The Major and the Minor in the Art History programs provide an excellent foundation in the history of international modern and contemporary art, curatorial and museum studies, and their critical and theoretical discourses. Our professors emphasize an interdisciplinary approach with perspectives drawn from aesthetics and philosophy, as well as theories of feminism and gender, post-colonialism, identity, globalization, and new technologies.
Students are actively involved in Ottawa's art community through curatorial projects on campus and in the city, site visits to national and municipal art galleries, internships, and class visits from curators, artists, and visiting professors.
Graduates pursue careers as curators and directors at museums and galleries; at arts organizations and foundations; at archives and libraries; as editors or writers for art magazines and other publications; or pursue graduate work in the art history or curatorial studies, among others.
This program is offered in English and in French.
The table below includes only discipline-specific courses. Please refer to the Academic Regulations for information on including a minor to your degree.
This program cannot be combined with the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA).
|Compulsory courses at the 1000 level 1|
|ART 1102||Methodologies in the History and Theory of Art||3 Units|
|ART 1360||Histories of Art I||3 Units|
|ART 1361||Histories of Art II||3 Units|
|Compulsory courses at the 2000 level|
|ART 2170||19th Century Art: 1789-1900||3 Units|
|ART 2171||Modern Art: 1900-1945||3 Units|
|Compulsory courses at the 3000 level|
|ART 3180||Art After Modernism: 1945-1978||3 Units|
|ART 3181||Postmodernism and Art: 1978-2000||3 Units|
|9 optional course units in Art History (ART) from: 2||9 Units|
|Art and New Technologies|
|Art and Gender|
|Art, Globalization and Cultural Hybridities|
|Art After Modernism: 1945-1978|
|Postmodernism and Art: 1978-2000|
|Canadian Art and Cultural Identities|
|Museum Studies and Artistic Practices|
|Inuit and Amerindian Art|
|Histories and Theories of Photography|
|Artists and Critical Discourse|
|Special Topics in History and Theory of Art|
|Special Topics in Contemporary Art|
|Curating for Contemporary Art|
|Special Topics in History and Theory of art|
|Research Seminar in History and Theory of Art|
|Directed Research I|
|Directed Research II|
The introductory survey courses, ART 1360 and ART 1361, are required for all undergraduates in the Department of Visual Arts (Bachelor of Fine Arts; Major in Visual Arts; Major and Minor in Art History) and are prerequisites for all compulsory 3000-level courses, so should therefore be taken in first year to ensure graduation on time.
Other courses may be selected in consultation with the Department.