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Program Overview

The Visual Arts - Art History (BA) program curriculum focuses on modern and contemporary art, Canadian Art, Indigenous and settler art of the Americas, Asian art, western art and architecture, as well as art criticism and curatorial studies. Beyond the first year of study, students may choose to concentrate their studies on global art history, modern and contemporary art, or curatorial studies. The program emphasizes the relationship between visual art and its social contexts, including global cultural exchange. Students have access to original works of art to explore practical applications of museum and gallery studies. 

Sample Courses

As a Visual Arts – Art History student you can take courses like:

Career Possibilities

As a Visual Arts - Art History student you can become:

  • Gallery Curator/Director 
  • Appraiser  
  • Project Management in the Art
  • Museum Educator 
  • Educator  

Degree Level

Degrees Offered
Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Visual Art & Art History

4 years

Entry Options
Fall, Winter, Summer

Next Steps

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Immerse Yourself in Visual Arts - Art History at AMPD

Art history classes take full advantage of Toronto’s world class museums and galleries for class visits and assignments. 

Access to volunteer and job opportunities at the Art Gallery of York University, an award-winning contemporary art gallery on campus. 

Students can curate exhibitions in the Department’s two designated gallery spaces as well as in student-run galleries across campus. 

Joan Goldfarb Art Study Collection – an upper-level seminar course in which students curate an exhibition from the department’s own Goldfarb Study Collection. 

Areas of Concentration

Curatorial Studies

Global Art History

Modern and Contemporary Art

Public History

A degree in Art History can be combined with the certificate in Public History.

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