in Renaissance and Baroque Art
ARTH*3150 [0.50] Space: Roman Art and Urbanism
ARTH*3200 [0.50] Colour: Practice and Meanings in Western Art
ARTH*3520 [0.50] Idea: Art Since 1950
ARTH*3540 [0.50] Image: The Arts in the High Middle Ages
ARTH*3550 [0.50] Lives: Aspects of High Renaissance Art
ARTH*3570 [0.50] Display: Visual Culture in Late 19th Century Europe
ARTH*3640 [0.50] Objects: Baroque Art and Rococo Art
ARTH*4150 [0.50] Questions in Western Art I
ARTH*4160 [0.50] Questions in Western Art II
Arts of the Americas
ARTH*2050 [0.50] Arts of the Americas: Latin America
ARTH*2060 [0.50] Arts of the Americas: Aboriginal Perspectives
ARTH*2070 [0.50] Arts of the Americas: The USA
ARTH*2490 [0.50] Arts of the Americas: Canada
ARTH*3010 [0.50] Americas: Canada
ARTH*3050 [0.50] Americas: Meso America
ARTH*3060 [0.50] Americas: Public Art
ARTH*4050 [0.50] Questions in the Americas I
ARTH*4060 [0.50] Questions in the Americas II
Arts Theory, Critical Methodology and Museology
ARTH*2120 [0.50] Museology
ARTH*2480 [0.50] Introduction to Art Theory and Criticism
ARTH*3210 [0.50] Critical Issues
ARTH*3220 [0.50] Nationalism and Identity in Art
ARTH*3780 [0.50] Gender and Art
ARTH*4550 [0.50] Questions in Criticism
ARTH*4620 [0.50] Museum Studies

Note: Details of advanced standing for transfer students from the Ontario College of Art can be found in the section on Admission Information.