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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As any student who has ever come within fifty feet of me knows, I am an enthusiastic supporter of the opportunities we provide our students to study abroad. The crown jewel of these opportunities is our fall term at the University of Warwick’s school in Venice, in which five places are reserved... More

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 in HTA Super Blog Feed for all posts filed under HTA Super Blog



Ottawa architecture has been in the news lately. Most of it, of course, has been in the form of complaints. The Central Library, we are told, is an irredeemable horror; the NAC can only be saved by a $110 million ‘facelift’; scores stood and applauded as the Carling Building was imploded. All... More

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 in HTA Super Blog Feed for all posts filed under HTA Super Blog


Friends of Art History – Jan 23

Friends of Art History Visual Culture Series presents “Two artists walk into an archive: decolonizing a colonizing space” by Stacy Ernst, PhD Candidate, Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture, Carleton University. This talk will address interventions into the colonial... More

Sunday, January 18th, 2015 in Events Feed for all posts filed under Events

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I teach a survey of medieval architecture and art, and this week I reached the period known as Byzantine. It’s a subject that I love teaching, because it gives me an excuse to talk about some of the most remarkable architecture ever built. But this year, it has an added poignancy, for reasons... More

Thursday, January 15th, 2015 in HTA Super Blog Feed for all posts filed under HTA Super Blog


Culture Hub Workshop

“Hairstyle as a signifier of identity in 8th century Italy” by Dr. John Osborne, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. January 20, 11:30 a.m., ICSLAC Seminar Room, 201D St. Patrick’s Building. for more information: More

Monday, January 12th, 2015 in News Feed for all posts filed under News

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A Few of My Favourite Things // Venice Wrap-Up ~by Katie

My time in Venice has come to an end, and it’s a bit of a shock to find myself back in Ottawa in the cold and icy winter! The first week of classes at Carleton has come and gone, and I have been reminiscing about Venice as I chip away at the layers of ice... More

Monday, January 12th, 2015 in Venice 2014 Feed for all posts filed under Venice 2014


Info Session – Venice 2015

Study Art History in Venice Fall 2015 A unique opportunity with Warwick University for Carleton University students* (* prerequisite of at least 2 Art History courses) Information Session with Dr. Louise Bourdua, Warwick University 11:30-12:30 p.m., Wednesday January 21, 472 St. Patrick’s... More

Thursday, January 8th, 2015 in Venice 2015 Feed for all posts filed under Venice 2015

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