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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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Florence ~by Katie

A couple of weeks ago, I took the train from Venice to Florence and spent five days there. Florence is about two hours away from Venice on the train, which I caught at the Santa Lucia train station, only fifteen or so minutes from where we live. Florence is one of my favourite places to... More

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 in Venice 2014 Feed for all posts filed under Venice 2014

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Week Six ~by Katie

Week six of the program here in Venice was reading week, and we all had a break from our lectures and on-site visits. Since my roommates decided to leave town for the week, it was the perfect time for me to have a visitor, and my sister and my three-month old nephew came to stay... More

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 in Venice 2014 Feed for all posts filed under Venice 2014

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Stories We Tell

Buildings tell stories, and architectural historians tell stories about buildings. That sounds like a pretty simple and symbiotic relationship, but in reality it is anything but. I was reminded of this while walking along Sparks Street late last summer. One of my favourite buildings on Sparks is... More

Friday, November 14th, 2014 in HTA Super Blog Feed for all posts filed under HTA Super Blog

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On The Road Again

Last Saturday, HTA students enjoyed a day-long bus trip that took us all the way to Kingston and back. Our leader was the inimitable Pierre du Prey, Professor Emeritus of Queen’s University, Adjunct Research Professor in HTA at Carleton, and one of the most distinguished architectural historians... More

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 in HTA Super Blog Feed for all posts filed under HTA Super Blog

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Harry’s Bar ~by Laura

My blog post will be short and sweet, just as my topic is, and just as its name suggests. Tonight, my mom and I engaged in a very touristic activity: we went to Harry’s Bar. Harry’s Bar has a very unassuming, if not obscured, entrance. One would not know it was Harry’s Bar, unless one... More

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 in Venice 2014 Feed for all posts filed under Venice 2014

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