Art History Undergraduate Programs

About the Program

The ARTH program offers a range of courses that expose students to the breadth of the field. Students can explore both the history and the contemporary diversity of art, as well as engage in intensive concentration in selected areas. The program also explores visual culture in today’s rapidly evolving digital world.

Program Structure

The program is a dynamic student experience involving presentations, seminars from visiting scholars and artists, and exhibitions both off and on campus. The Art History Students’ Association offers students unique ways to connect with others and the wider community. The annual Art History Undergraduate Symposium provides a student-driven component of the program, wherein students organize the event and submit their work for review by a committee of their peers, in an environment that is both supportive and challenging. The Undergraduate Journal of Art History (UJAH) gives students an opportunity to have their work published in a student-run university journal.

Since many fields connect and inform art historical study, art history students can find a wide variety of courses in other departments across the Faculty of Arts. Interdisciplinary groupings have been established to facilitate the selection process, including Asian studies, Canadian studies, Latin American studies, and medieval studies. It is, however, always important to consult with a departmental advisor to ensure a coherent pattern of courses in both the area chosen and in complementary electives.

Students contemplating graduate-level studies are advised that a reading knowledge of a language other than English (appropriate to their interests) is likely to be required, and are strongly advised to take the necessary language courses as electives. An orientation meeting for third- and fourth-year art history students is held every fall to inform them about the MA and PhD programs at UBC, application procedures, and language and course requirements.