Bachelor of Art History (BA)


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Bachelor of Arts - Art History

Enhanced by its setting within an art school, the Historical and Critical Studies division offers a Bachelor of Arts Major in Art History program within a unique interdisciplinary environment. The Art History program enables you to complete a major in art history while also taking studio courses. Though it emphasizes western art, craft, design, and architecture from the 19th century onward, the program also provides opportunities to study non-western art and to engage in critical discourse surrounding the social production and reception of art.

You’ll enter the Major in Art History after completing the Foundation Program—a foundation in the studio, visual culture, and writing. Alternatively, you may enter the major after completing a year of liberal studies course-work. Either way, your background will be diverse and will set the tone for interdisciplinary exploration. NSCAD provides students with wide-ranging course options and opportunities to engage in critical discourse and fosters a cross-disciplinary flow of ideas and interaction.

Courses in history, critical studies, English literature, film studies, and art education are all part of what makes this degree so strong. You will gain knowledge and expertise through courses ranging from Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance/Baroque, and Canadian modern art theory and criticism.

Graduates of NSCAD’s Major in Art History program become writers, gallery and museum administrators, and culture workers. Many go on to pursue graduate studies and obtain successful careers as professors of art and film history, curators, archivists, appraisers, and critics.

Last updated Feb 2018

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One of Canada’s oldest independent cultural institutions, NSCAD University continues to be regarded as a principal centre for education and research in visual culture in North America. Part of our app ... Read More

One of Canada’s oldest independent cultural institutions, NSCAD University continues to be regarded as a principal centre for education and research in visual culture in North America. Part of our appeal is the ever-present relationship of the old to the new, and our convenient location in the heart of downtown Halifax’s waterfront district. Behind the Victorian facades of our main campus and the Academy Building – both open 24 hours a day, seven days a week – students create some of the most cutting-edge images and objects being made anywhere on the continent. After an experimental foundation year, students gradually focus in order to become specialists in some aspect of art, craft, design or historical and critical studies. They are educated to think critically, to balance academic issues with practical concerns in the studio, and to explore how the visual arts give meaning to both individual and community life. NSCAD University fosters close creative relationships among artists, designers, academics and the public, and takes on leadership responsibilities in the regional, national and international art communities. Our graduates go on to join the ranks of the most interesting and successful artists of their generations. As the university embraces the new century, it is building on the strengths of its history, maintaining and intensifying traditional arts and crafts while capitalizing on the many new technologies shaping the world and human interaction. A significant expansion currently underway will soon make NSCAD Canada’s largest centre for graduate programs in the visual arts.We believe the next phase of modernity in the visual arts has begun, and it is our full intention to play a role in its formation. Things are happening behind those Victorian facades.Our faculty, students and alumni are at the heart of the burgeoning industry of ideas, with discovery constantly at their fingertips. Read less
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