Art History

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Why choose Art History?


Art History scholars ask questions such as: What is the earliest known work of art? Why is the Renaissance period important to the development of Western art? How are new technologies transforming art?

Art History analyzes art and architecture across a range of historical, geopolitical and cultural contexts. This program will help you develop conceptual understanding of art history and design that may include traditional media such as painting, sculpture, architecture and photography along with innovations in the creative use of new technologies, indigenous media, performance art, as well as feminist and postcolonial approaches to visual culture and art practices. During the course of your studies, you’ll develop your critical analysis, writing and research skills and can integrate courses from a variety of areas such as classics, film, religion or history.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of the Art History program you’ll be prepared for career opportunities in areas such as the non-profit sector, public museums and private art galleries. A degree in Art History can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or another professional degree such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine, or education.

Program highlights

Co-operative work placement - Gain valuable full-time paid work experience that alternates with your academic studies.

Study abroad opportunities - Cultural and academic experiences at destinations around the world.


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Faculty of Arts (Fine Arts)

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Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4

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