Courses and programs

Courses and programs

The Art History Program offers Major and Honours Programs and a Concentration under the Liberal Arts

ART HISTORY CREDITS (FIH): Students can choose to focus on period-based, thematic or theory-based courses in art history.

STUDIO CREDITS (FIS): According to their personal interest, students can opt for a broad experience in studio by taking one of each of the foundation-level courses (drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, and sculpture) or a more specialized approach by focusing on one medium from level I through IV.

ELECTIVE CREDITS: Can be completed in FIH and FIN cross-listed, cognates and comparative arts, depending on each of the three programs below.

Honours in Art History and Theory (60 credits)

Students enrolled in the Honours Art History and Theory program must successfully complete 60 credits comprising 42 credits (14 courses) in art history or FIN cross-listed and cognate courses, and 18 credits (6 courses) in studio courses (FIS). Students can apply to the Honours Program anytime after the completion of 15 credits in art history courses. The 60 credits required for the Honours degree must include:

  • FIH100 The Art of Viewing: Introduction to Art History
  • FIH102 Survey of Western Art II: Renaissance to Modern
  • 12 credits (4 courses) in 200 level courses in art history (FIH)
  • 9 credits (3 courses) in 300 level courses in art history  (FIH)
  • Any 6 credits (2 courses) in art history courses
  • 9 credits (3 courses) elective in FIH and FIN cross-listed or cognate courses to be selected in consultation with the Art History and Theory program chair
  • 18 credits in studio arts (FIS)

Suggested course of study:

Year one: FIH100,  FIH102, and two 200-level FIH or FIN courses / 12 credits

Year two: five 200-level FIH or FIN cross-listed or cognate courses / 15 credits

Year three: five FIH or FIN courses with a minimum of three FIH 300-level courses / 15 credits

A student has the option of completing the Honours over 4 years, especially if enrolled also in a major or minor in another discipline.

Major in Fine Arts Concentration in Art History and Theory  (48 credits)

Students enrolled in the Major in Fine Arts with a Concentration in Art History and Theory must successfully complete 48 credits comprising a least 27 credits (9 courses) in art history courses (FIH), 15 credits (5 courses) in FIS studio courses, and 6 credits to be selected from FIH and FIN cross-listed, cognates, or Comparative Arts courses in consultation with the Art History and Theory program chair.

The 48 credits required for the Concentration in Art History must include:

  • FIH100 The Art of Viewing: Introduction to Art History
  • FIH102 Survey of Western Art II: Renaissance to Modern
  • 12 credits (4 courses) in 200 level courses in art history (FIH)
  • 9 credits (3 courses) in 300 level courses in art history  (FIH)
  • 6 credits (2 courses) elective in FIH and FIN cross-listed, cognates, or comparative arts courses to be selected in consultation with the Art History and Theory program chair
  • 15 credits in studio arts (FIS)

Suggested course of study (9 credits yearly):

Year one: FIH100,  FIH102, and one 200-level FIH course / 9 credits

Year two: three 200-level art history courses / 9 credits

Year three: three 300-level art history courses / 9 credits

A student enrolled in a double major in Fine Arts Art (History/Studio) or another discipline can complete the requirements over a 4 year period.

See the full list of Art History courses and categories.