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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MA Concentration in Digital Humanities

New! MA in Art History with a concentration in Digital Humanities. Art History, in conjunction with a new collaborating MA in Digital Humanities, offers a program designed to add value to the existing MA in Art History by offering courses focused on the rapidly growing field of digital humanities.... More

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Adventures in Art History – pt 7

Reflections on Art, Party, and Business Last semester I took a Business course – something I never thought I’d do. It was a Selected Topics in Management seminar, with the selected topic being “Managing the Arts.” I was apprehensive about this course, despite having signed up for it months... More

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HTA Blog #1

Experiencing Architecture at the NGC Hello!  Welcome to the blog for the History and Theory of Architecture program at Carleton.  My name is Tristan Crawford, I’m in my third year of the HTA program and I’ll be updating the blog throughout the 2014 winter semester whenever a critical mass of... More

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Access/Restriction – Graduate Conference

Graduate Student Conference and Exhibition, March 7 and 8, 2014 Full Conference details at: Access/Restriction In conjunction with the second annual AHGSS Graduate Student Conference a group of three students are co-curating an exhibition. Drawing inspiration from the conference theme, the exhibit... More

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“Narrative Heart”

13th Annual New Sun Conference on Aboriginal Arts: Narrative Heart. Saturday, March 1, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., 5050 Minto Centre. Featuring: A Tribe Called Red, Electric Pow Wow DJ/Producer crew; Meryl McMaster, Photo artist; Sandra Laronde, Director, Indigenous Arts, The Banff Centre, Artistic... More

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