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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Student Volunteer Opportunity

Where do art and violence intersect? The Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW) is seeking an art history student in a volunteer capacity to conduct research to locate examples of art created by survivors of gender based violence.  The examples of the art will be shared on The... More

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 in News Feed for all posts filed under News

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Visiting the Islands ~by Helena

This past Tuesday, it was finally time for our first out-of-town trip, where we went to the nearby islands of Torcello, Burano, and Murano. We met up with our two Italian professors and the rest of the Warwick students bright and early to catch the vaporetto, or Venetian waterbus, to Torcello.... More

Monday, October 20th, 2014 in Venice 2014 Feed for all posts filed under Venice 2014

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Venice Week Two ~by Katie

Since last week was mainly orientation, this week was our first actual week of school here in Venice. Although there are five of us Carleton students here, three of us are in the ‘Art in Venice and Northern Italy 1100-1600’ class, while the other two are in the ‘Exhibiting the Contemporary’... More

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 in Venice 2014 Feed for all posts filed under Venice 2014

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Film Screening – Invite to SSAC

The AHGSS (Art History Graduate Students Society) will be hosting a free film screening event on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 from 7-10pm in SP100. We will be screening Alexander Sokurov’s Russian Ark (2002). Please see the Film Screening Poster and the following link for the YouTube... More

Thursday, October 9th, 2014 in News Feed for all posts filed under News


First Week in Venice ~by Kira

Our first week in the Warwick University Venice Art History program involved orienting ourselves with a few of the city’s library facilities. Many of the libraries are accessible to the public, making them a great resource not only for Italian students, but students studying abroad, as well as... More

Monday, October 6th, 2014 in Venice 2014 Feed for all posts filed under Venice 2014

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