Through illustrated lectures, seminar presentations and discussion in front of original art works, students of art history learn to interpret art and architecture as both historical and contemporary phenomena in Western culture. Faculty research reflects the range of methods encompassed by the discipline of art history, and students, starting in the introductory course (ARTH 120), learn a variety of approaches. Art works are studied with reference to the subject matter and meaning of their imagery (iconography), their materials and techniques (technical art history), and the societies and individuals that produced and collected them (patronage, social history, feminism and museology). Courses address the history of European, British and Canadian art at all levels, from surveys in first and second year, to fourth-year seminars. The department offers a three-year B.A. and a four-year Honours B.A. in art history. Each May, the Department offers a month-long course in Venice, and you may also choose to study at Queen's International Study Centre, located at Herstmonceux Castle in England. Academic courses are supplemented by fieldtrips, public lectures by visiting scholars and artists, and through related art programs at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre on the Queen's campus.
No specific high school course is required to pursue a concentration in Art History
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