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 at the 2000, 3000 and 4000 level.

Students majoring in other programs who are also interested in the study of Art History are encouraged to consider the Minor offered in Museum Studies. 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.

Major (Honours Program)

A minimum of 9.00 credits is required, including:

ARTH*1510 [0.50] Art Historical Studies I
ARTH*1520 [0.50] Art Historical Studies II
ARTH*2220 [0.50] The Visual Arts Today
ARTH*2480 [0.50] Introduction to Art Theory and Criticism
ARTH*2540 [0.50] Medieval Art
ARTH*2550 [0.50] The Italian Renaissance
ARTH*2600 [0.50] Early Modern Art
1.50 credits from:
ARTH*2050 [0.50] Modern Latin American Art
ARTH*2060 [0.50] Indigenous Arts in the Americas
ARTH*2070 [0.50] Art of the USA
ARTH*2120 [0.50] Introduction to Museology
ARTH*2150 [0.50] Art and Archaeology of Greece
ARTH*2280 [0.50] Modern Architecture
ARTH*2290 [0.50] History of Photographic Media
ARTH*2490 [0.50] History of Canadian Art
ARTH*2580 [0.50] Late Modern Art: 1900-1950
ARTH*2950 [0.50] Baroque Art
2.00 credits from:
ARTH*3010 [0.50] Contemporary Canadian Art
ARTH*3060 [0.50] Public Art
ARTH*3150 [0.50] Space: Roman Art and Urbanism
ARTH*3200 [0.50] Colour: Practice & Meanings in Western Art
ARTH*3210 [0.50] Critical Issues in Art History
ARTH*3220 [0.50] Nationalism & Identity in Art
ARTH*3320 [0.50] Lives: Aspects of Western Art
ARTH*3330 [0.50] Display: Visual Culture in Western Europe
ARTH*3340 [0.50] Studies in Renaissance and Baroque Art
ARTH*3520 [0.50] Idea: Art Since 1950
ARTH*3600 [0.50] Topics in the Long Eighteenth Century
ARTH*3620 [0.50] Museum Studies
ARTH*3780 [0.50] Gender and Art
2.00 credits from 4000-level seminar courses:
ARTH*4310 [1.00] Topics in Art & Visual Culture I
ARTH*4320 [1.00] Topics in Art & Visual Culture II
ARTH*4330 [1.00] Topics in Art & Visual Culture III
ARTH*4340 [1.00] Topics in Art & Visual Culture IV
ARTH*4350 [1.00] Topics in Art & Visual Culture V

Students may count either ARTH*4600 "Individual Study: Art History" or ARTH*4800 "Experiential Learning" towards their major. Neither of these courses meets the requirement of 2.00 credits from seminar courses.

Minor (Honours Program)

A minimum of 5.00 credits is required, including:

ARTH*1510 [0.50] Art Historical Studies I
ARTH*1520 [0.50] Art Historical Studies II

4.00 additional credits in Art History including at least 2.00 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level.

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