Art History & Art Conservation

Department of Art History & Art Conservation

Art History BA

The Art History programme offers undergraduate students an excellent opportunity to study a range of courses that can be grouped according to six themes:

  • art, science & technology
  • gender, class & society
  • material culture & object-based analysis
  • word & image
  • museums, collecting & cultural policy
  • post-colonial analysis

All art history courses emphasize visual literacy and the contextual relevance of the discipline within culture and history. In many courses, field trips are offered to important exhibitions and collections of art in the surrounding region.

Students may also choose to expand their experience of works of art and architecture through study in our international programs, including the Venice Summer School and courses at the Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle in England.

In addition to being the recipients of several teaching awards, our art history faculty members have international reputations as scholars and pursue active research agendas often linked to new pedagogical approaches.

 

student at rarebooks library
students viewing works of art at the agnes etherington art centre
Left image: Students of Professor Dawn Cunningham gaining hands-on experience with gothic manuscripts at the W.D. Jordan Rare Books Library; Right image: Students of Gauvin Bailey examining works of art at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Admission to Art History Plans

At the end of first year (level 1)

For admission to an Art History General, Major, or Minor Plan:

A minimum grade of C- (1.6) in 6 units of ARTH 1xx (usually ARTH 120, or 116* and 117* at Herstmonceux Castle) 

For admission to an Art History Medial Plan:

A minimum grade of C- (1.6) in 6 units of ARTH 1xx (usually ARTH 120, or 116* and 117* at Herstmonceux Castle), and acceptance by both departments

At the end of second year (level 2)

For admission to an Art History General, Major, or Minor Plan:

A minimum GPA of 1.6 in 6 units of ARTH 1xx and 12 units of 200-level Art History courses

For admission to an Art History Medial Plan:

A minimum GPA of 1.6 in 6 units of ARTH 1xx and 12 units of 200-level Art History courses, and acceptance by both departments

At the end of third year (level 3)

For admission to an Art History Major Plan:

A minimum GPA of 1.9 in 24.0 units of Art History courses

For admission to an Art History Minor Plan:

A minimum GPA of 1.6 in 6 units of ARTH 1xx and 12 units of 200-level Art History courses

For admission to an Art History Medial Plan:

A minimum GPA of 1.9 in 24.0 units of Art History courses, and acceptance by both departments

Hear from our Graduates! 
Professor, Anne Dunlop, Queen's University, Bachelor of Art History: 

portrait of professor anne dunlop

" I was a medial in Art History and French Studies at Queen's, dividing my time between Ontario Hall and Kingston Hall. What I remember best about Art History are some inspiring professors: Pierre Du Prey, whose seminar on nineteenth-century Kingston houses gave me my first experience of research with primary sources; or Carol Gibson Wood and Cathleen Harding, who were new to Queen's and whose classes first introduced me to the idea of different methods in art history. I'm grateful to have been able to work as a docent at the Agnes Etherington, and I also remember two fantastic roadtrips organized by the Department, to Washington DC and to New York City, both by bus-- my first visits to both cities, and to the National Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum, the Guggenheim, and so many other collections." 

Professor Dunlop is currently the Herald Chair of Fine Arts at The University of Melborne. She has also held positions at Yale University and Tulane University in New Orleans.