ART HISTORY AND FINE ARTS
Paris is a renowned capital of art offering a feast for the art lover’s eyes. From the architecture of Paris itself to Impressionist masterpieces in the Musée d’Orsay to the large holdings at the legendary Louvre and many lesser-known museums, there are nearly endless treasures to discover. The majors and minors in Art History and Fine Arts at The American University of Paris draw heavily on the extraordinary number of museums and major monuments in Paris — and in Europe as a whole. The ease of access to these European cities and rich collections allows students to develop an immediate and intimate understanding of great works of art — works which have been created over thousands of years.
Study trips are integral to the art history experience
In addition to classroom sessions and museum visits, many courses include study trips. These trips allow for an in-depth comprehension of the cultures, societies, and circumstances which have generated major artworks and monuments. In recent years the European destinations of course-specific study trips have included Venice, Madrid, Amsterdam, Rome, London, Bayeux, Antwerp, Florence, Arles, Basel, Nîmes, Brussels, Chartres, Bruges, The Hague, and Fontainebleau.
Research areas and skills: Art History
Students acquire a broad grasp of the evolution of the History of Art, with specific understanding of important developments and determinants — religious, political, philosophical, and literary. They learn to look carefully, to study and analyze works critically, and to develop a sharp visual memory. Students come to a solid comprehension of subject and content, and to a fine appreciation of the development of style. Research skills are continually and methodically honed, and students reach an optimal level of both written and oral expression.
MAJOR IN ART HISTORY (B.A.) The educational experience of Art History majors at The American University of Paris offers an in-depth understanding of the development of Western Art as product and agent of history and society. In addition to class lectures, exceptional exposure to original works of European art and architecture, both in museums and on-site, is an integral part of the course of study.