The study of Art History helps develop a student’s critical skills and approaches to study and interpret works of art and visual culture produced as a result of human creativity throughout the ages. These skills can be applied in many professions that help make our world a better place: education, public museums, commercial galleries, auction houses, interior design, fashion marketing, advertising, art journalism, art investigation, art and healing, law and property rights, art and computer software development.
The program at McMaster is grounded in global heritage and methodologies and offers courses in selected arts and visual cultures from diverse cultures of the Ancient Worlds, the Middle Ages, Early Modern to Modern, and up to the present, including Asian, Canadian, European, and indigenous arts.
Students benefit from access to the McMaster Museum of Art, which houses one the most impressive collections on any campus in North America, with tutorials often held in private galleries at the museum.
Empower students to act as engaged global citizens who contribute to the transformative roles of the arts in society.
To offer niche programs in Art, Art History, Music and Theater & Film Studies is an interdisciplinary School of the Arts supported by staff and faculty dedicated to high-quality teaching and research. Through a close connection with faculty, we promote excellence in artistic production in all its diverse forms, as well as critical, theoretical analysis and study in historical and contemporary contexts.
Through creative arts practices, critical analysis, and experiential learning we ignite curiosity and inspire students to question and engage as contributors in their immediate communities and broader society. Our values are rooted in a commitment to diversity and multi-faceted learning experiences.
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Careers for majors in Art History
Teaching (Arts related at university level or other)
Art Conservation (restoration of paintings, sculptures, etc.)
Curatorial work in museums or galleries
Connoisseurship (e.g., auction houses)
Art consultation and/or management (e.g., collections management for private collectors)
Cultural Heritage work (e.g., working with organizations such as UNESCO)
Art appraisal and insurance
Forensic Art and detective work for stolen art works
Visuality and Cognition: brain development and therapy for victims of strokes or accidents
Art Therapy – psychological counseling
Art History and design for theatre, film,
and TV series: stage and costumes
Art management for corporations and governments
About the School
McMaster University is located in the city of Hamilton, in the province of Ontario, Canada. We are one of the top 75 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World Rankings 2019), ranked 2nd ... Read More