Art History

Art History


In Art History, we study the realm of visual communication, from the canon of Western art to architecture, photography, popular culture, and the arts of non-Western societies. Our material ranges from the prehistoric period to the present day. We aim to instill in our students not only a historical framework for understanding imagery, but also a methodological awareness of the multiple possibilities for interpreting art and other visual phenomena.

The History and Theory of Architecture program explores the history, meaning and social significance of the built environment, and how it both reflects and shapes human circumstances, needs and aspirations. We also study the theoretical foundations of architectural movements ranging from Antiquity to the present day. In addition to extensive courses in Art History, courses are offered through other departments and faculties. An Honours and General program are offered. More about the HTA program.

All units in the School for Studies in Art and Culture (SSAC) have graduate programs at the Masters level  (for more information about the Art History MA please click here). As well, most full-time faculty members in the SSAC can supervise PhD dissertations through the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture (ICSLAC). Please visit the ICSLAC site for further information.


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Inaugural Sotheby’s Residency in Curatorial Studies with Terry Smith

Terry Smith, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory at the University of Pittsburgh is coming to Carleton University on September 24th and 25th!  Please join us in welcoming him to the Inaugural Sotheby’s Residency in Curatorial Studies for the following events:... More

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Venice – Getting Ready

The prospects of this adventure are nothing short of euphoric; however, the intensity of the promised bliss mirrors the intensity of the required to-do lists before arriving in Venice. While musing excitedly over Venice and all of her charms, the following items had to be taken care of: Passport... More

Monday, September 15th, 2014 in Venice 2014 Feed for all posts filed under Venice 2014

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Gothic Dreams

Students who have taken certain of my courses will know that I have rather more than a passing interest in the 19th-century architect, designer, critic and theorist AWN Pugin. That’s why September 26th and 27th are very big days in my calendar. Pugin is remembered for many things, but his... More

Friday, September 12th, 2014 in HTA Super Blog Feed for all posts filed under HTA Super Blog

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Failure in Architecture

The next speaker in the occasional HTA Guest Speaker Series will be Professor Timothy Brittain-Catlin of the Kent School of Architecture, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. Tim is a distinguished scholar, innovative thinker, wonderful writer, and exceptionally nice person. I am very excited that... More

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There Will Be Popcorn

We’re inviting everyone who likes architecture to join us for the HTA noon-hour film series, which will take place on one Friday of each month during the academic year. They’ll be very casual events – we’ll gather at noon, Michael Windover will make popcorn (with butter), we’ll watch the... More

Friday, September 12th, 2014 in HTA Super Blog Feed for all posts filed under HTA Super Blog

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