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Art History

Art History

Explore the Story of Art

Why do people make art? Where do you find art? What can art tell us about our world? Why does some art cost millions of dollars? Art history majors grapple with these questions by studying art across history and across cultures.

Art history explores the world through images and objects, emphasizing visual learning. Art historians are trained in clear expository writing and critical thinking. They are good researchers and usually have a creative flair.

With these qualities and skills, graduates pursue a variety of careers, including teaching, museum work, archeology, gallery direction, interior designer, art conservation, and supervision of visual resource collections. They are also welcome in most business settings and are prepared to enter graduate school in disciplines as diverse as environmental studies or law.

Why study art history at the Hartford Art School?

The Department of Art History offers students a wide variety of courses that cover art from around the globe—Western, African, Meso-American, and Asian—and creative traditions in painting, sculpture, graphic arts, decorative arts, ritual objects, architecture, photography, design, performance, experimental media, and eco-art. Special courses are given in museum and exhibition practices, in writing and research, and in the effects of cultural contact, migrations, and globalization on artistic traditions.

The faculty’s professional projects bring students in contact with international artists and scholars and allow them access to local and regional art collections. Students are urged to study abroad and often take advantage of programs in Europe, Africa, Australia, and elsewhere around the globe.